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Murder in Bel-Air

(Aimee Leduc Investigations #19)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  503 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc is about to go onstage to deliver the keynote address at a tech conference that is sure to secure Leduc Detective some much-needed business contracts when she gets an emergency phone call from her daughters playgroup: Aimées own mother, who was supposed to pick Chloe up, never showed. Abandoning her hard-won speaking gig, Aimée ...more
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Published June 4th 2019 by Soho Crime
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Ruth A. Martz My understanding is that her mother was at a clinic across the street from the cafe. She along with two other patients went for a drink at the cafe.
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Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc returns in her 19th foray into detecting, her most thrilling yet. Shes just about to present a conference keynote when she gets an emergency call about her daughter Chloe. Aimées mother Sydney was supposed to have picked her up from playgroup but never arrived.

Frantic, Aimée dashes off to get Chloe and as they leave, sees the body of a young woman being taken from a nearby convent. She learns the last person to speak to the deceased was Sydney.

Now she
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once started, one cannot abandon the series even though it puts me on edge more than I like. It is hard to believe, really...19th book and she (Aimee Leduc) is still alive after her life is in peril repeatedly in each and every frenetic episode.
Wouldn't you know it? It is still 1999 and Aimee is still working in tech with two helpers whilst holding her own as a single parent. Juggle, juggle, juggle. And then there is her mother disappointing and disappearing as Aimee is supposed to be delivering
Aimee Leduc is caught up in some heavy intrigue courtesy of her mother. That is not what she needs right now. Various intelligence groups are pursuing her, and some other groups. None of this is good news for Aimee. As usual those trade mark vintage clothes are on hand. Yes, I do indeed salivate! Cara Black's introductory piece is a look into the writer. Thank you.
Ken Fredette
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I have been hooked on the Aimee Leduc mysteries since I picked up the first one a few years back. Not only do they appeal to the Francophile in me, but they also put me squarely in my beloved Paris.

This time, the action centers around Bercy and Bel-Air, where a young woman is murdered while trying to get information to a man from the Cote d'Ivoire. Aimee's mother, CIA agent Sydney Leduc, is deep in the problem; she disappeared while trying to help the young woman. Aimee gets involved because
Jul 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I want to love the Aimee Leduc books, they just don't do it for me, and I can't understand why. I scanned the last half of this book as fast as I possibly could just to be done with it. I almost put it on the DNF shelf, but forced myself to finish it.
I adore the Chief Bruno books by Martin Walker that have so many similar characteristics, such as being set in France, the talk of food, the dropping in of French phrases, the love affairs, the solving of mysteries. Apparently, it's the
Gail Grow
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
So, Im going to Paris this fall and wanted to read something set there. This book got some good reviews and its part of a series....meaning, if I liked it, I would have more to read. Well, I wont be reading any more. I enjoyed the language and geographic references. But the plot was hectic and the writing fair to middling. More like a cutesy y0ung adult book. I would have given it 2 stars but my policy is to set aside b0oks that I deem less than 3 stars. So a qualified 3 stars it is. ...more
Kathleen Freeman
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, mystery
I am a fan of this series, I love the descriptions of Aimie's clothes, shoes and the places she visits all over Paris, each book is action packed and a quick read. I look forward to the next book.
Susan Swanson
I have read one previous book in this series and like that one well enough. That was a few years ago and I have not kept up with any additional installments. I was looking forward to another adventure with Aimee. However, this book didn't engage me as much. Maybe because I wasn't as familiar with the particular neighborhood of Paris. I'm not sure why, but this book just seemed more frantic without the charms of the previous one. The mystery kept pulling me along as a reader, but I was missing ...more
At the start of this Aimee Leduc novel, we learn that she is recovering from an injury. (This is a regular occurrence for Aimee.)

In addition, she is juggling her work as a combination computer security professional and private investigator with parenting her young daughter and maintaining a very complicated relationship with her mother.

Throughout this book, she is trying to locate her mother, who has gone missing.

My favorite part of this entry in the Leduc series is -- as usual -- the map of the
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, edelweiss
I'm a fan of Aimee Leduc mysteries but this one was not my cup of tea.
Even if I found the mystery engaging I was a bit confused and the book fell flat.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read them all -- in order -- and never tire of Aimee, her friends, her fashion and her adventures. Well done, again!
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastique mystery and character development, each book stands on its own, but the series makes the reader yearn for more. One more arrondissment left, where from there? Mystery & Thriller
What happens when an author starts envying her fictional creation? That is the question I propose as we embark with Cara Black on her 19th journey with the wonderful half-French/half-American private detective from Paris, Aimée Leduc.

Black, who travels from her home in San Francisco to visit Paris several times a year, comments on how envious she is of Aimées apartment on the Île Saint-Louis, and goes on to speak about her own mother. This is quite prophetic as MURDER IN BEL-AIR centers itself
Miriam Downey
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read my full review here: http://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot.c...

Murder in Bel-Air is the first Aimée Leduc Private Investigator mystery I have read. This is book #19. How is it possible that I have never met her nor visited the Paris she investigates? I looked back and realized that the publisher had sent me an advanced readers copy of the 2016 book, Murder in the Marais, but I hadnt taken the time to read it. Ah well!

It was fairly easy to get into Murder in Bel-Air; it is not one of those
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Recommended to me by a friend who has read them all, this is my first encounter with Aimee Leduc. Nonetheless, I was able to understand what was pertinent in past volumes in terms of her contacts and situation with her mother; flashbacks were deftly inserted, brief, informative.

