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Rebecca's second (Skating Around the Law, 2010) features the Midwest's laid-back answer to Stephanie Plum in another funny, spunky romp. (Kirkus Reviews)

Light and breezy, Charbonneau's sophomore entry holds up. Her humor mixed with an eccentric cast keeps the mystery rolling at a steady clip. With this title's romantic triangle not unlike Janet Evanovich's trio of Stephanie Plum, Ranger, and Joe Morelli, and relatives reminiscent of those in books by Rita Lakin or Deborah Sharp, you've got another humorous series at the ready. (Library Journal)

Charbonneau's sequel to 2010's Skating Around the Law offers just the right mix of skullduggery, humor, mystery, and romance....Readers will enjoy the ride, and they'll really love Elwood, Lionel's retired circus camel. (Publishers Weekly)

The charming denizens of Indian Falls are back....The supporting characters...would steal the show if not for the mystery that needs to be solved--and the escalating danger. (RT Book Reviews)

A visit to Indian Falls is time superbly spent. Filled with delightful citizens, including grandfather Pop, an Elvis impersonator and hugely warm character, this loving close-knit community embraces you from the first page. Joelle Charbonneau has a fresh and lively and insightful voice, and she has created characters we'd love as friends. This is a wonderfully fun read. (Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author of A Trick of the Light)

About the Author

Joelle Charbonneau has worked as a professional singer and actress and currently is a private voice instructor. Joelle lives with her husband and son in Illinois.


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Product Details

  • Series: Rebecca Robbins Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312606621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312606626
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joelle Charbonneau is a storyteller at heart. She has performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children's theatre productions across the Chicagoland area. In addition to her stage work, Joelle has also performed with several bands and worked as a solo performer.

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:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frances M. Freel on March 28, 2012
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This is the second book in a new series by Joelle Charbonneau. The first was Skating over the Line.
Rebecca Robbins comes from Chicago to her hometown with the intention of selling her late mother's skating rink. The mishaps and romance make this a page turner...finding myself reading 'just one more chapter' was a delight...only issue: 'justlikethat' I'd finished the book...highly recommend !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lovey Dovey Books on August 12, 2012
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Readers who haven't jumped on the Rebecca Robbins bandwagon are missing out on a fiery temper and the only Indian Falls resident to out-investigate local police. Joelle Charbonneau once again charms fans with the humorous cast of characters and suspenseful plot of Skating Over the Line!

With Rebecca's father back in town and exploding cars haunting the small town of Indian Falls, one would think Charbonneau would ease up on the amateur sleuth. Alas, Rebecca has to deal with the fact that the skating rink is on its way to being sold, and her decision about where her relationship is going with Lionel comes with a ticking time limit.

The mystery is more complex and has even more troubling surprises. Charbonneau has the gift of making the mystery daunting and filled with obstacles, and when the case is solved, readers finish with an effect much similar to the proverbial 'light bulb' flashing on. Skating Over the Line starts with one main issue and they keep piling on as Rebecca deals with death threats and meeting real estate contract contingencies. It's the kind of mystery that effectively keeps readers in the dark and surprised when all is said and done.

To miss a novel of the Rebecca Robbins mystery is to miss Joelle Charbonneau's clever and suspenseful plots brought to life with so much energy. Thankfully, for mystery fans, the fun continues in Skating on the Edge!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 27, 2011
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Rebecca Robbins inherited a skating rink in Indian Falls, Illinois from her late mom. She looks forward to selling the rink where she nay have a buyer so she can escape her hometown and return to Chicago in spite of her attraction to her new boyfriend veterinarian Lionel Franklin.

When a friend of her grandfather Pop has his car stolen and others at senior center likewise complain about vehicles stolen and set on fire, the elderly turn to Rebecca to investigate as she has solved a crime that the cops failed to do (see Skating Around The law). Still embarrassed that a civilian solved his case that stymied him, Deputy Sean Holmes warns her to stay out of the vehicle inquiry. As she ignores the law enforcement official, Rebecca looks into the car crimes only to have her absentee father Stan the deserter salesman arrive along with angry men bilingually informing her and her dad to back off or else.

Readers will enjoy this amusing amateur sleuth starring a delightful heroine who is a combination of sass and mellow. The townsfolk add Midwest eccentricity especially her former classmates, and Pop and the geriatric gang. Fast-paced, readers will appreciate Rebecca Skating Over the Line.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on November 9, 2011
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All Rebecca wants is to sell the skating rink and return to Chicago, but when Pop's friend's car is stolen, Rebecca reluctantly takes the case, only to find the car ablaze. With a visit from her estranged father and being threatened, Rebecca has her hands full trying to find an arsonist car-thief. What a fun read! This was an enjoyable story from the moment I opened the book and read the first line. The mystery kept me turning the pages and the lovable and eccentric characters of Indian Falls entertained me with their humorous antics and engaging dialogue. I look forward to more adventures with Rebecca and gang in this charming and delightful series.
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Skating Over the Line has everything it needs to be a great escape--lots of zany humor, an off-and-on romance, a mystery to be solved, and a small town full of amusing characters. In this second book in the series, Rebecca is still trying to sell the roller rink she inherited from her mother so she can move back to Chicago, but meanwhile someone is stealing cars and blowing them up in isolated farm fields. One of those cars belongs to Rebecca's salesman-sleazy and long absent father, who's back in town for unclear reasons.

Most of the characters from the first book return, including Rebecca's Elvis impersonating grandfather, but this books adds a roller derby team and mariachi band to the mix. The general style, especially the banter between characters, is similar to early Stephanie Plum.
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By lady g on April 11, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of this series. Rebecca Robbins is stuck in Indian Falls trying to sell her inherited roller skating rink. All she really wants is to go back to Chicago and resume her life there. But with old cars being stolen her father back in town and with her Grandfather the Elvis impersonator promising folks at the old folks home that Rebecca will solve the case. Now the caes are exploding, Rebecca has to hire a rink manager before she can sell the rink. And a roller derby team wants to use the rink as there home base. The local police want her to stay out of the case. Lots of laughs and a really fun read.
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