Monday, October 7, 2013

Murder in Belleville

I have been pining for Europe these days. Whenever I see a commercial with the Eiffel Tower in it, my heart clenches wistfully and I start looking up flight prices knowing full well that France is not in the cards any time soon. I knew I would fall in love on our anniversary trip earlier this year. I did not know I would fall this hard.
Thus, I wanted to read something set in Paris to help me reminisce a bit. No, I did not witness any murders while there but I thought Murder in Belleville would do, all the same. It’s the second book in Cara Black's Aimee Leduc series, the first having been unavailable at the time.


Good Reads’ Synopsis: "Tension runs high in this working-class neighborhood as a hunger strike to protest strict immigration laws escalates among the Algerian immigrants. Aimée barely escapes death in a car bombing in this tale of terrorism and greed in the shadows of Paris."

What I Thought: Well, this was just okay. I loved all the city descriptions and I like a good murder mystery but this didn’t hold my interest all that well. Starting on the second book in the series was probably a bad idea as well having missed out on much exposition. I’d like to go back and read Murder in the Marais and see if I can forge on with the series as there are several after this one. For now, skip it.
Rating: * * 1/2

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