What a whirlwind of events, however! And Aimee is fueled by an occasional chocolate croissant, her love for her baby, and a few hours of sleep. i lost track of how many days this action takes place over. And she is
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first Aimee Leduc read. I met Cara Black at a local bookstore signing and really enjoyed her presentation. The story keeps moving. Aimee's mom's motivations/actions seemed implausible, so I had a hard time with that. I enjoyed learning about the history of the 12th Arrondissement. The "Reign of Terror" remains alive and well in Paris. I did not know how extensive it was until I Googled it while reading the book. An average of 55 people per day were beheaded during those 11 months. I ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Although I like the politically motivated settings, I found this one dense and confusing. Part of the problem is that it takes different reading styles to go from following Aimee's antics through Paris and her crazy, but fun, relationships, and then to slow down and understand the politics. It feels as though the reader goes go from reading a fun cozy to a dense history book.

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Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The detailed descriptions of Paris, copious use of French phrases and a heroine that motors around on a Vespa, her thrift store Hermes scarf around her neck--it's bittersweet to discover a series my mom would have loved so much. Aimee Leduc is the tres chic star of this long running series. Set at the end of the 90's, she and her investigative partner Rene do things the old fashioned way--lots of legwork, not too many toys. Aimee's mother has mysteriously disappeared. A body and a clue lead ...more
Lisa Ladd
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Aimee Leduc will not be disappointed as once again we are thrust into the harried life of our heroine in vintage Chanel. Set against the political machinations of the Cote D'Ivoire this latest tale sends Aimee and Rene on a twisting path as they try and discover what has happened to Sydney (her CIA operative mother) and untangle a murder that points to more intrigue than even they anticipated.

Give yourself a time out from life and enjoy this latest journey into Paris, you won't regret
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I have been a fan of Aimee from the beginning, and I am sorry to report that this adventure barely held my interest. The plot seemed too complicated and scattered. I am really struggling with Aimees logic taking so many life threatening risks while being a mother who resents the path her own mother took. Maybe that raises the plot tension but it makes it difficult to feel compassion or empathy for Aimee...but the main reason for 3 stars is that the plot felt too jumbled and contrived .....i will ...more
Marina Sofia
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am undeniably partial to the setting of this series and the daredevil yet soignee nature of Aimee Leduc. So I can't claim to be entirely objective about it: it's an old favourite that I always come back to with pleasure after a lapse of a few years. There have been some less sparkling instalments in recent years, but I think this one is a return to form, with a lot of international politics that rings far too plausible (and reminded me a little of Dominique Sylvain).
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aimee searches for her missing mother while running a business, taking care of a baby, and being followed and threatened by hostile persons who want the papers she has to deliver to a political activist. Lots of action and intrigue in this latest in Black's mystery series set in Paris. Aimee's personal life story fits in nicely to break up the political and mystery plot and add to the interest. And Paris is always an enticing place for new people, history, and places.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aimee Leduc is called out of a tech conference when she finds out her mother left her daughter at day care. While trying to find her mother, Aimee gets embroiled in a dangerous mess involving factions in the Cote DIvoire. Always a great mixture of mystery and politics, the Aimee Leduc mysteries is one of my favorite series. The usual characters, Rene, Saj,Martine are back, and all contribute to the continued saga. Recommended, thank you to Netgalley for the ARC. ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This is book #19 of this series. I originally started reading to learn about Paris. Supposedly each story was to be Set in a different arrondisement, but i have not found that to be true. What i have found is a really complicated political issue in each book, and most of the time i dont understand what is really going on. - again in this book. Time to find another author to read. ...more
ellen johnston
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Paris so reading a Cara Black novel is like a mini-vacation for me. The details remind me of places that I have enjoyed or ones to find on my next trip. However, I also love mysteries and the mystery here is not so mysterious. Black has her cast of lovable characters and the plot is scripted in a similar way in each of her novels.
Tiffany E-P
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Im drawn to books about France but this series is a bit too dramatic and violent for me. I also am not convinced by her killer fashion sense and her ability to kill/defend herself against surprise ambushes and attacks. But the writing is good and it kept me hooked even though its not the type of book I typically enjoy. I feel like she would make a good tv or movie heroine. ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Seemed a little slapdash with a plot, subplots and descriptions all over the place. Was reminded how silly and unrealistic the fashion and makeup descriptions seem juxtaposed against the kicking, knifing, crashing and falling Aimee experiences, let alone against the commuting, caregiving and everyday chores that seem to happen by magic.
Paula Pescatello
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting book with lots of twists and turns. Story takes place in Paris with the main character, Aimee Leduc, and her fellow private investigators try to solve the mystery of where Aimee's mother has disappeared to, and more.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, congratulations on twenty years Ms.
Black! I have every book you've written in my library. This adventure is filled with twists and turns that kept me turning pages long after I should have gone to bed! Aimee Leduc wants to be a good mother, but doesn't have much of an example in her own mom. This plot follows Amiee looking to find the reason her mother abandoned her granddaughter at her play group and disappeared. What follows is great writting!
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Cara Black frequents a Paris little known outside the beaten tourist track. A Paris she discovers on research trips and interviews with French police, private detectives and café owners. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her nationally bestselling and ...more

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Aimee Leduc Investigations (1 - 10 of 19 books)
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  • Murder in the Sentier (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #3)
  • Murder in the Bastille (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #4)
  • Murder in Clichy (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #5)
  • Murder in Montmartre (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #6)
  • Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis (Aimee Leduc Investigations, #7)
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