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Skating Over the Line by Joelle Charbonneau
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Skating Over the Line

by Joelle Charbonneau

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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. ( )
  Jaylia3 | May 23, 2013 |
Good read surprise ending. ( )
  krystalsbooks | Apr 21, 2013 |
"Fresh Meat" by Katrina Niidas Holm for Criminal Element

Daddy issues: all the cool kids have ’em. No, seriously—name a fictional heroine you actually give a damn about, and chances are good she has a crapweasel for a father.

On the downside, these issues tend to make our favorite leading ladies run screaming when faced with the prospect of a normal, healthy, long-term relationship. But on the upside, surviving (or surviving without) those crapweasel fathers is also what helped turn them into the strong, independent, ass-kicking name-takers they are today.

Read the rest at http://www.criminalelement.com/blogs/2011/08/fresh-meat-joelle-charbonneaus-skat...
  CrimeHQ | Apr 11, 2013 |
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!

Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books ( )
  LoveyDoveyBooks | Aug 12, 2012 |
SKATING OVER THE LINE: A Mystery by Joelle Charbonneau
Minotaur Books (September 2011)

Review by Linda S. Brown

In SKATING OVER THE LINE, the second in this lively, sassy and (slightly) sexy series from Joelle Charbonneau, Rebecca Robbins is still in her Midwestern hometown of Indian Falls, and still trying to sell the family roller skating rink so she can get back to her life in Chicago. Indian Falls is a town where the familiar feels safe, and strangers of any sort can be dangerous and unwelcome. Or is that really where the danger is coming from? Because this is a mystery, there is going to be danger and intrigue. And a crime wave does indeed hit town, with cars being set ablaze and swarthy strangers chasing Rebecca through town and farmers’ fields.

While Rebecca is kept busy managing the rink, she continues her life in the town where she grew up. But there’s a lot of history growing up in a small town. The Sheriff’s Deputy, Deputy Sean, has known Rebecca since high school as a redheaded troublemaker. He would like nothing better than for Rebecca to stop sticking her nose into police business, and he repeatedly threatens to arrest her if she doesn’t stop meddling. But how can she help it when people come to her with news, or when she, once again, stumbles across clues in her own skating rink?

And this is the town where everyone knows Rebecca as the granddaughter of Pop, the town’s infamous geriatric Elvis impersonator. Pop’s no stranger to eccentricity; so after one particularly odd incident involving being attacked by a taxidermied bear, Rebecca figures, “Pop expected me to do strange things. Everyone in Indian Falls did. They probably thought I had a good reason for looking like I’d just rolled around in the dirt.” Pop serves as her elderly bodyguard as well as her source of information at the local senior center – which is definitely a hotbed of intel. He even comes up with a resident senior who, as the best Pictionary player at the senior center, serves as a sketch artist (of sorts) when the local police can’t track down the culprit who’s setting fire to cars (except when her hands get too tired to draw due to “the arthritis”).

Rebecca has to admit that it’s not so bad being known as girlfriend of the town’s very hot, very hunky veterinarian, Lionel. Lionel does seem to have commitment issues, however, occasionally placing work as priority over a date with her: “Being ditched over a pregnant horse wasn’t all that flattering…” Then again, maybe it’s because Rebecca is so hot to sell the rink and move back to the big city that Lionel is getting mixed signals. Lionel gets such mixed signals that he makes the almost fatal mistake of showing up at a local dance with a flashy woman who raises more than eyebrows.

So when a handsome new lawyer comes to town, Rebecca doesn’t hesitate to strike up an acquaintance with him. But is the lawyer the stranger who’s been asking questions around town about Rebecca? Who is the other strange man who keeps showing up in odd places? And exactly what does the gang of dark-skinned, bowling shirt wearing thugs want with Pop? How can Rebecca protect him?

SKATING OVER THE LINE is a romp of a mystery, in which the reader gets that breathless, whirling sense of skating around a rink, maybe a little too fast, a little out of control, with Rebecca at the head of the “Crack the Whip” line, a line full of colorful characters. And the reader will learn a few lessons along the way about life in a small town – and the twists of fate that keep life interesting no matter where you call home. ( )
  lindasuebrown | Sep 8, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312606621, Hardcover)

Rebecca Robbins is desperate to sell her inherited roller-skating rink in small-town Indian Falls, and---finally---she has a buyer. She can’t wait to head back to Chicago, especially now that her long delinquent father has blown back into town, but Lionel, her veterinarian boyfriend, thinks she should stay put. Also, the gang at the Senior Center wants her to track down the thief who’s been hot-wiring rusted-out classic cars.

Unable to resist, Rebecca soon has the Sheriff’s Deputy threatening to arrest her for obstruction, and strange but scary men threatening her life. Then cars start exploding, with people in them, and Rebecca’s father goes missing. With the help of Pop, her Elvis-impersonating grandfather, Rebecca must find the pyromaniac car thief and put a stop to him---before he stops her first.

Skating Over the Line is the second novel in a delightful cozy series filled with small town charm and delicious laughs.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:28 -0400)

""Rebecca's investigative work is clever and offbeat."--Chicago Sun-Times Rebecca is desperate to sell her inherited roller skating rink in small-town Indian Falls, and--finally--she has a buyer. She can't wait to head back to Chicago, especially now that her long delinquent father has blown back into town. But Lionel, her large-animal vet boyfriend, thinks she should stay put. And the gang at the Senior Center wants her to track down the thief who's been hot-wiring rusted-out classic cars. Unable to resist, Rebecca soon has the Sheriff's Deputy threatening to arrest her for obstruction and strange, scary men threatening her life. Then cars start exploding, with people in them, and Rebecca's father goes missing. With the help of her Elvis-impersonating grandfather, Rebecca must find the pyromaniac car thief and put a stop to him--before he stops her first.This is the second in a delightful cozy series filled with small town charm and delicious laughs"-- "Rebecca is desperate to sell her inherited roller skating rink in small-town Indian Falls, and--finally--she has a buyer. She can't wait to head back to Chicago, especially now that her long delinquent father has blown back into town. But Lionel, her large-animal vet boyfriend, thinks she should stay put. And the gang at the Senior Center wants her to track down the thief who's been hot-wiring rusted-out classic cars. Unable to resist, Rebecca soon has the Sheriff's Deputy threatening to arrest her for obstruction and strange, scary men threatening her life. Then cars start exploding, with people in them, and Rebecca's father goes missing. With the help of her Elvis-impersonating grandfather, Rebecca must find the pyromaniac car thief and put a stop to him--before he stops her first. This is the second in a delightful cozy series filled with small town charm and delicious laughs"--… (more)

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