A long-lost Modigliani portrait, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret that's been buried for 80 years - Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc's current case is her most exciting one yet.
When Aimée’s long-term partner and best friend Rene leaves their detective agency for a new job in Silicon Valley, Aimée knows she can handle the extra workload. At least, that what she tells herself...repeatedly.
But all bets are off when Yuri Volodya, a mysterious old Russian man, hires Aimée to protect a painting. By the time she gets to his Montparnasse atelier, the precious painting has already been stolen, leaving Aimée smelling a rat. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death in his kitchen. To top it all off, it looks like Aimée isn’t the only one looking for the painting. Some very dangerous people are threatening her and her coworkers, and witnesses are dropping like flies. Now Aimée has to find the painting, stop her attackers, and figure out what her long-missing mother, who is on Interpol's most wanted list, has to do with all this - fingers crossed she wasn't Yuri's murderer, despite clues pointing in that direction.
Obviously, Rene doesn't need to worry. Aimée has things under control.
Editors Select, March 2013 - I’ve been wanting to return to Paris, ever since visiting two years ago, so I jumped at the chance to read Cara Black’s Murder Below Montparnasse. It’s the 13th mystery in the Aimée Leduc P.I. series, but you don’t already have to be a fan to enjoy it. A stolen Modigliani painting, family secrets, the Serbian mafia, and more make for a fast-paced ride through the hilly, artist-lined streets of Montparnasse. I can’t wait to hear Madeleine Lambert’s take on the tough and stylish Aimée—or to start the series from the beginning. Bon voyage! Diana M., Audible Editor
"[Has] a lengthy, well-developed subplot. Allusions to Modigliani, Picasso, Cocteau, Man Ray, and Duchamp help evoke 1920s Paris." (Publishers Weekly)
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This is the first time I have noticed the narration of any audible book to be distracting, and this one is horrible. I don't care about how the French is pronounced, but there is something very inappropriately sing-song about this narration. At first I thought the author might be reading the narration, but this is a professional? I think this is one I will have to return and buy the kindle version. Sadness. I am guessing the story is okay, thus the 3 stars, but don't get this in audible format.
Yes, she is a good writer
It's singsongy, fast, weird affect etc.
Anger, how to ruin a perfectly good story with bad narration
You have been warned.
Love Cara Black, but narrator ruins it