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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.