MYSTERY

Murder in Bel-Air

Soho Crime. (Aimée Leduc, Bk. 19). Jun. 2019. 312p. ISBN 9781616959296. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616959302. M
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Black’s 19th “Aimée Leduc” mystery has the intrepid detective juggling career, parenthood, and some complicated relationships. Preparing to give the keynote presentation at an important tech conference, Aimée receives a phone call from her daughter’s day-care center. No one has picked up Chloe. Abandoning the conference, she rushes to get her daughter and arrives to see the body of a homeless woman being removed from a nearby convent. Annoyed that her mother, Sydney, who may be a spy or a terrorist, failed to pick up her daughter, Aimée wonders about the dead woman. Trying to find out why Sydney vanished and why the dead woman possessed a large amount of money leads to a hunt for information tied to France’s colonial past in Africa. Is her mother involved?
VERDICT Readers will enjoy the exciting trip through Paris and the colorful characters who turn up along the way in this latest page-turner from Black that will make readers want to hop the next flight to the City of Light. [See Prepub Alert, 12/17/18.]

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