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When a Haitian woman arrives at the Paris office of Leduc Detective and announces that she is P.I. Aimée Leduc’s sister, Aimée must dig into her father’s past to solve a murderA virtual orphan since her mother’s desertion and her father’s death, Aimée has always wanted a sister. She is thrilled.Her partner, René, however, is wary of this stranger. Under French law, even anWhen a Haitian woman arrives at the Paris office of Leduc Detective and announces that she is P.I. Aimée Leduc’s sister, Aimée must dig into her father’s past to solve a murderA virtual orphan since her mother’s desertion and her father’s death, Aimée has always wanted a sister. She is thrilled.Her partner, René, however, is wary of this stranger. Under French law, even an illegitimate child would be entitled to a portion of her father's estate: the detective agency and apartment that Aimée has inherited. He suspects a scam. But Aimée embraces her newfound sibling and soon finds herself involved in murky Haitian politics and international financial scandals leading to murder in the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank of the Seine, the old university district of Paris....

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ISBN : 9781569475416
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Murder in the Latin Quarter Reviews

  • Sarah
    2019-04-11 06:23

    I have decided to rethink my rating system, having realized that 2 stars is totally underutilized. This book was okay and somewhat enjoyable. I would read another one (perhaps the next one, as this one ended in a cliffhanger). I liked the scene-setting, which is Paris pre-Euro and pre-macaron craze. Which is around the time I last went there, so at least things make sense. Aimee reminded me of a better-dressed, more sentimental Claire Dewitt, or at the very least they share a certain concussed, hungover hot-mess vibe. I did not understand the plot whatsoever, as there was so much going on (Haiti and the Duvaliers, swine, the World Bank, human trafficking, immigration, black magic, cybersecurity, fax machines) that it never came together. I didn't really like the French vocabulary interjected here and there ("non" is completely unnecessary; "flic" is fun if that's really how French people refer to the cops -- I kept wondering if it would be like a French language mystery set in the US in which the cops were constantly referred to as the fuzz). I also wished that Black could convey Aimee's stylishness without naming designers, which was tiresome even if the clothes were allegedly vintage. Overall the book gave off a nice hazy sepia tone, sort of a constant slanted light, that I enjoyed. Wholly unnecessary, offhanded comment about "most people" thinking all Asians look alike -- seriously, just don't.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-24 06:26

    I have been working my way through the Aimee Leduc novels for a little more than a year (there are a lot of them). This one takes place in my favorite part of Paris, the Latin Quarter.The tale begins when Mireille shows up at Aimee's door; she claims to be Aimee's half-sister, from Haiti. Then, Mireille disappears, leaving Aimee with torn photos of her father and a lot of investigating to do. Pretty soon, Aimee is embroiled in the world of Haitian refugees and even black voodoo.I remain surprised every single time the "whodunnit" is revealed in these books, which is unusual. I read a great many mysteries and police procedurals, so getting one past me is rare. Cara Black manages to do it every time!I also love these books because I have walked the streets wherein the incidents occur. It makes it just a little bit more special for me to read them.

