Linda Barnes' Carlotta Carlyle series is excellent. Set in Boston, tall ex-cop Carlotta is tough, bright, and interesting to follow.
This is the first book in the series. I really, really liked it. I will definitely read the rest in the series. Something about the main character grabbed me, I just really liked her! Well written, couldn't put it down!
First in the series of Carlotta Carlyle mysteries, my FAVORITE mystery series, set in Boston, with terrifically-drawn characters. (Roz, Carlotta's edgy young assistant, could have been the idea behind Lizbeth Salander, had these books been Swedish :-).
Carlotta is a strong, gorgeous, 6-ft tall cab-driving (to help pay the bills when the PI work isn't pouring in), volleyball-paying, former Boston cop, whose friendship with a former cop partner provides tension with her love affair with the son of a mafia boss.....yes, she's SUCH A PROTAGONIST. She has "little sister," the bright daughter of a Columbian immigrant single mother.
Oh yes, she loves The Blues and Mary Chung's (the cult favorite restaurant of the MIT crowd) and if you have been around Boston a while you will recognize where she drives that cab.
If you love strong but feminine detective protagonists, you won't be disappointed, and if you haven't started the series yet, you have 10 of these great little novels after this one! Having read all 11, I am eagerly hoping for another one soon!
I have always loved this series, but I had never read this particular book. Strong, well-developed characters, good dialogue, and tight plot.
The first in the Carlotta Carlyle series, the author takes a little time at the beginning to introduce us to the main character who will anchor the series. She is interesting and fun, smart and adventurous. She takes a case of a missing brother, but the plot has more twists and turns, with surprises along the way, just the way a good mystery book should. I will surely read more in this newly-found series.
nice mystery .. also a series.. not really a cozy ..more hard-boiled
Carlotta Carlyle, licensed private investigator in the city of Boston, has a new client; an old lady who wants the detective to find her missing brother. Well, money has been tight lately, so even though her better judgment is saying 'No,' she takes the case. When the old lady whips out a retainer off a roll of hundred-dollar bills big enough to choke a horse, she wonders if she's bitten off more than she can chew . . .
Series book about Boston P.I and cab-driver Carlotta Carlyle, who looks into the disappearance of an aging cabbie. Boston-Irish politics and history flavor this solid mystery.