In Murder in Clichy, Aimee Leduc’s 5th investigation, Aimee has promised her doctor (and sometime boyfriend) that she will take it easy, while she continues to recover form the temporary loss of sight featured in the last book. This means taking her meds, creating a healthier lifestyle (hence the stab at meditation) and sticking to computer forensic work. No more chasing bad guys. And she was going to stick to that plan, really she was. Then a nun at the Cao Dai Temple asked her to deliver an envelope in exchange for a package. It seemed innocent enough and Rene even encouraged her to do this small favor in lieu of a donation to the nuns cause. But, yep, you guessed it, when she goes to deliver the envelope, the man she is to meet is shot before her very eyes and dies in her arms. Aimee grabs the backpack and legs it before the flics arrive.
This story featured stolen Vietnamese jade, rogue RG agents and Rene’s kidnapping. While I was a little annoyed with the boyfriend angle, it didn’t feature too prominently. I’m secretly hoping old Guy will be gone by the end of the next installment. Not that I don’t want Aimee happy, but, really, becoming a doctors wife, moving to the suburbs and becoming one of those ladies who lunch? Quel horreur!
I do enjoy how so far the stories take place in pretty quick succession–just a year has passed in these first 5 books–so my determination to zing through these in anticipation of the newest one coming out in March is like binge-watching whole television series. I’m okay with that.