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Murder at the Lanterne Rouge: An Aimee Leduc Investigation [Hardcover]

Cara Black
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March 6 2012 Aimee Leduc Investigations
Aimée Leduc is happy 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 alleyway—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 has 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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Praise for Murder at the Lanterne Rouge

"Outstanding.... Readers will relish realistic villains and an evocative atmosphere that begs for a trip to the City of Lights."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Black expertly weaves the social issues of Chinese sweatshops and illegal immigrants with current science and computer technology, 14th-century Templars and guilds, and the local police and French secret service."
—The Columbus Dispatch

"[O]ne of the most atmospheric crime novels I've read in a long time."
—Bookreporter.com

Black has painted such a rich sense of place, and crafted much in the way of gripping diversions and accelerating drive to rivet the reader to the pages."
—Blogcritics.org

"Paris never needs a new look, and neither does Aimée Leduc."
—Booklist

"Perfectly plotted.... Filled with evocative details and quirky characters as delightful as the smell of a fresh-baked baguette."
—BN.com, Mystery Pick of the Month

"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

"[Black] lets readers peek into a corner of Paris that Fodor's leaves out."
—Kirkus Reviews

“With this series, it’s easy to feel you’ve just been to Paris, and to a side of the city tourists rarely see..”
—Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

“Black's Paris is one we are always happy to visit again.”
—Reviewing the Evidence

“Smoothly written and tightly plotted."
—Mystery People

"Narrated in Black's staccato, caffeine-propelled style, Murder at the Lanterne Rouge is one of the most complex investigations yet for Leduc."Kingdom Books

Praise for the Aimée Leduc series

"Transcendently, seductively, irresistibly French."
Alan Furst

"Wry, complex, sophisticated, intensely Parisian.... One of the very best heroines in crime fiction today."
Lee Child

"So authentic you can practically smell the fresh baguettes and coffee."
Val McDermid

About the Author

Cara Black is the author of eleven previous books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series, all of which are available from Soho Crime. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! Feb. 8 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, due in large part to the way in which the author continues to explore, layer by layer, the complexities of the main characters personalities and relationships to one another. Love that the story takes place in one of my favourite places, Paris!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Un peu de trop - 3+ March 18 2012
By Blue in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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Like a lot of long time fans of the Aimee Le Duc series by Cara Black, I found the early books fresh, original and an irresistible armchair link to Paris. Somewhere along the way though, the stories took on a kind of repetitiveness: protagonist Aimee Le Duc became increasingly obsessed with designer clothing and feckless boyfriends; the steadfast business partner, Rene Friant was treated like a theater prop; and the circuits around Paris became more contrived. Author Cara Black got some heat for all of this from admirers of the series and, to her credit, this latest episode of the series, "Murder at the Lantern Rouge", seems like an attempt to get back on track.

There's an interesting opening plot gambit - a young academic, who was working on a 14th Century alchemy project, is murdered in a Chinatown street while Aimee, partner Rene and his Chinese immigrant girlfriend are having dinner nearby. From there, things get much more complicated. A large cast of characters, both new and old/familiar join the story. Call it a cassoulet (and it's not Burgundian as Cara Black would have it). The action picks up and is soon frantic and hard to follow at times (for me, at least). As the story moves toward its conclusion, Aimee is back to fretting about her clothing choices, her long lost mother, her martyred father and whether the guys she meets in the course of the investigation are "bad" enough to date.

If you are a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books (forget about Sue Grafton) you might find yourself thinking - Aimee/Stephanie separated at birth?

So overall, "...Lanterne Rouge" is better than some of the latest Le Duc books, but I still had some problems with the structure, pacing and character interaction. There's just too much going on; too many things happen without rhyme or apparent reason; and yes, poor old Rene gets the short end of the stick once again.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome Sameness July 21 2012
By V. Geller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've read all the Aimée LeDuc books, in order. As a francophile who visits Paris every year, I enjoyed the locales as well as the plots. However, I found this book to be tough going, in other words boring. There's a sameness to this story that I found difficult to capture my interest. The computerese, the bargain second-hand fashions, the pitiable partner René and his hip problems, the high heels catching in the cobbles, the mysterious and mind-entangling mother, the love-hate relationship with Morbier, the inevitably failed relationships with bad-boy men, the nicotine habit, and injuries-per-case that would leave most humans permanently disabled. Enough already! Give us some diversity, some movement and growth. It's getting stale.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soho Mastered the Kindle March 30 2012
By truth2who - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It appears the publishers at Soho Crime finally figured out how to format a book for the Kindle. Previous releases in both Cara Black and other Soho series were bad enough to make one demand a refund. (not that they gave one)

Sadly, it's for one of the weaker Aimee Leduc outings...it seems like the threads of old, unusable plots were strung together in a story which meandered in and out of uninspiring situations in search of solid, forward-moving plot. The past couple Leducs remind me greatly of the final releases of both the Charlotte Pitt and the Amelia Peabody mysteries.... once-wonderful characters and stories grown old and dusty with what appears to be a lack of effort. Once you've cranked out a dozen novels, rote takes over for care and editorial scrutiny. Re-entergize or retire.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Cara Black March 11 2012
By PoCoKat - Published on Amazon.com
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I love being transported to Paris in each Aimee Leduc Investigation novel by Cara Black. Cara explores a different neighbourhood of Paris in each novel. In Murder at the Lanterne Rouge we are transported to one of Paris's Chinatowns. Very illuminating as I had no idea that illegal Chinese immigrants who were virtual slaves to those who brought them into the country.

I have read this entire series and this latest book is an excellent example of what makes this series by Cara Black exceptional. The reader is transported to 1998 Paris. It is a special author who can make a novel's setting come alive to the reader.

We are given more hints in this novel about Aimee's mother. I love how Cara has provided hints in each of her novels. And I hope that Aimee is finally reunited with her mother one day. This time out Rene has a new love who is at the center of this Chinatown based novel. Of course he still has feelings for Aimee which she is clueless about. Loved the Google reference.

Excellent story that brings together fourteenth century discoveries with cutting edge modern technology. Must read for mystery lovers. I cannot wait for the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the series. Jan. 29 2013
By Carol Kazwick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read all of the Aimee Leduc investigations and to be honest I have enjoyed some more than others. This latest addition to the series is a very well written, layered and interestingly complex. Highly recommended for Aimee Leduc fans.
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