Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Book Review: Murder in the Latin Quarter by Cara Black

Published by SOHO Press

Rating: 4 stars

This book is the 9th volume in the Aimée Leduc mystery series, that follows Aimée, a computer-security analyst, through her investigations. This installment begins with a mysterious Haitian woman who approaches Aimée, claiming to be her sister. As the story progresses, a number of deaths all seem to be linked to an international scandal involving Haitian politics and corruption.

This is the first book I've read in this series and I was not disappointed. I liked how the mystery intertwined with Aimée's life, providing her with a personal stake in its outcome. Aimée is also a great role model as can be seen through her independence and bold attitude throughout the novel. Though the plot occasionally begins to seem a little too formulaic, there are some intricate details that help contribute to its uniqueness.

The book's title, Murder in the Latin Quarter, reveals that the setting for the story is as important as the murder that occurs in the book. Black's description of the Latin Quarter and the Paris scenery helped enhance the story's overall charm and certainly made me want to hop on a plain to Europe!

While the book is not as fresh and original as it could be, it captured my attention from start to finish with its interesting topic and great female lead.

BIG THANKS to Sarah and SOHO Press for sending me this book to review.


TexasRed said...

Sounds interesting. What is the first book in the series? Did it cause problems to start with Book 9?

Becca said...

This sounds interesting. I had not heard of this series before.