Sunday, October 7, 2012

Skating on the Edge by Joelle Charbonneau - Review!

Happy Sunday!

Welcome to my stop at Skating on the Edge blog tour! My stop includes review of the book. The tour is organized by JKS Communications and by the author Joelle Charbonneau.

Auhtor: Joelle Charbonneau
Title: Skating on the Edge
Series: Rebecca Robbins Mysteries #3
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Release date: 2nd of October 2012
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 304 pages
Source: Provided by JKS Communications for an honest review.


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.

My review:

Skating on the Edge by Joelle Charbonneau is the third book on Rebecca Robbins mysteries. I have to admit, that I haven't read any other of her books, but that did not disturb one bit. Skating on the Edge is quirky mystery, which is well written and it is easy to read. The plot is solid, the dialogue snappy and characters are colorful and quirky.

Rebecca Robbins is owner of is Toe Stop roller skating rink and she finds herself in the middle of a murder case. With lots of cheering from her grandfather, she starts to investigate what happened to Sherlene-n-Mean - a roller derby girl who is found dead.

The plot offers quick-paced and page-turning developments of the story and I think the author is especially good at creating mystery in a small town. She brings in interesting characters surrounding the protagonist Rebecca and also characters who could have motives for killing Sherlene.

What I liked in Skating on the Edge is, that solving the murder case is not coming very easily to Rebecca and the sources of her investigation are coming primarily from small town gossip and the fact, that everybody-knows-everybody.

Skating on the Edge was a good mystery book and a big positive surprising read!

5 Flowers!
4 stars.

Thanks goes to JKS Communications for providing me with the review copy!

About the author:

Joelle Charbonneau is a storyteller at heart. She has performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children's theatre productions across the Chicagoland area. In addition to her stage work, Joelle has also performed with several bands and worked as a solo performer.

While Joelle is happy to perform for an audience, she is equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use her experience from the stage to create compelling characters in her mysteries. She is the author of the Rebecca Robbins (Minotaur Books), the Glee Club Paige Marshall (Berkley) mysteries and the YA The Testing trilogy (Spring 2013 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's).

To learn more, visit Joelle at her website:

You can find more information about the blog tour HERE.

Thanks for coming by and happy reading!


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