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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cara Black Narrator: Rebecca Gibel Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Aimée Leduc Series Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781482982497
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Aimée Leduc is happy that her long-time business partner René has found a girlfriend. Really, she is. It’s not her fault if she can’t suppress her doubts about the relationship; René is moving way too fast, and Aimée’s instincts tell her Meizi, this supposed love of René’s life, isn’t trustworthy. And her misgivings may not be far off the mark. Meizi disappears during a Chinatown dinner to take a phone call and never comes back to the restaurant. Minutes later, the body of a young man, a science prodigy and volunteer at the nearby Musée, is found shrink-wrapped in an alley—with Meizi’s photo in his wallet.

Aimée does not like this scenario one bit, but she can’t figure out how the murder is connected to Meizi’s disappearance. The dead genius was sitting on a discovery that had France’s secret service keeping tabs on him. Now they’re keeping tabs on Aimée.

A missing young woman, an illegal immigrant raid in progress, botched affairs of the heart, dirty policemen, the French secret service, cutting-edge science secrets, and a murderer on the loose—what has she gotten herself into? And can she get herself—and her friends—back out of it all alive?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perfectly plotted…Filled with evocative details and quirky characters as delightful as the smell of a fresh-baked baguette.”

    Barnes & Noble

  • “One of the most atmospheric crime novels I’ve read in a long time.”

    Bookreporter

  • “Black expertly weaves the social issues of Chinese sweatshops and illegal immigrants with current science and computer technology, fourteenth-century Templars and guilds, and the local police and French secret service.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “Outstanding…Readers will relish realistic villains and an evocative atmosphere that begs for a trip to the City of Lights.”

    Publishers Weekly  (starred review)

  • “The pace accelerates as fast as Aimee’s Vespa…Murder at the Lanterne Rouge is wonderfully plotted, and Cara Black ties together the past and present with élan.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • Selected for the March 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/12/2014

    " Lots of characters, lots of action. Keep track! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Tanton | 2/5/2014

    " Another escape to Paris. Cara Black is so good at depicting Paris that you feel like you are there. Her character Aimee is fiercely independent except for her bad boys. Interesting insight to the Chinese sweatshops in Paris. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/31/2014

    " I have really enjoyed this series and was looking forward to reading this one. Too bad it felt like Black was just trying on every plot idea she's ever had and throwing them in as she went: Chinese gangs, fiber optics companies, medieval alchemy, ritualistic hazing of engineering students, every branch of law enforcement, and even the Resistance. This book was a mess. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindig | 1/31/2014

    " Seems to me I tried an earlier title in this series and had the same reaction. The Paris is great and I enjoy learning about it. However, the title character is annoying and dresses all wrong for running around investigating (high-heeled boots? miniskirts?). Her partner, Rene, gets to be the noble lonely one, heart of gold, impulsive. If I don't like at least one of the main characters, I don't want to spend time with them. So I don't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 1/29/2014

    " pleasure reading particularly for Paris! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry Lane | 1/29/2014

    " I like the setting and atmosphere Black creates, and in this series she does a creditable job of character development and plotting. In this latest outing, however, I got a little lost in the twists and turns of the plot. Part of that is my own fault; I read these kinds of books for entertainment, and don't work very hard at paying attention to details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenneth Fredette | 1/18/2014

    " This was another good Aimee Leduc investigation. But with a few twists. Will Rene stay as Aimee's partner? A lot goes unsaid but we might think that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maryanne Flanagan | 1/18/2014

    " Didn't finish it...it was okay, but not exciting enough to keep my attention. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 1/6/2014

    " Ugh - what was up with all the designer clothes references? Totally not relevant to the story. Also, didn't really even care who-dunnit... cause I wasn't really sure what they dun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellyn | 12/16/2013

    " Another in the excellent series of Aimee Leduc mystery novels ... good characters, wonderful sense of Paris. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin Jonathan Deutsch | 12/9/2013

    " This was my first Aimee Ledu novel from Cara Black and I plan to read a few others. I definitely like the location set in the Chinatown district of Paris. The plot was enough to keep me interested and creative enough. I like the offerings from SOHO Crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judie | 11/20/2013

    " The best in the series so far. Less of her mother and much more about the Chinese immigration problems. Superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/8/2013

    " I love this series, but I don't think this is the best one in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eli | 1/21/2013

    " Another easy escape into Paris. Aimee had a few more temper tantrums than usual; I didn't get her (over)reaction. It may have been b/c I was miffed that Aimee had a bigger role than Paris & that's not why I read this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Freeman | 11/7/2012

    " Can't wait for the next installment... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/22/2012

    " 3.5. Another enjoyable one :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerome | 10/20/2012

    " Mediocre to poor story. I finished it because I had nothing else to read at the time. Plus I do not generally care for series books with the same character as the lead hero or heroine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edie | 9/4/2012

    " Difficult to read because of all the French phrases and names. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/30/2012

    " This fast-paced and atmospheric mystery set in Paris is the first Aimee Leduc novel I've read. I look forward to checking out the earlier books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Spreiter | 6/4/2012

    " Love all of these books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane S | 3/6/2012

    " A bit of mental fluff and vicarious travel for summer reading, and always enjoyable for the quick pace and fun even if not always coherent much less believable plot lines. "

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About the Author
Author Cara Black

Cara Black is the author of the popular Aimée Leduc mystery series. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her book Murder in the Sentier was nominated for an Anthony Award for Best Novel, and Murder in the Latin Quarter was a finalist for the Best Novel Award from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their son.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Gibel (a.k.a. Kasha Kensington) is a stage actress who has performed in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Camelot (IRNE Award nomination), Urinetown (Denver Post Ovation Award nomination), and Othello. She won the Denver Post Readers’ Choice Award for Best Year by an Actress. Gibel is a graduate of the Brown University / Trinity Rep MFA acting program, where she was the Stephen Sondheim Fellow.