Monday, September 27, 2010

Joelle Charbonneau

1 - What's your latest?

My first and latest is SKATING AROUND THE LAW, a comedic mystery from St. Martins/Minotaur Books.

Joelle Charbonneau: Rebecca Robbins is a woman on a mission---to sell the roller rink she inherited from her mother and get back to Chicago. Fast. However, when she discovers the dead body of the town’s handyman headfirst in a rink toilet, potential buyers are scared off. Now Rebecca is stuck in a small town where her former neighbors think she doesn’t belong, living with her scarily frisky grandfather, Pop, and relying on a police department that’s better at gardening than solving crimes.

Eager to move forward with her life, Rebecca begins investigating the murder herself, reluctantly accepting help from Pop and his extensive social network, which includes a handsome veterinarian and a former circus camel named Elwood. Nevertheless, someone isn’t happy she’s looking into the case, and their threats will have her questioning whether playing sleuth was such a good idea after all.

2 - Assuming I haven't read it, why should I?

Joelle Charbonneau: Well, as far as I can tell, it is the only mystery out there that has an ex-circus camel. That's gotta be worth something, right?

3 - What can you tell us about your main character that you hadn't realized until you answered the question?

Joelle Charbonneau: Rebecca is secretly jealous of all her grandfather's social life. He's a man who has more dates than he can keep track of.

4 - What's your favorite scene and why?

Joelle Charbonneau: I have to admit a certain fondness for the scene where Rebecca's grandfather turns into an Elvis impersonator. The grandfather is a fun character who is willing to try anything once. Dressing him up in sparkly spandex made me laugh.

5 - What's next?

Joelle Charbonneau: Book two of the Rebecca Robbins series - SKATING OVER THE LINE - will be released next year by Minotaur.

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