Deadman's Switch [NOOK Book]


From the author of the acclaimed Munch Mancini crime novels comes a new mystery series featuring an appealing and resourceful sleuth.
Charlotte Lyon is a woman who can handle a crisis. She's turned that talent into a lucrative business in crisis management, in which she supplies excellent, and often unusual, advice to suddenly troubled company heads about how to handle the press, shareholders, and the public. When necessary, she goes beyond the basic job description to discover...
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From the author of the acclaimed Munch Mancini crime novels comes a new mystery series featuring an appealing and resourceful sleuth.
Charlotte Lyon is a woman who can handle a crisis. She's turned that talent into a lucrative business in crisis management, in which she supplies excellent, and often unusual, advice to suddenly troubled company heads about how to handle the press, shareholders, and the public. When necessary, she goes beyond the basic job description to discover the cause of the crisis itself, and whether it was an accident or not.
The job she has now is one of the latter. The mysterious derailment of a train has killed both the engineer and a famous movie actress. The disaster gets international attention and Charlotte is brought in to manage the heated situation. But Charlotte has her own demons to contend with---the recent death of her husband and a dangerously narcissistic mother. And the more she investigates, the more danger surrounds her. But no matter the threat, she will get to the bottom of this tragedy, or die trying.
Barbara Seranella, a unique and beloved voice in crime fiction, delivers a crafty puzzle and vivid, unforgettable characters in this first book of an exciting new series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In this fresh first of a new series from Seranella, crisis management expert Charlotte Lyon—who channels her obsessive-compulsive disorder into more productive, professional hypervigilance—works to exonerate the owners of the Sunliner Express train that derailed en route to Palm Springs, Calif. A recent widow, Charlotte teams up with sexy, motorcycle-riding investigator Todd Hannigan from the National Transportation Safety Board, and the two suspect possible sabotage. Several witnesses saw a mysterious, helmeted Samaritan pulling survivors to safety before zooming off on his motorcycle. Why didn't he stick around for kudos? While Charlotte finds herself increasingly attracted to Todd, she wonders where he was at the time of the train wreck. To complicate matters, one of the two fatalities was movie-star-turned-philanthropist Rachel Priest, whose spoiled son, Sherwood, shows up and threatens a lawsuit. Then up pops Charlotte's dysfunctional mother, who competes with demands for her attention. Fans of Seranella's Munch Mancini series (An Unacceptable Death, etc.) will find much to like. (Apr.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Library Journal

Charlotte Lyon runs a highly successful crisis management business in the Los Angeles area. Her latest job is handling the derailment of a train that resulted in two deaths and many injuries. While working around the clock to make Sun Rail look as caring as possible, Charlotte also seeks to learn why the engineer seemingly did not handle the running of his train properly. Charlotte, who takes medication for obsessive-compulsive disorder, is the perfect person to handle a crisis since she can usually foresee scenarios that no one else would envision. And she is dogged in her pursuit of the truth. The author of the best-selling Munch Mancini titles has launched a fresh new series with an intriguing new sleuth. [Sadly, Seranella died January 21, 2007, while awaiting a liver transplant.—Ed.]

—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Seranella takes an upscale break from mechanic-turned-detective Munch Mancini (An Unacceptable Death, 2005, etc.) with this tale of an obsessive-compulsive who specializes in crisis management. When attorney Dominic Cole asks Charlotte Lyon to help SunRail manage the fallout from the derailment of their new Sunliner, designed to ferry eager gamblers to Southern California's Native American-owned casinos, she jumps right into the assignment. Anything that provides her a break from mulling the death of her husband, Brad, can't be bad, and she's been driving herself crazy trying to write an emergency-preparedness manual for Mercy Hospital. (Can you imagine how many potential biohazards there are in a hospital?) Although the media storm over the accident, which killed movie icon Rachel Priest, is intense, the staff at SunRail-from the CEO to his eager assistant Andrew, customer-relations rep Mary Nightengale and train master Stanley Mack-couldn't be more obliging. And attractive National Transportation Safety Board investigator Todd Hannigan offers intriguing possibilities. But trying to find out what caused veteran engineer Bob Peterson to throw on his brakes in open countryside just out of Beaumont is slow-going at best-and at worst, may be even more lethal than a salad made with unwashed lettuce. As the going gets tough, Charlotte gets less and less quirky-making her initial appeal fade faster than an express train at rush hour.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466851511
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 648,656
  • File size: 318 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Seranella grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. After a restless childhood that included running away from home at the age of fourteen, joining a hippie commune in the Haight, and riding with outlaw motorcycle clubs, she decided to settle down and do something normal---she became an auto mechanic, and that was the occupation she chose for her heroine when she switched from fixing cars to writing about them.
Deadman’s Switch was to be the first of a planned new series, but sadly, after a long and brave fight against liver disease, Seranella died in January 2007, at the age of fifty. She was a talented woman of unbelievable bravery with an unbeatable sense of humor, and everyone who knew her, whether in person or through her books, will join us in mourning her. 
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful thriller

    In Orange County, California recently widowed thirty-three years old Charlotte Lyon provides crisis management consulting services to companies with media or shareholder issues. She is highly regarded by her clients as following her advice can save the firm plenty of money and keep negative press to a minimum. --- Corporate lawyer Dom Cole hires Charlotte to assist Sun Rail Corporation whose train the Sunliner just derailed. The accident killed the engineer Bob Peterson and an elderly female passenger twelve passengers are in the hospital. Charlotte takes charge of the spin control to insure the firm has the right image for public reaction starting with booting out the Red Cross. Meanwhile the Feds are all over the scene trying to determine whether what happened is mechanical failure, driver error, or terrorism. Charlotte unable to stay out of the inquiry soon begins to believe someone deliberately caused the derailment by tampering with the tracks. --- Switching from Munch to Charlotte, fans of Barbara Seranella will appreciate this powerful thriller starring an intelligent take charge woman she serves as a fitting tribute to the late author who recently passed away from liver failure. Charlotte makes the fast-paced story line so much fun to read as she seeks the truth while taking charge of her client¿s publicity. Character driven readers will take pleasure in observing the behind the scenes work at managing a crisis even as Charlotte goes after the saboteur. --- Harriet Klausner

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