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The Alibi Man (Elena Estes #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  6,395 Ratings  ·  392 Reviews
She was a vision. She was a siren. She was a nightmare. She was dead. Now he needed her to disappear. And he knew just how to make it happen. The Palm Beach elite go to great lengths to protect their own—and their own no longer includes Elena Estes. Once upon a time a child of wealth and privilege, Elena turned her back on that life. Betrayed and disillusioned by those clo ...more
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Published February 26th 2008 by Random House Audio (first published June 23rd 2006)
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Mar 20, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: my mother
Very quick read...I got it done in two days! A lot of mystery...a couple gruesome parts (if you are a visual person like myself you can only imagine what it would be like). Keeps you guessing til the end...unless I'm just real slow on the uptake.
Oct 03, 2016 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, tami-hoag
Second installment in the Elena Estes series is solid.

I think Elena's character has more depth in this particular, partly because we learn more about her past and thus her vulnerabilities. The romantic tension between her and Landry is also well played out.

Should enjoy this if you are a Hoag fan.

The only downside to Hoag's writing is that she often reuses some of the same devices between books and between series. For example, this is the second series in which the protagonist's best friend has b
Frederick Masterman
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Although I have been a fan of Tami Hoag for her former novels, The Alibi Man has put her at the top of my favorite writer list. This fast-moving story, centered on the corruption of wealthy Palm Beach society, is one of long-overdue justice finally coming home. The protagonist, the former detective Elena Estes, is one of the most compelling characters I have come across in reading. She is flawed, fearless and entirely engaging.
Nov 20, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book...although I didn't realize that I should have read Dark Horse 1st. Oh well...I am looking forward to more of Elena Estes' adventures.
Dawn Cauthen
Apr 06, 2017 Dawn Cauthen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the continued adventures of Elena Estes. Really liked her character in the first book, though it has been quite a while since I read Dark Horse, this book seemed to flow pretty seamlessly from that story line to this one. Definitely had me guessing as to who did it, was surprised by some twists and incidents, some were quite shocking. Enjoyed it!
Dec 27, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Elena Estes is working on a horse farm in Palm Beach polo country, recovering from psychic and physical injuries received during her final days as a cop. While exercising one of the ponies, she is horrified to discover the body of a co-worker submerged in a swampy canal, badly mauled by alligators. An experienced detective, Elena is not content to leave the investigation to her former department, even though it's lead by the man with whom she recently ended an affair. The dead woman, Irina Marko ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Tiffunee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Palm Beach elite go to great lengths to protect their own-and their own no longer includes Elena Estes. Once upon a time a child of wealth and privilege, Elena turned her back on that life and chose the life of an undercover cop. Then a tragic, haunting mistake ended her career. Now Elena exists on the fringes of her old life. But a shocking event is about to draw her back into the painful vortex she's fought so hard to leave behind.

Elena stumbles upon the body of her groom (horse farm) and
Dec 18, 2007 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Hoag. The mystery in this is good, but the main character, Elena Estes is obnoxious.
I am not the type of person who has to like a character to like them. I mean like in terms of, like to have tea with them or something. Some of my favorite characters of all time are awful people and I detest them, but they're compelling. . . There is nothing compelling about Estes.
She is whiny and mean spirited and so terribly sorry for herself. She is the type of person who loves their own pain,
Dec 10, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought the depiction of polo society was well done. However, the rich guys as bad guys felt sort of cardboard, as did the Russian mobster. I enjoyed the twist at the end as to who the killer was, and while I saw it coming, it wasn't so early on that it spoiled the ending for me. I liked the main character, Elena Estes, for the most part, but sometimes she acted overly aggressive for no particular reason. I preferred the moments when she gave in to her softer side and was less jaded.
Mar 11, 2017 Frank rated it liked it
Listened to this abridged audio version on a long road trip back from house hunting in California. I kind of zoned out when I was listening to it but overall a pretty good thriller.
Oct 02, 2015 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Alibi Man, the second book in the Elena Estes series, has its suspenseful moments, and Elena Estes is her usual caustic, incredibly flawed, self-loathing, reckless (but somehow likable) self. The book starts off after her recent break-up from her relationship with Detective Landry. She goes out on horseback to get away from her troubles and finds even more trouble -- a dead body. The body happens to be her friend's groom, Irina. And of course Elena gets herself in the middle of the murder in ...more
Oct 31, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller/suspense fans
Perfectly satisfying Tami Hoag fare. The Alibi Man gives us a troubled heroine, damaged and, yeah, a little bitter, but with a fixed core of humanity and a fierce sense of justice. We root for and identify with Elena Estes as much as we're interested in untangling the murder mystery. As for the murder plot, it mixes in your standard rough and scary criminal types alongside the smooth-talking, no-one-would-suspect-me nasties that are all the more dangerous for their ability to get away with murde ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In ultra-chic, ultra-rich Palm Beach, Elena Estes stands out for three things: her beauty, her talent as an equestrienne and her troubled past. Once a sought-after show horse rider and trainer, she now works as a stable hand for an old friend. While riding her horse one morning, Elena discovers a woman's body dumped in a canal. Who killed her? Every Palm Beach playboy, including Elena's former fiance, is under suspicion.

