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Hardware (Carlotta Carlyle #6)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  597 ratings  ·  28 reviews
When Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle decides to join the computer age and take her business on-line, she quickly learns that information is cheap and access can be deadly. Accustomed as she is to Boston's mean streets, cruising them regularly while moonlighting for the Green & White Cab Company, survival takes on a whole new meaning when Carlotta is hired to investigate a ...more
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Published February 1st 1995 by Random House Audio (first published 1995)
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Vannessagrace Vannessagrace
Carlotta Carlyle is hired by her boss to investigate why her cab drivers are being beaten up. Just when author Barnes had us convinced that we knew who the killer was, she threw in someone who we never suspected! Hardware was a fun and fast read. C.J. Critt storytelling made the story exciting and a fun read.
Robert Scott
Finished 07/08/2014. Carlotta is approached about finding who is purchasing cab medallions for Boston. & then confronted by the person who was accused of doing so. She decides to upgrade to modern technology & get a computer. Sam Gianelli who has been scarce lately offers to get her a good deal on a used computer. She meets his friend Frank who is in fact James Fabrizzi. Then she stands in for Gloria's brother when he is attacked while driving a G & W cab w/o a license. Then S & ...more
Cameron Wiggins
This is a good, quick Barnes’ read starring the part-time Private Detective/Cab Driver, Carlotta Carlyle. As usual, Barnes does do her research. This time, Boston-based Carlotta gets involved with a case at her own work-place Green and White Taxi. Carlotta discovers four bugs in the restroom. Is it the FBI – they use the same type of archaic bugs? If not the FBI, then who could it be, and why?
The FBI is systematically eliminated as the culprit. So, next on the list is the largest taxi company in
#6 Carlotta Carlyle mystery. Winter's approaching in Boston, and someone is beating up cab drivers. Carlotta, who drives cab part time to help pay the bills when her PI business doesn't do well enough (which is most of the time) is approached by two different people to investigate--an official in the local Hackneys association, and her boss and friend Gloria, who is part owner of G&W cabs.

Gloria isn't sure whether someone is targeting just her small company or cab drivers in general, and ca
This was the grittiest Carlotta Carlyle mystery yet. Still continuing with the series. The characters are great. I love how there is a continuing story woven underneath the main case. It holds the series together but a reader can still pick up a book at any point in the series and not feel lost.
I enjoyed this book -- I like Carlotta and Gloria - but I don't think I really understand what happened, or rather how the two threads of the story fit together. So it was a page turner for me that left me scratching my headat the end.
Jill Mercer
Carlotta must solve the mystery of who is beating up cab drivers, while not getting beat up herself. She also has to deal with her on-and-off boyfriend/boss and whether she needs to make a clean break.
Barbara ★
This is a good mystery concerning a taxi company (or two), a mafia family including the estranged youngest son, a private investigator dating the taxi owner (said estranged mafia son), and a friend from his past.

I listened to the abridged audiobook of this title and am not sure whether the abrupt conclusion was the author's writing style or due to the revision. I just seemed to me that Carlotta all of a sudden just knew who, what, when, where and why with no real explanation as to how she came
Good book.
Private detective who drives a cab.
Cabbies are attacked.
Cab company blown up.
She has a fling with neighbor shrink, does she love him or not?
This was a solid entry in the series. The story was good and it fit well with the background story of the series. I have always liked the characters. I am looking forward to reading the next one.
I had trouble getting into this; I just wasn't that concerned about who did it or why. The heroine jumped to one conclusion that really didn't sit well with me and that made me question her judgment from that point on.
Barnes, Linda - 6th in Carlotta Carlyle series

Private detective Carlotta Carlyle is helping solve a case involving a cab company.

Computer theft - very good read.
Jim Hager
Didn't care for the first quarter, but stuck with it - glad I did. Surprised at ending, but the clues were there.
Mary Newcomb
Carlotta once again solves a tricky case, at high cost to herself and those around her. The intersection of several powerful families is not the best place to be.

Joe O'c
Good; Continuing Character: Carlotta Carlyle; someone is out to get taxi drivers in Boston, particularly those belonging to Carlotta's Mafia boyfriend.
This was a marginally better book than her first book. A little more character development. Mostly just fluff and fun, a few serious moments.
I have just recently discovered Linda Barnes and am very pleased with her style of writing. Would recommend any of her novels.
really enjoy Carlotta Carlyle stand alone but have ongoing threads also e.g. her little sister and relationships with her guys
Light reading, fun because it is about Cambridge and Boston. Written in 1995, out of date with Information Systems.
Good tale with a spin at the end. It is set in 1995 though and reading about computers at that time sounds strange now.
Entertaining..not really capturing..fine.
This was a good book.
Mar 10, 2009 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
OK. Not great.
Debra marked it as to-read
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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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