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CapRadio Reads is a book club and online reading community, hosted by Capital Public Radio. Moderator Vicki Lorini and host Donna Apidone encourage you to participate in person or on the website.

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Murder In Pigalle

January 2015 book selection

Murder In Pigalle

by Cara Black

January 15, 2015

CapRadio Reads celebrated its second anniversary this week with lovely food, delicious wine and Donna Apidone on hand to talk with author Cara Black about her book, Murder in Pigalle.  Our overflow crowd swarmed in and enjoyed the discussion so much it went on for an hour and a half. Lots of good questions and answers from those who had read the book, and loads of comments after from people who now are true Cara Black and Aimee Leduc fans.  We're all anxious for Ms. Black's next book, which arrives in February.

We are so pleased to have finished our second year! And what a great start to 2015. Watch our website closely. We have loads of great books coming up, and some truly wonderful and talented authors. Laurie R. King, Ann Packer and our old friend Anthony Marra are all scheduled to visit this year.

Thanks from all of us at CapRadio Reads for making this program such fun and such a success, and of course, thanks for reading. 

January 7, 2015

While we plow through the endless articles on diet and exercise, low-calorie chocolate cakes, and how to lose all the weight you gained over the holidays in seven minutes, I suggest another route to real happiness in 2015: Sit in a comfortable chair, with a good light, and work out your brain! 

A great device for this is not an expensive treadmill, or "supplements." Try a great mystery novel. I, of course, have a suggestion. If you haven't already started our January CapRadio Reads selection, Murder in Pigalle, now is the best time to do it.  Cara Black, the author of this 13th in the Aimee Leduc series of Parisian mysteries, will be joining us for our Second Anniversary Soirée on Tuesday, January 13, at 6pm. 

You will want to have read the book so you can have all your questions lined up for Cara. Since you will have had lots of time for that diet-and-exercise program to take effect, you may even want to ask her about the world of fashion in Paris. Her heroine, Aimee, is always decked out in a fabulous collection of couture designs, even in this book, where she is five months pregnant. 

Cara spends much of her time in Paris and can speak to all that is "Parisian". Come join the fun. Start the New Year right with us at CapRadio Reads.  Get your tickets now, and wait for the Ooh, La La!

December 31, 2014

It's almost time to ring out the old year, and ring in the new, and what better way than with one of the Best of 2014. The San Francisco Chronicle has named Murder in Pigalle a Notable Book of 2014. And how lucky we are that the book's author, Cara Black will join us for our first CapRadio Reads Author Event on Tuesday, January 13 at 6:00pm.

It's a mystery with a large slice of Paris thrown in as well as our favorite French sleuth, a now five months pregnant Aimee Leduc. The story and the city will captivate you, and we'll get a wonderful taste of The City of Light from the conversation with Cara Black. We will celebrate not only the success of Murder in Pigalle, but our own success as we ring in two years of the best bookclub in town. Join us for the party, the interview with Cara Black and Donna Apidone and some yummy food and wine. Don't wait until next year. Make a resolution to sign up today and reserve your seat for this great event.

From all of us at CapRadio Reads, thank you for making this year such a success and so much fun. We wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year, and we look forward to seeing you early in 2015. And, as always, thanks for reading.

December 22, 2014

It's a grim topic. 

Cara Black has captured the sweltering heat and misery of August in Paris. Murder in Pigalle is not a flowery Springtime view of the City of Lights, but a much more realistic view of the once arty, now seedy part of Paris called Le Pigalle. Black's protagonist, private detective Aimee Leduc, tries desperately to eliminate a predator as she struggles with her own demons. 

All is not dark in this mystery. Aimee has a baby on the way -- and no husband -- but she always manages to appear Parisian Chic, with the proper lipstick color and shoes. After all, this is Paris!

The characters in this book, some new, and some recurring from Black's previous Aimee Leduc books, are well worth discussing, but I will leave that up to MY partner in crime, Morning Edition Host Donna Apidone, who will interview Cara Black at our Second Anniversary Soirée in January. 

As dark as the subject matter is, we expect the evening to be festive. Reserve your tickets and join us on Tuesday, January 13, at our new time of 6 p.m. 

See you there and, as always, thanks for reading.

December 16, 2014

Cara Black, author of Murder in Pigalle, joins us on Tuesday, January 16 at 6pm for CapRadio Reads 2nd Anniversary Party.  She and Donna Apidone will be "in conversation" about Black's latest Aimee Leduc novel.  