Hoag is a master of plot twists. Just when you think you know who the kille
Carl Alves
In Alibi Man, a young woman who tends to horses working at an affluent estate is killed. Elena Estes finds the body. A former cop, she begins to do her own investigation of the murder. Meanwhile, Detective Landrey, Elena's love interest is also performing an investigation. The investigation leads to a group of ultra-wealthy, socially elite individuals who have a club, which will always give an alibi to one of their members. At the heart of this book is class warfare. The members of the upper cru ...more
Earl Grey
Mar 06, 2015 Earl Grey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Virginia Hill
Wow! This is the follow up to Dark Horse, which I was also "wowed by." I've read all of Tami Hoag's mainstream releases and feel that she's hit her mark with her character Elena Estes. Elena is edgy, sarcastic and fearless, but has a tender side for those she feels warrants it. I found that even the smallest details of a premises search kept me glued to the page. The dialogue was captivating, and the description of the worlds of Polo and Dressage were written by someone in-the-know. This book ke ...more
A good murder mystery, but nothing much likable about the characters. The heroine makes Sue Grafton's Heroine look like a princess. There's no real romance at all, and that's okay in some books but would have made this one a little more palatable. I can't see this heroine having a romance, though, and the character of Elena made me pretty sad at times.

I got through it fairly fast, and so it gets three stars. It's probably more like 2 and 1/2.
Mar 14, 2015 Deanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimethriller
Quick read with some particularly loathsome individuals who have money, power and looks in some cases and are used to getting what they want.
When a young woman is found murdered by Elena, she finds herself investigating the crime. A few twists, a few red herrings and a go off ending.
May 19, 2012 Natazzz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Not a bad read, but still a rather average crime novel.
Jul 21, 2014 Arica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good murder mystery book that kept me guessing to the end.
Faye Hope
Apr 18, 2016 Faye Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Tami Hoag & her books. Her suspense really keeps me interested.
Laaiqah Connelly
Mar 14, 2017 Laaiqah Connelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that this is one amazing book, picked it up with wanting something different and oh was it... It has the suspense, love story and drama all at the same time. Elena has her own story of what she has been through, she belongs and also does not belong.
The plot is amazing, when you think you know who the killer is... trust me you can be so wrong that you really don't see it coming...
Truly a good easy read...
M.E. Tudor
Jan 29, 2017 M.E. Tudor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. The ending was a bit of a surprise, which is a good thing. I was listening to it on audio and I wasn't super happy with the reader, but she was okay. Totally worth reading.
Kristy Engel
Just not my cup of tea.
Mar 04, 2017 Rrager15 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mindless entertainment along the lines of a Castle tv show, minus Nathan Fillion's humor. It passed the time nicely but there was absolutely no depth to this story.
Anne Peachey
A woman's body is found by former Police Officer Elena Estes.
When she recognizes one of the grooms she works with and a friend, her life starts to unravel.
The murder drags Elena back into the life she has turned her back on, a life of wealth and privilege, but she is determined to bring the murderer to justice.
Elena opens herself to her heartbreaking memories and danger she cannot imagine that may have tragic results for her as she discovers she didn't know her friend at all.
Natalie Law
Feb 24, 2017 Natalie Law rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really loved the book. Great characters. Didn't want to put the book down
Jan 08, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
Elena Estes was jaded, she’d been hurt, both physically and emotionally, almost killed, put back together again, she’d seen it all...or so she thought!

Elena was an ex-Narcotics cop, and had quit when an incident happened which she took full responsibility for...she was guilty, and couldn’t get past that guilt! Now she worked as a groom, with the one and only thing she loved, her beautiful horses. The morning which was to change her life yet again started out with a wonderful ride, a full on gall
This book wasnt bad and despite its page count was a very quick read but it was surprisingly lackluster for such a blockbuster author. Elena is kind of a bitch. and not in though oh I love it let's be best friends way...more like girl you need to cut that shit out because you're being obnoxious and everyone is starting to hate you kind of way. I really honestly think I would've been ok with this if I'd gotten more than hints and bare bones facts about her past. Now to be fair i didn't know this ...more
ALIBI MAN (Unlicensed Investigator-Florida-Cont) – VG
Hoag, Tami – 2nd in series
Bantam, 2007 – US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780553802016
First Sentence: She floated on the face of the pool like an exotic water lily.
*** Elena Estes is a former homicide investigator now living and working at the stable yard of her best friend, Sean. Although she could cope with the unexpected bolting of the horse she was riding, she hadn’t expected having to deal with finding the dead and alligator mutilated body of Irina,
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