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Murder in Belleville (Aimee Leduc Investigations #2)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,764 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc finds herself involved with a secretive North African radical group the French government would rather she didn’t investigate

Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc finds herself involved with a secretive North African radical group the French government would rather she didn’t investigate

When Anaїs de Froissart calls private investigator Aimée begging for help
Paperback, 341 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Soho Crime (first published 2000)
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Aug 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
I didn't even finish reading it. The pace is hectic, and not in a good, exciting way. The characters are too numerous to count and most of them are completely forgettable. Black weaves such a tangled up excuse for a detective novel that, by 3/4 of the way through, I found myself not giving one half a sh*t whodunit. Confusing, befuddled, poorly written and weakly held together. Big disappointment. I'm even going to take my rating of her previous book (3 stars) down to two because I'm so pissed of ...more
Moonlight Reader
A bit overly convoluted, but interested enough to continue the series.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american
So every mystery author has a Raison d'être which I think is really important, and it's more important as a reader to recognize which raisins you appreciate and which raisins you think are stupid, and it is most important as an author that you make sure that the treatment of your raisins is ethical, interesting, and varies from book to book. But enough about raisins since I don't like them anyway.

Cara Black's Raison d'être is racism specifically of the "first they came for the jews" variety. In
Apr 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
I had the first book in this series on my Wish List for months on end. I couldn't borrow it from my local library so I started with the second in the series. To say that I was disappointed is putting it mildly. I have read rave reviews of Ms. Black's books on several mystery forum sites, but found Murder in Bellevile to be dull and boring despite the Paris setting. I quit after 100 or so pages and removed the rest of her books from my Wish List. What a pity, I had such high hopes.
Celeste Miller
Jul 11, 2007 rated it liked it
I think I may need to take a break from the Aimee Leduc mysteries. Perhaps it's Black's writing style, or the similarity of the plots of all her books, but I've begun to feel that Black needs to be reminded of what we learned back in freshman English: "show, don't tell."

For an American, Black has an impressive knowledge of the nuances of French culture and avoids stereotypes for the most part. I can appreciate how she delves into Belleville's multi-cultural fabric and France's sordid colonial hi
Sep 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Outdoorgrrl by: Nancy Porter
I wanted to like Murder in Belleville. I really did. I love female heroines. I love Paris. I love murder mysteries.

There are just so many things wrong with this book that it's disappointingly bad. Where to begin? The writing is disjointed and confusing. Ms. Black chops events randomly, making the story a bit hard to follow. She introduces too many extraneous characters. (Who the hell cares about this person? In fact, who is this person?) There is far too much naive political ranting, unspeakable
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Celeste's review, below, pretty much sums up how I feel about this book. This is my second try reading the Aimee Leduc mysteries. The first one was so awkwardly written in some spots that I found myself thinking, "Wow, they should have hired a better translator." Then I found out it had been written in English. Here on Goodreads some readers say that as you go through the series Black's writing improves. Not sure I can hold my breath that long.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable mystery. Atmospherics are great and the protagonist is a very positive character. The narrative is fair to the reader and gives one an opportunity to solve. I started this series down the road, with Murder in Montmartre, which I have resolved never to do again. That being said, I am continuing on with Ms. Black in order and look forward to it.
Mal Warwick
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
At a time when the current refugee crisis dominates the headlines in Europe (though only when the Greek financial debacle doesn’t crowd it out), it’s fascinating to read about an earlier time in European history when the French people, in particular, seemed just as obsessed with refugees as they are now. Murder in Belleville, set in 1994, revolves around the lingering fallout from the French-Algerian War of 1954 to 1962 — one of those tragic events that continues to reverberate in French society ...more
Terri Lynn
In this second book in Cara Black's Aimee Leduc series set in Paris in the 1990's, private detective Aimee receives an urgent call from Anais, the sister of her journalist friend Martine. By the time she gets to where Anais is, she finds her receiving an envelope from the mistress of Anais' husband . When the mistress- Sylvie/Eugenie- gets in her car, it blows up. Aimee manages to rescue Anais but the two then have to run for their lives and escape the men pursuing Anais.

This is a complicated my
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Private Investigator Aimée Leduc is asked to help the sister of her friend, who suspects her husband of having an affair. The meeting takes place in an unusual setting for a powerful minister’s wife; Bellevillle is a working class neighborhood that is home to many Algerian immigrants. Aimée arrives just in time to witness a car bombing and barely gets the woman out and back to her husband’s mansion. But the woman wants to hire Leduc to investigate the car bombing, and she is quickly embroil
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
A casual but enjoyable spin through the richly mixed culture of Parisian streets and comically bureaucratic French institutions. The reader rides on the back of the moped of an unfortunately cliched heroine whose regular gig as a computer systems security analyst promises an interesting high-tech dimension but too often, for the tech-savvy reader, serves up implausible hand waving and applied phlebotinum. What kept me turning the pages were the lively descriptions of Paris and the weaving of its ...more
May 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read Cara Black because I enjoy reading about Paris. have been there a few times but I know very little about it except the tourist spots and Black certainly knows Paris! Her novels explore the neighborhoods that tourists like me never see and she puts the reader in the Paris atmosphere.

