Murder at the Porte de Versailles

Soho Crime. (Aimee Leduc Investigation, Bk. 20). Mar. 2022. 360p. ISBN 9781641290432. $27.95. M
November 2001 brings mixed feelings to Aimee Leduc. Her father died years ago, but the anniversary of his death is the same day as her daughter’s birthday. This year, Chloe’s third birthday party unites beloved friends until one of them, Boris Viard, remembers he left her present on his desk at the police lab. Boris doesn’t return, Aimee receives a strange call from his phone, and she heads to the lab to find him. She discovers a scene of chaos. Just two months after 9/11, bombs have exploded at the lab, and the police suspect terrorism. Even worse, when traces of explosives are found under Boris’s fingernails, they suspect him. As owner of Leduc Investigations, Aimee returns to field work to prove that her friend is innocent. After Chloe’s father takes her to Brittany, Aimee is free to explore a complicated case involving multiple murders, the bombing, suspicious police activity, and, of course, possible terrorism.
VERDICT Black’s latest is a fast-paced, atmospheric mystery that brings back memories of worldwide fear after 9/11. It’s best for fans of the series who will recognize the numerous characters and memories brought together in the 20th in the series (following Murder in Bel-Air).
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