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Rubout (Francesca Vierling Mystery #2)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  86 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The open road. The wind whipping in your face. For both serious riders and the wanna-bes called RUBs--Rich Urban Bikers--riding a Harley is only part of the thrill. Putting on leather and acting out is the rest. Even Francesca Vierling, a St. Louis reporter who is a little too tall, smart, and sexy for her own good, is dressed to kill--for a biker's ball that will lead str ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 14th 1998 by Dell (first published May 11th 1998)
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Dec 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 This one opens with the heroine attending a biker's ball.

"A couple strolled by in a jaw-dropping getup. She was wearing nothing but black leather boots and a black lace body stocking. It was obvious -- in that outfit -- that she was a natural blonde. It was also obvious she had serious muscles.

'Who's that?' I said, awed by the raw display.

'That's Stephanie, Ms. Gypsy Tour,' he said. 'She's the woman who handled her bike best at the trials. She comes by her skills naturally. She's an over-th
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reporter, crime, mystery
#2 in the Francesca Vierling series. This 1998 series entry by the author of the long running Dead End Job and Mystery Shopper series is a great read. The novel has a great sense of place, and that place is St. Louis, MO. Our protagonist is a compassionate columnist for a daily newspaper where she has to contend with sexist, elitist bosses and absentee owners. Oh, and the Leather and Lace Ball is a hoot!

Francesca Vierling series - The open road. The wind whipping in your face. For both serious r
Mystereity Reviews
As much as I really like the author's characters and plots, there comes a point when it reaches complete idiocy. I think I found that point. This book (although better than the mystery shopper series) could've been decent if the foreshadowing and maladies were toned down. Every chapter ends with some cliche about how things were going to go wrong. The main character has too much baggage and none of it unique. Terrible tragedy as a kid? Check. Dysfunctional relationship? Check. Crappy job with a ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is the 2nd in the series of Francesca Vierling, a reporter in St. Louis. This time a socialite has been killed at the Leather and Lace Ball that the bikers hold each year.

Francesa is in the thick of things again, nearly gets killed and almost loses her job. But she solves the murder (and I actually figured out who just not why!)
Mary Newcomb
Francesca Vierling is quite the reporter; tough, savvy, and sentimental. She also managed to solve a puzzling mystery which started at the Leather and Lace Ball. I wonder if there is actually such a dance in St Louis.

Karen Christino
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acerbic newspaper reporter sets out to solve biker killings. I thought some of the best parts involved the progatonist's conflicts with her supervisors and their toadies at the paper. Written in 1998, it incidentally captures the downturn in printed media. Includes a hilarious love scene.
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 40+ reporter who solves mysteries.., just don't overlook the obvious
Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Slow reading...Could not finish
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good info about St Louis, but really stupid crime novel, although better than the first one. I actually feel like I'm learning something,though, or I wouldn't waste my time.
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