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MURDER IN THE PALAIS ROYAL
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Private Investigator
Black's Aimee Leduc mysteries are known for their evocative view of Paris, far from the glittering, tourist-filled streets. These are books of the underclass: the poor immigrants, the Haitian community, the Algerians and how their communities intertwine with the current political situation. Betrayal is common, and secrets come out to ruin lives. Aimee, a computer-security analyst, gets involved with gritty mysteries, all while wearing elegant heels and trying to have a private life. Read one and you'll want to go back and explore both Paris and Aimee from the beginning.
Rene has been shot. The dwarf who is Aimee's partner in her detective agency, and in many ways her best friend, is in intensive care -- and to Aimee's shock, she's the only suspect. Witnesses place her on the scene, buying the gun and with a large illegal deposit in the company account. Aimee knows she is innocent, but how can she prove it when even Rene thinks she was the woman with the gun? (SOHO, Feb., 304 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed By: Page Traynor
Published: February 2010