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Swift Edge

(A Charlie Swift Mystery #2)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  42 reviews

When world-class figure skater Dmitri Fane goes missing, his partner knows just whom to hire. It’s up to Swift Investigations to find the missing Fane, and fast---the Olympics are just weeks away. It should be no trouble for the investigative team of Charlie Swift and Gigi Goldman: Their chief obstacle is Gigi’s teenage daughter, Kendall, and her mad crush on Fane.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Mark Baker
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, mystery
PI Charlette “Charlie” Swift has a new client. Dara Peterson needs Charlie to track down her ice skating partner, Dmitri Fane, before the Olympic trials start in just a few days. With her new business partner, Gigi Goldman, semi-helping, Charlie begins investigating. She quickly gets attacked and finds someone left for dead on the ice. What has happened to Dmitri?

I read the first book in this series years ago, and I kept meaning to go back and read this one. I’m so glad I did. This book is as mu
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
less absurd than the first in the series (Gigi doesn't have any calamities, basically), with a bunch of irritating characters. the love triangle continues. (sort of unsatisfactorily - I'm rooting for Dan, but it seems like Charlie is more interested in Montgomery?) I was surprised that Charlie didn't connect some things sooner in the story, although I suppose when you don't know you're in a book you don't expect things to tie up so neatly. still a fun read! ...more
I'm not sure how I feel about this one, largely because I am not sure how I feel about protagonist/narrator Charlie Swift. I will the next book of the series and decide from there whether to continue with more. I enjoy giving more details but this is a book from the big five publishing companies (see note below).

