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Murder at the Lanterne Rouge: (Aimee Leduc Investigations #12)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  801 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
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 Chinato ...more
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Published March 6th 2012 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 01, 2012 Pam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I've phased out of Aimee...désolé...I have a fine collection of the paperbacks but have gotten the this and the previous book from the library and don't intend to add them to my 'collection'. I'm sure its me - or the 'formula' is getting tired; but then, I'm still very happy w/ Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski...!!

If I have to be specific - which I might as well be for my own reference - there are too many threads trying to be woven here and we return, AGAIN - to 'poor' Rene - his hips, h
Leighton Gage
Jan 27, 2012 Leighton Gage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remember all that brouhaha a number of years ago, when some people were trumpeting the wholesale abandonment of French cheese and telling us we should avoid Paris as a tourist destination?
Ya know what?
I have a suspicion that the people behind it secretly wore hair shirts and beat themselves with flails.
I mean, avoid Paris? Give me a break! If you aren’t a masochist, why would you want to torture yourself like that?
Okay, maybe you don’t like cheese, but surely you wouldn’t disagree with the immor
So, this book sucks. Another impulsive buy I regret. What’s funny is I bought Murder at the Lanterne Rouge because the book I had brought with me on vacation sucked so much I couldn’t finish it. I managed to finish this one, but by skimming through the last one hundred pages of the incredibly retarded and unconvincing plot. Why did this book suck? Oh, so many reasons.

Aimée Leduc is a private investigator of sorts (although I wasn’t impressed with her skills) and runs a security firm with her par
May 19, 2013 Isabelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure how I came across this book; I think someone recommended it to me, possibly because I am originally from France.
I really disliked the novel because of the overabundance of cliches about France, Paris, French people etc... I am sure that Cara Black loves France, no doubt about it, and that she knows it well enough. However, too many details are off for me to be able to buy into the story. In addition, I became rapidly irritated by all those French words peppered throughout the text
Jul 31, 2012 Brooke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel terrible giving this book a low score. I was sort of "assigned" this book to read for an event I'm going to, and I really wish we'd been "assigned" the first book in the series. I floundered a bit trying to get a grip on the characters and the settings. I think if I had read the entire series, this entry would have meant much more to me. The main characters have lots of promise. I also wasn't crazy about all the French. It's set in Paris, everyone in it is speaking French, yet not all of ...more
Debra Askanase
The latest Aimee Leduc mystery. As always, I enjoyed them, but felt the plot was a bit forced and slightly unoriginal: another mystery involving ancient Templar secrets...really? I am also starting to tire of Aimee's lack of wardrobe preparation for detective work: why she consistently wears stilettos or expensive vintage coutoure when she must know she'll be running all over the city is beginning to wear on me. On the other hand, in this mystery, we learn (finally) something about her mysteriou ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Elbert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Barely enough story to keep me awake. I know a bit of french, but the french words and phrases interjected into every other sentence is annoying. This was my first and last attempt with this author.
Mar 03, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aimee Leduc's business partner, Rene Friant, has a new lady friend whom he wants to introduce -- a lady friend about whom he is very serious indeed. So, Aimee meets Rene, Meizi Wu (the lady friend) and her very strict parents at Chez Chun for dinner in one of Paris' four Chinatowns. During dinner, Meizi gets a phone call, runs out of the restaurant ... and disappears. Aimee follows her, only to find the dead body of a man -- a man who has Meizi's photo in his wallet.

So, once again Aimee's determ
Terri Lynn
What am I going to do now? I discovered Cara Blacks's series about Paris private detective Aimee Leduc and now have just read the 12th book which was recently published (they come out one per year) and now will have to wait a year to read more.

