#BookBeginnings Murder in Pigalle

It has been way too long since I’ve been able to join  Book Beginnings on Fridays. Today I’m reading Murder in Pigalle by Cara Black for an online book discussion on Monday at my local library.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Murder in Pigalle by Cara Black

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Summary:  Although she wants to slow down her hectic life because of her pregnancy, private investigator Aimée Leduc still rushes to find the missing thirteen-year-old daughter of a friend. She’s afraid the girl’s disappearance may be related to a serial rapist terrorizing the Parisian neighborhood of Pigalle.

First Sentence:

Paris, June 1998. Monday 1:15 P.M.

Stepping into the shadowed cool of Passage Verdeau, Aimée Leduc welcomed the reprieve from the late-June heat — but not the barrel of the Uzi blocking her way. Stifling a gasp, she clutched her stomach, felt a flutter,


Do you like this beginning?

I do. It gives a sense of the place, the person, and set a tone for the novel, all in a few words.


The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


She had a little life stirring inside her. Part of her wondered what she would do to protect it. And it scared her.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a pregnant protagonist, especially a private detective. It adds an interesting dimension to the story.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. Freda Mans-Labianca

    I’m so intrigued!!! I thought it would be historical and was surprised it was the ’90s. I like that so much better. Not a big historical fan. Happy weekend!

    • Roberta

      The physical setting is the strongest part of the book. It feels like you are in Paris.

      I’m not a historical fan, either.

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I am definitely drawn to this one. I always enjoy books with private investigators. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. Yvonne Gill

    Hi Roberta,

    Why oh! why have I not come across this series before!

    It sounds so good, but I just know I am never going to be able to catch up with events, as Aimee Leduc, is too firmly entrenched in her cases!

    I like that you featured the book, but I almost wish that you hadn’t 🙂

    Have you read any more of the series yourself?

    Thanks for sharing and have a peaceful weekend 🙂

    Yvonne xx

    • Roberta

      The author must be popular at our library because as soon as one is published it shows up on the new book display.

  4. Ashley S.

    This sounds really good! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

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