  • Charles Matthews
    2019-04-21 02:35

    She dives through windows, ripping her pencil skirt and shredding her fishnet stockings; she prowls subterranean Paris in her beaded Schiaparelli jacket and hospital scrubs; she's knocked unconscious and has her Vuitton handbag stolen; she races down cobblestone streets in her Louboutins. Yes, Cara Black fans, Aimée Leduc is back.This is the ninth of Black's novels about the chic, indomitable Parisian detective, and it has all the elements Black's readers have come to cherish: an engaging protagonist with a likable sidekick (her diminutive partner, René Friant), cops who hinder more than they help, villains with murky motives, grisly crimes, and above all, the unique Parisian atmosphere. This time, the air Aimée breathes is that of the Rive Gauche, the heart of intellectual Paris.The action of the novel takes place in September 1997, just after the death of Princess Diana, an event with which the Paris constabulary is obsessed – fortunately for Aimée, who uses their distraction to her own advantage. The setup is this: a beautiful young Haitian woman named Mireille shows up, claiming to be the half-sister Aimée didn't know she had. And then she disappears. René is convinced that Mireille is a fraud, out to claim half of Aimée's inheritance, but of course Aimée has to go in pursuit. And inevitably, she winds up discovering a corpse – that of a professor of comparative anatomy who is a famed authority on pigs. Figuring out the connection between the murdered and mutilated swine scholar and the elusive, alleged half-sister will take Aimée the rest of the book.Black gives substance to her detective stories, as implausible as they may be, by underlying them with real-world references. In this book, the plot centers on a project to supply water to the poorest parts of the horribly impoverished nation of Haiti, a project that involves the World Bank and millions of dollars. But where she's most skillful is at evoking the sights, sounds and scents of the Paris that Black, who lives in San Francisco, clearly cherishes.Black's dialogue is sometimes a little starchy, with needlessly interjected French words and phrases, oui and non and excusez-moi, as if to remind the reader what language the characters are speaking. And there are a few too many speeches that exist only to provide exposition, as when the murderer fills Aimée in on the back-story of the crime. But Black creates rich, plausible characters, giving them individuality and depth.She is, for example, not afraid to halt the action so that Aimée can have a Proustian moment: “As she hurried in the dusk across rue Mouffetard, a familiar scent filled the air. Swollen, purple figs nestled in a bed of green leaves at the fruit stall. Fit to burst, like those in her grandmother's garden in the Auvergne. It took her back ... to the smell of her grandmother's tart aux figues, warm from the oven, her father's favorite, and how he always claimed the largest slice. The way his eyes crinkled in a grin.” Touches like that, which betray an intimate understanding of where her characters come from, are what lift Black's fiction above the routine of the genre she practices so well.

  • Terri Lynn
    2019-04-12 00:42

    Private detective Aimee Leduc has family issues. Her father, a flic (cop) turned private eye died in an explosion several years back but it is her mom she needs to obtain closure from. Her mother decided to leave an 8 year old Aimee and her dad in the 1970's to become a radical revolutionary and Aimee has suffered ever since not knowing what has become of her. While working at her Paris office, Aimee is stunned when a mulatto from Haiti arrives claiming to be her half sister by her father. She has no real proof but Aimee longs so much for family, that she really wants for her to be her sister. The woman- Mireille Leduc- disappears but leaves an address at a cafe. Against the advice of her business partner Rene, a dwarf who is in love with Aimee, Aimee goes to the address and comes close to being blamed for the dead man she finds there, a Haitian who died in a ritual attack. This book is full of of the familiar- her godfather Morbier, a flic, telling her to stop using her brain and get married and have babies, Rene frustrated by her lack of work towards building their company, Aimee using pretty much anyone she knows in any position to do so, looking for the missing Mireille, going underground into the old Roman baths, getting beaten up, shot, and drugged, and a cast of colorful characters involved in Haiti and its crooked government and poverty programs. Of course, Aimee sleeps with a guy she just met who she thinks might be a killer and rides another man in his own car until he tries to pick her pocket. Oh, and don't forget the nuns and the murdered scientist who is a pig scientist. You really can't go wrong with this series! I am loving it. This is the 9th book in the series and the 9th I have read. On to number 10!

  • Richard Brand
    2019-04-04 01:22

    This is a pretty typical Leduc mystery. Which I guess is a good thing if you like the series. It is a pretty formulaic mystery. Black seems to make it about international events, there are big international funding groups, big political movements, and lots of high up political operatives. This has a surprise of a possible sister for Leduc, and that dominates most of the story. The sister is from Haiti and world bank and Haiti politics and World bank are all involved. We have the typical sudden murder and as always Leduc does not stay around and explain what happens, she flees and jumps over fences and scrambles through bushes to avoid the police. This story continues the tradition of having about 15 or 20 people who are thrown in to complicate the story. It must be one of the cardinal rules of Author Black that Aimee has to have sexual intercourse at least one in every story. So she has her heroine stop in the middle of some part of her investigation and spend the night with somebody. It is not that I do not think sex ought to be left out, but it would be a lot better if there were some context to the event. There is the required segment about her mother leaving. There is the required piece about her father's death and the accusations of corruption. And of course, Aimee's partner hides his love for her, and complains about her neglect of the software business she is suppose to be operating. These are enjoyable reading if you can follow the complicated international espionage involved in the stories as you will find the old familiar parts that fill out the story.

