November 1989: Aimée Leduc is having a tough first year at Paris’s top medical program. A classmate has sabotaged one of her projects, and she discovers that her aristo boyfriend is getting engaged to another woman. Then the Berlin Wall crumbles, and Aimée’s father departs for Berlin, leaving Aimée to look after the family detectiv...
November 1989: Aimée Leduc is having a tough first year at Paris’s top medical program. A classmate has sabotaged one of her projects, and she discovers that her aristo boyfriend is getting engaged to another woman. Then the Berlin Wall crumbles, and Aimée’s father departs for Berlin, leaving Aimée to look after the family detective agency. She soon finds herself sucked into a murder case linked to Nazi gold that vanished from the French countryside during World War II. As the investigation gets under her skin, Aimée discovers her heart may not lie in medicine after all—maybe it’s time to think harder about the family business.
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“Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French.”
“Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian ... One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today.”
“So authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee.”
“A winning mystery, as stylish and sexy as the city Cara Black knows so well. ”
“This vivid prequel.... alternates between Aimée's investigation and violent events in November 1942 in a small village in Vichy France that may be at the root of several killings. As Aimée becomes a target and her father’s trip grows complicated, Black reveals why Aimee chooses to pursue the family business. ”
“The much-anticipated origin story of how lendary — and legendarily chic—French private investigator Aimée Leduc became the super sleuth she is today.”
“Origin stories are almost without exception powerful, and so is this one. It is perhaps one of Black's best and most memorable efforts.”
–Mystery Scene on Murder on the Quai
“The Aimée Leduc backstory we’ve been waiting for. ”
“Who wouldn’t love to catch a glimpse of a favorite sleuth as a blundering amateur? Cara Black lets us do just that in Murder on the Quai, which reveals how Aimée Leduc, her fashionable Parisian private investigator, joined the business founded by her father and grandfather.... The case is engrossing, complete with Vichy flashbacks, but the most fun are the scenes where Aimée meets her future partners and acquires Miles Davis, her beloved bichon frisé. One caveat: For such a clotheshorse, Aimée doesn’t do nearly enough shopping. ”