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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cara Black Narrator: Carine Montbertrand Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aimée Leduc Series Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781440790102
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Just as Aimée is about to leave for New York City to follow up on a lead about a possible younger brother, her partner in Leduc Detective, René Friant, is wounded by a near-fatal gun shot. Eyewitnesses identify Aimée as the culprit. The police have pegged her as the guilty party. Aimée is distraught over René’s condition and horrified to be under suspicion.
 
At the same time, a large, mysterious sum appears in their firm’s bank account, and the tax authorities descend upon Aimée. She has no idea who would have sent this money.
 
It seems that someone is impersonating Aimée, someone who wants revenge. But for what? Two murders ensue. How do they relate to the youth whom Aimée’s testimony sent to jail in the very first Aimée Leduc investigation, Murder in the Marais?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The buzz is partly about her heroine’s hip, next generation, cutting-edge investigations and partly about Paris, a setting of unrivaled charm.” Houston Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 2/14/2014

    " I really like all Cara Black's books just for the Paris atmosphere. She tackles a different quartier with each book and makes me feel like I'm there. Actually I feel depressed that I am *not* there. They are not literary masterpieces (like Jacqueline Winspear mysteries), but they are loads of fun. I also love the descriptions of Aimee LeDuc's wardrobe -- retro couture. She make it seem easy to throw together fab outfits. I guess it is for Parisians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/7/2014

    " as good as usual...the place is the thing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug Bonar | 1/28/2014

    " Well written enough that the heroine being poor but very stylish -- a minor character who works in a fashion house assumes she's a model -- plus goddaughter of police commissioner and a detective partner whose a dwarf, a judo expert and a top notch hacker, weren't enough to make me put it down. Not well written enough to get me to pick up another book in the series though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Caparrelli | 1/26/2014

    " You just have to love Aimee Leduc for a fun summer read. A mix of 30s Noir and the New Millenium computer hacking and all kinds of interesting tidbits about places you didn't know about in Paris - sometimes can be outright funny -like when a character says "I'll play him like a piano" -can't exactly imagine someone saying that in 2010 but it keeps the flavor of the underbelly noir scene going. I would love to go with Aimee on a shopping trip to the flea markets for some of her vintage clothes. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Drew | 1/25/2014

    " Shocking sentence structure. Wow. This got published too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/21/2014

    " My first time to read this author/series and I was not overly entertained, sadly. I picked up a few insights into French culture and Parisian locales but the mystery wasn't that interesting. Perhaps the upcoming discussion will change my opinion if Black has any fans in the group.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 1/19/2014

    " A fun read. Aimee Leduc is a private investigator with style. If you love Paris and all things French you can't help being charmed by smart, chic and of course, very Parisienne, Aimee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/11/2014

    " if you love paris, nice book to read. lot's of different paris locations. good murder mystery with a few twists. likable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/3/2014

    " Lean writing, Parisian streets and underground tunnels, intriguing mystery--at last a readable Cara Black, and a big bite of Paris! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 3/18/2013

    " Listened. I enjoy this series, mostly because of the details about Paris. And I didn't figure out the "bad guy" either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnn Ainsworth | 3/16/2013

    " Storyline got lost in the superfluous dialog about location, backstory and history. The end moved fast and tied up all the open questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 3/5/2013

    " I like all of her mysteries. Easy reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Wilson | 1/6/2013

    " Listening to this on books on tape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 7/21/2012

    " The latest book by Black. I loved the 1st so much I read 3 in a row, just not in order. Loved the last 2 just as much as the 1st. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisaann | 7/12/2012

    " I think this is the best in the series, so far. Someone is trying to frame Aimee and she's desperately trying to clear herself. If you haven't read "Murder in the Marais" (the first in the series) read it before you pick up this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 6/2/2012

    " This story as all o f the other Aimee Leduc Investigations had many twists and turns! What a great suspenseful read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 5/19/2012

    " It pains me to give this two stars because I like the series and love the descriptions of Paris. But the plot of this one seemed thin and I found myself wishing Aimee's mother would just show up already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Windy | 4/11/2012

    " I read this in one sitting. I love a good little mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harvee | 8/30/2011

    " I love Paris! Another winner by Cara Black in the Aimee Leduc mystery series: My full review... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 6/4/2011

    " Another good mystery in Paris "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 4/19/2011

    "
    This story as all o f the other Aimee Leduc Investigations had many twists and turns! What a great suspenseful read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaile | 11/3/2010

    " Fun vacation read while in France "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 9/20/2010

    " Listening to this on books on tape.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 9/2/2010

    " if you love paris, nice book to read. lot's of different paris locations. good murder mystery with a few twists. likable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/8/2010

    " I still don't like Cara Black's rather choppy style -- but these books really give me the feel of Paris. Though I wouldn't say this is one of the better ones in the series. She pulled some serious rabbits out of hats in the last 30 pages... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 7/15/2010

    " I like all of her mysteries. Easy reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 7/9/2010

    " as good as usual...the place is the thing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 6/21/2010

    " The latest book by Black. I looved the 1st so much I read 3 in a row, just not in order. Loved the last 2 just as much as the 1st. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/17/2010

    " Enjoyment greatly enhanced by reading the book at the scene of the crime! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/7/2010

    " loved seeing scenes from the book while in Paris "

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About the Author
Author Cara Black

Cara Black is the author of the popular Aimée Leduc mystery series. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her book Murder in the Sentier was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Novel, and Murder in the Latin Quarter was a finalist for the Best Novel Award from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association.

About the Narrator

Carine Montbertrand is an award-winning narrator of dozens of audiobooks. When she first started working in the 1990s, she sounded younger than her years and specialized in children’s and young adult titles. Since then she has expanded to fiction for adults and has recorded everything from murder mysteries to fantasy and inspirational titles. She is adept with dialects and accents, voicing characters from countries around the world. She also specializes in English language titles with a French flavor, as she is half French. With her audiobooks, she has the opportunity to tell wonderful stories while finding voices for men, women, children, and sometimes ghosts and extraterrestrials.