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January 17, 2018
7:00 pm
Downstairs Program Room
800 Alma St
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Author Cara Black Saint-Germain
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Author Event: Cara Black

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This month, the Mystery Readers Group welcomes a special guest: author Cara Black!

New York Times bestselling author Cara Black joins the Mystery Readers Group to discuss "Murder in Saint-Germain," the 17th book in her Paris-set Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which now has over 400,000 copies in print. 

In the new book, Aimée is walking through Saint-Germain when she is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad. Suzanne has just returned from the former Yugoslavia, where she was hunting down dangerous war criminals for the Hague. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost—a Serbian warlord she thought she’d killed. She’s suffering from PTSD and her boss thinks she’s imagining things. She begs Aimée to investigate—is it possible Mirko Vladic could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta? Aimée is already working on a huge case, plus she’s got an eight-month-old baby to take care of. But she can’t say no to Suzanne, whom she owes a big favor. Aimée chases the few leads, and all evidence confirms Mirko Vladic is dead. It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind—until Suzanne’s team begins to turn up dead in a series of strange, tragic accidents. Are these just coincidences? Or are things not what they seem?

The Mystery Readers Group meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month in the Library's Downstairs Meeting Room. Join fellow mystery readers to share and discuss favorite writers!

About Cara Black
Cara was born in Chicago but has lived in the Bay Area since she was five years old. She attended Sacred Heart, Cañada College, and San Francisco State University. Her love of all things French was kindled by the French-speaking nuns at Sacred Heart, where Cara first encountered French literature and went crazy for the work of Prix Goncourt winner Romain Gary. Her junior year in high school, she wrote him a fan letter—which he answered, and which inspired her to make her first trip to Paris, where her idol took her out for coffee and a cigar. Since then, she has been to Paris many, many times. On each visit she entrenches herself in a different part of the city, learning its secret history. She has posed as a journalist to sneak into closed areas, trained at a firing range with real Paris flics, gotten locked in a bathroom at the Victor Hugo museum, and—just like Aimée—gone down into the sewers with the rats (she can never pass up an opportunity to see something new, even when the timing isn’t ideal—she was headed to a fancy dinner right afterwards and had a spot of bother with her shoes).