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The Alibi Man (Elena Estes #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,881 Ratings  ·  361 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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Bantam (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.
Dec 12, 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.
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.
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,
Jan 11, 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
Jan 09, 2014 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.
Oct 03, 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
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Mar 22, 2015 Earl Grey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 04, 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
Dec 31, 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
Jul 04, 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
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
Apr 10, 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.
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
Dec 17, 2015 Jovdb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Eleanor has had a very dysfunctional upbringing; adopted into a wealthy family as an accessory to the mother and a disappointment to the father. She grew up wild. Then a tragedy happened and she became a policewoman.

When we meet up with Eleanor, she is no longer in the police force. She is working as a groom in a stable. One of her fellow workers is found dead, murdered.

Eleanor looks into the murder and gets mixed up with the Russian mob. Her past, present and future become a backdrop to the inv
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
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
Oct 26, 2015 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elena Estes - former undercover cop in Palm Beach whose career ended when an on-duty partner is killed due to a mistake she made.

In her new life she turns to grooming and riding horses. But one day while riding she is shocked when she discovers the mutilated body of a female friend. Suspicions turn to the elite male members of a polo group who refer to themselves as the Alibi Club.

Although no longer part of law enforcement, she takes it upon herself to search for the killer. Her father, who she
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.
Jul 04, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading Tami Hoag novels earlier this year and always anticipate getting another one available in my Electronic Libraries. Don't ever feel like I'm missing anything as I'm skipping stories in a series, as Hoag appropriately describes her main characters and their previous escapades in her current novel so well.

The Alibi Man is a story of a young, enterprising Russian woman found dead in rich Palm Beach where the horse people reside (at least in their second or third homes). The book is
Sep 02, 2014 Ritsu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stacy Kingsley
I liked the first book better (DARK HORSE) but to be honest, neither of these were to notch mystery/suspense books. The main character Elena Estes was incredibly annoying and unlikable. I didn't care if she solved a case or got hit by a bus. The other main character Landry was also a fill and annoying character. He had no backbone and while the romance seemed like fun and a good idea, it just got overly dramatic with Elena being hurt by the men she loved and nothing really being explained. after ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Judith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought several things. 1) The protagonist, Elena Estes, was obnoxiously cynical. 2) The crime scenes and episodes were gruesome. 3) I finished the book wondering who it was that attacked one of the characters partway through the book. (Not part of the main crime scene investigation, but still I wanted to know who attacked this character and nothing was said of it. I was more curious about that than the original murder, and the question was never answered.) Although I might have not picked up ...more
Katie Rekowski
Jan 17, 2016 Katie Rekowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elena Estes #2. Read by Beth McDonald. Story site is Palm Beach. A beautiful, dead party girl is tossed to the alligators in a canal. who did it? The well-to-do party boys? Elena knows one of those; he was a former fiancé. Former, since he was accused of raping another female. Her father, a famous attorney, had the charges dropped. Elena always held that he was guilty and that her father was amoral. Didn't he ask Elena to give this guy an alibi? So was he guilty now of murder? The dead girl was ...more
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
May 01, 2016 Faye Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Tami Hoag & her books. Her suspense really keeps me interested.
Deborah Robb
Jul 25, 2015 Deborah Robb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this book on CD. Good read. Elena Estes is a former cop now living in FL at a friend's house taking care of his horses following a traumatic event that happened while she was on the force. The setting is the wealthy polo scene in West Palm Beach. While out riding one morning, Elena comes up on the body of Irina Markova, another groomsman where she works. She unofficially gets involved with the investigation of Irina's death which leads to interaction with her former fiance and his we ...more
May 09, 2014 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2013 Natazzz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Not a bad read, but still a rather average crime novel.
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Tami Hoag is the #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books published in more than thirty languages worldwide, including her latest thrillers—BITTER SEASON, COLD COLD HEART and THE 9TH GIRL. Renowned for combining thrilling plots with character-driven suspense, Hoag first hit the New York Times Bestseller list with NIGHT SINS, and each of her books since has been a bestseller. ...more
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