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When she was not able to find a one act play fitting 12 roles, she decided to write the plot of the play herself. As she kept on winning the competitions right up to the state finals, she was introduced to a man who showed willingness to publish her play. After allowing him to do so, author Barnes began getting more offers for writing a few more plays. Eventually, she wrote several successful plays before going on to try her hand at writing mystery novels.

The lead character of the Carlotta Carlyle series is described by the author as a redheaded and tall ex-cop living in Boston, Massachusetts, who now works as a private investigator. The personality of Carlotta Carlyle is similar to that of a woman who always wears her heart upon her sleeves and always talks tough. Quite often, she ends up landing herself in some sort of trouble because of her short temper and no-nonsense attitude. The success of the initial books in the series helped author Barnes to work on a few more novels and finished the series with a total of 12 books up to the year Other than that, she has also been nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards.

The Carlotta Carlyle series written by author Linda Barnes is comprised of 12 books in total, which were published between the years and All the books in the series feature the central character as Carlotta Carlyle, who is introduced as a cab-driving former cop and a current private investigator in Boston, Massachusetts. It was released by the Minotaur Book publishers in the year As the story of the book begins, it is shown that Carlotta Carlyle had served for a period of 6 years in the Boston Police Department, after which she was dismissed for insubordination.

Now, she has set up a private investigating shop and deals with cases starting from lost pets up to the grander larcenies. Carlotta often operates from outside her house, but then too, the clients do not cease to stop by unannounced. One of her recent clients is the reserved, genteel, and elderly spinster named Miss Margaret Devens.

It turns out that Carlotta and Eugene knew each other when they used to work at a private can company. Soon, she learns that Miss Margaret has been attacked by a couple of thugs for money, causing her to get hospitalized. When Carlotta investigates further, she comes to know that Eugene was involved in a more dangerous business. She decides to do whatever it takes to search Eugene before it becomes too late for both of them.

It was also released by the Minotaur Book publishers in the year In this novel too, Carlotta continues to work as a struggling private investigator and takes in whichever case comes towards her. But this time, she gets to work on two cases at the same time. Her first client is her old partner named Lieutenant Mooney from the Boston Police, who seems to have been charged with brutality by some unfair means and eventually suspended. The second client of Carlotta is a teenage boy who was beaten on the Boston streets by some thugs while looking for his girlfriend.

The thugs had snatched his wallet and split his lip. Being too young to be called as a client, Carlotta thinks of rejecting his case, but she could not do that because of the scarcity of the cases with her. After realizing that she is required to come face to face with the brutal evils, she decides to take everything head on and try to solve both the cases as soon as possible. If you see one missing just send me an e-mail below. But I do know enough to understand what's going.

Sh This is only the second book I have read out of Linda Barnes' series. She's engaged to a longtime boyfriend who happens to a mobster whose somewhat exiled from Boston. And her "little sister" is still traumatized from the event of the last book. What I found very interesting was that for a portion of the book was in Mooney's point of view. It was a real surprised when I first got to it. So it's kinda like a Spenser.

Girl comes to Carlotta for help, girl is in trouble, girl is dead. And how does a Connecticut town and its debate to built a casino play into all this? Mar 07, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: While Sam is out of the country to avoid arrest on suspicion of murder, Carlotta takes on a client that puts her in the middle of her fiance's case and also makes her suspect in another murder. Carlotta sets out to solve her mysterious case before she's arrested and finds herself questioning if everything she thought she knew about her boyfriend was a lie.

During her investigation, Carl P. During her investigation, Carlyle recalls an old adage, "if you lie down with the devil, you wake up in the dark. Barnes writing is sharp and to the point. The dialogue moves the plot along and words aren't wasted in frivolous detail.

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Carlyle is a likeable, but tough, hard-boiled detective. This is the 12th book in the Carlotta Carlyle series. My reading list just grew, because now I'm going to have to go back and start at the beginning of this series. Barnes' writing is smart and entertaining! Sep 21, Pop Culture Nerd rated it liked it.

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The early books in this series, especially Coyote, used to haunt me and break my heart. This latest, however, bored me and I found myself skipping huge chunks of descriptive prose just to finish it. I wanted to give up at times but did want to know who the killer was so that was the only reason I managed to drag myself to the end. Once I got there, I realized I had stopped caring. I know these are unkind words, but it's only because my disappointment is deep. Carlotta used to be a tough chick wh The early books in this series, especially Coyote, used to haunt me and break my heart.

Carlotta used to be a tough chick who lived life on her own terms. Lately, she has turned foolish and wasn't a very sharp P. Her on-again, off-again relationship with Sam makes me want to scream. I don't know why she didn't dump him for good long ago, considering the way he treats her plus he's in the mob! Paulina barely makes an appearance here and her storyline had started to bore me, too, several books back. I'm very loyal to series characters I like but this might be the first time I think an author should move on and create someone new. Jan 28, Lisa Harmonybites rated it liked it Recommends it for: Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: I couldn't find the first book in the series recommended to me, A Trouble of Fools , so this book, the twelfth in the series, was my introduction to the Carlotta Carlyle series.

