Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Avoidable Contact (A Kate Reilly Mystery #3) by Tammy Kaehler

  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Book Description

Racecar driver Kate Reilly is suited up and ready for the start of the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona. But what lies ahead is not just a racing challenge but a harrowing test of her will and nerve off the course. 

Even before the green flag waves over Daytona International Speedway, Kate receives word her boyfriend Stuart is hospitalized nearby in a coma, fighting for his life after a hit-and-run. Stunned by the news, Kate can do nothing better for Stuart than complete her scheduled laps driving her team’s car. But more shocks follow as Daytona’s clock starts ticking. An on-track accident ends tragically. Some of her complicated family is spotted with other teams—why? And an eyewitness claims Stuart was run down deliberately by someone from the race paddock. 

Alternating stints behind the wheel of the team’s Corvette with stretches of quizzing colleagues and searching for clues, Kate circles the police and taps every possible source—friend, foe, and family—to find out who’s after Stuart and why. As the race clock counts down to zero hour, Kate must come to terms with her own fears rising from her past and decide who she’s willing to trust. Only then can she identify who’s willing to kill to keep a secret buried.

About the Author

Tammy Kaehler’s career in marketing and technical writing landed her in the world of automobile racing, which inspired her with its blend of drama, competition, and friendly people. Mystery fans and racing insiders alike praised the first two Kate Reilly Racing Mysteries, Dead Man’s Switch and Braking Points, and she takes readers back behind the wheel for the third time in Avoidable Contact. Tammy works as a technical writer in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her husband and many cars. Find out more at

My Review

I'm not really a car racing fan but I have been enjoying this mystery series by Tammy Kaehler. Her real life experiences in the racing world have prepared her to write this suspenseful and enjoyable series featuring driver Kate Reilly.

I really like the setting. I've been to Daytona so I could picture the setting of the story. Race car driver Kate Reilly is participating in the 24 Hours of Daytona which is a 24 hour endurance race. Kate's boyfriend Stuart is injured in a hit-and-run just before the race.  He is fighting for his life and Kate learns that Stuart may have been run over deliberately. Who wanted to harm Stuart? Kate is puzzling over this while competing in the 24 Hours of Daytona. Add family stress and the stress of the race and Kate has a tense situation on her hands.

Good story. Kate is likeable. Tammy Kaehler brings the racing world to life. A great book for NASCAR fans and mystery fans alike.

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