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The Big Dig (Carlotta Carlyle #9)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,665 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Carlotta Carlyle, the six-foot-tall redhead private investigator, thought that working undercover searching out fraud on Boston's Big Dig would be a challenging assignment. After all, the Big Dig, the creation of a central artery highway through downtown Boston, is a 14 billion
dollar boondoggle, the largest urban construction project in modern history. But playing a mild-m
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Jun 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've read one other mystery written by this author and featuring this female private investigator. This one features the P.I. going undercover on a big freeway tunnel project in Boston.

First, regarding the setting. I don't get the same feel for Boston as I do in Dennis Lehane's novels. Perhaps Lehane lives in a grimmer and grittier Boston than Barnes-- but I just don't feel Boston as she writes-- on the other hand, never having visited Boston, her depiction of Beantown may be a bit closer than
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enjoying this author
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never read any of her books before, but it wasn't too bad, if you like crime and the FBI, you will like it.
Jerry B
Barnes back after 4 years off - story is fair but not great...

We include ourselves in the Linda Barnes' fan club having read her previous dozen books (4 - Sprague, 8 - Carlyle); so naturally we awaited this latest in the zany P.I. Carlotta Carlyle series with great interest despite the 4-year hiatus since her 1999 "Flashpoint". Set against the multi-billion dollar Boston highway/tunnel project of the same nickname, "Dig" offers just enough of our familiar characters to please, but a somewhat co
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Carlotta Carlyle is an ex-cop, current private investigator. Needing some extra cash, she decides to help out a friend and is put undercover as a secretary for the big dig, a huge over budget in Boston to put roads underground. Carlotta is searching for fraud on the worksite, and ends up working in the same trailer as those running the entire project. She's also taken on a missing persons case, hired by her landlord. Carlyle has her hands full working on both these cases.

I do most of my reading
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#9 in the Carlotta Carlyle series.

Carlotta Carlyle series - Carlotta Carlyle, the six-foot-tall redheaded private investigator, thought that working undercover searching out fraud on Boston's Big Dig would be a challenging assignment. After all, the Big Dig, the creation of a central artery tunnel running beneath crowded downtown Boston is an engineering marvel, the largest urban construction project in modern history, a fourteen billion dollar boondoggle in the eyes of protesters. Playing a mil
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a fairly fast-paced, easy read. The author does a great job keeping Carlotta's character real - that is, an imperfect human being doing the best she can at the moment. I admire the way Barnes can take something familiar and look at it from a different perspective. I know I'll never think about missing persons the same way again.

I read this book immediately after finishing Flashpoint, the only other Barnes novel I've read. While I truly like Linda Barnes' writing style, I did not like t
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlotta Carlyle, ex Boston Cop and now a self employed PI and some time Cab driver gets a job working undercover with various companies working on the Big Dig in Boston. There have been rumors of kickbacks, overcharges etc and she is poking around to see if its true. She is also approached by a woman who hires her to look for her missing border, a young woman who just took off and left her things and dog behind. After doing several jobs she ends up working in the field office of one of the cont ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

A bit disappointing on the whole. After a long wait for the latest of Carlotta Carlyle's adverntures I wasn't as thrilled as I hoped to be.

I was pleased with the way Barnes is taking Carlotta's character forwards and the directions that some of the recurring characters are going off in wasn't what I would have expected - this is a good thing. Whether it's true or not I'm not sure, but it feels to me like this series has used the 'two unrelated plotlines veering together on a collision course'

Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Boston's answer to Kinsey Milhone, Carlotta Carlyle, returns in a slippery adventure that sees her going undercover on the world's largest construction project. However, she gets a second job from an elegantly dressed woman who asks her to find her roommate named Veronica James (Veejay). Her fraud investigation on the Dig stalls, but then a construction worker with ties to the company's owners turns up dead, and a break-in at Veronica's home up the stakes considerably.

This is the second Carlott
Nov 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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PI Carlotta Carlyle is having a string of bad luck. She's still recovering from a gunshot wound to her leg, and her financial situation isn't good. An old friend, Eddie Conklin, who runs a successful security firm, hires her to investigate fraud on the Big Dig construction project in Boston. She gets a second job from a wealthy woman whose tenant has gone missing. I've always enjoyed the Carlotta Carlyle books, but this one is weak. The 2 investigations don't go very far until the book has almos ...more
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another solid entry in this series featuring Boston PI Carlotta Carlyle as she sub-contracts to a big investigation firm to look into problems on a construction site on 'The Big Dig.' She's also hired by a wealthy society woman to find her renter who has disappeared with her Jeep. The reader for this one was different from past books and at times I found her inflections a bit annoying...also, all the characters EXCEPT Carlotta, who is indeed Boston-born and bred, had the Boston accent, and they ...more
This book is fiction but I'm thinking there is fact in there. I'm interested in reading it cos I visit Boston regularly.

