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

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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 Aimée is about to leave for New York City to follow up on a lead about a possible younger brother, her partner in Leduc Detective, René Friant, is wounded by a near-fatal gun
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2010)
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Terri Lynn
May 30, 2012 Terri Lynn rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed my 10th Aimee Leduc mystery a lot. Aimee, the quirky Paris private detective is spending the night having sex with a married man (who she does not know is married with a kid and in marital counseling with his wife) She is planning to leave the next day for New York to meet with a detective her godfather the flic (cop) Morbier set her up with to investigate a possible brother. Her mother abandoned Aimee and her flic father when Aimee was only 8 to become a 1970's radical and Aime ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I think Gwen picked this book as well--it had the word "Royal" in it.

Important thing to note when reading a detective novel set in not just have a discussion that night about the Pink Panther movies. Seriously, for the first 100 pages, I kept picturing every single French police officer as Chief Inspector Dreyfus and the main character Aimee as Clouseau. Didn't help that the roommate person was name Chloe--way too close to Cato.

I get why people read mysteries. They are like mind-cand
Alice Lindsay
Feb 26, 2013 Alice Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Aimee Leduc has been through challenges all of her life - and now she finds herself alone to face a complex stream of events that seems surrealistic. It's a mystery, and a story of a woman who continues to grow, spurned on by a need to know the truth - about her own past and about the injustices she is eager to confront. In this mystery, there is a mistaken identity, the need to right a wrong and take on some powerful people, and a last minute discovery that changes everything. I've read 11 of t ...more
Aug 10, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
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 principal suspect.

Using her connections at the Surete, Aimee escapes arrest and begins he
Feb 04, 2012 Michelle rated it did not like it
Such simplistic writing with an unlikable, narcissistic primary character. I felt like I was reading a book written by a freshman college student who is enamored of her self-appointed francophile expertise.
Don't waste your time with this author.
Mar 25, 2016 Marilyn rated it liked it
I liked this #10 of the series better than #9. It was not as frantic - the pace was better and it stayed fairly stable until the final pages. The heroine seemed better focused and the plot was more straight forward -- at least until the final quarter of the book when, once again, the heroine is running all over the place with theories that don't always pan out. It was a clever plot that wasn't as contrived as they sometimes seem to be. Fortunately, as usual, she emerges victorious -- although ho ...more
May 04, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Another great book from Cara Black. Aimee is still trying to find out information on her long-absent mother and a supposed younger brother. Her plans are dashed at the last moment when Rene, her BFF, is shot and nearly killed. NO! I love Rene, he's the heart of this series. As Aimee is suspected of shooting Rene, she has to stay ahead of the police and find out who shot her partner.

I had been reading this series sequentially but I had to read this one out of order since the library didn't have a
Apr 04, 2015 Sharon rated it it was amazing
So, I'm a tiny bit bummed ... because this was the last Aimee Leduc novel that I hadn't read. (Yes, it was out of order ... because it didn't show up from the library before the others did.) Now I have to wait for Cara Black to write a new one!

Anyway, this time Aimee is under investigation for money laundering ... because some huge deposits have shown up in her accounts from outside of France. She has no idea where they've come from, but she's also got bigger fish to fry: someone is framing her
Julie H.
Jul 03, 2012 Julie H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
One of the things that most frustrates me about any mystery series is how often the protagonist(s) deals with one tidy thing at a time. Well Murder in the Palais Royal blows that criticism right out of the water. In the 10th entry in the Aimee Leduc Investigation series, Aimee and partners Rene and Saj--but mostly Aimee--deal with overlapping threads from multiple previous cases coming back to bite them on the proverbial behind.

