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Kyle Shannon earns a living as a temporary. Her assignments take her into many different situations but they all have one thing in common - murder.
Posted September 8, 2003
Fed up with corporate backstabbing and bureaucracy, Kyle Shannon exchanges her lucrative position for the life of a temp - responsible for her own benefits and insurance, forever curious about the next assignment. It seems an easy thing to do, as coping over a recent breakup helps Kyle stay in focus in the working world. Badgered by a friend into re-entering the social scene, Kyle takes in a fundraiser and inadvertently finds her next assignment as a temporary executive assistant to a vice-president at Choice Manufacturing. The pay is good, the job fits her expertise, and Kyle likes the idea of working outside Chicago to test her fondness for the suburbs. Finding a popular 'Mom and Pop' corner market, operated by the affable Penzlers, is also a plus...until Kyle discovers not everyone in Lake County is endeared to the shop's quaint ways. The people of Choice are eager to appropriate the land under the store for their new headquarters, and appear to make headway with certain members of the county's zoning commission despite the Penzlers' reluctance to leave. When a formidable member of the board (and supporter of the new building) is found dead, plans are tossed aside, and though Kyle understands the temporary nature of her job she is nonetheless pulled into the drama. Nearly everyone she has met in her time at Lake County is suspect, to say nothing of that brief moment when Kyle herself handled the antique murder weapon at the benefit... Written with a clear first-person voice, Linda Mickey's Greased Wheels gets off to a slightly slow start, yet spins into a fascinating story of corporate greed in the midst of small-town mentality. Kyle Shannon makes an effective, albeit reluctant sleuth, torn between her desire to maintain distance (hence the temp work) and to help a loved local icon keep his livelihood.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2003
I really want to see more from this author. Stumbled across the book at a library and read it in one setting. Kyle Shannon is a methodical detective and it's fun to experience the crime(s)from her perspective while she goes about the mundane task of trying to find a new place to live.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2003
This is an excellent little mystery, with superb dialogue and nifty characters. The writing is tight and I finished it in 2 nights, couldn't put it down. Just as solid as any Grafton or Christie mystery.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 4, 2002
Posted September 9, 2002
Greased Wheels is a story of corruption, deceit and murder in the bucolic setting of suburban Chicago. Kyle Shannon goes to work filling in for an executive secretary and soon becomes involved in not one but two murders linked to greed and political chicanery. The characters are likeable and the plot keeps the reader turning pages. Excellent suspense from a new author. She's obviously done her research; the depiction of a huge fire made this reader feel as though he was standing next to the heroine watching it! I usually go for the hard-boiled stuff but this is so well-paced I read through it in one sitting. A nice surprise!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.