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Product Details

  • Series: Kate Reilly Mysteries
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590588835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590588833
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''A wild ride with treacherous twists and threatening turns. I was captured by her exquisite writing, her ability to depict that world so vividly, and her skill in weaving a complicated but believable plot.'' --Joan Hansen, founder, Men of Mystery Festival, and winner of the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America

''The racing scenes portray an accurate and authentic account of what it is like to drive a racecar in the high-pressure world of professional motorsport. An inside's perspective . . . it captures the true essence of what goes on at the racetrack.'' --Andrew Davis, driver, Stevenson Motorsports, GRAND-AM Road Racing --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Before trying her hand at fiction, Tammy Kaehler established a career writing marketing materials, feature articles, executive speeches, and technical documentation. A fateful stint in corporate hospitality introduced her to the racing world, which inspired the first Kate Reilly racing mystery. Tammy works as a technical writer in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her husband and many cars.

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Kaehler knows how to keep me reading.
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Author Tammy Kaehler takes the reader on an exciting journey through the world of auto racing as experienced through female driver, Kate Reilly.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Freelance driver Kate Reilly hopes to hook up with a racing team at the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) circuit. She arrives very early at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut for the Fourth of July New England Grand Prix in case someone needs a late replacement driver. As she gets out of her vehicle she sees the corpse of Corvette driver Wade Becker.

Police Detective Jolley interrogates Kate as if he suspects she killed the victim. She realizes in his mind she had the employment motive; others on the circuit assume the same thing as she and Becker becomes a gossip entry. Kate wants to prove her innocence so she investigates only to affirm what she knew about Becker; that many people loathed him.

This is a super racing amateur sleuth that works as a delightful whodunit, but it is the insight into life at the track that brings the freshness. The story line is fast-paced as readers will believe they are strapped in the Corvette while Kate takes us around the track. Racing fans or not, readers will enjoy Kate's insightful tour of the circuit while she also investigates who murdered Becker.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. LaRue on July 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you like your mysteries fast-paced and high octane, then DEAD MAN'S SWITCH is your perfect summer read. Professional race car driver Kate Reilly has the opportunity of a lifetime -- a full-time position in the American le Mans series. Unfortunately, it comes with a dead man in the bargain. How Kate manages both the race and her investigation into the crime creates the tension in this story. A cast of suspicious secondary characters makes a fine suspect pool, but for me, the behind-the-wheel descriptions of racing were what made this novel so irresistible -- whether or not Kate would manage to triumph in the race was almost as suspenseful as whether or not she managed to catch a killer. If you like a spirited sleuth and an adrenaline-fueled plot, pick up this debut novel; it's a great ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Which isn't saying everything (because there really aren't many mysteries about auto racing), but this book is definitely a fun diversion. Race fans will appreciate that it's meticulously researched, and there were precisely zero of those awkward, that's-just-not-how-it-works moments so common to novels about more technical professions. In fact, it's very much about the racing as much as it is about the mystery, and gives us a fun look inside the mind of a young driver on her way up. It shouldn't be confusing to the general reader either, as everything is very clearly explained.

As for the characters and plot, it's solid but not brilliant. There's the usual tension between our protagonist the amateur sleuth and the police, which perhaps can't be avoided in a book like this. Figuring out who done it probably won't amuse the hardcore mystery fan very much, but for the rest of us it's just the right amount of murder plot needed to balance with the racing. Kate is easy to relate to, and the best scenes in the book involve her interactions with sponsors and other people she needs to impress (part of the drudgery of racing), with the added tension that she suspects several of them are involved in the central mystery. My only complaint is that the writing style occasionally seems a bit juvenile, like the bad sort of young adult novel that should be upgraded to a regular adult novel, but this only comes in flashes at the beginning and didn't spoil the book for me in the least.

A definite must for the race fan looking for some fiction, or for anybody who wants a light mystery about an interesting and unusual topic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cris Rodriguez on January 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As an avid fan of the ALMS, yearly attendee of the 12 Hours of Sebring, and rabid fan of Corvette Racing Team/Pratt & Miller C6Rs it was a forgone conclusion that I would buy this book as soon as I saw the Corvette Yellow on the cover. I must say that I was somewhat dismayed to find out once I began reading that the mystery to racing ratio in the story is about 80/20. The mystery story is interesting, but at times the protagonist doggedly and clumsily conducts her own investigation into a murder in which she is implicated as a suspect. This was at times a hinderance to enjoying the story overall. Where the story shines, however, is in the racing action to which several of the final chapters are dedicated. The author's descriptions of the racing scenarios are extremely satisfying and are the reason I will continue to buy this series. The only thing keeping this book from being 5 stars is not enough of the great and exciting racing action the author has shown herself able to write!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cary Sparks on October 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
A friend of mine said about his new electronic toy, "You don't know you needed one until you own it." Dead Man's Switch was like that for me. I love mysteries, but had no idea I'd also love reading all about motorsports in general and the ALMS series in particular. Dead Man's Switch was a compelling mystery, sure, but it was also set in, for me, the foreign land of car racing and it was so vivid I felt like I'd moved in and taken up residence. Besides that, Kate Reilly is an amazing and unusual heroine, and one you'll want to root for, both to reveal the murderer and in the race world where she so wants to succeed. Write fast, Tammy Kaehler, I can't wait to see what Kate's going to do next.
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More About the Author

Tammy Kaehler's career in marketing and technical writing landed her in the world of automobile racing, which inspired her with its blend of drama, competition, and friendly people. Mystery fans and racing insiders alike praised the first two Kate Reilly Racing Mysteries, Dead Man's Switch and Braking Points, and the latter was named Best Motorsport Book of 2013 by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association. Tammy takes readers back behind the wheel for the third time in Avoidable Contact, and she plans many future racing adventures. Tammy works as a technical writer in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her husband and many cars. Find out more at www.tammykaehler.com.