Murder Below Montparnasse, another ARC from Net Galley, Soho Crime.
This is the second book featuring Aimee Leduc by Cara Black that I've read (Thanks, Teresa, for the recommendation), and I was delighted to receive this as an ARC. It is the 13th in the series, so if I choose to go back and pick up earlier books in the series, I'll have plenty to catch up on.
Aimee's best friend and partner Rene Friant, a computer specialist, has left the agency for a dream job in the states. Feeling deserted, Aimee tries to be happy for Rene's good fortune, but his loss and a mysterious connection concerning her long-missing mother result in blunders in her investigation.
In the meantime, Rene, a dwarf, finds his new job begins with difficulties with accommodations for his size, but on discovering that his hiring had an ulterior motive, he both stunned and frightened.
Aimee's first case in Rene's absence has its own problems, and the search for a missing Modigliani painting of Lenin, her confusion about her mother's involvement, a Russian oligarch's desire for the painting, and Serbian gangsters keep Aimee busy.
Mystery. March 5, 2013. print version 319 pages.