Really liked the first two books. THEN...unfortunately she overwrote this one. Too many characters, a common device, but it didn’t work this time. I struggled to finish it. I know she is capable of really good writing and story because I read, out of order, Murder in the Palais Royal and Murder in the Saint Germain. I have ALL of her books so I will keep reading the next one, Murder in the Bastille and hope she tightened up the story line. I love Paris and I love “going” to all the arrondissements with her, but I wonder if her plot devices are going to hold up under the formula she has set out for herself. Fingers crossed!
Cara Black's "tour of Paris" through the Aimee Leduc Investigations series has the feel of authenticity, even if the murder mysteries that are the structure of each story are a little uneven in quality. Happy to say that "Murder in the Sentier" is one of the better books in the series so far.
In this third book of the Leduc stories (and sequence is of little consequence), Aimee Leduc, private detective and cyber security specialist, becomes embroiled with the remnants of a leftist gang of the 1970s as she pursues the 25-year old disappearance of her American mother and, to some extent, attempts to clear the name of her French policeman father.
Author Cara Black gives her heroine a frenetic quality that literally keeps her moving constantly from one part of the city (mostly the seedy Sentier, in this case) to the Ile St. Louis, where she lives, and back. The reader comes to wonder when the poor woman sleeps! Aimee is also portrayed as a very smart, witty woman who is destined to be attracted to unsatisfactory men. Over time, this latter story element loses credibility and I would like to see author Black allow her protagonist to evolve in this area.
Overall, the story line in "Murder in the Sentier" is well-constructed, taut throughout, and ends in a satisfying (for the reader) manner. Justice and honor are served once again and sequels will surely follow. Recommended.
The main problem I find in Aimee Leduc books, although I have liked all of them, is that they refer to a passed time and you are suppose to remember the events. Many initials are used that once I knew but some have even changed meaning and you have a hard time finding what that group was. The other problem is that the motivation of the main character is not clear. Why she does not go to the police? Why she does not trust anybody and suddenly believe something a stranger says to her. But, in general is a good reading. It is well written and keeps the pace to the end.
Anyone who likes this genre will enjoy Cara Black's characters and resonate with the drama unfolding. I am enjoying the series and recommend starting at the beginning and working your way through the entire bit. The life of Aime, Rene and other characters in this entire story become people you care about and hope for outcomes which you have no control over, not being the writer. It's one of those things you get over. The scenes are tasteful as a French movie, not over done, over explained or over exposed. I'm liking them very much.
I lost interest in the series after this book. After the first book, I was very excited to immerse myself in Paris and the depths of the communities there. Instead, by the third, I'm tired of the same rote formula: Aimee gets in over her head trying to navigate some opaque foreign culture, she desperately wants to help, but their suspicious nature keeps her at arms length until it's too late! Sorry, I've lost interest.
This book was almost unreadable. The plot was banal, surely we already have enough mystery heroines whose mothers abandoned them for unknown reasons during childhood. There was no character development, so you felt unattached to everyone in the book. I wonder if the author was on meth because the action was so shot gunned to various sites. What was in the smelly green bag anyway, the diamonds?
Aimee Leduc is fun to read. The backstory of her long lost mother both compels her and crushes her. She thrives as a private investigator and computer expert, as he tracks down murderers, fraudsters and innocents. In this case, she is delivered a newborn and tries to find the baby's mother, stop the nasty bad guys, and keep her computer security business growing. All of Cara Black's stories about Aimee take place in and around Paris. These books are fun to read.
I had a hard time getting into this book, too many french words I don't understand, and the story line was hard to follow. I was two chapters into the book, when I decided to shut it down. When I read the synopsis, it sounded interesting, but when I started reading the book, it didn't read as good as the synopsis. I suppose had I gotten further into the book, it might have picked up, but I have more books to read that are better than this one.