Steel GuitarHelping an old college friend who made it big in the music industry puts Boston PI Carlotta Carlyle in a deadly spotlight
She may be Boston’s most tenacious private detective, but by night, Carlotta Carlyle is just another cab driver hustling for an honest buck. When blues superstar Dee Willis climbs into her cab, Carlotta isn’t starstruck—she’s shocked. The two women were friends in college, right up until the day Dee ran off with Carlotta’s husband. Now Dee is back in town to play a sold-out concert and Carlotta is too surprised to introduce herself—or to wonder why her old pal is asking to be dropped off in one of Boston’s roughest neighborhoods.
After saving the blues diva from being ripped to shreds, Carlotta agrees to help her track down an old friend. Soon, a blackmail plot concerning stolen song lyrics is uncovered and a corpse is found in Dee’s hotel room. Carlotta will have to work fast to keep her old friend from becoming yet another casualty of the blues.
Steel Guitar is the 4th book in the Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
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“Another of Barnes’s superb mixes of warmth, enthusiasm, clever plotting, vivid characters, and overall brio.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The most refreshing, creative female character to hit mystery fiction since Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone.” —People
“Cleverly plotted and zestfully related. . . . A characteristically gripping tale, packed with taut, energy-charged images.” —Publishers Weekly
“Carlotta—tall, vivacious, sensitive—unravels all the knots with breathtaking verve, leaving the reader gasping for more. Super.” —Library Journal
“Carlotta is terrific company.” —The New York Times
About the author
Linda Barnes is the award-winning author of the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series. Her witty, private investigator heroine has been hailed as "a true original" by Sue Grafton. Barnes has also written the Michael Spraggue mystery series and a stand-alone novel, The Perfect Ghost. A winner of the Anthony Award and an Edgar and Shamus Award finalist, she lives in the Boston area with her husband and son. You can visit her at www.LindaBarnes.com.