Murder in the Palais Royal by Cara Black

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Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010

Cara Black's mysteries, set in Paris in the late 1990s, are appealing to mystery lovers and Francophiles alike, what with all the name-dropping of Parisian streets, monuments, subway lines, and cafes. The premise of Aimee Leduc and her side-kick Rene, a dwarf and computer-hacking whiz, who investigate computer crimes through the Leduc Detective Agency in Paris, is an intriguing idea, and in this one, Aimee is arrested for the non-fatal shooting of Rene , thickening the plot right from the outset, as Aimee tries to extract herself from suspicion, reconnect with a brother she has never known, and deal with the neo-Nazis and Les Blancs Nationalux groups who don't wish her well. I may go back and read the older ones, since these stylish mysteries are just like dark chocolate bonbons--addictive.

Written by Susan B.