In this book, Aimee is planning to go away on a vacation with the flic (cop) she is dating Melac to Martinique when Rene invites her to a Chinese restaurant for dinner with the Asian girl he has fallen in love with- Meizi. She is only slightly taller than
Mar 11, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gloria Feit
Jun 18, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The latest Aimee LeDuc mystery has one plot intertwined with two themes. To begin with, we are introduced to a young Chinese woman, Meizi, with whom Aimee’s business partner, Rene, is deeply infatuated. She turns out to be an illegal immigrant, and Aimee determines to find out more about the woman to protect Rene before it might be too late. At the same time, a young Frenchman is found murdered just outside the restaurant where Aimee, Rene and Meizi and her parents were dining.

During the dinner
Mar 25, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, french
I read one mystery novel per year, in March. That yearly mystery novel is the latest installment of Aimee Leduc's detective adventures in Paris.

As usual in this series, the plot is fast-paced, complex, and involves a number of subplots. While reading this book, I found myself more than usually aware of Aimee's bag. Always with her, it is a never-ending source of just what she needs to solve a problem, whether it be her lock-picking tools, a computer disc, an extra cell phone, or just her red li
Jun 28, 2015 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cliche ridden, convoluted plots that made little sense. Gratuitous French words sprinkled inanely throughout the text for an effect that just doesn't work when English words are more appropriate. Trite dialogue with a clumsy prose style that had me wondering if this book had in reality been written by a high school sophomore. I have the sense that Ms. Black wrote this book with both her French-English dictionary and a stack of Templar histories by her side. I found myself scornful of Aimee Leduc ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this could have, and perhaps should have, been two books. I was involved at the beginning with the Meiji plot, but it then took second place to the fiber optic/stained glass/Templar thread. Connecting these two by means of one fascinating dead guy was ok, in theory, but so many characters and details were interwoven that by the end, I just got sick of it and kept reading just to be done. Interesting characters surfaced along the way (Pascal's mother) but they were never developed becau ...more
I am so glad to be back reading The Aimee Leduc Investigations! They are brilliant stories traveling over ground that I know little of. A literary action thriller with characters that I can't help but love. Cara Black writes crime with a heart and soul. Paris with modern touches and historical past that is all uncovered in this mystery, with twists and turns. You are sure to be engaged in this the 12th book in this series that continues to draw me into the puzzle that needs solving.
Mar 25, 2012 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frivol
Because I love mystery novels and Paris I heard that the Leduc series was a must. It was very reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code - Paris, secret societies and a murder mystery. I wasn't thrilled with how many times Aimee's "heeled boots" and "Tintin" watch were mentioned - it got pretty old reading about her wardrobe, almost like Black tried too hard at the descriptions. But, it was an entertaining read and I would probably read another in the series.
Aug 08, 2012 Lindig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, unfinished
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.

