Sunday, January 13, 2013

Review: Murder Below Montparnasse (Aimee Leduc Investigations #13) by Cara Black

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (Mar 5 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616952156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616952150

Book Description

A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that’s been buried for 80 years—Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc’s current case is her most exciting one yet.

When Aimée’s long-term partner and best friend Rene leaves their detective agency for a new job in Silicon Valley, Aimée knows she can handle the extra workload. At least, that what she tells herself. Repeatedly.

But all bets are off when Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée to protect a painting. By the time she gets to his Montparnasse atelier, the precious painting has already been stolen, leaving Aimée smelling a rat. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death in his kitchen. To top it all off, it looks like Aimée isn’t the only one looking for the painting. Some very dangerous people are threatening her and her coworkers, and witnesses are dropping like flies. Now Aimée has to find the painting, stop her attackers, and figure out what her long-missing mother, who is on Interpol’s most wanted list, has to do with all this—fingers crossed she wasn’t Yuri’s murderer, despite clues pointing in that direction.

Obviously, Rene doesn’t need to worry. Aimee has things under control.

About the Author

Cara Black is the author of thirteen books in the bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.

My Review

What an honor to be able to review Cara Black's latest Aimee Leduc book before it is released.  This is the thirteenth book in the series and they just keep getting better!

Each book in the series is set in a different neighbourhood in Paris. Murder Below Montparnasse is set of course in the Montparnasse district in southern Paris.  Rene has been offered the job of a lifetime and is off to the Silicon Valley.  Aimee is contacted by an elderly Russian emigre to protect a Mogdigliani painting.  Before she can protect it the painting is stolen and the action begins.  Aimee's mother is once again featured as a mysterious figure lurking in the shadows, perhaps protecting her child...or why is she around.  There are Russian oligarchs, flics, and suspects galore.  Wonderful read.  Loved, loved, loved the ending!

Each year when I read the latest Aimee Leduc novel by Cara Black I am reinspired to get on a plane to Paris for a week and explore all the neighbourhoods....maybe this year!

Murder Below Montparnasse is released in sure to pick up a copy...and read the rest of the series if you haven't!

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