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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Barnes Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Carlotta Carlyle Series Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781456124304
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It’s the kind of case that has “NO!” written all over it. But ex-cop Carlotta Carlyle has a PI license getting moldy from disuse, so she takes on the search for a little old lady’s missing brother. After all, how much trouble could an aging cabbie get into?
Plenty, Carlotta learns, as she uncovers a scam of laundered money and drug running, all mixed together in that dangerously powerful brew known as Boston-Irish politics.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Barnes uses all of her finely honed technique to deliver an exciting book.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 2/13/2014

    " Pretty well written dective story. I have been reading the Janet Evonovich books and this one reminded me of her writing, without all the anxiety...kind of a breath of fresh air, but still very interesting and a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naseebeh | 1/31/2014

    " I really enjoy these--but the library stopped getting the new ones, female private investigator-set back East-i think in Baltimore.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sand | 1/25/2014

    " It's been a couple of years since I read this but I liked it so much I very quickly read my way all the way through the series. Carlotta is a complicated woman with an even more complicated life. She's smart, tough and keeps on getting it when others would have quit. These are definitely worth reading. Absorbing, fast-paced and exciting. Good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pr Latta | 1/23/2014

    " [audio] First in a new-for-me woman detective series. C. J. Critt narrated which may be why I'm grouping Carlotta with Stephanie Plum (not as ditzy or sexy or funny, but just as strong a cast of character), Kay Scarpetta (strong, self-reliant, not as driven), and Judge Deborah Knott (no court room scenes and more of an ensemble). Others have compared her to Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone but more rounded, "real" person, not just a case history and Laura Lippman's Tess Monahan (but Carlotta is not as tortured as Tess and gets a lot more fun out of life. I gave the rating on faith: the library CD was in such poor shape I missed quite a bit of the story... Strong sense of Boston, Jewish/Irish background, pets play a role. Former policeman and sometime cab driver, Carlotta inherited a house from her aunt where she lives with her aunt's parakeet and her cat Tom and rents a room to artist Roz while trying to make a go of being a private investigator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenda | 1/15/2014

    " seemed very long but I kept reading because I wanted to see how it would end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elissa | 1/11/2014

    " This was a very entertaining, light mystery with a great main character. I will definitely be reading more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Larsen | 1/7/2014

    " An OK quick read detective piece. It's set in Boston, but Linda Barnes isn't Robert Parker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 12/25/2013

    " Nancy 0 stars; Ron - 3 stars; Library book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quirkyreader | 12/24/2013

    " A fast engaging read. Tis book sucjed me in right away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanette | 11/26/2013

    " I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I like the main character in this series.I hope to find more of this seres at my library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Ginsburg | 11/17/2013

    " Love Carlotta! If I haven't read the entire series, I need to catch up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick Gabridge | 7/10/2013

    " Excellent main character. This is an older work and it feels a little dated now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/13/2013

    " A clever plot with good characters, well-written, and with interesting information about Boston. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 3/9/2013

    " Very Good; Continuing Character: Carlotta Carlyle; private investigator is hired to find a missing cab driver, and ends up involved in a case regarding IRA funding and drugs. First in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 10/13/2012

    " Good story. Very interesting, too. I liked it well enough to put the next one Linda Barnes wrote- "Snapshots" on my To-Read list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 8/8/2012

    " more bon bons; similar to evanovich but not quite a good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 7/13/2012

    " my first linda barnes - i like carlotta carlyle hope the series stands up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 7/4/2012

    " Mystery series set in Boston with a feel reminiscent of Grafton/Kinsey Milhone. I like Carlotta and am looking forward to reading more of these tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bevjirwin | 3/16/2012

    " good mystery series,now reading another one,likable,fun and a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/29/2011

    " First in the Carlotta Carlyse series. Former cop, now a PI who drives a cab to pay bills. Adventures "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 12/16/2011

    " Nancy 0 stars; Ron - 3 stars; Library book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 11/6/2011

    " Total cliche private-eye mystery. Nothing special or intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/2/2011

    " Carlotta #1 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/2/2011

    " Total cliche private-eye mystery. Nothing special or intriguing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 12/28/2010

    " Excellent main character. This is an older work and it feels a little dated now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennie | 4/3/2010

    " Carlotta Carlyle is a 6 ft. ex-cop turned PI with red hair and a cash flow problem. The book is a light hearted, easy read, and entertaining. A perfect book for a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/23/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing Character: Carlotta Carlyle; private investigator is hired to find a missing cab driver, and ends up involved in a case regarding IRA funding and drugs. First in the series.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elissa | 8/5/2009

    " This was a very entertaining, light mystery with a great main character. I will definitely be reading more in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 6/16/2009

    " more bon bons; similar to evanovich but not quite a good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 4/19/2009

    " First in the Carlotta Carlyse series. Former cop, now a PI who drives a cab to pay bills. Adventures "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 3/22/2009

    " my first linda barnes - i like carlotta carlyle hope the series stands up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 11/2/2008

    " Mystery series set in Boston with a feel reminiscent of Grafton/Kinsey Milhone. I like Carlotta and am looking forward to reading more of these tales. "

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About the Author
Author Linda BarnesLinda Barnes is the author of sixteen previous novels, including her Carlotta Carlyle mystery series. Her work has won the Anthony and American Mystery Awards, and received numerous nominations for the Edgar and Shamus Awards. She was born in Detroit and now lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.
About the Narrator

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.