Murder in Bel-Air / Cara Black.

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      Summary: Aimée Leduc is about to go onstage to give the keynote address at a tech conference that is sure to secure Leduc Detective some much-needed business contracts when she gets an emergency phone call from her daughter's playgroup: Aimée's own mother, who was supposed to pick up Chloé, never showed. Abandoning her hard-won speaking gig, Aimée rushes to get Chloé, annoyed that, yet again, her mother has let her down. But as Aimée and Chloé are leaving the playground, Aimée witnesses the body of a homeless woman being wheeled away from the neighboring convent, where nuns run a soup kitchen. The last person seen talking to the dead woman talking to was Aimée's mother--who has vanished. Trying to figure out what happened to Sydney Leduc, Aimee tracks down the dead woman's possessions, which include a huge amount of cash. What did Sydney stumble into? Is she in trouble?
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    • ABNT:
      BLACK, C. Murder in Bel-Air. [s. l.]: Soho Crime, 2019. ISBN 9781616959296. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Black C. Murder in Bel-Air. Soho Crime; 2019. Accessed October 29, 2020.
    • APA:
      Black, C. (2019). Murder in Bel-Air. Soho Crime.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Black, Cara. 2019. Murder in Bel-Air. Aimée Leduc Mystery. Soho Crime.
    • Harvard:
      Black, C. (2019) Murder in Bel-Air. Soho Crime (Aimée Leduc mystery). Available at: (Accessed: 29 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Black, C 2019, Murder in Bel-Air, Aimée Leduc mystery, Soho Crime, viewed 29 October 2020, .
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      Black, Cara. Murder in Bel-Air. Soho Crime, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Black, Cara. Murder in Bel-Air. Aimée Leduc Mystery. Soho Crime, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Black C. Murder in Bel-Air [Internet]. Soho Crime; 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 29]. (Aimée Leduc mystery). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1

*Starred Review* Aimée Leduc's nineteenth adventure is one of her best, both because the plot is notably rich, incorporating the complex relationship between France and its former colony, Côte d'Ivoire, and because the ongoing domestic drama in the extended Leduc household has become a thoroughly involving serial novel of its own. In a manner similar to how Donna Leon builds Guido Brunetti's family life into the fabric of her series, Black tells a parallel story in every book about single-mother Aimée's relationships in the present and her lingering parental issues, whose roots are in the past and involve both her dead father (killed under suspicion of being a corrupt cop) and American mother, Sydney (vanished for years but now back in Paris, swearing to no longer be a CIA agent). Precariously back in the family's good graces, helping out with child care while Aimée recovers from a concussion, Sydney reverts to form here, abandoning young Chloe at her playgroup and disappearing yet again. As Aimée follows the breadcrumb trail Sydney leaves behind, she finds herself in the middle of the political turmoil roiling in the twelfth arrondissement, home to many West African immigrants with stakes in a rumored coup d'état in Côte d'Ivoire (the book is set in 1999, when a real-life coup did take place there). Whether read as a crime story with roots in international politics or as the latest chapter in a fascinating family drama, this is a deeply satisfying and entertaining novel. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 January #1

As she's about to give the keynote address at a tech conference, Aimée Leduc gets a call that her mother, Sydney, has failed to pick up Aimée's daughter at playgroup. And the last person to speak with Sydney has been found dead. Aimée's 19th case involves postcolonial Franco-African politics and secrets in Paris's tech-trending 12th arrondissement.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 April #3

Set in 1999, bestseller's Black's gripping 19th Aimée Leduc investigation (after 2018's Murder on the Left Bank) opens with Parisian PI Aimée abruptly leaving a tech conference right before her keynote presentation on hearing that her American mother, Sydney, has failed to pick up Aimée's nearly one-year-old daughter, Chloé, from the child's playgroup. When Aimée arrives, she sees the body of a homeless woman being taken away from a nearby convent that operated a soup kitchen. Sydney was the last person seen talking to the woman. Aimee's subsequent investigation turns up connections to the Ivory Coast and international spies. As usual, Black takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of Paris, both the well- and less-well-known sections, and Aimée never leaves home without oozing style. Though the momentum falters now and then in the book's second half, a taut, well-choreographed final confrontation more than compensates. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will have fun. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown. (June)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.