While initially disheartened by the fact that Rene would even entert
Aug 14, 2011 Ernie rated it liked it
Actually, I read the series of 8 books leading up to this one. I was impressed by an NPR review of her new book (2009)... hard cover and too expensive for me... so I read the earlier books. Black's series is about a computer detective and her side-kick who operate in Paris in the 1990s. Although a computer consultant she becomes involved in a murder in each episode. For me the hook was the setting in Paris. She talks about different neighborhoods and their characteristics in each book. I like Pa ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Murder in the Palais Royal, by Cara Black, B-plus, narrated by Carine Montbertrand, produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from

This is the latest in Cara Black’s Paris-based mysteries series starring Aimée Leduc, who runs a detective agency. Things go very wrong for her one night while she is having an amorous evening with a lover who turns out to be married. She is called to the hospital because her partner has been shot. Witnesses, including her partner, think that she shot him. I
Christine Webb-Curtis
I've read most but not all of the Cara Black series and have enjoyed them. This one--I think because I read it close on the heels of another--just seemed like overkill. Much like one of the reviewers below, I just wanted her mother to show up for cryin' out loud. And much of the plot was just so improbable as to be laughable. That said, however, I'll finish the series. . . . for a few reasons. Number one: I love France. I've seen enough of Paris to be able to envision the locations. Number two: ...more
May 21, 2012 tiddle rated it it was ok
This is the first book of Cara Black, and the first in the Aimee Leduc series that I read. I must admit, I don't feel particularly wow'ed by it, not in the amateurish writing (that feels more like a mechanically translated book from French), nor in the intelligence of the female detective protagonist. Plots are implausibly predictable; with plot lines concocted to make it some conspiracy, loose ends everywhere. My biggest problem is with Leduc, because I don't feel connected to her character who ...more
Celeste Miller
Sep 04, 2012 Celeste Miller rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I know, I know. I should just stop. But Aimee Leduc is sort of like that unstable friend you just can't quit. I'm not quite ready to grab her by the shoulders and scream "arretes tes conneries!"

Once again, Aimee is embroiled in an increasingly implausible plot, and she's still running around Paris in vintage couture that inevitably gets grease-stained or torn to shreds. Seriously, Aimee, check out H & M for all your sleuth-wear. Leave the Chanel at home, for the love of Karl.

Black will never
May 11, 2015 Katherine rated it liked it
I love maps and diagrams in books because they add to the picture the author is telling and enrich my enjoyment. The Palais Royal is in the fold of the all the events that take place within walking distance are impossible to follow. This seems to be another style of mystery in that every time the main character makes a move, she is shut does get annoying, but in the end, she is given a break. Depending on the map, I may pick up another Cara Black mystery.
May 02, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Murder in the Palais Royal is Cara Black's 10th book in her murder series, but it's the first book I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will now read more! I like a good murder mystery and the Paris setting adds another dimension to the story. Aimee, the private eye has an uncanny ability to put together facts, sometimes in the wrong order and make her way through one faux pas after another to the conclusion that has eluded the police. I enjoyed the book.
Margo Brooks
Jul 22, 2015 Margo Brooks rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries, audiobooks
This is the first book in the series I've read. It may not be the best representative. I can't believe that a professional private eye can be so dangerously confrontational--just going up to people and accusing them of murder one after another and doing it is scary dark places. And she did all of this while under suspicion of murder herself. I'm really not sure why she didn't have more trouble with the police. The story was complicated, but not all that satisfying. I can see others rating it hig ...more
Jan 25, 2014 Jackie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really looked forward to trying this series of mysteries set in Paris. Maybe it was because I started with the 10th in the series, but I thought the plot was convoluted while the author tried to patch together two relatively unrelated stories. Also, I found the main character, Aimee, somewhat annoying; bad taste in men, often wearing outfits or shoes that interfered with her investigations, e.g., she wore high heels when she knew she was going to be on the move. And if she used the word 'flics ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Cynthia rated it liked it
Another Aimee Leduc is suspected and must clear herself. I love the character, the setting, the descriptive detail. I am sick to death of the same old story and no personal growth. The previous book gave me hope that formula was maturing, but alas this book eliminated that feeling. I will, of course, keep reading the series. I am hooked and continue to hope there will be some growth in Aimee...

