Lie Down with the Devil (Carlotta Carlyle #12)
Bestseller and multiple award winning author Linda Barnes returns with the most personal case to date for her popular Boston PI, Carlotta Carlyle. Carlotta, in unfamiliar territory working on her own behalf, finds herself in the middle of a complicated case that has as much to do with the people she loves as the backstreets of Boston, and beyond.
For starters, Carlotta wa
Barnes, Linda – 12th in series
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2009, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780312332891
First Sentence: When my fare hauled himself out of the cab near Uphams Corner, I took it as a sign, but face it, even if the fat man’s destination had been fifty miles from my goal, I’d have found another convenient omen.
Carlotta’s “little sister” is in a psychiatric hospital, and her fiancée, Sam, is in an unknown location and can’t return to ...more
Having read every work of Linda Barnes, we're both fans and knowledgeable of the fun-loving, taxi-driving, PI Carlotta Carlyle series. This short novel (212 pages taking out all the blanks) picks up where the prior entry "Heart of the World" left off, with "fiancé" mobster Sam Gianelli out of the country on a suspected murder charge, and Little Sister Paolina recovering from the prior book's horror in a sanitarium. Incidentally, we th ...more
Lie Down is a quick read, with a plot that did surprise me in the end, though I had guessed one of the elements of it. Carlotta is in fine form, and Barnes is a fine writer, moving the plot along at a good pace. A fine mystery if you like women detectives--but I do recomm ...more
Coming from the Boston area, I also enjoyed the fact that I could picture the action perfectly since I am familiar with the locations descr ...more
Carlotta Carlysle has had eleven other mysteries, and, as this one begins, she's talking to Sam-- ...more
During her investigation, Carl ...more
Once I got there, I realized I had stopped caring. I know these are unkind words, but it's only because my disappointment is deep. Carlotta used to be a tough chick wh ...more
Lots has obviously happened in previous books, and Carlyle is working as a private investigator and is no longer with the Boston Police Department, although she's still friends with her old partner Mooney who heads Homicide. The story is mostly told by Carlyle first person, and I did find it jarring when in the Fourth Par ...more
Linda Barnes - Lie Down with the Devil - Finished - 6/23/2009
Carlotta Carlyle, ex Boston Cop and now a self employed PI and some time Cab driver has a client who requested she follow her fiancée because she got an unsigned note suggesting he was not being faithful. The tail goes ok till they end up out on the Cape (Cod) and Carlyle gets a flat. Tacks on the road! Then the Client turns up in the morgue, a hit and run victim it would appear. Mean while Carlyle is having problems with her ...more
This book kept me involved, even though some of the plot elements didn't hook up as well as they could have. For example, it is never clear why Sam Gianelli is out of the country, even when his absence is ...more
At Roz’s urging, Carlotta finally takes on a new client. This leads the storyline that pulls in most of the series main characters and seems to close it in what would be the right way to do it. The happily ever part is not there for me. Everyone ...more
Carlotta Carlyle agrees to tail a possibly cheating groom-to-be for his intended. He di ...more
Investigating a fiancé for a bride-to-be turns into a search for murderers and connections to the mob, especially Sam Gianelli, Carlotta's on/off lover.
Connections get stronger and others get broken. Sister Paoulina needs help from the psychiatric staff at McLean Hospital. This might be a more intense book than some others from the series.