Lots has obviously happened in previous books, and Carlyle is working as a private investigator and is no longer with the Boston Police Department, although she's still friends with her old partner Mooney who heads Homicide. The story is mostly told by Carlyle first person, and I did find it jarring when in the Fourth Par I couldn't find the first book in the series recommended to me, A Trouble of Fools , so this book, the twelfth in the series, was my introduction to the Carlotta Carlyle series. The story is mostly told by Carlyle first person, and I did find it jarring when in the Fourth Part it switches to third person from Mooney's point of view, only to switch back to Carlyle telling the story first person.

Most books that do this kind of switch have a consistent pattern of switching back and forth so it feels more natural. I also felt Carlyle came across as far too naive about her fiance Sam and the significance of his association with organized crime, given she's none too young and a former cop.

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Still, I liked this one, mostly I think because of the chemistry between Carlyle and Mooney and having spent three years in the Boston area, I enjoyed the setting. Feb 13, Susan rated it liked it. One looks forward to reading a Caroltta Carlyle mystery not only because a good mystery is usally in the offing, but Carlotta and Sam, her on again off again, mobbed up boyfriend, are good chemistry. Their relationship tensions are nicely handled and fun to read, usually.

Here, Sam is relegated to a cameo appearance. The mystery about murders involving members of a native american tribe is more talky than clever. And after so many books with Carlotta and Mooney dancing around each other, with ne One looks forward to reading a Caroltta Carlyle mystery not only because a good mystery is usally in the offing, but Carlotta and Sam, her on again off again, mobbed up boyfriend, are good chemistry. And after so many books with Carlotta and Mooney dancing around each other, with never before a hint of sexual tension, only longing on the part of Mooney, the two just end up in bed together.

Nothing fun or sexy or clever about it. As usual, Carlottal's issues with Paolina are a bore and so too is this mystery. One hopes that Barnes has something very neat in mind for the next book; otherwise, this might be the end of the series for me. If she can't kill off Sam, some other drastic measures need to be taken. Jul 29, Catherine Woodman rated it liked it. I think I have read this entire series, and while the quality has remained good, this is not one of the better ones, and I am not sure why, It just isn't as well written as the usual--the story of her little sister is kind of peripheral to the main story and kind of disturbing.

Also not at all psychologically on target--it could be, but we would need alot more information for that to ring true, and the cutting behavior is not something that comes from PTSD The story about her r I think I have read this entire series, and while the quality has remained good, this is not one of the better ones, and I am not sure why, It just isn't as well written as the usual--the story of her little sister is kind of peripheral to the main story and kind of disturbing.

The story about her relationship with Sam is very tightly wound up, which is good, and then she pretty quickly moves into a new relationship that I am less sure whether it works, or even rings true. So overall, I think there are too many tunrs in the plot that do not link directly with the story so that it ends up being less well told.

Jun 21, Bob rated it liked it. The tail goes ok till they end up out on the Cape Cod and Carlyle gets a flat. Tacks on the road! Then the Client turns up in the morgue, a hit and run victim it would appear. Mean while Carlyle is having problems with her boy friend, who is in hiding he is connected! The Cops and Feds are looking for her as well for information on the whereabouts of the boyfriend.

Any how it gets all mixed up with the Mob, Indian Tribes, casinos, land and federal investigations. A quick time passer but no classic. Jul 11, Lynn Lerch rated it really liked it. Carlotta Carlisle is missing her boyfriend,Sam Gianelli who is out of the country. While out he is indicted in a secret indictment. Carlotta finds out that her client is killed in a hit and run along with her friend who is Nausett MA In this part of MA there is going to be an election for Prop 6 to get the land for the newly formed Indian tribe.

Meanwhile the Boston PD wants her blame her for her clients murder with Sam's car. He is helped by a friend who is now the Police Chief of the small town in Nausett. It is very exciting and fast paced. The ending is very good. May 18, Diane rated it liked it. It's been a long time since I've read a Carlotta Carlyle book, so I looked forward to reading this one. Linda Barnes uses her Boston setting to good advantage as a backdrop for the story. This is especially true when she brings the gang connections of one of the major characters into the plot.


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This book kept me involved, even though some of the plot elements didn't hook up as well as they could have. For example, it is never clear why Sam Gianelli is out of the country, even when his absence is It's been a long time since I've read a Carlotta Carlyle book, so I looked forward to reading this one. For example, it is never clear why Sam Gianelli is out of the country, even when his absence is sort of explained at the end of the book.

Given that, it is satisfying to see Carlotta make a decision at the end of the book that has to improve her life. I always root for a good relationship over a bad one any time.

