Or are things not what they seem? She lives in a 17th-century apartment that overlooks the Seine with her father, who runs the family detective agency. First, someone has sabotaged her lab work, putting her at risk of failing out of the program. Then, she finds out her aristo boyfriend is planning to get engaged to another woman.
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How can she say no? She was far too sick to leave on her own—she must have been abducted. At least, that what she tells herself. The next day, Yuri is found tortured to death in his kitchen. And her misgivings may not be far off the mark: Meizi disappears during a Chinatown dinner to take a phone call and never comes back to the restaurant. A missing young woman, an illegal immigrant raid in progress, botched affairs of the heart, dirty policemen, the French secret service, cutting-edge science secrets and a murderer on the loose—what has she gotten herself into?
And can she get herself—and her friends—back out of it all alive? Someone looking very much like Amy barges into the Leduc offices and shoots Rene with Amy's gun. Amy herself is quickly arrested and must figure out a way to extricate herself from the police while also investigating what turns out to be a complicated case with many twists and turns and a whole lot of extremely French characters.
Immersing myself in this book really was like a mini-trip to Paris and was a nice break from heavier reading. Nov 20, Dana Clinton rated it really liked it. I have five more in the pile. This one, Murder in the Palais Royal, had several threads going at once, all of which you think are connected, and some are, but confusion is part and parcel of the whole book!
The ancillary characters are all pretty cool, too, and the read is fun. I'm on to the next later today, my first day not working at When Pigs Fly in over a week. And Thanksgiving is only three days away!! Dec 13, Christine rated it it was amazing. I liked this next Aimee Leduc story immediately.
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From the opening pages all the way to the last. Two mysteries actually in one book. All emanating from Aimee being falsely accused of shooting her partner Rene in the opening pages. It was fascinating how Aimee, in her various vintage outfits and high-heels, continues to pick at crumbs and lose threads and manages to solve all her problems. And I love all the characters, esp the newer recurring Saj in his laid back Buddhist ways. It is refreshing I liked this next Aimee Leduc story immediately. Sep 30, Andrea rated it it was ok. Murder in the Palais Royal was a fast paced book and would sometimes leave you wanting to read more , other times it would make you want to close the book because of how uninteresting it would be.
This book mostly made me feel like not wanting to read, it was very confusing and I had to go back in the book and check what was going on. I thought this book was not so great and would not recommend this book , I read every page and I was not wow'd at all. For example when Aimee finally found out som Murder in the Palais Royal was a fast paced book and would sometimes leave you wanting to read more , other times it would make you want to close the book because of how uninteresting it would be.
For example when Aimee finally found out something about Clemence , I already saw something like that coming. Feb 21, Cecilia Zarate rated it it was amazing. I love this series. Oct 28, Hope rated it it was amazing Shelves: This series is so good. I can't wait to read the next one. Jun 21, Dan Flanagan added it. If you love quick mysteries, love Paris, Cara Black is the one for you.
I have read a number of them and love the main character, Aime. Oct 08, Mandra rated it it was amazing. This is a great series with Paris as a main character.
The story line is more developed with each book. Mar 06, Richard Brand rated it really liked it. All the typical ingredients for a Aimee Leduc mystery are here. Government officials trying to keep secrets. Her mother's shadow always in the background. Her godfather around and involved.
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Her computer help comes to the rescue at the end. There is a new Saj character who is taking a part. Aimee's ability to create lies as quickly as lighting is demanded on several occasions. The story is complex and to talk about it would give away the ending. But it does make this a little more interesting to All the typical ingredients for a Aimee Leduc mystery are here. But it does make this a little more interesting to read.
Aimee is always hanging from the roof, falling through the roof, jumping off high places. Aimee is always beautiful and sexy and able to use her female charms to help get her way, but you begin to have to wonder how she can still be attractive with all the scars, bullet holes, broken bones, bruises, head traumas that almost caused blindness, as every story has her in great danger and some kind of suffering for her victory.
But Leduc Detectives press on and there are more to read. Sep 27, Jacky rated it really liked it. Continuing a series I enjoy, but can only read patchily because of availability. May 01, Kathleen Hagen added it Shelves: 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. It is clear that someone dressed up like her and acted like her to set her up. Not only that, but large amounts of money appear in their agency account transferred from funds high on the suspect list for money laundering. They have no idea where the money is coming from. She must figure out who shot her partner and why, whether the actual setup is against her, why a man she sent to prison now wants to see her, and why he then turns up dead. Everyone she tries to get information from dies.
She used dramatic pauses in her reading, I guess to make it sound more dramatic, but it was just annoying and slowed down her delivery far too much for me. Before I read another of these books, I have to learn more about Paris. Feb 20, Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves: So, I'm a tiny bit bummed Yes, it was out of order Now I have to wait for Cara Black to write a new one!
Anyway, this time Aimee is under investigation for money laundering She has no idea where they've come from, but she's also got bigger fish to fry: This book ties into an earlier one, Murder in the Marais , as the man Aimee put behind bars for torching a synagogue is about to be released. He has evidence that he wants to give her that exonerates him entirely There's a lot happening in this book, much of it involving the French government types who live in the titular Palais Royal area.
I enjoyed "seeing" Paris through Cara Black's eyes, as always. Only once has Cara Black not gotten the "whodunnit" past me. This time, I was sitting there with my jaw hanging open when she revealed who was behind it all. I really cannot recommend this series highly enough. It is pretty important to read them in order if at all possible, though.
May 13, tiddle rated it it was ok. 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 This is the first book of Cara Black, and the first in the Aimee Leduc series that I read. My biggest problem is with Leduc, because I don't feel connected to her character who is supposed to be smart and capable, yet she doesn't come across as measuring up to that standard.
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Citing her father and grandfather often, and the connections that she derives from the bygone forebears, as if she couldn't survive on her own. I've never come across a detective who would announce every bit of details that she's dug up eg. Why would she think she's failing in almost every single instances?
That's because it won't work, mademoiselle. And then, there are constant references to her black-stockinged legs, or what to wear, etc, that becomes annoying really fast. I'm by no means a feminist, but I do wish that Leduc would come across as more forceful and smarter than she currently is, to be matched by more intense writing rather than the certain sluggishness in the current writing.
The way it's going, this is the first and will be the last book of this Leduc series for me. Oct 09, 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 Black's series is about a computer detective and her side-kick who operate in Paris in the s. 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 Actually, I read the series of 8 books leading up to this one. This relationship could be developed slowly; I'm sure both Renee and Aimee have sides of their personality that haven't been shown yet, if Black is afraid that that a steady relationship might make the books lack excitement.
Surely after all the books to date, Aimee deserves a chance at a good guy; even good guys can be VERY exciting, if you give them a chance. Black, and take a chance with Aimee; we've invested much in her character. I love to read the books written by Cara Black.
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If there is a sameness in them, it's in the location Paris , the characters, and our heroine being in trouble and running about in the dark places of the night. I am transported to an unfamiliar place. I can never guess whodunit. I have read all of Cara Black's books and mostly enjoyed them,but honestly I really feel,and I think that I am quite correct in stating, that this book has the longest run on sentence I have ever read. Gee, I couldn't come close Absolute worst book to Kindle I have ever read.
Too many errors to count, and very,very annoying. Words run into each other, or are hyphanated in the middle of a sentence. Aimee is still Aimee and an ok plot. See all 50 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 6 months ago. Published 11 months ago. Published 1 year ago. Published on November 17, Published on October 29, Published on August 15, Published on August 11, Published on July 21, Published on March 23, Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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