I’m starting to think that binge reading an entire series in one go isn’t such a great idea. What started out as a welcome immersion into Aimee Leducs Paris has become a bit of a slog. When a particular book in the series is sub-par, it seems to have more impact and even if the next ones are better, I can see more and more of the little things that bother, annoy or downright piss me off. However, since I am only four books away from completing the series I am going to soldier on.
In the 9th book of this series, a young Haitian woman named Mireille arrives on the doorstep of Leduc Detective and claims to be her long-lost half sister. Their meeting is cut short and theu make plans to meet up later. When Aimee arrives at the agreed upon destination, Mireille has already fled, frightened that she was being followed. When Aimee gets to the address that Mireille left for her, she finds a dead man who has been horribly mutilated and left in a circle of salt. Could this be the tonton macoute or is Mireille the murderer? As Aimee tracks her supposed half sister across Paris, the dead bodies pile up and she once again escapes death by the hands of the real killer.
This story is set shortly after Lady Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris and this hampers Aimee’s attempst to convince the flics that something larger is going on with these deaths. She is also distracted by the ongoing expansion and remodel of her offices and with the newer and bigger contracts she and Rene are getting in computer security. While Aimee eventually learns that Mireille isn’t really her half sister, a “bombshell” dropped in the last paragraphs of the book reveals she may have a brother.