  • HBalikov
    2019-04-07 07:12

    I am going to give in to the temptation to note some comparisons between Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and Black's Aimée Leduc. Both are single women in a job that we still mostly associate with tough men. They both like their action and their "bad boys". Neither author lets the narrative slide very far into "harlequin" / bodice-ripping / graphic mode. I found both entertaining but Aimée Leduc more enduring. Aimée, like another P.I., Warshawski, shares a history that includes a father on the police force, a mother who left our protagonist as a child, and an attitude that "one must do what one can for a client (paying or not) in need." Even though Murder in the Latin Quarter is well into the series, it could serve as an intro to Aimée, her techno-investigator partner, Rene, and her family history with the Paris police (les flics). Black has a firm grasp on Paris, its sites, Paris couture, its history, its food, its culture, its geography, its characters and they all ring true.A little about the plot: Several murders with a ritualistic aspect; a woman who claims to have been a victim of people trafficking; a previously unknown half-sister; the difficult relationship between France and its former colony, Haiti; the machinations of the World Bank and IMF; etc. Though it, at times, reads like The Perils of Aimée, Black makes it a satisfying experience.

  • Ma'lis Wendt
    2019-03-28 07:40

    An Aimee Leduc mystery--the first one I've read. A quick read with a little too much fashion detail, but an interesting story.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-24 07:32

    I really tried to like this book, but it was so poorly written I couldn't even read it all.

  • Liz
    2019-04-09 00:21

    Audiobook review with spoilers. I would sum this up as 'a hot mess'. This is the only book I have read from this series and it's the last. I have an extreme dislike of characters who are seemingly intelligent doing stupid things just to move the plot along. I would assume that a woman, Aimee Leduc, who owns her own investigative business must have some shred of intelligence. This character is criminally stupid. First off, a stranger walks into her business while she is having an important meeting and claims to be her sister who she has never heard of. So she decides to forget about the legitimate client and tear off all over Paris trying to find her missing 'possible sister' and rescue her because no one else is capable of finding her. Then she almost gets her partner killed while traipsing through catacombs. Does this slow her down? No. She decides to go traipsing through catacombs again this time without proper attire or equipment because she is the only one who can do it and it can't wait until she has help. So, she borrows some hospital scrubs (to put over her designer dress) and a helmet and a lantern and off she goes. At one point she puts out her lantern because the catacombs are policed. Apparently she can see in the dark because she is wandering about in the absolute dark and even eludes the police. There are 3 murders that take place and only our intrepid Aimee can find the killer. She does this by going around and accusing everyone under the sun of the murders until the actual murderer tries to kill her. Did I mention that she is always getting beat up on.There are more things to dislike. A friend tells Aimee that she should have a DNA test and not believe the first person who comes along claiming to be a relative. This would seem prudent as France has laws that all of the children have to split an inheritance and since Aimee's father has passed she inherited all his assets. This new sis would put that in jeopardy, big time, though it doesn't seem to faze Aimee. So, back to the DNA, Mireille (the unknown sis) just happened to leave her hairbrush at Aimee's house. How convenient, except that to get DNA the hair has to be pulled out by the root. Somehow the DNA is recovered. This is a small thing, but irritating.The book is littered with French words that seem to be thrown in randomly maybe to remind us the story takes place in Paris This seems to have thrown off the narrator who wavers in and out of a French accent all in the same sentence. All of the names and place names are pronounced with a French accent as are the random French words. This makes the narration incredibly distracting. Pick a voice and stick with it! The narrator even mispronounced brioche.There are more irritating plot points but I'm tired of even thinking about this one.

  • Greta
    2019-03-28 02:23

    Aimee Leduc investigations and author, Cara Black, are new to me, but the setting of her story is familiar. The action takes place through out the Latin quarter in Paris "sister". Murder, international politics, Haiti, industry, research, monetary funds add up to revelations, near death experiences and more murder. Loved revisiting this part of Paris and enjoyed her brief history lessons.

  • Lorraine Shaw
    2019-04-23 06:28

    Not such a good book.

  • Hope
    2019-04-04 06:38

    Really good. Anyone know why there was a two year jump between this one and the one right before it?

  • Christine
    2019-04-18 06:26

    This book was ok, but nit as good as the previous installment. I did like the ending of this story because apparently, Amee Leduc has a brother....

