Private detective Aimée Laduc's back in town and duking it out in the Latin Quarter.
Hanging out with Aimée's creator Cara Black in Pigalle was a trip. She doesn't miss a trick. There's red velvet elevator in her Latin Quarter book described in great detail. Will this elevator in the Hotel Langoise we strolled into show up in a future mystery? Ya gotta wonder..?
Cara/Aimée is a bit of an imp. Yet there are can be serious political undertones in her stories. And I appreciate that her women characters are not brutalized or prostitutes.
The 'Latin Quarter' or 5th arrondissement is Aimee's old university turf with scenes inside the Sorbonne. and scenes in the last remains of Roman ruins in the city like Les Arenes. Plus some underground shenanigans going on in the catacombs that you'll never get me to go down in.
Neighborhood cafes are featured since Aimee is big on espresso. So is Cara for that matter.
The main museum is the Cluny on 6 Place Paul Painlevé
There's a terrific scene late in the book with Aimee hiding out in the Frigitorium from her supposed villain.
Aimee could definitely wear a helmet full-time. she gets knocked about on her head way too much IMHO...
She runs around a lot hiding from her persuers...
I wish she'd wear some decent shoes for once..
Foiled again at rush hour on the #10 Metro is Aimee...
And Aimee Puleeze try to stay out of Parisian ambulances. Too much tripping, falling down, heels breaking and tearing of vintage Schiaparelli beaded jackets. Sensible this French girl is not.
Aimee does eat a pastry in Latin Quarter! OK, so it's a figue tarte but figs are not in season so you'll have to make do with apricot or strawberry.Be my guest.
Murder in the Latin Quarter is just as un-put-downable as the rest of Cara Black's Paris by arrondissement series. Right now the guardienne of my building is gobbling up the latest batch sent over from Soho Press but I'll soon get them all to myself. Can't wait! Maybe a tarte citron is waiting in the next bunch to devour. Qui sait?