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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Barnes Narrator: Bernadette Quigley Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Carlotta Carlyle Series Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597100489
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Carlotta Carlyle, the six-foot-tall redhead private investigator, thought that working undercover searching out fraud on Boston's Big Dig would be a challenging assignment. After all, the Big Dig, the creation of a central artery highway through downtown Boston, is a 14 billion dollar boondoggle, the largest urban construction project in modern history. But playing a mild-mannered secretary working out of a construction trailer is not quite the thrill ride she had in mind, so Carlotta starts moonlighting, taking on a missing persons case. The search for the missing Veronica James turns up one dead end after another, as do her fraud investigations, and it looks like Carlotta has dug herself one big hole. But the mysterious death of a construction worker stirs up a storm of events, and soon enough Carlotta is really in over her head, grasping at the edges of a vast conspiracy that threatens to make this investigation her last. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/3/2014

    " I liked this okay. I was intrigued by the mystery portion enough to continue reading but I thought it was a bit too entertwined. How many private investigators start with two clients and seperate searches only to find out they are not only linked together but basically the same search. I don't know, not as believeable as I like. I also didn't love the language etc so common in these types of books. I guess I should give up finding some good, well thought, clean, mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/14/2014

    " I'm surprised there haven't been more novels set in Boston around the area of the Big Dig. This was really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/4/2014

    " missed the title between cold case and big dig - don't know how she got shot and home damaged. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 12/29/2013

    " Not a bad read - I had a hard time getting into the book but I think it was me. Maybe I wasn't ready to start a new book. It had a good ending and went fairly quick after I became engaged in the story. My first time for author Linda Barnes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 james | 12/28/2013

    " This is one of a series of novels featuring Carlotta Carlyle a funky detective/snooper. She investigates corruption, and then murder, on the construction project in Boston known as the Big Dig. It's a central traffic artery that costs more than a fleet of nuclear aircraft carriers. It's a quick, fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/16/2013

    " Well written PI series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 12/12/2013

    " I have read all of Barnes' books, but this one captivated me the most. Barnes' research into the Big Dig project in Boston was superb. She actually made me want to fly to Massachusetts to stare at a big hole in the ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 11/24/2013

    " Typical Barnes. Enjoyed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/10/2013

    " A Murder mystery taking place in Boston , Tewksbury MA, and Derry NH. I lived 25 years in this area and it was fun to trace character movements through familiar territory. I also was living there during all the Big Dig controverses so wonder what is fact and what is fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque Sherbak | 11/6/2013

    " Great mystery with wonderfully developed characters and locale. I was hooked on Carlotta. After I read this book, I backtracked and read every one. I now own all 12; that GOOD! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andie1040 | 11/3/2013

    " Great story! Love Carlotta- a female PI who is truly her own person, in all aspects of her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/21/2013

    " I'm not big on mysteries but this one was pretty decent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 9/19/2013

    " A new breed of "patriots" brews up a terrorist plot in the works of Boston's Big Dig. Pre 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 7/26/2013

    " The Big Dig went on forever in Boston (just east of the small Massachusetts town in which I live). It was interesting reading detective fiction about an event that has received a lot of publicity in this area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alycia | 4/28/2013

    " Odd to read a pre-9/11 book ... so much has changed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Mcdonough | 2/2/2013

    " A good read. Like eating popcorn, a quick snack and fun, but not substantial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/29/2013

    " Carlotta Carlye #9 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimz Zahour | 1/3/2013

    " Another good read from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/10/2012

    " A good mystery--about Boston's you know what! Fun to read about our fair city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 7/21/2012

    " I read a lot of these books in the 80s, maybe 90s. Not quite as good as I remember. Either they've changed or I have, or both. Still a fun read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/8/2012

    " Set in Boston: always fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 3/29/2012

    " If you are a fan of Sue Grafton or Nevada Barr, you will enjoy Linda Barnes. This is a quick read and it's a fairly good mystery. Carolotta Carlyle is a fun character and I look forward to reading more books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Mcdonald | 1/14/2012

    " I've read several of the Carlotta Carlyle books. Consistently entertaining--light mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janetlee | 10/17/2011

    " I enjoy reading the Carlotta Carlyle mysteries! Good character development and some suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monty | 7/21/2011

    " This is the first book I've read about Carlotta Carlyle, PI from Boston, and I loved it. It started off a little complicated but eventually everything fell into place, and I had trouble putting the book down. I plan to read more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/21/2011

    " I'm surprised there haven't been more novels set in Boston around the area of the Big Dig. This was really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/11/2011

    " I've read several of the Carlotta Carlyle books. Consistently entertaining--light mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P. Mary | 4/27/2010

    " I haven't read this one yet, but didn't know how to change the rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 12/20/2009

    " The Big Dig went on forever in Boston (just east of the small Massachusetts town in which I live). It was interesting reading detective fiction about an event that has received a lot of publicity in this area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/25/2009

    " A good mystery--about Boston's you know what! Fun to read about our fair city. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 7/28/2009

    " I have read all of Barnes' books, but this one captivated me the most. Barnes' research into the Big Dig project in Boston was superb. She actually made me want to fly to Massachusetts to stare at a big hole in the ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andie1040 | 7/19/2009

    " Great story! Love Carlotta- a female PI who is truly her own person, in all aspects of her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/30/2009

    " A Murder mystery taking place in Boston , Tewksbury MA, and Derry NH. I lived 25 years in this area and it was fun to trace character movements through familiar territory. I also was living there during all the Big Dig controverses so wonder what is fact and what is fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janetlee | 4/8/2009

    " I enjoy reading the Carlotta Carlyle mysteries! Good character development and some suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/5/2009

    " A new breed of "patriots" brews up a terrorist plot in the works of Boston's Big Dig. Pre 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/12/2009

    " I'm not big on mysteries but this one was pretty decent. "

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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.