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Linda Barnes

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Linda Barnes is an American mystery writer, born and raised in Detroit, and graduated from Boston University"s School of Theater. 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, 2013, is her first stand-alone mystery.


I adore the mystery series: for the reader, it's an opportunity to get to know a character or characters in a variety of situations and settings; for the writer it's a chance to grow those characters, to create people whose arcs extend over a period of years rather than days. I hate it when my favorite writers decide to go "out of series." And yet. . .
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Published on March 05, 2013 12:11 • 273 views • Tags: mystery-series, the-perfect-ghost
Average rating: 3.76 · 17,416 ratings · 1,226 reviews · 43 distinct works · Similar authors
A Trouble of Fools (A Carlo...

3.90 avg rating — 2,705 ratings — published 1987 — 11 editions
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The Big Dig (A Carlotta Car...

3.88 avg rating — 1,518 ratings — published 2002 — 14 editions
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The Perfect Ghost

3.15 avg rating — 1,277 ratings — published 2013 — 12 editions
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The Snake Tattoo (A Carlott...

3.80 avg rating — 1,033 ratings — published 1989 — 14 editions
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Snapshot (A Carlotta Carlyl...

3.83 avg rating — 1,009 ratings — published 1993 — 17 editions
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Steel Guitar (A Carlotta Ca...

3.85 avg rating — 985 ratings — published 1991 — 13 editions
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Cold Case (A Carlotta Carly...

3.76 avg rating — 763 ratings — published 1997 — 13 editions
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Coyote (A Carlotta Carlyle ...

3.72 avg rating — 764 ratings — published 1990 — 14 editions
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Lie Down with the Devil (A ...

3.78 avg rating — 687 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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Flashpoint (A Carlotta Carl...

3.74 avg rating — 672 ratings — published 1999 — 13 editions
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The Perfect Ghost by Linda Barnes
"The Perfect Ghost, written by Linda Barnes and due out in April is published by Minotaur books/ St. Martin's Press.

Em, an agoraphobic young woman is part of a ghostwriting team with Teddy. Teddy does the interviews and publicity, while Em does th..." Read more of this review »
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"This is from an ARC sent to me by Netgalley for review.

This is one of those perfectly written mysteries that slowly, slowly unfolds, dropping little nuggets of gold along the path, while keeping you turning pages at a break-neck speed, desperate f..." Read more of this review »
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“If life can end in one minute - so damn quickly with no damn warning - you better do what you want to do now right this minute. Because your next minute might not happen.”
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