Review: Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau

Skating Around the Law (Rebecca Robbins Series #1) by Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher:
 Minotaur
Source: Purchased
Mystery/Cozy
4/5 

Synopsis
Rebecca Robbins is a woman on a mission—to sell the roller rink she inherited from her mother and get back to Chicago. Fast. However, when she discovers the dead body of the town’s handyman headfirst in a rink toilet, potential buyers are scared off. Now Rebecca is stuck in a small town where her former neighbors think she doesn’t belong, living with her scarily frisky grandfather, Pop, and relying on a police department that’s better at gardening than solving crimes.

Eager to move forward with her life, Rebecca begins investigating the murder herself, reluctantly accepting help from Pop and his extensive social network, which includes a handsome veterinarian and a former circus camel named Elwood. Nevertheless, someone isn’t happy she’s looking into the case, and their threats will have her questioning whether playing sleuth was such a good idea after all.

REVIEW
Rebecca Robbins has returned to tiny Indian Falls to sell the roller rink that her mother loved so much, and she’s eager to get back to Chicago where her friends and her job waits for her. Selling the roller rink may not be as easy as she thought when she finds the town handyman in the rink restroom, head in the toilet, and dead as a doornail. Rebecca has no idea who could do such a thing, but she’s determined to find out, since finding a dead guy in the bathroom really isn’t helping her sell the rink. She resolved to find the killer herself, but it seems everyone has a secret, and when she starts receiving threats to her life, she realizes she may be in over her head.

Red-headed and feisty Rebecca Robbins is my new favorite sleuth! I loved that she’s kind of a regular gal just trying to get back out of a small town that she ran from in the first place, and bewildered as to why someone would be threatening her life. She certainly doesn’t take things lying down and more than holds her own. With the distractions of a sexy local vet (who I wanted to smack a few times, but yeah, totally hot), her grandfather’s overactive libido (shudder), and an adorable camel named Elwood (who likes to wear hats), Rebecca certainly has her hands full. The local police are not much help and are well aware of Rebecca’s tendency to snoop. It’s not something they’re happy about, and certainly aren’t ready and willing to help her investigation. Sifting through the mounting clues with Rebecca was great fun, and I enjoyed getting to know the quirky inhabitants of Indian Falls. If you like a good mystery, with a small-town “cozy” vibe and a heroine you can fall in love with, you’ll adore Skating Around the Law!

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