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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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This series Delivers. Though each installment is independent, there is a thread running through it that continues to ratchet up your interest in the central character, Aimee Leduc. While the independence focuses on the crime at hand (in this case, the murder in the Palais Royal), the connectivity adds carefully measured tidbits of information about Aimee Leduc's past and her ongoing search for information about her long-missing mother. At this point in the series, it does strike one as a little odd that every time Leduc figuratively turns around, she's dealing with a murder. The woman can't go to the grocery store without someone getting murdered in her immediate vicinity in a way that gets her involved. What is ultimately satisfying about this obviously manufactured arrangement is the step-by-step process of discovery that eventually leads to the murderer and his/her capture. They are, in fact, mysteries, as opposed to thrillers. Peripheral characters are well-drawn; the martial arts...
I'm riveted by this series. The heroine, Aimee, gets into absolutely outlandish situations from which she usually manages to extricate herself in mostly one piece. All of this takes place in a blur of Parisian history and architecture, flea market finds of couture fashions and unrelenting obstruction by the powers that be. Along the way, we meet concierges, repairmen, coffee shop owners, reporters, nuns, priests, refugees and relics of World War II. In addition, Aimee runs a detective agency specializing in cyber crime with her handsome partner, Rene, who is also her dear friend. Always engrossing is the way the past insinuates itself on the present usually in very unexpected ways. Somehow, our heroine keeps going propelled by the mystery of her mother's apparent abandonment and the unanswered questions concerning her father's death. She's resilient and able to think on her feet. Absorbing and intriguing.
This is certainly as good as any of the previous books of Black's. Several reviewers have taken issue with the issue that Aimee can't move beyond her bad-boy guys, and yet, in real life, don't we continuously see women who never learn and stay in the same bad-boy rut? So it's realistic, at least. Having said that, though, I do wish she could take a chance on Renee. 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. Take note, Ms. Black, and take a chance with Aimee; we've invested much in her character.
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