Still, with each passing book, I fear the 'Gilmore Girls' syndrome is happening. An appealing, quirky,
May 20, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Aimeé Leduc’s business partner René Friant is shot in their office by a woman wearing Aimeé’s leathers and motorcycle helmet. Then Aimeé discovers a large unexplained deposit in their company’s bank account. Someone is trying to get her in trouble and Inspector Melac is only too eager to arrest her. The plot is moderately satisfying; the Parisian setting and Aimeé’s style still fascinating.
Feb 05, 2011 Libtechgurugoddess rated it really liked it
An Aimée Leduc murder mystery is almost as good as a visit to Paris. Her stories are so francophiliac and immersive, I always feel like I've swam the Channel from England to France and then had a great French meal afterwards, but could sleep forever because I'm totally wrung out by the end. You just have to take a deep breath and plunge right in. Aimée does so many illegal things and steals evidence right, left, and center that I'd be surprised if—in the real world—any of the cases she investiga ...more
Cassian Russell
Feb 01, 2014 Cassian Russell rated it it was ok
Paris is the background; and the investigator is French. Supposedly. I am unconvinced. It takes more than guidebook details to convince me this is Paris and more than random French nouns to convince me Aimée thinks like a Frenchwoman.

And it is not so much a mystery as an action novel in which facts are revealed bit by bit. I have no sense of the investigator really figuring anything out. She just keeps moving to the next set-up where she learns something new.

I kept thinking of Simenon's Maigret
Feb 09, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
As often happens in an Aimée Leduc investigation, there may be three or four separate stories going on that eventually come together. I'm not sure I really figured out what the money laundering was all about or how it tied into the story. In any event. Aimée is her usual indomitable self.
Mar 30, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
This is the second in the series I have read. I enjoyed Murder in the Montmartre and enjoyed this even more. The plotting is not simple, but it gives the reader fair chance to predict the outcome (which I did not). Great character descriptions, as well.
Kathy Hein
Mar 14, 2015 Kathy Hein rated it really liked it
Heard this author speak on a panel, recently. I love the level of her research of all this Paris. This is #10 of the Aimee Leduc series. Author is currently writing #18. I like these as I feel like I am in Paris and it is a mystery series.
May 31, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing
This was great fun! The cliche "it was a real page turner" applies to this book. There are a number of plot strands which after many near misses get resolved. The action virtually all takes place in the confines of the Palais Royal, an area with which I have only a nodding acquaintance and so it was fun learning a bit more about it.
The central figure in these Cara Black books is Aimee Leduc, a PI who wears apparently nothing but designer clothes that she's able to get at flea markets. She also
Jul 04, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it
Aimee Leduc is an interesting and likable character - a tough but vulnerable woman who is trying to uncover family secrets when she's framed for the attempted murder of her partner. Some knowledge of Paris and/or French politics in the 1990s would have been helpful in understanding the setting. This entry harkens back to a previous case and Cara Black seamlessly reveals details from the first book in the series that relate to the plot. But the book would have been more enjoyable with a better un ...more
Evanston Public  Library
Parisian Aimee Leduc is being framed for the attempted murder of her partner and dear friend, Rene Friant. To make matters worse, someone deposited a huge amount of money into their bank account, which convinces the Brigade Criminelle and tax agency that she is laundering money, among other crimes. A tough, courageous private eye, Aimee is torn between worrying about Rene and trying to clear her name. Whether her heroine is sipping espress and nibbling a flaky brioche or nearly getting killed, B ...more
May 21, 2016 QuotesBaby24 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Interesting mystery. Aimee is a very up to date fashionable investogator. I feel that standing alone it was a pretty good read, but not my favorite mystery. And on that note I won't compare it. The ending was interesting and I did have suspicions about certain characters but one thing I failed to, and usually pride myself on the fact I do this, suspect everyone. I did for the most part, but not quite enough. I would like to say that this was the first book I read from this series and it's only f ...more
Averill Summer
Oct 12, 2014 Averill Summer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series - it was a real plus to travel through Paris and see the neighborhoods from the book. Always fun reads!
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Cara Black frequents a Paris little known outside the beaten tourist track. A Paris she discovers on research trips and interviews with French police, private detectives and café owners. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, a bookseller, and their teenage son. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate and a member of the Paris Sociéte Historique in the Marais. Her nationally bestselling and ...more
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