Note: I used togive full reviews for all of the books that I rated on GR. However, GR's new giveaway policies (Good Reads 2017 November Giveaways Policies Changes) have caused me to chan
Stacey Adams
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Another good installment of the Charlie Swift series. This one deals with ice skaters, a youth hostel, tattoo parlor and identity theft. One of the top ice skaters practicing for the nationals (olympic hopefuls) goes missing and his partner is worried engaging Charlie to help find him. The world of competitive and expensive ice skating with big egos, jealousy and envy is a world Charlie knows nothing about. Luckily? or not. Kendall, her partner Gigi's daughter, is also a skater and has an insigh ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
I love this series, which features private investigator Charlie Swift and her unexpected, but growing-on-her sidekick Gigi Goldman as they find missing persons and encounter other crime-fighting adventures. Fun and realistic dialogue between Gigi and Charlie, Charlie's wry observations, Gigi's growth (and the fact that she's easy to identify with!), the standard interest with a detective, and the completely intriguing friendship with the next-door neighbor, Episcopalian priest Dan. A fun read an ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I'd actually give this book a 3.5/5. It was good and the storyline well written. At times it seemed a bit simplistic and some character development was overdone. I was surprised by the ending and did find myself sucked into the plot and suspense about half way through. If given the chance I'd probably read another Charlie Swift mystery but I don't know that it'd be my first pick. I appreciated the different approach to mystery fiction though. ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a light and fun book to read. It is the 2nd in the series and I plan to get the 1st one.
Cathi Cantrell
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Entertainingly freshly written mystery/suspense thrills! Thoroughly enjoyable reading!
Carl Brookins
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Judicious blending of two quite different characters as private investigators carries this story of murder and identity theft on a rollercoaster of humor and tension. Gigi Goldman, one half of the investigator team of Swift Investigations is inept at best. I mean how about trying a surveillance gig from a yellow Hummer? Charlie Swift is the more competent partner with background and experience and she carries the bulk of the serious investigation that is at the core of this slickly written, well ...more
Oct 18, 2013 rated it liked it
#2 in the Charlotte “Charlie” Swift series. PI Charlie Swift, ex-Air Force investigator, is getting accustomed to her new partner Gigi Goldman, who inherited half of the agency. But it's harder to get used to Gigi's obnoxious, lazy, teenaged daughter who is supposedly working part time at the agency during her school break. A new client is a skater looking for her pairs partner before the Nationals are scheduled. As Charlie tries to track him down, with peripatetic help from Gigi's daughter, als ...more
Vicki Gooding
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting is in CO Springs, CO. Charlotte Swift (Charlie) is a P.I. that is hired to find a missing Ice Skater, and of course she knows nothing about the sport. She has an assistant who is the personality of the two. Charlie has no-nonsense attitude and even through multiple body injuries continues to do what she was hired to do. Her assistant has a 14 yr old pampered and petty girl that is woven through out. Lots of action and humor. The book is filled with Russian Mafia ties, family members ...more
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If it's possible that a second book in the series is better than the first book, then this story proves it.
DiSilverio has created a believable plot centered around the extremely competitive world of amateur pairs skating. Charlie, the part-owner of Swift Investigations, has begun to accept that Gigi (Georgia Goldstein, the ex-wife of Charlie's former silent partner) has certain skills that complement the agency. In this book, Detective Morgan and neighbor Father Dan (Episcopalian priest) set Cha
Dharia Scarab
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, library, series
Second in DiSilverio's 'Charlie Swift' mystery series. Charlie and her inexperienced new partner Gigi accept what seem to be two straightforward missing persons cases; both a world-class figure skater and a homeless youth have gone missing, and the agency is hired to find both - by separate people. It soon becomes obvious that the skater is not just hiding away for a few days with a new squeeze, a theory advanced by an old friend, when his coach is discovered after being brutally beaten. Gigi ag ...more
Susan Oleksiw
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This is the second in the Charlie Swift and Gig Goldman series set in Colorado Springs. In this outing Charlie and Gigi investigate corruption and crime in the world of competitive ice skating. Even though, like many people in the US, follow skating on TV, I had no idea how these amazing skaters got to be where they are. This mystery was a revelation about what goes on behind the scenes, long before the skaters appear with huge smiles in gorgeous costumes. Charlie's assistant, the air-head Gigi, ...more
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Charlie Swift is hired to find a missing ice skater, who has disappeared a week before an important competition to qualify for the Olympic games. As Charlie looks into the disappearance, people start getting hurt and then killed. Meanwhile, Gigi is put on the case to help Father Dan locate a missing teen. While Charlie would still rather work alone, she and Gigi have begun to work better together. The second in the series, this was another fun read.
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-colorado
Charlie Swift is hired to find famed ice skater Dmitri Fane, who is missing just when he and his partner should be practicing for the forthcoming Olympic trials. Fortunately, Charlie's partner's daughter Kendall is an aspiring skater and can fill Charlie in on what she needs to know. But nothing can prepare Charlie for the series of murders that follow, with all the victims being people who know Dmitri well. ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not a fan of figure skating, but this book centers around it...and, it may be cliche to say there is a Russian skater controversy, but the story isn't "one of those". I enjoyed it, I was trying to figure out "who done it", I was CRACKING up reading about Gigi's escapades, wanting to slap her obnoxious daughter into next week, and wondering when Charlie is going to flirt back with the men in her life! ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Book is a Colorado based Stephanie Plum. The protagonist is a little less accident prone but so similar. there is the cop love interest...there is the ex hubby baggage...and there is the Lula in the form of Gigi her partner.
It was entertaining but I am truly curious to know what came first the Plum or the swift
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Swift Investigations was hired to find world-class figure skater Dmitri Fane after he disappears weeks before the Olympics try-outs. Charlie Swift and her partner, Gigi Goldman, feels that this will not be too difficult to solve. But after Dmitri skating team's coach is brutally attacked and one of Dmitri's friend is murdered, things starts getting complicated. A fast paced, easy read. ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
An excellent sophomore effort from DiSilverio in the Charlie Swift Mystery series. Once again, Charlie and Gigi provide laughs and thrills against a beautiful Colorado Springs backdrop. However, this book did seem a little rushed at the end, which causes it to lose 1 star. The debut novel was a tough act to follow, but I have high hopes for the remainder of this series. DiSilverio, keep writing!
Penny Ramirez
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, series
Well, this wasn't as good as the first Charlie Swift mystery, but it was ok. Good premise, more or less easy to figure out the mystery, but seemed to get bogged down in little backstory details, and not nearly as funny as the first. Perhaps in the 3rd book DiSilverio will find her stride again. ...more
Kristin R
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable mystery set in Colorado Springs. Private detective Charlie Swift and her unlikely sidekick Gigi are trying to find a missing figure skater bound for the Olympics. Several things get in their way of course with a little mayhem to make things interesting.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book because there seemed to be chaos and adventure throughout the story. Lots of ironic humor. The location of their office makes me think of the character, Vic in Sara Paretsky's mysteries. ...more
It was okay? The mystery was alright, and it was fine while I was reading it, but it's forgettable. I still find Charlie and Gigi relatable, but there was less of Gigi this go around. Gigi is the better of the two, so that's a bad thing. ...more
Nana Sue
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book! Had me laughing almost all the way through the book.
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
My first encounter with Charlie was entertaining as was getting acquainted with Colorado Springs. Interesting mystery along with getting a peek into the professional ice skating world.
Harry Lane
Feb 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Light reading, reminds me of cotton candy. Liked it anyway.
Rebecca Bush
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Laura DiSilverio delivers yet another page turner. I have read 2 of her books and she does not disappoint. She is nothing short of prolific. Watch for more books by DiSilverio.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
A fine piece of fluffy mystery. Nothing remarkable going on here, but an enjoyable read none the less.
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I'm the author of the Swift Investigations, Mall Cop and Readaholics mystery series.

After twenty years as an Air Force intelligence officer – serving as a squadron commander, with the National Reconnaissance Office, and at a fighter wing – I retired to parenting and writing full-time.

Spying was easier.

(Laura DiSilverio is also Ella Barrick.)

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