Friday, June 3, 2016

Review: Murder on the Quai (Aimee Leduc Investigations #16) by Cara Black

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (June 14 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015MA7RPI
Book Description

 The world knows Aimée Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in this New York Times bestselling series, as a très chic, no-nonsense private investigator—the toughest and most relentless in Paris. Now author Cara Black dips back in time to reveal how Aimée first became a detective . . .

November 1989: Aimée Leduc is in her first year of college at Paris’s preeminent medical school. She lives in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency.

But the week the Berlin Wall crumbles, so does Aimée’s life as she knows it. First, someone has sabotaged her lab work, putting her at risk of failing out of the program. Then, she finds out her aristo boyfriend is planning to get engaged to another woman. And finally, Aimée’s father takes off to Berlin on a mysterious errand. He asks Aimée to help out at the detective agency while he’s gone—as if she doesn’t already have enough to do. But the case Aimée finds herself investigating—a murder linked to a transport truck of Nazi gold that disappeared in the French countryside during the height of World War II—has gotten under her skin. Her heart may not lie in medicine after all—maybe it’s time to think harder about the family business.

Praise for Murder on the Quai"Finally we have the prequel we’ve been craving... A treat for series fans."

"So begins the arc of Aimée's story: the first corpse, the first clue, the first shattered love affair, the first meeting with René, her eventual partner, and the reader's first glimpse of Leduc Detectives."
—Kirkus ReviewsPraise for the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series
"Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French."
—Alan Furst
"A winning mystery, as stylish and sexy as the city Cara Black knows so well."
—George Pelecanos
"Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian . . . One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today."
—Lee Child

"So authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee."
—Val McDermid

"As always, with airfares so high, Black offers armchair travelers a whirlwind trip through the City of Light."
USA Today

"Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris—forever Aimée."
New York Times Book Review 

“[Cara Black] is on to a good thing: each of her novels is set in a colorful Parisian neighborhood—and there are a lot of them. The cumulative result of reading this addictive series is a sort of mini-tour of the city, as seen through a filter of fictional murder . . . Leduc is always a reliable and charming guide to the city's lesser-known corners.”
—The Seattle Times

“Black creates rich, plausible characters, giving them individuality and depth.”
—San Francisco Gate

About the Author

 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 award nominated Aimée Leduc Investigation series has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German and Hebrew. She received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris for services to French culture. She's included in the GREAT WOMEN MYSTERY WRITERS by Elizabeth Lindsay 2nd editon published in the UK. Her first three novels in the series MURDER IN THE MARAIS, MURDER IN BELLEVILLE AN MURDER IN THE SENTIER - nominated for an Anthony Award as Best Novel - were published in the UK in 2008 and MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER comes out in the UK in 2010. Several of her books have been chosen as BookSense Picks and INDIE NEXT choice by the Amerian Association of Independent Bookstores. The Washington Post listed MURDER IN THE RUE DE PARADIS in the Best Fiction Choices of 2008. MURDER IN THE LATIN QUARTER is a finalist for Best Novel Award from the NCIBA Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

She is currently working on the next book in the Aimée Leduc series.

My Review

Murder on the Quai is the sixteenth book in the Aimee Leduc Investigations series by author Cara Black. I have been excited about Murder on the Quai because it goes back in time to when Aimee first became a detective.

I found Murder on the Quai to be a refreshing glimpse back in the past. I was fascinated to read about Aimee Leduc when she was younger...why she ditched medical school to become a detective, her relationships with her father and grandfather as well as meeting some of the characters that are featured in all the novels like Rene and Martine as well as her god-father.

There is also a great storyline that takes the reader back to World War II.

All in all a fantastic read! Highly recommend!

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