Book Review – SKATING OVER THE LINE by Joelle Charbonneau

The sequel to Skating Around the Law, this book dumps amateur sleuth and roller rink owner, Rebecca Robbins back into a farcical mess when her grandfather’s buddy at the senior center loses his car.

Not lost. Stolen. Or so he claims. Rebecca’s less than sure the old man didn’t just misplace it, not to mention the thing was considered a town eyesore so she figures it’s no great loss, but she agrees to poke around just the same. This thrills her grandfather and the rest of the seniors since they’re convinced Rebecca will do a much better job than the local Sheriff’s deputy. She’s pretty sure she can, too, as long as she stays out of Deputy Sean’s way so he doesn’t haul her in for interfering.

The good news is she might have a buyer for the rink – if she can find a manager so the new owner can run the place remotely. The bad news is she’s not sure what to do about her relationship with the sexy veterinarian. She’s dying to move back to Chicago, but she also doesn’t mind making out with Lionel either. The worse news is her father’s in town. The no-good con man who walked out on her and her mom all those years ago is back and up to something – and nosy as she is, even she’s not sure she wants to know what.

If you’ve read Charbonneau’s debut, you know you’re in for a fun ride full of colorful characters (including an elderly Elvis impersonator and his groupies), ridiculous situations, and guest appearances by a camel in a hat. If you haven’t, strap yourself in and keep you hands and legs inside the car at all times. Well, unless the car’s on fire. Then, you should run like hell.

Pros: Fun, light, easy reading with a cast of comic characters who are real, but not too real or too serious.

Cons: While there are a few scenes with elements of danger, there’s no heart-pounding terror that’s going to keep you up at night. There is, however, the danger of shooting soda out of your nose. Best to stick with water while reading.

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for some fun, you could do a lot worse than Skating Over the Line. While it’s not necessary to have read Skating Around the Law first, it’s good enough that, unless you hate fun, you’ll probably want to. Best pick up the third one, too, while you’re at it. (A fourth one is also on the horizon.)