  • Myonlycookie
    2019-04-03 01:41

    This was my first time reading an Aimee Leduc mystery by Cara Black. I enjoyed this one.Clearly, the biggest character is the setting - Paris. Black describes Paris in a clever, detailed way that makes you feel like you are there. If you've ever been to Paris before, her writing will certainly bring back memories of all those little street cafes.The other thing that kept me interested in this book was the fact that the mystery was tied to Haiti with a dabbling of Vodou thrown in. For whatever reasons, I think that both the country and that religion/spirituality are fascinating. I read another mystery a long while back involving New Orleans and Vodou, and I was seriously hooked. This book had a similar hold on me. The build of the mystery was good; it was fast-paced, yet there were a lot of "puzzle pieces" to keep track of and try to fit together. I felt like the way the detective solved the mystery was believable and natural. Sometimes I felt it got too bogged down in the details, but usually it quickly moved to another plot point.There were things I was not so crazy about in this mystery. Unfortunately, I didn't care much for the detective, Aimee Leduc. (Kind of a big deal in mysteries.) She wasn't unlikable, I just felt like I didn't get a good sense of who she was. I got a sense of the way she handled a mystery - usually by diving head first, a lot of improvisation - but who she was as a person and the details of her life was hard to grasp.One thing to keep in mind is that this book is #9 in the Aimee Leduc series. So logically, there've been a lot of details and story told up to this point, but I didn't feel the book did the best job of cluing new readers in (like me).Conversely, I liked that there wasn't a lot of exposition to Aimee's life, and what details there were filtered in naturally. It's just that this mystery was particularly jam-packed, so I feel other details fell to the wayside. I was, however, very interested in Aimee's partner, Rene, and wished he had more of a part to play in the story.The other big complaint was... I didn't like the mystery's resolve. Without giving anything away, it was terribly, terribly typical. However, I find this to be a common problem in mystery stories; the build-up is good, exciting and fascinating, and then the actual solution is a bit of a let-down. Only the greats can make the solution just as exciting as the journey.I probably will read another Cara Black mystery, if only for the setting alone.

  • Celeste Miller
    2019-04-21 03:36

    Cara Black's got a formula and she's sticking to it. There's a murder in a Paris neighborhood, and Aimee Leduc solves it, while the reader learns about the area's history and current denizens, though this episode also delved into France's sordid relationship with Haiti. It seems Black will continue apace with la formule (which includes randomly interjecting French words into dialogue in italics, bah ouaaaais), at least until she runs out of neighborhoods. Coming soon: Aimee Leduc #75: Murder in the Peripherique Offramp!The book is set in 1997, and that's apparently where Black's computer knowledge ends. Computer security expert Aimee and her sidekick Rene hard drive backup wipe the memory hack hackity hack hack computer computer password firewall, success they cracked the code! The dialogue remains fairly stilted, and there's too much exposition, but her editor seems to be improving. I noticed fewer typos and plot holes, and we were informed just twice on the same page that Rene, who's a dwarf, wears only bespoke clothing.After reading several of these books, I think I've deduced why Aimee has such disastrous taste in men (and can never seem to dress herself for the occasion -- a Schiaparelli coat and high heels to go spelunking in the catacombs? OK!) -- brain damage. Girl gets hit on the head and face more often than a pro football player. Then again, I keep reading these books...

  • Lo
    2019-04-07 07:20

    This was a pretty cute book. I found 'Murder in the Latin Quarter' to be a fairly uplifting and exciting book (which is somewhat ironic for the 'uplifting part' since this is a murder mystery book). There is not a lot of character depth, deeper meaning, or real substance behind this book though, which is somewhat expected since it is a murder mystery book. The main character Aimee, is quite the naive, young, and beautiful detective who becomes obsessed with a case involving her alleged 'sister'. Her sister's predicament leads Aimee through underground catacombs, a nunnery, meetings in cafes, sketchy men's cars, and, of course, an attractive but elusive man's bed. It really is quite the adventure, and what I appreciated most about this book is the believability of Black's fiction - like the Da Vinci code, I felt in some truly weird and bizarre situation, this could actually happen. I would recommend this on to someone who just wanted to good book they could pick up in the evenings without too much commitment (you won't become engrossed with this book most likely). I would also recommend this to someone who enjoys French culture or Paris, because there are several french phrases and culture references that I missed that would have made the storyline more enjoyable if I spoke/understood French.

