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Snapshot (The Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries Book 5) by [Linda Barnes]
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Editorial Reviews


“SNAPSHOT is destined to secure Barnes' position in the hotshot ranks of detective fiction.” ―Arizona Republic on Snapshot

“Like the best of the new detectives...[Carlotta Carlyle] is a woman of wit and gravity, compassion and toughness, a heroine worth spending time with.... [Those of us] who yearn for whodunits with character as well wrought as plot, can only thank Linda Barnes.” ―The New York Times Book Review on Coyote

“Linda Barnes is once again brilliant. Coyote is damned good.” ―Robert B. Parker on Coyote

“Carlotta Carlyle is better than ever and Coyote is the perfect vehicle.” ―Sue Grafton on Coyote

“Linda Barnes has another winner in Coyote...a great, only-in-Boston climax.” ―Jeremiah Healy on Coyote

“The most refreshing, creative female character to hit mystery fiction since Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone...the other first ladies of crime better watch their backs.” ―People on Coyote

“Her first person prose is well-honed, and her touch is sure enough to float her fast-paced narrative while still allowing for sharp development of an intriguing cast of of all, Barnes can turn a phrase well enough to make even Paretsky and Grafton jealous.” ―Houston Chronicle on Coyote

“[There's] plenty to keep a reader chasing after the delightful Carlyle while she chases after the bad guys.” ―Entertainment Weekly on Deap Pockets

“Barnes weaves an intricate web with a pleasingly poisonous spider at its center...Barnes makes superb use of the town-grown tensions...the twists and turns in this nail-biter are at once startling without ever becoming absurd.” ―Publishers Weekly on Deap Pockets

“With Deep Pockets, Barnes locks in her position as one of the foremost practitioners of middle-of-the-road, character-based mystery...I suppose I could have put it down. But I didn't want to.” ―Orson Scott Card on Deap Pockets

“Pure pleasure.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Big Dig

“A true page-turner...nobody knows Boston like Linda Barnes's red-haired private investigator Carlotta Carlyle...Barnes's knack for crisp, snappy dialogue, and devising a mystery that has both timeless and contemporary appeal is a winner.” ―Boston Herald on The Big Dig

“Barnes grabs the detective genre by the throat but rarely lets style overtake substance. The plot is thick and original and sure to surprise.” ―Washington Times on The Big Dig

“Carlotta Carlyle combines the sensitivity of Robert Parker's Spenser with the stubbornness of Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski and she's rapidly carving out a place of her own.” ―Chicago Tribune on The Big Dig

“A shrewd piece of writing, well researched and smartly told.” ―Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review on The Big Dig

“Carlotta is an engaging narrator with a brisk, easygoing style...a worthy competitor in the private eye business.” ―The Washington Post on The Big Dig

“A rivetingly well-told story.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Snake Tattoo

“Barnes' crisp writing and winsome cab-driving detective make this a smooth ride from start to stop...Carlyle earns rave reviews and a plea for encores.” ―Cincinnati Post on The Snake Tattoo

“Move over Spenser, make permanent room on the streets of Boston for another sleuth who's big (six feet one), strong and tough as nails but soft at the core.” ―Entertainment Weekly on The Snake Tattoo

“It's always a pleasure to spend time with this zesty detective...Carlotta has class and spirit to spare.” ―Baltimore Sun on The Snake Tattoo

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From the Back Cover

"A STUNNER!"-Denver Post

When work is slow, Carlotta Carlyle drives a cab on Boston's night-shrouded streets. When love goes wrong, she plays blues on a steel string guitar. And sometimes, when someone dies, she gets paid to find out why...

The photos come one every week. A beautiful baby. A growing toddler. The apple of someone's eye. Then Carlotta finds out who has been sending her the snapshots-and why. Now, she begins an investigation into a revered Boston hospital and the possibility that a seven-year-old cancer patient was murdered there. And when her client goes missing and a stalker comes crashing into her life, Carlotta knows that in a realm of clashing egos and big-time medicine, a killer is desperately trying to cover his tracks. But what he has to hide, how far it reaches, and how many hearts it will break is still unclear. Until Carlotta gets the big picture-and faces an evil that she must conquer...any way she can.

"Irresistible!"-Chicago Sun-Times

"Barnes scored a direct hit with Steel Guitar, and her P.I. is in top form here."
-Chicago Tribune

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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00XV8A22Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller; 1st edition (July 7, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 7, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2476 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 404 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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I was born in Detroit; I always say it's where I learned about crime, but I mean no disrespect to a great city. It's also where I learned to love Motown music and do the Stroll. Came to Boston for college, and like so many, stayed, awed by the Atlantic Ocean and accessible public transportation. I still love walking Boston's cobbled streets, riding the T, breathing the history.

I started writing while teaching high school theater. Required to enter a one-act play festival sponsored by the Boston Globe, I posted the cast list before I selected the play. (I had great students that year, and 12 of them certainly deserved to be in the festival cast.) When I couldn't find a one-act with 12 roles, I had to write one myself. The festival was a competition, and darned if we didn't keep winning, right up until the state finals, where a man introduced himself to me and inquired whether he might publish that play. I said yes, wrote more plays, then segued into crime fiction.

My first Carlotta Carlyle short story, "Lucky Penny," won an Anthony Award. The first Carlyle novel, A TROUBLE OF FOOLS, was nominated for an Edgar and a Shamus, and won the American Mystery Award. Eleven books later, the most recent Carlyle, LIE DOWN WITH THE DEVIL, was named one of the Best Mysteries of 2008 by Publisher's Weekly.

In April my first stand alone novel, THE PERFECT GHOST, comes out. It was exciting to work with brand new characters in a wonderfully scenic Cape Cod locale. Please check my website at for upcoming appearances and follow me on Facebook.

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