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Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis by Cara Black
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Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis (2007)

by Cara Black

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It was a loaner that I took on a flight. I am a fan of Paris, but not of the flat cliched tone of the book. The endless label dropping was a little weird. (Her fuchsia agent provocateur bra got wet!) ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
Pretty weak stuff. The plot never really coheres, which is a big flaw in a murder mystery. Black's prose isn't strong enough to convey the kind of atmosphere which one would expect from something set largely on the Île Saint-Louis. Peppering sentences with Parisian streetnames doesn't do much by itself to help the reader conjure up an image of the setting. Moreover, Black indulges in one of my pet peeves—a reader suspends disbelief when reading an English-language novel set in a non-Anglophone novel, understanding that all the characters are really 'speaking' French or Latin or Xhosa or what have you when their dialogue is presented in English. To do as Black does here, and have characters say 'Bonjour' or talk about 'watching something on the télé' before continuing the conversation in English breaks that suspension of disbelief. And honestly, if sprinkling your dialogue with such basic French is the best technique your novel has for creating atmosphere, you need to go back to the drawing board. ( )
  siriaeve | Jul 14, 2013 |
I hated this book. It was implausible and silly. Reading it right up against The Sandman made the contrast between formulaic and absurd mystery books all the more stark
  SusanB55 | Jan 7, 2010 |
Great mystery - interesting characters, good plot, taste of "real" Paris. ( )
  ccayne | Oct 17, 2007 |
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'It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. '

      -- Voltaire
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In memory of the deportees on
Auschwitz-Birkenau convoys 37 and 38,
September, 1942, the real Stella,
and all the ghosts.
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Aimée Leduc sensed the scent of spring in the air rising from the Seine and spilling through her open balcony doors.
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This is the seventh Aimee Leduc investigation by two-time Anthony Award nominee Cara Black. Aimee discovers an abandoned infant. While seeking the child's mother, she becomes involved with environmental protesters and her life and that of little Stella are endangered by a cold-blooded killer.… (more)

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