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The Alibi Man (Elena Estes #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,913 ratings  ·  315 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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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.
Earl Grey
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Dec 04, 2010 Linda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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,
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
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.
The main character isn't that likeable. She still has men attracted to her even though she was dragged by a truck and has a nasty distrustful attitude. I have friends that were hit by a car when crossing the street. A little plastic surgery doesn't really make up for damage to nerve and bones. So it was unbelievable that she didn't have a limp or ugly disfigurement in some way.

There were other unbelievable parts to the story. I get a bit tired of reading about handsome rich people. Group oral s
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.
Sherrill Watson
Tami Hoag's venture into mystery novels from sweet romances works. They aren't the best, but not the worst, either.

The Alibi Man title comes from the alibi club, an exclusive bunch of about five guys that lie for each other in a polo club.

Elena Estes is not a cop, but she finds a murder victim she knows, and so is involved. She is a rider for one of the horse clubs in Florida, a VERY wealthy one. She is estranged from her parents, her adopted father represents The Alibi Man, Bennett Walker, who
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.
The main character was quite angsty for the most part of the story, although I guess that's understandable given her history which further justifies her way of thinking. Most people would find Elena repulsive as a character, but I think realists and those who have strict standards in life and views the world objectively will find her relatable in many aspects.

Reading this book made me hold my breath. The tension is well built as you read more and leaves you wondering just when you think you've
A good murder mystery book that kept me guessing to the end.
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I enjoyed it enough to purchase the first book of the two-book Elena Estes series. Elena is a former police officer who finds the body of a fellow groom, an exotic hard-partying Russian beauty. Estes is a likable character, telling the story in the first person. When she is not 'on page' the text switches to a narrative which sometimes seems awkward. And there is some 'who am I' type filler material reminiscent of Randy Wayne White's Doc For ...more
Not a bad read, but still a rather average crime novel.

"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 closest to her, she chose the life of an undercover cop, the hunt for justice her own personal passion. Then a tragic, h
Toni Osborne
Book2 Elena Estes series

Ex-narcotics detective Elena Estes wants to live in peace training her horses. But when she discovers the abused body of a young female co-worker dumped in a canal, she is drawn back into action and launches an investigation. As Elena delves into her dead friend's secret life, she discovers ties not only to the Russian mob but also to a group of powerful and wealthy Palm Beach bad boys known for giving each other alibis to cover a multitude of sins. She is now more determ
Over the years, I believe that I’ve read and enjoyed most of Tami Hoag’s books, but I don’t think I’ve read the first Elena Estes book, Dark Horse. In other words, Elena Estes came across as a very fresh and totally original character. Elena is a strong-willed, independent, cynical and smart woman. She’s around forty years old, and being an ex-cop, she’s unafraid and courageous. She’s cut all her ties with her adoptive rich Palm Beach parents and lives on a friend’s horse farm as a horse rider. ...more
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
It has been a while since last read a book written by author Tami Hoag, now after finishing The Alibi Man it has been brought home why her suspense thrillers are among my all time favorite reading pleasures!

I read Dark Horse years ago, it being the first in Hoag's Elena Estes series and enjoyed trying to figure out who the villain was. In this second book the story is even more fast paced, has more red herrings to slow you down in solving the mystery and enough hidden agendas to make what really
This is my first Tami Hoag book, but certainly not my last. It's also the second of her Elena Estes books and I'm eager to read the first one as well as any subsequent ones Ms. Hoag writes. Elena is a former cop who now works as a horse groomer, but can't help herself when it comes to investigating crime. Elena is an adopted child who was a great disappoontment to her wealthy parents because she wouldn't toe their line. Her father, Edward, a very prominent attorney in Wellington, Florida is set ...more
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.
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,
Nowhere as interesting as the description made it to be, this one was rather disappointing. Many of the characters were shallow, their dark pasts were hinted at but not developed at all, brushed aside to make room for Elena's repetitive angst. It was almost as if the author had assigned one emotion to each character, and they were incapable of showing anything else besides that one feeling. By the end, I was just tired. Tired of Elena, tired of everyone, tired of the never-ending anger.
Main character, Elena Estes, was first introduced in the novel Dark Horse and trouble is still finding her. Her complicated family history and troubled past which have soured her on life, is dredged up when her past combines with the present murder of an acquaintance. Not one to sit idle on the sidelines, the former cop involves herself in discovering who murdered her friend. What she finds is a confrontation with her past.

This was a quick-read with plenty of action and suspense. Lots of players
Spectacular. Keeps the rollers in my head going! My friend and I enjoyed guessing who was the murderer. I found myself liking Elena's sass though at time I wish she wasn't so pricky. James was a little bland but the romance between them was really sweet.

The case itself is very simple but solving it is far from simple. This probably because of The Alibi Club.Since the rich and pampered guys wanted to protect one and another, this just give our detectives a major headache. Irina, the victim, is re
This book by Hoag is quite suspenseful as expected. The main character is acting a a detective which is what she used to be, investigating on her own the death of a female friend. Hoag writes exciting books and nearly none of her characters are sacred. There is a lot of violence, and most of the characters In her books are not very nice. You have to listen to them without the children around.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag began her professional career writing for Bantam’s Loveswept line of romance novels. In 1988 her first novel, The Trouble With J.J. was published.

With fifteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Hoag has more than 35 million books in print, published in more than twenty languages worldwide. Her first thriller, Night Sins, was made i
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