Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review: Dead Man's Switch by Tammy Kaehler

  • Author:   Tammy Kaehler
  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590588819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590588819

Product Description


Aspiring racecar driver Kate Reilly goes looking for a full-time ride in the American Le Mans Series—and stumbles over a dead driver. When she takes that driver’s job just hours later, she also takes pole position on the list of suspects in his murder. Suddenly she’s in the hot seat with little time to clear her name and get ready to race a Corvette at Lime Rock Park.

Amidst suspicion, Kate buckles down, quickly getting to know the racecar and team, bumping into plenty of suspects who might have committed murder. Clues fly at her as fast as the turns on the track, including a cryptic list of blackmail victims, unexplainable car performance at racing speed, a jealous husband with an adulterous wife, and drivers and crew who are openly happy her predecessor is dead. Kate finds exhilaration and hazards exist on- and off-track as she throttles up both the Corvette’s V8 and a murder investigation.

The green-flag countdown ticks away, and Kate must decide who she can trust to help probe alibis, untangle rumors of team breakups and personal betrayals, and determine whose drive to win also constitutes a willingness to kill. Because what’s at stake in Kate’s race to the truth is her career … only by uncovering a murderer can Kate restore her reputation and prove she belongs in the racing world.


About the Author

Before trying her hand at fiction, Tammy Kaehler established a career writing marketing materials, feature articles, executive speeches, and technical documentation. A fateful stint in corporate hospitality introduced her to the racing world, which inspired the first Kate Reilly racing mystery. Tammy works as a technical writer in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her husband and many cars.
My Review
Good debut novel from Tammy Kaehler.  Good action but too much technical detail in regard to racing terminology for those who are not familiar with the racing world at the beginning of the book.  But it does provide an insider's perspective, it creates an incredible picture of what it is like to actually race in a professional race.  Good story with believable villains and I liked the ending. 

Good read but I do find that I am skimming through the technical information and paying more attention to Kate's interactions with others.  I learned a lot about racing that I did not before!

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