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Murder on the Champ de Mars

Cara Black

ISBN: 9781616952860

Published: March, 2015

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Cara Black

San Francisco, CA

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A dying woman has secret about the unsolved murder of Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc’s father, but is kidnapped before she can reveal it

Paris, April 1999: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her—running her detective agency and fighting off sleep-deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bébé....

A dying woman has secret about the unsolved murder of Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc’s father, but is kidnapped before she can reveal it

Paris, April 1999: Aimée Leduc has her work cut out for her—running her detective agency and fighting off sleep-deprivation as she tries to be a good single mother to her new bébé. The last thing she has time for now is to take on a personal investigation for a poor manouche (French Gypsy) boy. But he insists his dying mother has an important secret she needs to tell Aimée, something to do with Aimée’s father’s unsolved murder a decade ago. How can she say no?

The dying woman’s secret is even more dangerous than her son realized. When Aimée arrives at the hospital, the boy’s mother has disappeared. She was far too sick to leave on her own—she must have been abducted. What does she know that is so important it is worth killing for? And will Aimée be able to find her before it is too late and the medication keeping her alive runs out?

Set in the seventh arrondissment, the quartier of the Parisian elite, Murder on the Champ de Mars takes us from the highest seats of power in the Ministries and embassies through the city’s private gardens and the homes of France’s oldest aristocratic families. Aimée discovers more connections than she thought possible between the clandestine “Gypsy” world and the moneyed ancien régime, ultimately leading her to the truth behind her father’s death …  After all, for Aimée, murder is never far from home.

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“[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
“Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.”
—Alan Furst
“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
“Aimee is a tall, spiky-haired P.I. who favors high heels, knock-off couture and Chanel No. 5. This time out, Aimee is juggling new motherhood with running her detective agency, when she gets word that a dying woman has a secret to share. ”
–The Sacramento Bee
“Black’s books are superb examples of the genre, not only (albeit largely) because of Aimée, but because they also invoke Paris – past and present – vividly. ”
–Critics At Large