Skating on the Edge
By Joelle Charbonneau
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312606633, 304pp.)
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Categories: Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
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.
Joelle Charbonneau has worked as a professional singer and actress and currently is a private voice instructor. She lives with her husband and son in Illinois.
Rebecca's amusing third continues to flesh out its continuing characters while providing an eccentric bunch of murder suspects."--Kirkus Reviews "Charbonneau's fun third mystery featuring roller rink owner Rebecca Robbins...[with] genuine warmth between the characters, the fierce loyalty of the roller derby team, and the distinct thawing of Rebecca's lawman nemesis, Sean Holmes."--Publishers Weekly