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Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Series #10)
     

Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Series #10)

3.5 13
by Cara Black
 

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Someone impersonating Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc shoots her partner, René, and eyewitnesses identify Aimée as the culprit. She must clear herself and find the shooter before she finishes the job

Just as Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc is about to leave for New York City to pursue a lead on a man who might be her brother,

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Someone impersonating Parisian P.I. Aimée Leduc shoots her partner, René, and eyewitnesses identify Aimée as the culprit. She must clear herself and find the shooter before she finishes the job

Just as Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc is about to leave for New York City to pursue a lead on a man who might be her brother, her fellow detective, René Friant, is wounded by a near-fatal gunshot. Aimée is distraught over René’s condition and horrified to be under suspicion for the attack; police have pegged her as the guilty party. At the same time, a large, mysterious sum appears in Leduc Detective’s bank account, and tax authorities descend upon Aimée. It seems someone is impersonating her—someone who wants revenge. But for what?

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Praise for Murder in the Palais Royal

"Forever young, forever stylish, forever in love with Paris—forever Aimée."
—The New York Times Book Review

“Such fun . . . a delightfully unbuttoned Audrey Hepburn for the twenty-first century.”
Booklist

 
“[Aimée’s] two investigations link in a surprising way—there’s a really ripping ending—and make for interestingly different and over­lapping tension. And with Aimée really on the defensive, she’s more appealingly tough yet vulnerable than ever. With its multiple strands, this work has a somewhat different feel from other Aimée Leduc novels. But never fear, it’s still a winner.”
Library Journal

Praise for the New York Times bestselling 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

“As always, with airfares so high, Black offers armchair travelers a whirlwind trip through the City of Light.”
—USA Today

Publishers Weekly
Before Aimée Leduc can go to New York to meet a previously unknown brother at the start of Black’s solid, if less than suspenseful, 10th mystery to feature the Paris PI (after 2009’s Murder in the Latin Quarter), dogged Inspector Melac arrests her for the nonfatal shooting of her partner, René Friant. A woman impersonating the stylish PI entered the Leduc Detective office and shot René with a Beretta. Someone, Aimée decides, is trying to frame her. Improbably, Aimée gains her release by pulling strings with her godfather, Commissaire Morbier, so she can investigate on her own. The trail leads her to Cardinal Richelieu’s former Palais Royal, where bistro waitress Clémence Touvier schemes to blackmail the prominent mother of a neo-Nazi arsonist whose accomplices Aimée helped convict. Clémence’s strangulation in the Palais arcades ups the ante. In the end, Aimée must confront dark revelations about her fugitive mother, who may have a part in the sinister plot against her. (Mar.)
Library Journal
In Aimée Leduc's latest investigation (after Murder in the Latin Quarter), the crime is upfront and personal—not only has Aimée's partner, René Friant, been shot but Aimée herself is accused of the crime. In addition, a large amount of money has mysteriously appeared in Leduc Detective's account, prompting official investigation, and a young man Aimée helped pack off to jail for anti-immigrant activities demands to see her—and then ends up an apparent suicide. Bien sûr, this would not be an Aimée Leduc novel without political concerns, and Aimée's follow-up of the convicted man's death—even as she tries to clear her name and figure out who really shot René—leads her straight into the hate-filled terrain of neo-Nazi agitation and Les Blancs Nationaux. These two investigations link in a surprising way—there's a really ripping ending—and make for interestingly different and overlapping tension. And with Aimée really on the defensive, she's more appealingly tough yet vulnerable than ever. VERDICT With its multiple strands, this work has a somewhat different feel from other Aimée Leduc novels. But never fear, it's still a winner. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 11/1/09.]—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569478837
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Series:
Aimee Leduc Series , #10
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
364,240
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Cara Black is the author of sixteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and visits Paris frequently.

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Murder in the Palais Royal (Aimee Leduc Series #10) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1997 Paris, Leduc Detective's four foot Rene Fiant is shot twice by his colleague Aime Leduc. He is rushed to intensive care at Hotel Dieu. Stunned eyewitnesses tell Inspector Morbier they saw her fleeing the office where the dwarf was shot and an unexplained large amount of money has suddenly appeared in the firm's bank account, which has the tax authorities looking closely at Leduc Detective's. Aimee knows this will be her toughest case ever as even Rene believes she tried to kill him with the Beretta. She wonders whether someone impersonating her shot her best friend, but though she has enemies from previous cases, Aimee cannot fathom whose motive would include attempted murder, which quickly changes into two homicides tied to her. Only Miles Davis believes in her innocence. This is a super entry that goes full circle back to the first Leduc case Murder in the Marais, but a newcomer does need to read that tale to enjoy Murder in the Palais Royal although they will thoroughly enjoy that mystery and the rest of the series. Fans will appreciate this super thriller as the high heeled computer analyst has her work cut out proving her innocence and insuring her partner stays alive while providing the audience with a tour of the rest of Paris (and its suburbs) where impoverished immigrants from the former French colonies reside. Harriet Klausner
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JaneVillette More than 1 year ago
The Aimee Leduc series transports the reader to a neighborhood/arrondissement in Paris in each novel. Palais Royal successfully makes you feel like you are in Paris following Leduc as she tries frantically to clear her name of attempted murder of her partner and to find the killer. The plot has an incredibly great twist in it. Highly recommend this installment in the series.
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macabr More than 1 year ago
MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL begins when Aimee Leduc, sharing some quiet moments with her newest boyfriend, Mathieu, receives a call from her partner, Rene Friant. One hundred thousand francs have been deposited into the Leduc Detective Agency bank account. Regrettably, no one owes them so much money and Rene is afraid Aimee has done something less than legal. A short time later, Rene is shot and Aimee is the principle suspect. Using her connections at the Surete, Aimee escapes arrest and begins her own investigation, a move that requires she cancel her trip to New York City where she is expecting to meet the brother she never knew she had. Fans of the series know that, with Aimee, nothing is simple or straightforward, and this adventure is no different. There is another large deposit of money into the Leduc Agency bank account leaving the Agency to be investigated for money laundering, Rene is taken to an undisclosed location to protect him from Aimee, Aimee receives a pass to visit a man who is in prison as a result of Aimee's testimony about the burning of a synagogue, a contact is murdered seconds before she and Aimee meet, and a man with a brilliant future in politics finds that future in jeopardy. There is some blackmail thrown in to make sure readers aren't bored and, just maybe, Aimee's long missing mother might have a hand in her problems. Readers are never bored by Cara Black's series. Aimee lives a charmed life in so many ways. She invariably finds herself in tunnels or on rooftops but she is rarely out of breath and she has enviable good luck in finding couture fashions in rummage sales. The stories move as fast as Aimee and each book offers the reader a taste of the arrondissements (sounds so much better than zip codes) that make up the city of Paris. Rene Friant, her business partner, Commissaire Morbier, her godfather, and a few girlfriends are the constants in Aimee's life as they are constants in the 10 books of the series. I always think that it is best to start a series at the beginning but the author has constructed the series so well that new readers can jump in anywhere and enjoy the story to the full. Those who are familiar with Cara Black's series already know they are in for another treat. Those who haven't yet met Aimee should hurry to do so.