Sep 9, 2016

Book Beginning: Murder on the Quai by Cara Black

Murder on the Quai, a novel by Cara Black, published June 14, 2016 by Soho Crime. I was lucky to find this one available at the library, the most recent in a mystery series set in Paris that I have read and enjoyed. 
Book description: Aimée Leduc, heroine of 15 mysteries in this New York Times bestselling series, is a très chic, no-nonsense private investigator—the toughest and most relentless in Paris. Now author Cara Black dips back in time to reveal how Aimée first became a detective.

Book beginning:
Paris. November 9, 1989. Thursday Night

Standing outside the Michelin-starred restaurant, a stone's throw from the Champs Elysees, the old man patted his stomach. The dark glass dome of the Grand Palais loomed ahead over the bare-branched trees. To his right the circular nineteenth century Theatre Marigny. 

"Non, non, if I don't walk home, I'll regret it tomorrow." He waved off his two drunken friends, men he had known since his childhood in the village, as they laughingly fell into a taxi. Course had followed course; remembering the caviar-dotted lobster in a rich veloutee sauce topped off by Courvoisier brandy, he rubbed his stomach again as he waved goodnight to the departing taxi....

Seems like a foreshadowing, setting the scene for what's to come....I have started the book and am engrossed in the story of the protagonist Aimee and how she first got into the detecting business.

Page 56: 
...After he had related what seemed like a typical evening , he described Bruno's arrival. "With a woman. A looker. Like you." Marc grinned....

Memes: The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader.


  1. Sounds like a richly told novel.
    I had to ask myself where I was November of '89... a newbie in high school. Frightening times people.... :-)
    Happy weekend!

  2. Great setting...I always love a good mystery. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “GIRL ON THE RUN”

  3. I like the way the author immediately sets the scene and lets us know a little bit about the character. The dialogue in your 56 appeals to me too. This sounds like a mystery series I'd enjoy.
    My Friday post features CHESTNUT STREET.

  4. Sounds interesting. The beginning description made me hungry. This week I am spotlighting Project Elfhome by Wen Spencer - a linked short story collection. Happy reading!

  5. Never heard of this author or the series, but sure will check it out! Thanks for sharing! Here's my Friday Meets:

  6. I haven't heard of this author either. I do like a tough female protagonist.

    My Friday 56 from Doggone It

  7. this book is fantastic, the best of the whole series, it's actually the prequel:

  8. The setting is a big draw! Have a wonderful weekend, Harvee.

  9. Wow that beginning pulled me in and I wanted more. I am not sure if it would end up too intense for me or not. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I like that beginning for a few reasons. Food references are always appealing.

    I think that after 15 books, a prequel may be a good idea.

  11. I just finished the book and gave it a 5. Aimee doesn't disappoint!

  12. I had so much fun with "Night Circus." Might not remember all the details, but the love of the book is still with me. For that year, it would have been my favorite book.


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