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Skating on the Edge: A Mystery (Rebecca Robbins) (edition 2012)

by Joelle Charbonneau

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Title:Skating on the Edge: A Mystery (Rebecca Robbins)
Authors:Joelle Charbonneau
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Murder most bizarre, mysterious goings-on, roller derby madness, personality-plus characters, wacky small town mayhem, and a slowly simmering romance! This warm-hearted, humorous story has all the makings of fun, and though it sometimes verges on absurdity it never sacrifices emotional richness for a laugh. I've enjoyed every book in this series and for me they just keep getting better and better--this one is greatly enhanced by the new roller derby team that has taken up residence in Rebbecca Robbins’s rink. Rebecca Robbins mysteries are reminiscent of the early Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich, but I enjoy them more than the later books in that series.

As this book opens, Rebecca is still struggling with what to do with the roller skating rink she inherited last year from her mother. Part of her wants to sell the rink so she can leave her rural hometown behind and get back to her life in Chicago, and part of her . . . well, there are some new attractions in Indian Falls, including Lionel, the town veterinarian and Rebbecca’s sort-of boyfriend. Then a woman is murdered, and Rebecca may have been the actual target, so moving is put on hold as Rebecca gets caught up in the investigation, because there’s no way she’s trusting the local police to find the killer. Her scrawny Elvis-impersonating grandfather wants to help, the roller derby women want to be her body guards, her father wants to convince her he’s finally ready to lead a straight and narrow life, and someone still seems to be trying to kill her. This is a book that leaves you smiling. ( )
  Jaylia3 | Aug 28, 2013 |
I was fortunate enough to obtain a copy thru Library Thing. I have never read anything from this author and thought it was adorable. I enjoyed the characters and the small town characteristics. I enjoyed all the action involving the roller derby. I will make it a point to read the other two books in this series; this was a very quick, fun read. ( )
  lg4154 | Jan 26, 2013 |
Skating on the Edge is a fun story about Rebecca Robbins, who owns an ice skating rink that she inherited from her mother. She has plans to sell the Toe Stop and return to the big city. Small town life is not her thing. During the Native American Summer Days Rebecca was picked to take her turn in the dunk tank but Sherlene-n-Mean takes her place and is electrocuted. Rebecca is determined to find out who did it and why and she puts herself in danger repeatedly. With the help of her grandfather "Pop" and the other members of the roller derby team that Sherlene was a member of, they go on a madcap mission to find the killer. I would have to say that my favorite character, besides Rebecca, is her grandfather. Rebecca's father is in the picture also but they are pretty much estranged and she does not trust him. Pop is a funny old gentlemen who has an Elvis act and the authors description of the clothes he wears is pretty humorous. Along with the gals on the roller derby team makes this book a fun read. The love interest with Lionel gives the book an element of romance. This is the third in the series but can be read out of order. A murder mystery with lots of humor and a surprise ending. I loved it!!
I received a copy of this book for review and was not compensated for my review. ( )
  celticlady53 | Oct 7, 2012 |
Skating on the Edge is the third, and by far the most heart racing, novel of the quirky mystery series penned by Joelle Charbonneau. The series so far has perfectly portrayed the fun of owning a roller skating rink in a small gossipy town, but this round, readers get a deeper look into of the heart of Rebecca Robbins.

The previous novel, Skating Over the Line, features the first appearance of the roller derby team, EstroGenocide. In Skating on the Edge, one of their own is murdered and the rumors floating around say it should've been Rebecca. Armed with a list of potential suspects, Rebecca takes the initiative to find the murderer while attempting to put her life back in order. Well, in as much order as possible with an Elvis-impersonating grandfather, scheming, sneaky father, and maid of honor duties.

Charbonneau really knows how to work with mysteries in small towns, where everyone knows everyone and gossip is the number one source for entertainment. Her ability liven up the story and keep it going while Rebecca struggles to solve the murder case, an element found in all three mysteries in this series, is commendable and a highly favorable trait of her writing style.

After reading the crazy events of this novel, readers who haven't fallen for Rebecca Robbins will do so quickly and surely. Skating on the Edge will blow you over with a fun, fabulous plot, and anticipation of what could possibly come next!

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  LoveyDoveyBooks | Sep 25, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031260663X, Hardcover)

Rebecca Robbins, owner of the Toe Stop roller-skating rink, is back, this time joined by a tough and sassy roller derby team, and she has a new puzzling murder to solve.

It’s Native American Summer Days in Indian Falls, and Rebecca is roped into taking a turn in the Senior Center dunk tank. That is, until her rhinestone-studded grandfather, Pop, needs help setting up his Elvis act. Minutes from climbing into the tank, Rebecca has to find a replacement, and roller derby girl Sherlene-n-Mean is delighted to fit the bill---until she’s dunked, electrocuted, and killed. It’s obvious that this was no accident. Someone rigged the tank, but who was the intended target? Sherlene-n-Mean or Rebecca?

With a list of suspects in hand and Pop cheering her on, Rebecca starts asking questions. Who disliked Sherlene-n-Mean enough to kill her? Could a father really be capable of murdering his own daughter for money? Why has the bowling alley owner suddenly decided to call a truce and offer Rebecca his assistance? Who was Sherlene-n-Mean? Did her mysterious past catch up with her and get her killed or was she a victim of circumstance? Aided by a trio of self-appointed bodyguard derby girls and caught between Deputy Sean and her sometimes-boyfriend Lionel, Rebecca digs for answers, dodges bullets, and races to find a killer before the killer strikes again.

Joelle Charbonneau’s third novel is a gem in a charming and hilarious series.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:26:34 -0400)

"It's Native American Summer Days in Indian Falls, and Rebecca Robbins is roped into taking a turn in the Senior Center dunk tank. That is, until her rhinestone-studded grandfather Pop needs help setting up his Elvis act. Minutes from climbing into the tank, Rebecca has to find a replacement. Roller derby girl Sherlene-n-Mean takes her place, and is promptly electrocuted and killed. It's obvious to the police and Rebecca that this was no accident, and no one knows who the murderer's intended target was. With Pop cheering her on and aided by a trio of self-appointed bodyguard derby girls, Rebecca digs for answers, dodges bullets, and races to find a killer"--… (more)

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