When it comes to Skating on the Edge, a more screwball comedy of sleuthing I have yet to see. A lighthearted murder mystery from start to finish it is the third book in this highly entertaining series. Ms. Charbonneau does an excellent job making murder seem so serendipitous yet ridiculous. While her characters, settings, and scenarios may seem buffoonish and over the top, at times they are reined in by the pragmatism of reality.
At one point or another all of us have had experience with hidden lives. So, for Rebecca Robbins, owner of the Top Stop Roller Skating Rink, delving into people’s lives in order to solve a murder was a matter of experience. During the Native American Summer Days in Indian Falls, Rebecca’s most pressing engagement was supposed to be her time spent in a dunk tank. However, at the last minute, she was pulled from her assignment in order to help her grandpa with his assignment. Before leaving a replacement person stepped forward: Sherlene-n-Mean, one of her roller derby gals.
Sadly, Sherlene-n-Mean’s stunning dunk tank career tanked when she landed in the tank and was electrocuted. While all her teammates and fans were trying to pick up the pieces of their lives, Rebecca was busy on the case trying to determine who killed Sherlene, if Sherlene’s death was supposed to be hers, and why. As Rebecca pokes around sifting through clues, she discovers Sherlene’s secrets, and how dangerous skating on the edge can be.
If you’re looking for a murder mystery with some spunk yet lighthearted mayhem, then this is the story for you. This is a perfect read for when you are traveling, sunbathing, or even sitting in an air conditioned room. And the best part is, this book is perfect for all seasons!
Rebecca Robbins, owner of the Toe Stop roller-skating rink, is back, this time joined by a tough and sassy roller derby team, and she has a new puzzling murder to solve.
It’s Native American Summer Days in Indian Falls, and Rebecca is roped into taking a turn in the Senior Center dunk tank. That is, until her rhinestone-studded grandfather, Pop, needs help setting up his Elvis act. Minutes from climbing into the tank, Rebecca has to find a replacement, and roller derby girl Sherlene-n-Mean is delighted to fit the bill---until she’s dunked, electrocuted, and killed. It’s obvious that this was no accident. Someone rigged the tank, but who was the intended target? Sherlene-n-Mean or Rebecca?
With a list of suspects in hand and Pop cheering her on, Rebecca starts asking questions. Who disliked Sherlene-n-Mean enough to kill her? Could a father really be capable of murdering his own daughter for money? Why has the bowling alley owner suddenly decided to call a truce and offer Rebecca his assistance? Who was Sherlene-n-Mean? Did her mysterious past catch up with her and get her killed or was she a victim of circumstance? Aided by a trio of self-appointed bodyguard derby girls and caught between Deputy Sean and her sometimes-boyfriend Lionel, Rebecca digs for answers, dodges bullets, and races to find a killer before the killer strikes again.
Joelle Charbonneau’s third novel is a gem in a charming and hilarious series.