  • Laurie
    2019-04-15 00:27

    I like Black's books, this being the second that I have read, more because of the setting, Paris, and the history that she weaves in to the story rather than the murder mystery. Aimee Leduc is a beautiful, smart, courageous, impetuous detective so she makes for an interesting character. I am not very good at putting together the various suspects and their relationships to the murders - it seemed as if there were simply too many 'leads' in this book and I had trouble keeping them sorted out. There was the gal claiming to be Aimee's half-sister (Mireille), Leonie Obin, Professor Benoit (murder victim) and his cohorts at the Natural History Museum (one is killed), Edourd (the handsome love interest and good guy) and all the intricate relationships of the World Bank, Hydrolysis (working to keep water clean and flowing in Haiti - or, is it just skimming off money?). I couldn't keep it all straight. Benoit's research on pigs and the tissue samples with the heavy metal evidence from the unclean water in Haiti - how it all integrated - plus, Aimee is constantly being chased and hurt and getting out of tight spots - I like the history: the Roman ruins, the Cluny museum, the streets and landmarks of Paris. I read it while in Paris so that was a major boost in my take on the book.

  • Alice Lindsay
    2019-04-09 23:17

    Aimee Lecuc, a strong and honest female character with a business partner who is challenged but extremely able find themselves drawn into the dramas and mysteries that surround them in the city of Paris. Each one features a different area of the city, which is brilliant because it offers the reader an inside view of the personalities of each arrondissment. Aimee is beautiful but never uses her beauty and relies on brains, quick thinking, analytical thinking to find justice or truth. Murder in the Latin Quarter touches on some elements of Aimee's past - her longing for family, the mystery of her mother's disappearance, her feelings that she doesn't ever have the whole truth - and she is mourning the loss of a loved one as well to give this book depth, particularly those who have gotten to know the characters. I loved each book for different reasons - but I's like to see more of Rene and see his relationship with Aimee explored. This book is for mystery lovers, lovers of Paris, those enjoying a strong female character - it's well written, action based, engrossing and fun. Who doesn't love a mystery in Paris?

  • CatherineMustread
    2019-04-23 03:42

    I skipped the note-taking part which enables me to remember the myriad characters of which there didn't seem quite so many in this 9th book in the Aimee Leduc Investigations series.  Aimee's escapades again defy reality but maintain suspense, the subject of this one being Haitian illegals, one of whom claims to be Aimee's half-sister.I found the catacombs part interesting but didn't really get all the connections with voodoo, music, swine, the world bank, and why there had to be quite so many murders.  Aimee's relationship with her partner, Rene, always seems to hint there might be more to be developed but when might that be??  Only two more books in the series (as currently published) yet to go and I need to read them ASAP as I have a chance to hear Black speak in March and would like to finish the series before then.

  • Marilyn
    2019-04-20 02:25

    This is another of the Leduc books that is frantic. Perhaps one of the reasons is that there are so many red herrings. Amy has so many theories about the murders, that they pile up one by one in a very complex plot which tries to deal with whatever justice issue that each book tries to tackle. This book was all about polluted water in Haiti and the politics involved. Sometimes the issues are complex, and adding the insane racing around Paris leaping to conclusions right and left, just gets tedious. Some of the novels are more crafted than others -- some just seem to be thrown together with the same old antics of an ADHD heroine. That said, Black is excellent at portraying various parts of Paris and can be commended for taking on issues that are central to the plots. I just wish Leduc had a bit more empathy for the people she knows instead of just the people who cross her path. Perhaps that is a generational thing -- but I like my heroines to pull a bit at my heartstrings.

  • John
    2019-04-01 03:19

    Quick note only:This is the first of the Aimee Leduc mysteries I've read. A fashion-conscious PI at work in Paris -- in this instance in the period immediately after the death of Princess Di -- Aimee goes through a tumble of adventures connected with the appearance on the scene of her hitherto unknown half-sister (or is she?) and a trio of murders the solution to which drags Aimee further than she'd like into murky Haitian politics. There's a heck of a lot going on here, and by the time I got to the end I wasn't sure all of the plot strands had been adequately tied off. All in all, the text seems very noisy; at the end of each session with the book my head felt a-rattle with the din of events. Where the book scores, though, is in its pace: it reads like a rocket, and that momentum carried me past various plot points I might otherwise have frowned at.