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Dec 31, Winterfan rated it really liked it. In the 12th Carlotta Carlyle book, everyone is still dealing with issues following the episode in Colombia. Carlotta is not doing much PI work. Paolina is hurting herself. Sam is out of the country, unable to return. This leads the storyline that pulls in most of the series main characters and seems to close it in what would be the right way to do it.

The happily ever part is not there for me. Everyone In the 12th Carlotta Carlyle book, everyone is still dealing with issues following the episode in Colombia. Everyone seems so wounded that the good cop winning out seems so very, very sad. I would love to see the series continue but it just seems like this was a fairly quick and sterile way to end it, knowing that for Carlotta anything could still happen. Feb 19, Ed rated it really liked it Shelves: Carlotta is the Boston-dwelling, red-headed, 6' tall, ex-cop, volleyball playing, cab driving, private detective with a Colombian Little Sister.

After the first 4 entries appeared in 4 years, it took 17 years for the next 8 to be produced and now it's been 7 years since the latest of those. I enjoyed the series but have long since looking to see if a new volume has appeared. Carlotta Carlyle agrees to tail a possibly cheating groom-to-be for his intended. He di 12 in the Carlotta Carlyle series. He disappears, she winds up dead and turns out to have used a false identity. The case may involve Carlotta's mobster fiance Sam.

Paolina is still hospitalized with trauma from her ordeal in Colombia. Sep 26, Jeanne rated it liked it. I'm a fan of Carlotta Carlyle so of course I liked it. This book took Carlotta far out of her comfort zone - to Miami, Bogota and Cartagena. Her usual support system was mostly missing as a result. I'm getting a little tired of everybody writing novels featuring the evil government contractors i.

I'm interested to see how Carlotta's relationship with Paolina develops from here out; I remember I'm a fan of Carlotta Carlyle so of course I liked it. I'm interested to see how Carlotta's relationship with Paolina develops from here out; I remember Paolina being a pretty surly teenager. Don't know whose review this is but it isn't mine. It's also not a review for this book. It's for the previous book. Aug 24, George rated it it was amazing.

Another enjoyable read in Barnes' Carlotta Carlyle series. Continuing the saga from Carlotta's resuce of her Big Sister-Little Sister program sister Paolina from being kidnapped in Columbia, this story deals with Carlotta's dealing with Palonia's post tramatic syndrome from the experience, trying to discover why her mob boyfriend who she has agreed to marry has been secretly indicted and fled the country, as well as a couple of murders and why she has been set up. Plot line is a bit involved wit Another enjoyable read in Barnes' Carlotta Carlyle series.

Plot line is a bit involved with Carlotta being a murder suspect, inidan tribe recognition, indian gaming, and her personal relationships. Mar 09, Sue added it. When Jessica is found dead, Carlotta learns her client lied to her. Mar 30, Vicki rated it did not like it.

The Carlotta Carlyle series weakened over time, but this was just awful. It's like the author gave up on the franchise and threw everything including the kitchen sink in this plot. There were other major character inconsistencies between this and previous books, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. I'm not say The Carlotta Carlyle series weakened over time, but this was just awful. I'm not saying this is the worst book I've read in my life, but for this particular series, this book was the worst of the lot. Jan 16, Doris rated it really liked it Shelves: Really like the Carlotta series.

Well written and good entertaining mysteries with characters you really like and a few not to like. I bought this book years ago and realized I'd missed the one before it and put it away until I'd read the previous one. I keep looking for the 13th installment of this series but Linda Barnes hasn't written a book with this protagonist since this one in !

She did write a stand alone since but I can't get interested in getting it. So hoping the 12 Really like the Carlotta series. So hoping the 12 books in this series aren't all there is. Not a good place to end the series. Sep 01, Ann rated it liked it.

I rejoined the Mystery Guild book club and I got a whole bunch of books for a penny apiece and I got some old favorites I'd lost touch with and this is one of them. The female privite eye genre I got started with when I started reading Nancy Drew in elementary school. Anyhoo, this book continues with all OK, I confess. Anyhoo, this book continues with all the familiar characters and ends with a final resolution on her "mob related" boyfriend.

Jan 10, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: I've read all of Barnes' Carlotta Carlyle mysteries and this is one of the better novels in the series. She strikes a good balance between Carlotta's personal life and a page-turning detective story, and we get to spend some extra time with supporting cast members who were missing or barely visible in the last book.

A few of the plot points stretch suspension of disbelief, but this personal story will please fans and isn't a bad introduction to the character, if you are new to Barnes. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She is best known for her series featuring Carlotta Carlyle, a 6'1" redheaded detective from Boston. Carlotta Carlyle is often compared to the hard-boiled female detectives created by Sue Grafton and Sara Paretsky. Her new novel, "The Perfect Ghost," which will be published in April, , is her first stand-alone mystery.

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