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

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Just as Aimee is about to leave for New York City to follow up on a lead about a possible younger brother, her partner in Leduc Detective, Rene Friant, is wounded by a near-fatal gun shot. Eyewitnesses identify Aimee as the culprit. The police have pegged her as the guilty party. Aimee is distraught over Rene's condition and horrified to be under suspicion.
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Hardcover, 291 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Soho Crime (first published January 1st 2010)
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Terri Lynn
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 4 of 5 stars
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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...more
Alice Lindsay
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
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...more
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.
Julie H.
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...more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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,...more
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
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...more
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.
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...more
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
Averill Summer
I love this series - it was a real plus to travel through Paris and see the neighborhoods from the book. Always fun reads!
Catherine  Mustread
My favorite Aimee Leduc so far – suspenseful, great locale, not a zillion characters, intertwining subplots, and Aimee's usual difficulties in being a prime suspect instead of the crack investigator which she is.

Subplots include the shooting of her partner Rene, a cancelled trip to NYC in which she might have met her currently unknown brother, skin-head crimes against the Jewish, the murder of a soon to be paroled prisoner who was held responsible for the crimes, political cover-ups, and financi...more
Just a quick summary: The beginning was horrible and choppy. The middle 150 pages were okay and a decent read. Then ending was not all.

On American TV crime shows, there is always an episode where we are suppose to believe that "one of their own is accused" and helps the team investigate the crime to clear his/her name. This would never happen in real life and we are suppose to believe it here.

Will her mother just show up for God's sake. Enough already.

I refuse to give this ser...more
Lisa Rothstein
I confess to some jealousy that I did not think of writing a series like this first. Having said that, the plot was merely overly complicated without any sense of design, the dialogue seemsed very forced and often confusing, and the characters one-dimensional and unbelievable, especially the heroine. Who, even in France, wears a vintage designer blouse on a stakeout, or worries about a stain on it when someone's trying to kill you?

And, having lived in Paris for 12 years, I also know you can't se...more
About to set off to NY to find a long-lost brother, Aimée's travel plans are derailed by her partner's shooting - in which she is the major suspect. Why the Paris police would believe that she would commit this assault while wearing her distinctive motorcycle helmet, when her scooter is being repaired may be the biggest mystery in this book. The story harks back to the first novel in the series, but does not shed any light on Aimée's family situation. Not sure if I will go to the trouble of trac...more
Not very well written or constructed. Lots of murder-mystery cliches. Why for example, would a character tell our heroine, "I already told the police everything," unless she thinks our heroine is part of the police (she doesn't think that) or unless it's a reflex cliche? Also the chief suspect is not introduced until nearly the end, and the business about a missing relative in New York is never resolved. Still, I found the ending satisfying and the book, overall, a nice escape from daily life --...more
Fran Caparrelli
You just have to love Aimee Leduc for a fun summer read. A mix of 30s Noir and the New Millenium computer hacking and all kinds of interesting tidbits about places you didn't know about in Paris - sometimes can be outright funny -like when a character says "I'll play him like a piano" -can't exactly imagine someone saying that in 2010 but it keeps the flavor of the underbelly noir scene going. I would love to go with Aimee on a shopping trip to the flea markets for some of her vintage clothes.
I really like all Cara Black's books just for the Paris atmosphere. She tackles a different quartier with each book and makes me feel like I'm there. Actually I feel depressed that I am *not* there. They are not literary masterpieces (like Jacqueline Winspear mysteries), but they are loads of fun. I also love the descriptions of Aimee LeDuc's wardrobe -- retro couture. She make it seem easy to throw together fab outfits. I guess it is for Parisians.
I enjoyed this mystery, but would probably have liked it more if I hadn't managed to pick up the 10th book in a series. I just grabbed it as I walked past it in the library, which is what I get. The heroine, Aimee Leduc, and the French setting are quite enjoyable. I assume she is not the suspect (as well as a detective) in all the books. I will go back and read the first one and see if I want to continue the series.
10th Aimee Leduc mystery. When Aimee's life gets confusing (she is being framed for shooting her partner and money is being found in her bank account)as she ism aking plans to find her long lost brother, she must put those plans on hold.

The book is a solid mystery, it did hold my interest, but there was something in the writing style that bogged me down.. would have given 3.5 stars but that isn't and option.
One of the best in the Aimee Leduc series. Very atmospheric.

I liked Aimee's focus on her complex case in this Palais Royal mystery.

The only reason that this novel is getting four stars rather than five is my perception that the book needed one more good proofreading and/or editing before being sent to the printer. One typo has a deceased character making a live cameo appearance (on page 218)!
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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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