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Skating Around the Law: A Mystery (Rebecca Robbins Mysteries) Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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“Rebecca's investigative work is clever and offbeat.” ―Chicago Sun-Times
“Funny and sexy, with a teasing mystery. Janet Evanovich fans will find Charbonneau's debut a good fix while they're waiting for Stephanie Plum's latest.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Roller skates and crime don't mix, or do they? In Charbonneau's fresh, funny debut they most certainly do.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Joelle Charbonneau with her debut novel shows she knows how to craft a great mystery and she has wonderful timing, which she uses deftly in this small town murder story. Rebecca Robbins is a character that is hard not to love, funny, smart and an amateur detective who can think on her feet, or skates. Pick this up, you'll enjoy it.” ―Crimespree Magazine
“Let Joelle Charbonneau skate into your imagination with a sparkling mystery featuring a spirited heroine and a small town populated with lively characters. Joelle is a charmer of a writer.” ―New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
More About the Author
While Joelle is happy to perform for an audience, she is equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use her experience from the stage to create compelling characters in her books. She is the author of the NY Times and USA Today Best Selling THE TESTING TRILOGY (The Testing, Independent Study and Graduation Day) as well as the Rebecca Robbins (Minotaur Books), the Glee Club Paige Marshall (Berkley) mysteries. Her books have been nominated for the Agatha and Anthony Awards as well as listed on the YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and nominated for the YALSA Top Ten books for 2014.
To learn more, visit Joelle at her website: www.joellecharbonneau.com
Top Customer Reviews
Though at first it looks like an accident or suicide given the bottle of prescription pills found nearby, the town's doctor / coroner soon rules it a homicide making Rebecca's task of selling the roller rink even more difficult. (Who wants to buy a murder scene?)
And if a dead body throwing a monkey wrench into her plans to make a quick sale and hightail it back to Chicago wasn't bad enough, the glacial pace - and incompetence - of local law enforcement's investigation makes the prospect of Rebecca ever getting out of Dodge look downright grim.
What's a girl to do? Take matters into her own hands, of course. So, with the "help" of her grandfather, Pop, Rebecca becomes a reluctant detective... and finds more than she expected.
Author Joelle Charbonneau has obviously drawn upon her extensive experience in the performing arts to give each of her characters a strong, and unique, voice. From Rebecca (who has a wonderful mix of whimsy and level-headedness), to Pop (who's both well connected and disturbingly "active" in the town's retired community), to Neil (Rebecca's seriously misguided boss and would-be suitor), to Lionel (the veterinarian Rebecca loves to hate... or is it hates to love?), to Elwood the camel, every character has an incredibly rich, fully realized personality (yes, a camel can have a personality... trust me on this.Read more ›
Well in line with the classic conventions of the genre, Skating Around the Law's heroine and amateur sleuth is the cute, determined Rebecca Robbins, the owner of a roller rink in a small Illinois town who finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery when a corpse turns up in her establishment's bathroom. Hoping to sell the rink as fast as she can so she can get back to Chicago, Rebecca needs to outwit a killer who seems to be too many steps ahead of the ineffectual local cops.
Aside from the engaging Rebecca and the oddball cast of supporting characters, what makes this book a winner is the way it doesn't merely enact the requirements of the genre, but slyly comments on and parodies many of them as well. Plus, in a mystery subgenre full of quaint small towns, Skating Around the Law makes a few very effectively pointed comments about some of the not-so-cozy aspects of insular, traditional little communities where - for good or ill - everyone knows everyone.
For a fun mystery with quirky characters and an edgy sense of humor, you should treat yourself to Joelle Charbonneau's Skating Around the Law as soon as you can.
The obvious conclusion is suicide, but medical examiner Doc Truman thinks a homicide occurred. Remaining in town longer than she planned, Rebecca considers sleuthing to expedite the sale as the cops seem more Keystone than detective; while her grandfather Pop, veterinarian Lionel Franklin and Elwood the retired circus camel want her to stay.
This is a well written amusing amateur sleuth that readers will enjoy as the locals (except the above mentioned trio) no longer consider Rebecca a native as she is Chicago tainted especially since she could not wait to leave town from the moment her dad deserted her and her mom. The story line is faster than a spin around the track, but it is the jocularity that makes Skating Around the Law an entertaining whodunit.
In Skating Around The Law, Rebecca is feisty & funny as she begrudgingly reacquaints herself with her childhood hometown. Hilarity ensures as Rebecca tries to overcome the ineptitude of the town sheriff's department while trying to solve a murder so she can return to her `real life' in the city.
Outstanding characters make this book something special (I personally love Elwood). It's a funny and engrossing read that you just hate to put down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the story line, but I didn't like the swear words. Also I want a mystery
and not suggestive sexual parts in the story. It wasn't a clean write for me.
Very cute story - great characters - kept me fully engaged throughout! Have already bought the rest of the series.Published on December 2, 2013 by DR
After her mother passes away, Rebecca Robbins has to return to her small Illinois hometown from Chicago to get the family's roller rink ready to be sold. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by lindapanzo
Rebecca Robbins wanted to sell the family roller skating rink and get back to her job as a mortgage broker when a local guy, Mack, is found dead at her rink. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Vilia
Skating Around the Law is a wonderful opening book for the Rebecca Robbins series. Joelle Charbonneau fleshes out her characters nicely while leaving room for growth in future... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Cathy
first in line of a trilogy so far - fun series and good mystery that leaves you guessing until the endPublished on June 20, 2013 by KMT
Lots of humor, a little romance, interesting/appealing characters, and an irresistible small town setting featuring a skating rink make this lively book a fun, relaxing read. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Jaylia