Linda Barnes
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Linda Barnes

I was born in Detroit; I always say it's where I learned about crime, but I mean no disrespect to a great city. It's also where I learned to love Motown music and do the Stroll. Came to Boston for college, and like so many, stayed, awed by the Atlantic Ocean and accessible public transportation. I still love walking Boston's cobbled streets, riding the T, breathing the history.
I started writing while teaching high school theater. Required to enter a one-act play festival sponsored by the Boston Globe, I posted the cast list before I selected the play. (I had great students that year, and 12 of them certainly deserved to be in the festival cast.) When I couldn't find a one-act with 12 roles, I had to write one myself. The festival was a competition, and darned if we didn't keep winning, right up until the state finals, where a man introduced himself to me and inquired whether he might publish that play. I said yes, wrote more plays, then segued into crime fiction.
My first Carlotta Carlyle short story, "Lucky Penny," won an Anthony Award. The first Carlyle novel, A TROUBLE OF FOOLS, was nominated for an Edgar and a Shamus, and won the American Mystery Award. Eleven books later, the most recent Carlyle, LIE DOWN WITH THE DEVIL, was named one of the Best Mysteries of 2008 by Publisher's Weekly.
In April my first stand alone novel, THE PERFECT GHOST, comes out. It was exciting to work with brand new characters in a wonderfully scenic Cape Cod locale. Please check my website at lindabarnes.com for upcoming appearances and follow me on Facebook.

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    • The Snake Tattoo

    • A Carlotta Carlyle Mystery, Book 2
    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    Carlotta is eating pizza when two cases are dumped into her denimclad lap. One will take her into a combat zone of hookers and pimps, the other onto the campus of a wealthy prep school.....

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Cold Case

    • A Carlotta Carlyle Myster, Book 7
    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
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    Best-selling author Linda Barnes’ witty private eye, Carlotta Carlyle, approaches challenging assignments in proper Boston with savvy and compassion....

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    • Snapshot

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The photograph - of a raisin-faced baby wearing something pastel - arrives in a blue envelope. There’s no identification or return address....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By donnacdavis on 11-11-12

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    • Lie Down with the Devil

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 9

    In this "utterly compelling" entry,Carlotta's allegedly unfaithful fiancé disappears right after his supposed mistress turns up dead....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Boring, Slow, and Not a great Carlotta Mystery

    • By Carl on 02-10-09

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    • The Perfect Ghost

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Mousy and shy to the point of agoraphobic, Em Moore is the writing half of a celebrity biography team. Her charismatic partner, Teddy, does the interviewing and the public schmoozing....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator's phony Noo Yawk accents is grating

    • By Wild Wise Woman on 01-15-19

    Regular price: $29.99

    • A Trouble of Fools

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 27

    As she looks for a missing taxi driver, Carlotta’s investigation sends her traveling the pub route with a bunch of blarney-loving geezers....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Carlotta is one of my favorite crime solvers

    • By Christiane on 12-06-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Flashpoint

    • Carlotta Carlyle, Book 8
    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    When six-foot redhead ex-cop and Boston-based private investigator Carlotta Carlyle agrees to help an elderly recluse burglar-proof her apartment, the last thing she expected was that the woman would turn up dead....

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    • Coyote

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    When Carlotta Carlyle agrees to help a mysterious woman locate her missing immigration card, she doesn't anticipate any complications.....

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    • Deep Pockets

    • A Carlotta Carlyle Mystery, Book 10
    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Harvard professor Wilson Chaney has a secret and somebody knows it....

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    • Heart of the World

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7

    In Heart of the World, private investigator Carlotta Carlyle begins a frantic search when a young girl she’s been mentoring goes missing....

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