Carlotta Carlyle

16 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 233 ratings

Lucky Penny Publisher's Summary

Now available in audio, the Anthony Award-winning short story that started it all.

In Lucky Penny, award-winning author Linda Barnes introduces the red-headed, jazz-loving, cab-driving Bostonian and Private Investigator Carlotta Carlyle.

As Carlotta lounges in her cab one night while waiting for a fare, the part-time cabbie is accosted and robbed at gunpoint. When she is unable to get any assistance from the police, Carlotta sets out on her own to recover the stolen goods and bring the perp to justice.

©2013 Linda Barnes (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 0.5

    • Lucky Penny

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Now available in audio, the Anthony Award-winning short story that started it all. In Lucky Penny, award-winning author Linda Barnes introduces the red-headed, jazz-loving, cab-driving Bostonian and Private Investigator Carlotta Carlyle. As Carlotta lounges in her cab one night while waiting for a fare, the part-time cabbie is accosted and robbed at gunpoint. When she is unable to get any assistance from the police, Carlotta sets out on her own to recover the stolen goods and bring the perp to justice.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love Carlotta - wish there would be more ...

    • By Christiane on 12-04-17

    Regular price: $6.99

  • Book 1

    • A Trouble of Fools

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    As she looks for a missing taxi driver, Carlotta’s investigation sends her traveling the pub route with a bunch of blarney-loving geezers whose devotion to the Emerald Isle has gotten them involved in a deadly mix of Boston-Irish politics.

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

    • By Christiane on 12-06-17

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 2

    • 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 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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

  • Book 3

    • Coyote

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    When Carlotta Carlyle agrees to help a mysterious woman locate her missing immigration card, she doesn't anticipate any complications. But then her client disappears, and the immigration card in question turns up on the dead body of another woman. Suddenly, Carlotta is plunged into the desperate world of illegal aliens, the cold-hearted immigration agents who hunt them down, and the deadly “coyotes” who bring the innocents across the border.

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

    • Snapshot

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      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, just an unfamiliar postmark. But something in the baby’s face makes Carlotta keep the snapshot. Three weeks later, she finds out why.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New listener of Linda Barnes

    • By donnacdavis on 11-11-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 6

    • Hardware

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 4

    The brash Boston P.I. Carlotta Carlyle takes on a case for the Green and White Cab Company. The investigation will lead her into the mysterious shadowlands of computer technology, where she finds that information is cheap and privacy is a thing of the past.

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 7

    • Cold Case

    • A Carlotta Carlyle Myster, Book 7
    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    In Cold Case, a decades-old missing person case turns red-hot, threatening Carlotta’s composure and a Massachusetts political race. A mysterious client comes to Carlotta secretly with a wild tale: He has obtained parts of a recently written novel by Thea Janis, the literary sensation who disappeared 24 years ago. As soon as Carlotta begins to hunt for the author, her client calls off the search. But she accidentally discovers Thea’s grave in a nearby cemetery - unearthing a tangle of lies and scandal that Boston’s most prominent citizens will do anything to suppress.

    • A Carlotta Carlyle Myster, Book 7
    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
    • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 10-12-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 8

    • 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 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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. Now Carlotta must find out why the eccentric yet seemingly harmless Valentine Phipps isolated herself - and needed protection. Who would want to hurt Valentine? What was she hiding behind closed doors? Is there a connection between her murder and an age-old mystery that the city’s top brass - and its real-estate moguls - want to keep buried?

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 9

    • The Big Dig

    • Carlotta Carlyle #9
    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    Carlotta Carlyle thought that working undercover searching out fraud on Boston's Big Dig would be a challenging assignment. After all, the Big Dig, the creation of a central artery highway through downtown Boston, is a 14-billion dollar boondoggle, the largest urban construction project in modern history. But playing a mild-mannered secretary working out of a construction trailer is not quite the thrill ride she had in mind, so Carlotta starts moonlighting, taking on a missing persons case.

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  • Book 10

    • 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. His adulterous affair with a freshman ended just weeks before she wound up dead. The sole trace of his infatuation is a stack of missing love letters - and they’ve fallen into the wrong hands… Carlotta Carlyle takes the case to find his blackmailer and retrieve the letters. Six-foot-one and red-haired, this private eye doesn’t blink when the going gets tough.

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 11

    • Heart of the World

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: Nancy Ticotin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    But there are girls who vanish and never come back, girls whose clean white bones are dug up years later in vacant lots and distant forests. Carlotta Carlyle's latest case, investigating the disappearance of her adopted little sister Paolina, could change her life forever.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • good story, narrator not a good fit

    • By Joy on 06-23-08

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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

    Edgar Award finalist Linda Barnes has been justifiably heralded for her scintillating mysteries. In Heart of the World, private investigator Carlotta Carlyle begins a frantic search when a young girl she’s been mentoring goes missing. Clues seem to indicate that the disappearance has something to do with the girl’s Colombian druglord father - a man believed dead but who Carlotta now suspects is very much alive.

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 12

    • 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
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Best-selling author Linda Barnes sets her gripping P.I. Carlotta Carlyle mysteries - including Cold Case - on the mean streets of Boston, where blackmail, cover-ups, and murder abound. In this 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

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Stealing First

    • A Carlotta Carlyle Short Story
    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    Now available in audio, originally published in the Boston Globe Magazine, a short story featuring award-winning author Linda Barnes’ feisty, redheaded, cab-driving, ex-cop private investigator, Carlotta Carlyle. On a great day to take in a ball game at Fenway, a seemingly harmless run-in with a familiar petty thief throws Carlotta into a wild chase through the park that turns up something far more interesting than the final score.

    Regular price: $6.99

    • Miss Gibson

    • By: Linda Barnes
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Now available in audio, originally published in Women on the Case, an anthology of 26 original stories by the best women in crime writing, a short story featuring Linda Barnes’ feisty, redheaded, ex-cop private investigator, Carlotta Carlyle. Carlotta can’t stay away when she’s offered a beautiful piece of classic blues history - the guitar of blues and gospel legend Reverend Gary Davis - in return for finding and stopping the uncomfortable advances of a blues-singing rock star’s stalker.

    Regular price: $6.99