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Editorial Reviews

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
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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2013 Cara Black (P)2013 AudioGO
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Critic Reviews

"[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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
2 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 03-25-13

Narration horrible!

What would have made Murder Below Montparnasse better?

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.

Would you be willing to try another book from Cara Black? Why or why not?

Yes, she is a good writer

What didn’t you like about Madeleine Lambert’s performance?

It's singsongy, fast, weird affect etc.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, how to ruin a perfectly good story with bad narration

Any additional comments?

You have been warned.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Janels on 03-23-13

Love Cara Black, but narrator ruins it

One of the many reasons I love Cara Black's novels which take place in Paris, is that it brings back wonderful memories and allows me to actually visualize her settings. I spent several months a year in Paris, and had become accustomed to her "in" way of doing things. Another reason was that I liked the mysteries and story line, which in the past were brought to life perfectly by a great narrator, whose French accent and pronunciation were right on. It was like having a mini-French review with each book, and learning more slang. I also learned even more about Paris, which seemed impossible.

Not with this book, however. It still has a great story line and offers great visual insight into Paris haunts, habits and customs, but not pronunciations of the French terms she uses repeatedly in all her books. They are continually mispronounced in French, or pronounced here as one would in English. It is terribly distracting. The French word "frison" is pronounced "freezone" (accent on the last syllable), not "frishin".

The second thing that was irritating about this narrator was that she read so fast! I had to keep checking my iPhone to make sure the speed was set correctly at 1x. It was.

The third in many of the irritating qualities of this narrator was that she could not vocally characterize men. Morbier sounded ridiculous, the young kid intern sounded as if he had a cold, and every other male was cartoonishly voiced. Why change narrators?

In short, this book would be better read than listened to, with this narrator. I don't follow the plot closely due to her hurried mutilations.

Cara--please write more books, but PLEASE go back to the former narrator!!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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