Skating over the Line (Rebecca Robbins Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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Rebecca Robbins is desperate to sell her inherited roller-skating rink in small-town Indian Falls, and---finally---she has a buyer. She can’t wait to head back to Chicago, especially now that her long delinquent father has blown back into town, but Lionel, her veterinarian boyfriend, thinks she should stay put. Also, the gang at the Senior Center wants her to track down the thief who’s been hot-wiring rusted-out classic cars.

Unable to resist, Rebecca soon has the ...

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Skating over the Line (Rebecca Robbins Series #2)

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Overview



Rebecca Robbins is desperate to sell her inherited roller-skating rink in small-town Indian Falls, and---finally---she has a buyer. She can’t wait to head back to Chicago, especially now that her long delinquent father has blown back into town, but Lionel, her veterinarian boyfriend, thinks she should stay put. Also, the gang at the Senior Center wants her to track down the thief who’s been hot-wiring rusted-out classic cars.

Unable to resist, Rebecca soon has the Sheriff’s Deputy threatening to arrest her for obstruction, and strange but scary men threatening her life. Then cars start exploding, with people in them, and Rebecca’s father goes missing. With the help of Pop, her Elvis-impersonating grandfather, Rebecca must find the pyromaniac car thief and put a stop to him---before he stops her first.

Skating Over the Line is the second novel in a delightful cozy series filled with small town charm and delicious laughs.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Charbonneau's sequel to 2010's Skating Around the Law offers just the right mix of skullduggery, humor, mystery, and romance. Rebecca Robbins is focused on selling the skating rink she inherited in Indian Falls, Ill., so she can move back to Chicago, but finding a buyer may be the easy part. Dealing with Lionel Franklin, the boyfriend who doesn't want her to leave, and Stan, her absentee father who has just shown up, is hard enough. Rebecca's Elvis impersonator grandfather, Pop, and his senior center friends expect Rebecca to find out who's stealing and blowing up cars because, after all, she solved a recent crime before the cops could. Deputy Sean Holmes hasn't gotten over her meddling in police business then and doesn't appreciate it now. When large men start threatening Rebecca, the crimes take on a more sinister aspect. Readers will enjoy the ride, and they'll really love Elwood, Lionel's retired circus camel. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Rebecca's life is on hold while she tries to sell the small-town roller rink she inherited from her mother, just down the street from the senior center where her beloved grandfather, Pop, reigns as an Elvis impersonator. Then someone starts stealing cars, and the seniors turn to Rebecca as their favorite detective, based on her spot-on work last season (Skating Around the Law). To complicate matters, her estranged, ne'er-do-well father returns to town, ready to mooch off her again. All of a sudden, the stolen car case heats up violently. Reluctant to trust Lionel, the handsome veterinarian, or Sean, the local deputy, Rebecca skates into uncharted territory again, with her own safety at risk. VERDICT Light and breezy, Charbonneau's sophomore entry holds up. Her humor mixed with an eccentric cast keeps the mystery rolling at a steady clip. With this title's romantic triangle not unlike Janet Evanovich's trio of Stephanie Plum, Ranger, and Joe Morelli, and relatives reminiscent of those in books by Rita Lakin or Deborah Sharp, you've got another humorous series at the ready. [Library marketing.]
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"Rebecca’s second (Skating Around the Law, 2010) features the Midwest’s laid-back answer to Stephanie Plum in another funny, spunky romp."—Kirkus Reviews

"Light and breezy, Charbonneau’s sophomore entry holds up. Her humor mixed with an eccentric cast keeps the mystery rolling at a steady clip. With this title’s romantic triangle not unlike Janet Evanovich’s trio of Stephanie Plum, Ranger, and Joe Morelli, and relatives reminiscent of those in books by Rita Lakin or Deborah Sharp, you’ve got another humorous series at the ready."—Library Journal

"Charbonneau's sequel to 2010's Skating Around the Law offers just the right mix of skullduggery, humor, mystery, and romance....Readers will enjoy the ride, and they'll really love Elwood, Lionel's retired circus camel."—Publishers Weekly

 

"The charming denizens of Indian Falls are back....The supporting characters...would steal the show if not for the mystery that needs to be solved—and the escalating danger."—RT Book Reviews

 

"A visit to Indian Falls is time superbly spent. Filled with delightful citizens, including grandfather Pop, an Elvis impersonator and hugely warm character, this loving close-knit community embraces you from the first page. Joelle Charbonneau has a fresh and lively and insightful voice, and she has created characters we'd love as friends. This is a wonderfully fun read."—Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author of A Trick of the Light

Kirkus Reviews

A small-town girl who yearns to go back to Chicago is saddled with a reputation as a crime fighter.

Great news for Rebecca Robbins: There may be a buyer for her roller rink. Despite her loving relationship with her grandfather, an Elvis impersonator, and a hot romance with veterinarian Lionel Franklin, she still dreams of returning to the city. When a friend of her grandfather's has his car stolen, Rebecca is enlisted to find it. But she's thrown off her stride by the arrival of the super-salesman father who had walked out on her and her mother years before. Soon after Rebecca discovers the stolen car afire in a field with a dummy in the driver's seat, her father's car is stolen and burned, and this time the body at the wheel is a real one. Her high-school classmate, now a policeman, is vehemently against Rebecca's investigations. In addition, she has her hands full dealing with her father, a newly hired roller-rink manager who'd rather be making movies, and Lionel, who wants to take their relationship further than Rebecca wants to go. The final insult comes when she and her father are harassed by some angry Spanish-speaking men, providing yet another puzzle for the intrepid sleuth to solve.

Rebecca's second (Skating Around the Law, 2010) features the Midwest's laid-back answer to Stephanie Plum in another funny, spunky romp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429983921
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Series: Rebecca Robbins Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 313,139
  • File size: 305 KB

Meet the Author

Joelle Charbonneau has worked as a professional singer and actress and currently is a private voice instructor. Joelle lives with her husband and son in Illinois.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    Readers will enjoy this amusing amateur sleuth starring a delightful heroine who is a combination of sass and mellow

    Rebecca Robbins inherited a skating rink in Indian Falls, Illinois from her late mom. She looks forward to selling the rink where she nay have a buyer so she can escape her hometown and return to Chicago in spite of her attraction to her new boyfriend veterinarian Lionel Franklin.

    When a friend of her grandfather Pop has his car stolen and others at senior center likewise complain about vehicles stolen and set on fire, the elderly turn to Rebecca to investigate as she has solved a crime that the cops failedto do (see Skating Around The law). Still embarrassed that a civilian solved his case that stymied him, Deputy Sean Holmes warns her to stay out of the vehicle inquiry. As she ignores the law enforcement official, Rebecca looks into the car crimes only to have her absentee father Stan the deserter salesman arrive along with angry men bilingually informing her and her dad to back off or else..

    Readers will enjoy this amusing amateur sleuth starring a delightful heroine who is a combination of sass and mellow. The townsfolk add Midwest eccentricity especially her former classmates, and Pop and the geriatric gang. Fast-paced, readers will appreciate Rebecca Skating Over the Line.

    Harriet Klausner

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