Skating Around the Law

A Mystery

Rebecca Robbins Mysteries (Volume 1)

Joelle Charbonneau

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Rebecca Robbins is a woman on a mission--to sell the roller rink she inherited in her rural hometown and get back to her life in the city. Fast. What she didn't count on was discovering a dead body head-first in a rink toilet. Now Rebecca is stuck in a small town where her former neighbors think she's a city slicker who doesn't belong, relying on a police department that's better at gardening than solving crimes. With the help of a handsome large animal veterinarian, a fomer circus camel, and her scarily frisky grandfather, Rebecca must discover the identity of the murderer before she becomes the next victim.
 
"Let Joelle Charbonneau skate into your imagination with her sparkling mystery featuring a spirited heroine and a small town populated with lively characters. Joelle is a charmer of a writer."--NYT bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips

"A delightful, top-notch debut mystery with a charmingly witty heroine, a smoking hot hero, and a cast of characters—both animal and human—guaranteed to keep you smiling. Ms. Charbonneau has created a heroine you’ll be rooting for as she tries to solve a murder and come to terms with the hometown she thought she’d left behind.  Skating Around the Law is a must read for all fans of Janet Evanovich."--Victoria Thompson, author of Murder on Waverly Place
 
"Mystery readers will love the quirky and comic characters in Joelle Charbonneau's debut. Joelle's new sleuth skates circles around cops, clues and small town cranks in this dizzying roller rink mystery."--Ellen Byerrum, author of the Crimes of Fashion Mysteries 
 

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Skating Around the Law  One

Falling on my ass really hurts. My mother told me that after taking my first steps I fell smack on my butt. Well, I’ve been whacking my backside on the floor ever since, both figuratively and literally. Today, I did it surrounded by a bunch of five-year-olds.

A little girl with big brown eyes and a purple stain on her overalls leaned over me. She pulled her thumb out of her mouth. “Rebecca, you gonna be okay?”

Trying to maintain a little dignity, I struggled up to my elbows and smiled at the tiny faces peering down at me.

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"Rebecca’s investigative work is clever and offbeat."--Chicago Sun-Times
 
"Funny and sexy, with a teasing mystery. Janet Evanovich fans will find Charbonneau’s debut a good fix while they’re waiting for Stephanie Plum’s latest."--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Roller skates and crime don't mix, or do they? In Charbonneau's fresh, funny debut they most certainly do."--Publishers Weekly

"Joelle Charbonneau with her debut novel shows she knows how to craft a great mystery and she has wonderful timing, which she uses deftly in this small town murder story.  Rebecca Robbins is a character that is hard not to love, funny, smart and an amateur detective who can think on her feet, or skates.  Pick this up, you'll enjoy it." --Crimespree Magazine
 
"Let Joelle Charbonneau skate into your imagination with a sparkling mystery featuring a spirited heroine and a small town populated with lively characters. Joelle is a charmer of a writer."--New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips
 
 

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Joelle Charbonneau

Joelle Charbonneau is a voice teacher, professional singer, and actress. She is a member of MWA, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. Her mother was a national and world champion roller skater. Joelle lives with her husband and toddler son.

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Skating Around the Law
A Mystery
Joelle Charbonneau

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2010
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ISBN: 9781429948050
ISBN10: 1429948051
288 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312629809
ISBN10: 031262980X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
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