Cara Black Books

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Cara Black is an American author that writes mysteries, thrillers, and general fiction. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1951. But the author spent her childhood in California’s Bay area. Cara lived an interesting life. She was not afraid to veer off the beaten path.

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Order of Aimee Leduc Investigations Series

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1 Murder in the Marais 1999 Description / Buy
2 Murder in Belleville 2000 Description / Buy
3 Murder in the Sentier 2002 Description / Buy
4 Murder in the Bastille 2003 Description / Buy
5 Murder in Clichy 2005 Description / Buy
6 Murder in Montmartre 2006 Description / Buy
7 Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis 2007 Description / Buy
8 Murder in the Rue de Paradis 2008 Description / Buy
9 Murder in the Latin Quarter 2009 Description / Buy
10 Murder in the Palais Royal 2010 Description / Buy
11 Murder in Passy 2011 Description / Buy
12 Murder at the Lanterne Rouge 2012 Description / Buy
13 Murder Below Montparnasse 2013 Description / Buy
14 Murder in Pigalle 2014 Description / Buy
15 Murder on the Champ de Mars 2015 Description / Buy
16 Murder on the Quai 2016 Description / Buy
17 Murder in Saint-Germain 2017 Description / Buy
18 Murder on the Left Bank 2018 Description / Buy
19 Murder in Bel Air 2020 Description / Buy
20 Murder at the Porte de Versailles 2022 Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Aimee Leduc Investigations Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Murder on the Quai 2016 Description / Buy
2 Murder in the Marais 1999 Description / Buy
3 Murder in Belleville 2000 Description / Buy
4 Murder in the Sentier 2002 Description / Buy
5 Murder in the Bastille 2003 Description / Buy
6 Murder in Clichy 2005 Description / Buy
7 Murder in Montmartre 2006 Description / Buy
8 Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis 2007 Description / Buy
9 Murder in the Rue de Paradis 2008 Description / Buy
10 Murder in the Latin Quarter 2009 Description / Buy
11 Murder in the Palais Royal 2010 Description / Buy
12 Murder in Passy 2011 Description / Buy
13 Murder at the Lanterne Rouge 2012 Description / Buy
14 Murder Below Montparnasse 2013 Description / Buy
15 Murder in Pigalle 2014 Description / Buy
16 Murder on the Champ de Mars 2015 Description / Buy
17 Murder in Saint-Germain 2017 Description / Buy
18 Murder on the Left Bank 2018 Description / Buy
19 Murder in Bel Air 2020 Description / Buy
20 Murder at the Porte de Versailles 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Kate Rees Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Three Hours In Paris 2020 Description / Buy
2 Night Flight to Paris 2023 Description / Buy

Order of Akashic Drug Chronicles Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Cocaine Chronicles (Short Story) ( By: Lee Child, Laura Lippman, Ken Bruen, Jervey Tervalon, Bill Moody) 2005 Description / Buy
2 The Marijuana Chronicles ( By: Jonathan Santlofer) 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Nicotine Chronicles ( With: Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, Hannah Tinti, Christopher Sorrentino, Lauren Sanders, Bernice L. McFadden, Jonathan Ames) 2020 Description / Buy

Cara Black Anthologies

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1 My Sherlock Holmes 2003 Description / Buy
2 Shaken: Stories for Japan 2011 Description / Buy
3 Making Story: Twenty-One Writers on How They Plot 2012 Description / Buy
4 The Usual Santas 2016 Description / Buy
5 California Schemin': The 2020 Bouchercon Anthology 2020 Description / Buy
6 Private Investigations: Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives 2020 Description / Buy
7 Shattering Glass 2020 Description / Buy
8 Sherlock Holmes: A Detective’s Life 2022 Description / Buy
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Besides studying Chinese history at Sophia University (Tokyo), Buddhism in Dharamsala (Northern India), and getting her teaching credentials from San Francisco State College, the author also worked as a barista at a train station in Switzerland and as a bar girl in Bangkok.

Additionally, she taught English in Japan and contributed her talents to the Head Start Program, which allowed her to engage sweatshop workers and families in dire straights. Cara cherished these opportunities because they taught her so much about the human condition.

Eventually, writing entered the picture and consumed her. Anyone that reads her books is well aware of the author’s love for all things French, which she blames on the French-speaking nuns at the Catholic high school she attended.

The author was still in high school when she wrote a fan letter to Romain Gary. The Prix Goncourt winner was kind enough to respond to Cara, who had already developed an interest in French literature and Romain’s work.

The pair finally met when Cara journeyed to Paris, and Romain took her out for coffee. She has made several trips to Paris since those early days. Each trip teaches her something new because she takes the time to immerse herself in a different aspect of the city.

The author doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty during the research stage, even if it means sneaking into the city’s closed areas by posing as a journalist, descending into the sewers, training at a firing range, and more.

Her popular detective (Aimee Leduc) was not inspired by a real person. Although she interviewed three female Parisian detectives. Aimee appeals to Cara’s readers because she’s a young, contemporary woman with a decent fashion sense.

Like the best detectives, Aimee is unrelenting in her pursuit of justice. When Cara created the character, she never expected ‘Murder in the Marais to become the first in a series. At the time, her only objective was to tell a touching story her friend told her in the Marais.

Her friend’s mother was 14 when her family disappeared. She came home one day, and they were just gone. The teenager tried to maintain her daily routine and even went to school, all the while hoping that her family would return.

Things took a turn for the worst a year later when the girl learned the truth. Her family had gone to Auschwitz. The story touched Cara, and she remembered it years later when she visited Paris. She wanted to write a story exploring the lingering effects of the Second World War on future generations.

Cara Black Awards

Cara’s accolades include several Anthony and Macavity Award nominations.

Best Cara Black Books

The author enjoys visiting the places she writes about because it allows her to capture the nuances of each location. Cara’s best books include:

Murder in the Marais: Aimee Leduc was a competent detective. However, she stayed away from criminal cases. Her late father was a police detective, and she had no interest in meeting a similar fate as him, which is why Aimee prioritized tech investigations.

But she couldn’t ignore the elderly Jewish man’s request. The actual client was a woman at his synagogue. Despite her better judgment, Aimee accepted the top-secret decoding job. She expected her involvement to end once she dropped off the findings at the client’s house.

But then, someone strangled the woman and carved a swastika into her forehead. Now, Aimee and her partner Rene are determined to find the person responsible for the horrendous murder.

Three Hours in Paris: What happened in 1940? Why would Hitler visit Paris following German’s invasion only to leave abruptly three hours later?

Kate Rees was on a mission. After losing her husband and daughter in a Luftwaffe bombing, the American markswoman needed an outlet for her grief. Fortunately for her, British intelligence wanted someone with her talents.

They wanted Rees to kill the Fuhrer. But something was afoot. And after missing her mark, Rees began to wonder whether her mission was a set-up.

When Does The Next Cara Black book come out?

Cara Black doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Night Flight to Paris and was released on March, 7th 2023. It is the newest book in the Kate Rees Series.

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