Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve. Carol Shields Republic of Love

Paris in July Challenge

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Does it sound simply wonderful: Paris in July? How could a reader resist? How could anyone resist?

I quite enjoyed Cara Black’s first novel, Murder in the Marais (1998), in which readers first meet Aimée Léduc, a female private investigator working in Paris.

That first in the series was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best First Novel (1998) and I most enjoyed the links between past and present (she was investigating warcrimes with connections to the 1940s that are still relevant to contemporary atrocities).

But, honestly, I don’t remember much else, which is partly why I want to revisit the series, to determine if I want to follow along with it (apparently there are ten books now).

So I’m planning to read Murder in Belleville (2000); there is a very short excerpt from it here and I am really looking forward to Paris In July.

(Of course I’d like to imagine that I’ll be reading many more of the series as well, but I’m only promising one Paris-soaked read.)

Completed July 2010


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