Aimee Leduc, however, is a little too stereotypical. In general, I like her character but there are moments when I get a little frustrated with her becuase she's too perfect. Even when she screws up, she's too
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Paris is the starring character in this (at least for me). The mystery-novel cliches are hard for me: hard-working female detective, odd male helper-friend whose flaw makes him a non-candidate as her love interest, mysterious past with one dead parent and one absent parent, the on-again/off-again love interest, etc. etc. The views of real Paris, set in 1994, with tensions of sans papiers, Arabes, neo-colonialist tensions...all that rings true and matches the Paris which is beyond the tourist rin ...more
the first page had promise. After that everything went downhill. Then she switches to that police station where the mother is berating her son for being anti-immigrant. Nothing remotely engaging.

I really wanted to like a book set in France; get involved in the richness, the detail. It was trite, nothing new; nothing interesting.

I marvel this is getting high reviews. And the blurbs on the book jacket – evidently she's owed a lot of favors.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Okay, I officially give up on this series. The brand name-dropping feels weird and lazy; the writing isn't so hot, but the elaborations and details of facts of life (immigration, neighborhoods) are worthwhile for me. But I don't think I'll continue… And I am also thinking my opinion / reading of this might be influenced by reading it on a Kindle—don't take it quite as seriously? or something…
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is my second try at this series and will be my last. With all the French references it seemed like I was missing so much of the story especially when they were talking in slang. I do wonder about Aimee as a private investigator she seems to have better success than the police and the police seem to give her any info she wants and even ask her for help. That does seem really odd for me.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Poorly written, poorly edited and confusing to follow. I liked the story and locale, though.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Cara Black creates very dense somwhat hard to decipher plots. She produces an interesting set of characters.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Published in 2000, set in 1994, this book about undocumented immigrants hunger striking in a church, holding out for legal documentation, echoes life in the USA in 2017 and is just as upsetting and sad and violent and without solutions then as now. I remember reading this, may have been my first or second Aimée Leduc, and being confused and lost in dark streets I nearly gave up on the 17 books + prequel in the series. Glad I didn't and have read them all and just greatly enjoyed that prequel, ne ...more
Greg Subias
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Aimee Leduc is a character I wan to run through the streets of this beautiful historic city solving crimes and smoking cigarettes til the wee hours of the night! Again rich detail of the different arrondissement's takes one back while leaving you taking notes on new things to see the next time you are there. Also, like the first book in the series, Cara Black does a nice job of working some Paris history into the storyline. It may not always be wholly accurate but it brings to light some of the ...more
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the second in the series about Aimee Leduc, a private detective in Paris. Aimee is one determined investigator who does whatever she can to solve the mysteries presented to her, even it means getting injured, stalked, put down, disbelieved, making mistakes, and so on. I am really beginning to like this series. However, it is not for those who don't like violence. These book dealt with issues around Algerian immigration problems.
Liz Dean
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Great Parisian setting & details, fairly interesting primary character Aimee Leduc, meh plot/storytelling. I want to love these books, so I will try at least one more in the series before I give up. Hope the third's the charm!
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Excessive use of French words in the wrong context, fake expressions and too many stereotypes. Disappointing.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Aimee Leduc pursues justice with a vengeance. Nobody messes with her and wins.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I've been working my way back with several authors including Cara Black. I was rereading some of my posts on this blog. One of the things I said was that I wasn't as fond of Black's writing style as I was of others, but I do love the style and setting. This is the second book in the series. Her writing improved as she wrote which is very common.

This one is interesting because of the story of the Algerians demanding that they be allowed to stay permanently, despite the fact that the French gover
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: female-authors
I have no idea how I ended up with this book on my bookshelf. I'll chalk it up to my time as an editor and my book hoarding tendencies. (There are a lot of free books when you're an editor).
However it came to me, I'm glad it did. This book is a great beach read, and that's what I was looking for when I picked it up.
I hadn't read the first book, and honestly, I don't think it mattered. I was engaged as Aimee Leduc, private investigator who's also running from a painful past, ran all over Paris,
Ted Graham
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A solid mystery, though a bit of a slow start. I’m enjoying the main character’s development enough that I think I’ll keep up with the series.
The pace did pick up as the story neared the halfway point, and moved more with the speed I prefer of a mystery/thriller.
The story used the opportunity to fill me in a bit in French society/history around the turn of this century and there are definitely some relevant lessons buried in there if you read with your eyes open. I always appreciate it when I
Betsy D
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good detective story, but I wasn't absorbed in it. I couldn't follow her descriptions of places and routes; it might have been a lot better if I had been in Paris and able to explore the neighborhood she described. And maybe it's my weakness, but I often couldn't follow the conversations. I'll stick with Maisie Dobbs and Inspector Gamache for a while.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I liked it better than the first one. The writing and plotting were a little tighter, but not quite there yet. There are also too many extraneous characters. I thought the author was French, but she's an American. If you're not familiar with the French/Algerian conflict, that will detract from your enjoyment. I'll likely try another.
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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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