Good story line with a twist. The ending stunk.

This $6.99 Kindle version has poor editing to the point where it's sometimes difficult to know who is speaking as there's no delineation at those times. This Kindle edition was so messed up, it repeated the last several chapters more than once.

3 1/2 stars
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this okay. I was intrigued by the mystery portion enough to continue reading but I thought it was a bit too entertwined. How many private investigators start with two clients and seperate searches only to find out they are not only linked together but basically the same search. I don't know, not as believeable as I like. I also didn't love the language etc so common in these types of books. I guess I should give up finding some good, well thought, clean, mysteries.
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love the dynamics of the Carlotta Carlysle books. She is definitely one of my favorite PI. She's such an interesting character. Complex, smart and generous.
The Big Dig deserves the 4 stars I give here because it's fast-paced & interesting. Most of all because it's main character is the city of Boston, a city I love very much and that I just visited again this Summer (traveling from Belgium to the US each year). I love the city more each time I'm there.
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
entertaining fluff. a bit heavy on the namedropping when trying to describe a scene -- instead of convincing me that it really was set in Boston, it just jarred me out of the story. especially since the protagonist was drinking coffee throughout the story and never once made mention of Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks -- completely unbelievable. :) but put this book in the hands of an occasional Boston tourist, and it would probably ring pretty true and only be an occasionally offputting style.
Linda Weatherbee
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Linda Barnes' mysteries are another good selection for fans of female p.i.'s who have great, snappy dialog and are located in the Boston area. I read all of them, but sadly, she's not come out with new ones recently. I did not enjoy her Michael Spraggue novel - she's not as good with gender reversals as Robert Parker is.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Write about what you know. Well, if you resided in Boston during the period of the Big Dig, you knew about the disruption and cost overruns. I didn't enjoy the first part as she set up the plot, but it didn't go where I expected. A new development in Carlotta's relationship with Sam is interesting.... Not one of my favorites in the series.
Feb 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of a series of novels featuring Carlotta Carlyle a funky detective/snooper. She investigates corruption, and then murder, on the construction project in Boston known as the Big Dig. It's a central traffic artery that costs more than a fleet of nuclear aircraft carriers. It's a quick, fun read.
Shannon Renee
Well, I'm sorta on the fence about this book. I might be at a disadvantage because there are other books in this series I haven't read. (I didn't know that until I was half way into this one though). It was good, espically the ending. However, I am on the fence about the main character. I plan on starting back from the beginning abd giving Carlotta another try.
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reads-of-10
one good thing about this book - the many fun and recognizable Boston locales mentioned in this story. otherwise, very bland mystery story focused around the Big Dig. there is a weird plot twist, but it didn't lend that much to my excitement or interest levels in continuing this book. I did finish, but when I did it was so anti-climatic and blasé it was not worth the time it took to do so.
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Jun 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read about Carlotta Carlyle, PI from Boston, and I loved it. It started off a little complicated but eventually everything fell into place, and I had trouble putting the book down. I plan to read more in this series.
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Murder mystery taking place in Boston , Tewksbury MA, and Derry NH. I lived 25 years in this area and it was fun to trace character movements through familiar territory. I also was living there during all the Big Dig controverses so wonder what is fact and what is fiction.
Liza Gilbert
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I have read all of Barnes' books, but this one captivated me the most. Barnes' research into the Big Dig project in Boston was superb. She actually made me want to fly to Massachusetts to stare at a big hole in the ground.
Dec 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Big Dig went on forever in Boston (just east of the small Massachusetts town in which I live). It was interesting reading detective fiction about an event that has received a lot of publicity in this area.
If you are a fan of Sue Grafton or Nevada Barr, you will enjoy Linda Barnes. This is a quick read and it's a fairly good mystery. Carolotta Carlyle is a fun character and I look forward to reading more books in the series.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read - I had a hard time getting into the book but I think it was me. Maybe I wasn't ready to start a new book. It had a good ending and went fairly quick after I became engaged in the story. My first time for author Linda Barnes.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will be looking for more by Linda Barnes. Great read!!
P. Mary
I haven't read this one yet, but didn't know how to change the rating.
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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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