20 March 2012

Countdown to Left Coast Crime 2012 -- 9 days

Dead Man's Switch by Tammy Kaehler.*

Reviewed by Marlyn Beebe.

 Kate Reilly has been racing since she was a kid driving go-karts. Now, she's grown up, and hoping to be a full-time driver for a team in the Amnerican LeMans Series. Arriving at a track in Connecticut early one morning, she discovers the body of Wade Becker, a veteran driver.

Since she discovered the body, and is asked by the manager of Wade's team to take his place, Kate is the main suspect for the crime. While Kate is excited and thrilled to have the opportunity for a real gig, she's not so happy about the belief that she killed someone to get the job, and decides to prove her own innocence.

Although she's not a professional driver, Tammy Kaehler's exposition is detailed enough to make the reader think she is. Like many amateurs Kate's sleuthing puts her in danger, but unlike many she does try to keep the police informed. Kaehler has a deft hand with prose and has written a tale so absorbing that I jumped when my husband came into the room as I was reading it. I look forward to reading more about Kate!

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. 
Dead Man's Switch is nominated for the Eureka! award, a Left Coast Crime 2012 special award for best first mystery novel.

*FTC Full disclosure: I read an ARC of the book on NetGalley.

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