Skating Over the Line by Joelle Charbonneau
A Mystery

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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.


 

About Joelle Charbonneau

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Joelle Charbonneau is an entertainer. She has performed in a variety of operas, musical theater and children's theater productions across the Chicagoland area. In addition to her stage work, Joelle has also performed with several bands and worked as a solo performer. She lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband, Andy, and their toddler son. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 286 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Since the sheriff is more interested in gardening than sleuthing, Rebecca starts snooping around with help from her zany grandfather, who’s suddenly become the town Romeo.

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At least Rebecca is gratified to find that, although the roller derby team has only recently moved in from another town, its members like Rebecca enough to volunteer as her bodyguards while she uses her skills to find a killer who may or may not be after her.

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Soon after Rebecca discovers the stolen car afire in a field with a dummy in the driver’s seat, her father’s car is stolen and burned, and this time the body at the wheel is a real one.

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A small-town girl who yearns to go back to Chicago is saddled with a reputation as a crime fighter.

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At the start of Charbonneau's fun third mystery featuring roller rink owner Rebecca Robbins (after 2011's Skating over the Line), Rebecca is slated to serve in the dunk tank at the Native American Days event in Indian Falls, Ill., but cancels at the last minute because her eccentric grandfather n...

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The murder mystery plot isn't demanding — the killer's motive seems a bit specious, though that may have been intentional on the part of the author — but Rebecca's admittedly amateurish attempts at sleuthing and other frequent comedic situations help hold the reader's interest.

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Review: Toe Stop Roller Rink owner Rebecca Robbins volunteers to participate in the Native American Summer Days festival by being "dunked", but is saved from being fatally electrocuted when she steps away to help her grandfather with his Elvis costume in Skating on the Edge, the third mystery in ...

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Review: Rebecca Robbins, owner of the local roller skating rink, has a reputation for solving crimes — a year ago a handyman was killed and Rebecca helped the police nab the killer — so the residents of her central Illinois town ask for her help again when someone starts setting cars ablaze in Sk...

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