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Steel Guitar (Carlotta Carlyle #4)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  996 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Carlotta Carlyle and Dee Willis once sang in harmony.Now Dee has a skyrocketing music career, while Carlotta drives a cab, dates a mafia scion, and looks for missing persons in Boston.But the miles they've traveled can't change what they once had, or keep it from coming back to haunt them.

Dee wants Carlotta to find the man who once worked magic with a guitar, but now dabbl
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 28th 1997 by Dell (first published 1991)
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Aug 23, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-mystery, 2014
In Linda Barnes's Steel Guitar, this cool fast-paced mystery will leave you singing the blues. Meet Carlotta Carlyle. A former Boston cop turned PI who drove a hack for her side business. When she went to pick up her latest customer, it was a blast of the past. Dee Willis was a R&B singer with a band and a former foe of Carlotta. It all started with a crash of a mad mob at the park, when Carlotta's purse had gotten stolen from her. From there, it went downhill from there, when Dee asked her ...more
Robert Scott
Finished 03/21/2014. Had't read a Carlotta Carlyle novel in a long time & forgot how great they are. CC picks up a fare in front of a hotel & recognizes her as an old friend and musician who is now a star. She is not recognized & is asked to just cruise around and asks to be let out in a dark park in Southy. Dee Willis is attacked by a gang of homeless & hangers on at the park & CC helps rescue her & then is recognized. They are arrested on a drunk's complaint & Moone ...more
May 29, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#4 in the Carlotta Carlyle series.

Carlotta Carlyle series - Her former best friend, singer Dee Willis, in Boston to begin a tour, hires Carlotta to find a mutual friend, bass player Davey Dunrobie. Carlotta is suspicious--not, she tells herself, because Dee walked off with her husband Cal Therieux, but because Dee isn't the type to pay to have someone located for old time's sake. Dee finally admits that Davey has claimed that she stole his songs and owes him $300,000. The singer wants to talk to
Jul 19, 2014 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading my way through the Carlotta Carlyle mysteries this summer. I listened to this on audio and am glad I did. The case is about the music industry and the narrator sings during the audio book. This added a lot to my enjoyment. The story takes place in the 80's but other than the lack of cell phones the story isn't that dated. Each book gives a little more history on the main character Carlotta and her co-stars, Paolina, Roz, Mooney, Sam, and Gloria. This one is my favorite so far of the ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid and enjoyable entry in the Carlotta Carlyele series that brings Carlotta's past into play. We finally meet her ex-husband Cal (now clean and sober) her former friend and band mate Dee (a singer on the cusp of the big time and the one who took Cal away) and Davey the friend and ex-band mate who may or may not be trying to blackmail Dee.
The book is a "consequences" story. The sins of the suicide of their friend Lorraine years earlier have come back to haunt them. Most of the book plays ou
Nov 27, 2009 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#4 Carlotta Carlyle mystery set in Boston, MA. Carlotta, a private investigator who drives cab to fill in the monetary gap, picks up a fare she recognizes--Dee Willis, a blues singer/guitarist who has increasingly gained fame and fortune over the years. The same Dee Willis whom Carlotta used to play with in a blues band. The same Dee Willis who stole Carlotta's husband Cal, now ex.

Carlotta saves Dee from a bunch of hungry hobos who attack when Dee begins waving money around looking for 'one of
Martha Fiorentini
I enjoy her heroine and the Boston setting
Steel Guitar - VG
Barnes, Linda - 4th in series

Hired to find a guitar-playing blackmailer who claims to have authored three of rock star Dee Willis' songs, Carlotta Carlyle searches Boston's backwaters and finds a trail of corruption heading in a surprising direction.

Very enjoyable.
Ryan Mishap
I hate it when mystery characters get a Thing, you know, like blues guitar music here, or Bosch's jazz fetish.Rather than make them seem more like really people, the Thing stands out as an obvious gimmick. Learn to integrate Things without drawing attention to them.
Nov 17, 2013 Loie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Murder, blackmail and drugs in the music world. Surprised? Carlotta's old friend Dee has become a famous singer and is being blackmailed by another old friend. There is a murder, money laundering and an old lover. Not a particularly good book but it is ok.
Joe O'c
Aug 23, 2009 Joe O'c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent; Continuing Character: Carlotta Carlyle; her former blues playing friends, including her ex-husband and a now famous artist, show up to complicate Carlotta's life - then a murder needs to be solved.
Tara Russell
Nov 16, 2011 Tara Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I've read most of the Carlotta Carlyle books but I'd missed this one somewhere along the line. One of the stronger books of the series with plenty of carlotta's history revealed.
I like Linda Barnes Carlotta Carlyle better than Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone. Carlotta seems to grow as a person as I read the series, unlike Kinsey. Will read more of the series.
i like this author-this is the second book of hers I've read. tonight I'll start the next one. good writing,fast paced,just a good read-the kind i turn to in between heavier stuff
Jul 26, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I liked this installment of the Carlyle series. Good characters and Barnes knows how to keep the reader interested.
Jul 06, 2016 Dee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read, fun books. The story is always good and there are twists and turns.
i like this series, too- mysteries set in boston- female PI who drives a cab.
part of the great quick fun reads of women detectives
Apr 19, 2009 Melodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-pre-2003
The first I read in this series, and still my favorite!
Mar 18, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun mystery read by an entertaining author.
a carlotta carlyle mystery; another bon bon
Tina Grile
Liked characters a lot. Good storyline.
May 08, 2009 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-pi
i am really enjoying this series
Mar 10, 2009 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
Nov 01, 2008 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marleen by: Leuven Library
Shelves: linda-barnes
I love these books!
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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 publi ...more
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