Neil Plakcy
Oct 08, 2012 Neil Plakcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cara Black has the ability to pull you into Aimee Leduc's world within the first page. I loved the chance to see Aimee again and spend time with her in a different part of Paris-- in this case, one of the city's four Chinatowns. The attention to detail is so terrific that you feel you're right there with Aimee. The plot was intricate and yet believable, too. Can't wait for the next book!
Oct 03, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous book of the adventures of Aimee LeDuc. Very intense, and I was always kept guessing. Some nibblings of facts here and there, and I eagerly anticipate the next installment. I love how Cara's writing immediately takes me back to Paris. Le sigh...
Apr 25, 2016 Marilyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Leduc. The story was filled with just about every government agency available with them following the protagonist for a variety of conflicting reasons. Once again Aimee mysterious mother appears in the novel only to remain in the shadows as well as a continued on and off again relationship with her father's old partner. It just gets tedious. The political situation deals with sweatshops and is somehow also involved with the murder of a scientist who had discovered a fiber optic f ...more
Mar 03, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
During a dinner in Chinatown, Meizi, the girlfriend of Aimée Leduc’s partner, René, disappears. When the murdered body of a young man is found nearby with Meizi’s photo in his wallet, Aimée and René are seriously worried. This is not the most memorable of the series, but brings Aimée into some interesting not yet explored neighborhoods of Paris. I realize that, as a Parisian woman, Aimée has an obligation to be chic. But I do wonder how many outfits and pairs of shoes she can afford to ruin in t ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love Cara Black's books about Aimee Leduc and her engrossing and exciting adventures in various Paris arondissements. She is a detective and security (not securities) expert with a taste for vintage designer clothes and "bad boy" partners. Her mother (an American) abandoned her and her father when she was a child, and her father, a Paris police detective, was killed in a bombing when she was a young adult.
The Cara Black style has Aimee leaping from one roof to another while complainin
Julie H.
Jul 07, 2012 Julie H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Murder at the Lanterne Rouge takes on illegal Chinese immigrants and the snakeheads who control them, holding murder of loved ones back home and/or removal from the sweatshops in which they are employed to forced prostitution and similar fates. The story opens as Rene, who has fallen hard for yet-another young woman at his Dojo, asks Aimee to bring the birthday present he's forgotten at the office to him and his girlfriend who are celebrating her birthday at a restaurant in the couple-block Chin ...more
Judith Starkston
Apr 06, 2012 Judith Starkston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve been dying to go to Paris but can’t afford the airfare, read Cara Black. Paris is a central character in her mysteries—you will be immersed in the sights, smells, and sounds so vividly you’ll be sure you’re there. Her latest Aimée Leduc mystery is set in the part of the Marais which holds the oldest Chinatown in Paris (there’s more than one), but also involves the only medieval Templar tower left, the Musée des Arts et Métiers, several delicious cafes, not to mention some gritty cobble ...more
Susan Oleksiw
Mar 30, 2013 Susan Oleksiw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aimee Leduc's partner, Rene, has fallen in love with a lovely young Chinese woman, Meizi. On the night when he is to meet her parents at a small dinner party in a Chinese restaurant, Meizi receives a phone call and bolts from the restaurant. An elderly woman rushes in and announces something in Chinese and the restaurant empties out. Aimee and Rene follow, Rene because he's worried about his girlfriend, and Aimee because she wants to know what's happened. She stumbles on one reason--a man has be ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the 12th in the series but my first read of Black's Aimee Leduc series. I've been to Paris three times, and it was great fun to read a mystery set there. Black takes great care with her Paris setting--not that I know enough about French policing or national security or Chinatowns to know whether she's got things right or not, but I know enough of Paris to be imagining my memories blended with her descriptions as I read. The city is a real character here, not just a setting.

Aimee Leduc is
I seem to be reading this series in reverse... it's an interesting way to discover a character and their backstory.

As with Murder Below Montparnasse this is set in an area of Paris I know but Black brings out odd corners and history that I didn't know; I'm starting to keep notes so on my next trip I can go to this church... that bistro. There's a little bit of Templar madness here, but it doesn't rise to Dan Brownian levels (yay!). The socially relevant parts revolve around Chinese snakeheads an
Jul 04, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black does it again with a fast paced mystery and a mult-layered plot. Paris is the setting of her series and the City is always an accompanying character, with its grey light and misty moods. This book is set in the winter time, amid Chinese sweatshops, intrigue from the military and police, the Knights Templar, a fourteenth century formula for stained glass that's worth killing for. Of course, there are teasers about the fate of Amiée's mother. One feels for Réne, Aimée's business partner, who ...more
Catherine Woodman
I agree with another reviewer, that these books of Aimee LeDuc have lost a lot of their original punch, and have fallen into the trap that many a murder mystery series falls into, that of repetition. The character just doesn't move on, in fact in this case, becomes hardened in her ways, both the good and the bad. While this may very well reflect human nature, that we are doomed to repeat ourselves, it is not a great trait in a series, where things become all too predictable. I still take these o ...more
Once again, author Cara Black brings Paris to life with her Aimee Leduc mysteries. I’ve read Black and her Leduc mysteries before but I read this one while in Paris on vacation. And let me tell you -- Black has the atmosphere of the city spot-on. For me, the mystery itself (this time, involving the HUGE mess her business partner’s new girlfriend gets tangled up into) is not the real draw with the Leduc stories. It is the way Paris sparkles and vibrates as Aimee wanders, chases and races through ...more
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