Pick up a copy of Murder in Pigalle and start it now so you'll be able to join in on the conversation. You can get a copy from our partner in crime, and book selling, The Avid Reader at Tower, who will be selling books at our event. 

These author events are always a fun evening of conversation, delicious food and wine.  Be sure to order your tickets early, as we are always a full house. We look forward to seeing you in January in our Community Room.

Happy Holidays and, as always, thanks for reading.

December 10, 2014

We are almost ready for the Big Reveal of our next selection. 

The First Best Party Of The Year is still a month away, but we will make tickets available on Monday, December 15. You will be able to click on the Eventbrite button on that day and get your tickets for CapRadio Reads Second Anniversary Party and Author Event. We'll have all the details then, and we appreciate your patience while we plan this "tres fun" event. 

As a reward for all that patience, and for being a careful reader of this blog, I can tell you a little secret: We have chosen our February book. We will be back to our Face to Face book discussions for February, and we have chosen the book that won the National Book Award in the Young Adult category. Maybe you heard about this on NPR! The book is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. It's a wonderful book, and not very long, so you will have plenty of time to give it a good read.

So, hold on until next week, and we'll be able to start talking about our January Event and Party! 

As always, Thanks for reading.

December 3, 2014

We hope you have made it peacefully through Thanksgiving leftovers, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Now we can celebrate "Book Lovers' Rainy Day" with a big thanks to Mother Nature for providing the much-needed sound effects and cozy environment. 

Although the times have been brief, between batches of Sugar Cookies and Spritz Wreaths, I had some time to read a little this past week. I was lucky enough to have a copy of the brand new Michael Connelly book called The Burning Room. This is Connelly at his very best, featuring detective Harry Bosch and a new partner, Lucia Soto. The two detectives -- Harry, a veteran who is about to retire, and Lucia, a rookie who already has a past -- do not fit well together in the Open Unsolved Unit.  The story appears to be about the ten-year-old murder of a Mariachi player, but quickly we see it is much more than that. This is a terrific book for a busy time of year. The writing is stirring, and the plot, though easy to follow, has you twisting and turning. If you DO have to put it down to take the sweets out of the oven, you'll want to get right back to it. 

The other book I must mention is one of my favorites from this year. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is the "Have you read this, oh, you MUST" book of the year.  A bookseller at Washington, DC's Politics and Prose Bookstore must have read it and had the opportunity to suggest it to President Obama when he and his daughters were shopping there last week. The President bought it, and I hope he shares it with his wife and aughters. I won't tell you more, just that it is a wonderful, thoughtful book that many on your list would like to read.  I will compare it very favorably with my all-time favorite novel by our friend and CapRadio Reads author Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

Must get back to the kitchen, so Happy Book Lovers Rainy Day and thanks for reading.

November 26, 2014

Are you using the time to catch up on books precariously stacked on your nightstand?  Maybe you are reading recipes, trying to decide on a new homemade cranberry sauce or that really fabulous green bean casserole. 

I've been reading maps, guide books and road signs while traveling all over the Southwest.  It was a glorious trip, but I really missed having the time to delve into a great book.  I had one with me, the new Tana French book, The Secret Place. If you haven't read her Irish Murder Squad books, you're in for a treat. You can start out with her first book, In The Woods, and binge-read all the way to this one, her fifth. You will immerse yourself in a part of Dublin not usually seen by outsiders and learn to love and despise the people in this unsettling part of a very beautiful city.

If you are missing the wonderful suggestions for new books that come from each meeting of CapRadio Reads, I'll give you a few of my latest favorites. A big, long, wonderful book of historical fiction is Ken Follett's latest, Edge of Eternity. It's the third and last in his Century Trilogy. This one, like the others, can be read as a stand alone, but you may want to start with number one. This book takes us through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the early Civil Rights movement and wraps up with Barack Obama being elected President. Follett's characters are a combination of real and imagined, and his thoroughness and historical perfection make these books a great way to revisit history. 

A shorter, possibly more "fun" book is Ruth Reichl's novel, Delicious. For those of you who have read the former Editor of Gourmet Magazine's memoirs, you know she is a very funny writer with an entire family of funny and crazy people to draw from. This book is a departure for her, since she has never been a writer of fiction. I thought she did a terrific job, although the story is not ALL fiction. It is a semi-autobiographical account of an editor whose magazine is sold out from under her. It's a fun read. It has a lot of great "foodie" moments and is also a tour of some of New York's most interesting spots. 

That's it for this week. Watch this space for more suggestions next week, and maybe a few hints for those readers near and dear to you at the Holidays.

As always, thank you for reading.