I just recently finished reading “MURDER BELOW MONTPARNASSE" by Cara Black. I have read at least 5 of the 13 books in the Aimée Leduc series. Instead of writing a book review, I will write about why I love reading this French detective series.

  • Aimée Leduc, the star of these noir novels, is the coolest French private detective ever. She rides her motor scooter around Paris. She catches bad guys while wearing a Chanel scarf and a vintage leather jacket that she found at a Parisian flea market. She lives in a beautiful but frigidly cold apartment overlooking the Seine.  Aimée is a genius computer hacker and owns her own computer firm. Aimée only dates bad boys.
  • Her best friend is a chic reporter who also sometimes writes for a fashion magazine, and Aimée’s sidekick, René Friant, is a “handsome dwarf” who sports a black belt in martial arts and also a fellow brilliant computer hacker.
  •  Reading the book is like a taking a trip to the parts of Paris that tourists dare not venture or could only hope to stumble into. Aimee is very reckless and always gets in trouble. She lives a dangerous but very exciting life, and meets all kinds of interesting characters. She will take you to the back alleys of Paris, secret gardens, centuries-old Gothic buildings, working-class ethnic neighborhoods, Paris Chinatown, and the more popular museums such as Musée d’Orsay. etc. You can party with her at one of those uber-chic exclusive underground retro parties.
  • Reading the book is also a culinary tour of the French gastronomy. Aimee always drinks French champagne and chills a bottle of Veuve Clicquot on her windowsill. All throughout the books are mentions of croissant, le café, croque-monsieur and fineFrench cuisine. Prepare to be hungry! (This explains why I am always eating a chocolate almond croissant while reading one of these novels.)
  • The book is well-written and  full of substance. This is not a fluffy book. It has enough style, drama and action. The story revolves around Aimee’s search for her American mother and the death of her father who was a cop. The villains are not your everyday people and the characters are well-developed.

 Final thoughts: Paris through the eyes of a kick-ass French chick. Mouthwatering French food. Parisian fashion. Reading Cara Black’s novels is a delicious rendezvous in the City of  Light  while wearing my pj’s in my comfy bed and sipping a glass of French bubbly.

(MURDER BELOW MONTPARNESSE is about a Russian art theft and brief stint in Silicon Valley. I’ll say – “read it!” if you love Paris and detective mystery novels minus the gore.)

Welcome to Deliciously. My warm and snug little space in this big, wild world. This blog is about my everyday life in San Francisco (where I work) and Oakland (where I live). I strive to live a life that is full of gratitude, coziness and simple joys. This is my personal journal and photo album where I post photos of lovely things that I capture on camera, travels and delicious meals that I share with my family and friends. Just a simple, happy blog. Thank you for stopping by! -- Leah www.autumnbaygal.blog

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