Skating Around the Law: A Mystery
by Joelle Charbonneau
Cover Artist: Doran Ben-Ami
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312629809
Date: 28 September 2010 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Mortgage broker Rebecca Robbins feels trapped in the small, comical town of Indian Falls, Illinois, where gossip and skating are the favorite pastimes. She is desperate to sell her dead mom's skating rink and return to Chicago. Unfortunately, Mack Murphy, the local handyman, is found dead with his head in a toilet. When his drowning is ruled a homicide, no one wants to buy the rink. Because the police are inept, Rebecca is forced to play detective. While questioning a vast assortment of zany, quirky citizens who hated Mack, Rebecca is terrorized by someone who is vandalizing her property and sending her threatening messages. From official release/information:
Product Description: Rebecca Robbins is a woman on a mission---to sell the roller rink she inherited from her mother and get back to Chicago. Fast. However, when she discovers the dead body of the town's handyman headfirst in a rink toilet, potential buyers are scared off. Now Rebecca is stuck in a small town where her former neighbors think she doesn't belong, living with her scarily frisky grandfather, Pop, and relying on a police department that's better at gardening than solving crimes.
Eager to move forward with her life, Rebecca begins investigating the murder herself, reluctantly accepting help from Pop and his extensive social network, which includes a handsome veterinarian and a former circus camel named Elwood. Nevertheless, someone isn't happy she's looking into the case, and their threats will have her questioning whether playing sleuth was such a good idea after all.
Joelle Charbonneau's debut is a sheer delight---a laugh-out-loud mystery with plenty of heart.
(Source: Minotaur Books)