  • Julie H.
    2019-04-08 23:24

    Murder in the Latin Quarter, #9 in the Aimee Leduc series, was what I like to think of as a "hallway book"--that is, it provided details and links back to previous details from the series and dropped little crumbs of hints that will likely reappear in future outings. The part of the storyline that dealt with Haitian politics and assorted sources (and abuses) of foreign aid was quite interesting and, sadly, a bit underdeveloped. Parts were just frustrating in so far as Aimee's apparent lack of common sense in particular moments (e.g., the trip into the catacombs, her romp with Edouard, and near total disregard for her business partner Rene's opinion and/or feelings) despite how very very smart she is at other times. An okay entry in the series, but by no means among the best of Black's works.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-30 05:15

    Yes, Aimée is back in this 9th book in Black's popular series. Aimée is a mix of tough and tender, and her partner in the detective agency, René, is stalwart as always, keeping the business going and watching out for Aimée when she throws caution to the wind. Although he harbors a secret hope that she could be more than a friend and partner, he keeps his feelings masked, knowing that there is little likelihood of any romance. As always, Paris herself is as much an engaging character here as is the intrepid detective. Black's stories follow a certain formula which is by now familiar to me, but nonetheless, I enjoy the easy read, the trip to a side of Paris that isn't in the tourist guidebooks, and a quick story that never lacks for action.

  • Susan
    2019-04-21 01:37

    1) I really enjoyed the Latin Quarter setting. I have read all the books in this series, and am impressed by the way they convey the feel of Paris and the sense of the time period in which they are set. (This one was set in September, 1997.)2) Just when I was thinking that Aimee's fearless actions were approaching those of a super-heroine, one of the book's characters addressed her as "Wonder Woman." (She has her human weaknesses though, including: her fondness for espresso, her craving for cigarettes, and her enthusiasm for edgy men.) 3) Aimee's occasional summarizing of her results to date was helpful in keeping track of the myriad plot threads. 4) The book could have used one last editing go-through to pick up stray errors -- typos and grammatical ones.

  • Jenifer
    2019-03-24 06:41

    I initially chose this book at Christmas after the mister and I purchased tickets to Paris for our 20th anniversary. The person at the travel bookshop we like to frequent when in LA said it was a good read. I'd give it 2 1/2 stars, but I'm feeling generous today. I didn't find the writing all that compelling, the story was okay but seemed to take forever to unfold, and there are some subplots carried over from other books that aren't explored enough in this book to be worth including. I did like reading about the places in Paris that she visited, though.

  • Scilla
    2019-04-14 01:42

    A Haitian woman named Mireille shows up at Leduc Detective and claims to be Aimee's half sister. Mireille is scared and undocumented. Soon, a researcher is found dead and the police are looking for Mireille and Aimee. It is difficult to realize who is on which side, but there is a lot going on in Haittian community politics and the companies and charities dealing with Haiti. Aimee is trying to help Mireille, but she keeps disappearing while Aimee puts herself in danger more than once while more deaths occur.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-23 02:24

    I believe this is one the best from Cara Black. Not so many outlandish and totally unbelievable situations. I always find the time-line unrealistic for all the activities. Aimee has weeks of experiences in a few days. I don't remember which book it was where she was blind, but managed to climb out her hospital window onto a ledge and crawl along roofs high above Paris, but thankfully this latest installment didn't have anything like that. I just love the Paris atmosphere and her plots are wonderfully intricate. I wonder if people who have never been to Paris find them as marvelous?

  • Sarah
    2019-04-14 04:15

    This book was much weaker than several of her other books. There was no reason Aimee had to get involved in this plot line and I kept wondering why she would. A complete stranger walks into her office and tells her she's her long lost sister from Haiti and she believes it.I refuse to give this series high ratings just because its location is Paris. I've been to Paris many times enroute to my mothers native Germany. I've never been impressed with Paris. The French countryside is nice though.

  • Linda
    2019-03-28 00:29

    When the latest Cara Black book comes on the scene, I put my other reads on the backburner for a couple of days to find out the latest in murder and intrigue in Paris. Murder in the Latin Quarter takes the reader into the world of Haitian culture and politics. As always heroine Aimee LeDuc is throwing on the latest flea market, vintage, name-dropping outfit to solve the mystery. When winter doldrums have set it and spring is almost-but-not-quite just around the corner, it's great to escape into the most wonderful city in the world.

  • Elizabeth Millard Whitman
    2019-04-09 07:24

    I love Paris and I like mysteries, and read this to help me get in the mood for an upcoming visit to Paris. The book has fun moments, but overall I was disappointed; I found the plot formulaic, the efforts to evoke a Parisian or Left Bank atmosphere forced, and the characters uninteresting. For others who are fans of both mysteries and Paris, I would recommend Georges Simenon or Fred Vargas.