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Carlotta Carlyle, ex-cop, struggling private eye, and 6'1" of long tall redhead, takes any case that walks through the door. This time the door opens twice. First in is her old partner, Lieutenant Mooney of the Boston police, unfairly charged with brutality, suspended, and desperate. The witness who can clear him is a hooker with a snake tattoo...and she's vanished.The secCarlotta Carlyle, ex-cop, struggling private eye, and 6'1" of long tall redhead, takes any case that walks through the door. This time the door opens twice. First in is her old partner, Lieutenant Mooney of the Boston police, unfairly charged with brutality, suspended, and desperate. The witness who can clear him is a hooker with a snake tattoo...and she's vanished.The second client is a teenager with a missing wallet and a split lip. He's been roughed up on the Boston streets while searching for his runaway girlfriend. He's too young to be a client, and Carlotta should have turned him down. Shoulda, woulda, coulda...didn't.Both investigation send Carlotta into Boston's Combat Zone and the dark alleys of the human heart. Hookers don't disappear and kids don't take off with good reason. Now Carlotta is coming face to face with the evil that men do, and what is she going to do about it? Tackle it head on.......

Title : The Snake Tattoo
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ISBN : 9780340535387
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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The Snake Tattoo Reviews

  • Scott Rhee
    2018-12-29 07:17

    I don't like the term "chick lit", although I use it frequently, generally for aesthetic purposes. (It sounds better than "women's lit" or "feminist lit", in my opinion.) I use it to describe a vast amount of stuff that probably isn't chick lit, including everything from Camille Paglia to romance novels. Generally, I don't read a lot of chick lit, although I certainly don't have a problem reading women authors. Some of my favorite authors are women.(Holy shit, that sounds awful...)Okay, let me start over: In the rather amorphous and generally sexist-labelled genre of "chick lit", I have come to find that women who write in historically predominantly male-dominated genres (science fiction, horror, mystery) often bring to the genre an interesting and often fresh take. Not always, of course. Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" series "girl"-ifies vampires and werewolves to the point that they are no longer threatening. They are warm and fuzzy creatures who have been de-fanged and de-clawed. Vampires and werewolves are SUPPOSED to be terrifying. They are NOT supposed to be warm and fuzzy. Then again, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series is an interesting and fun twist on the vampire mythos. Female readers can swoon over the romantic bits and the the vampires are STILL scary.Within the mystery genre, women have made quite a name for themselves. Writers like Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, and Marcia Muller have introduced some tough female private eyes into the genre while still managing to maintain their feminine side. Even authors like Janet Evanovich and Casey Daniels, who tend to write more comedy than crime, have brought a new twist to detective fiction.Linda Barnes is somewhere between Grafton and Evanovich. Her private eye, Carlotta Carlyle, is a tough, hard-boiled Boston P.I./ cab driver with a sassy streak. In her novel "The Snake Tattoo" (written in 1989, and I'm not sure where it falls in the series), starts off with Carlyle settling in for the night before being awakened by her cop-friend, Lieutenant Mooney, who is being investigated by Internal Affairs. Mooney insists he is innocent, and Carlyle believes him, only partly because she secretly has the hots for him. She takes on his case. Almost simultaneously, she takes on a case of a young suburban runaway girl.I'll be honest, Barnes's novel started off like an Evanovich novel---silly, comedic, with a focus mainly on handbags and hair-dos, which is exactly the kind of chick lit I'm NOT into---but then gradually takes on a darker, more noir-ish edge, like Grafton, which is the kind of chick lit I like. Basically, "The Snake Tattoo" is just a good detective novel, and Carlotta Carlyle will be a fictional detective I will check out again in the near future.

  • Ruth
    2019-01-03 07:09

    as i said i like this series - like characters and dialogue - listening on cd and like the interpretation of the reader c.j. critt.

  • Connie E. Reese
    2019-01-03 09:50

    P. I. Done right!This was a very easy read, well written and it flowed smoothly. My first Barnes work and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I very much like Carlotta's character. She felt real from the start.

  • Judy
    2019-01-04 14:59

    This one was really good. She ended up taking two cases that had nothing in common, a young girl had disappeared and then a case that envolved her old boss who was being framed. Kept you in your chair, read it in about 14 hours.

  • Patty
    2019-01-18 12:07

    Like the characters and setting. Not as detailed as, for instance, paretsky, but in the same vein.

  • Laurie
    2019-01-13 11:13

    Really enjoyable read - and in my old hometown!

  • Gail
    2018-12-30 07:59

    Didn't finish reading it, due to language; don't remember that problem with the other book I read in the series.

  • Nick Sheridan
    2018-12-22 10:50

    My longer review of this book is posted at CrapLookingBooks.comCarlotta Carlyle is a straight-talking no-swearing ex-cop by day and cab driver by night, and her world view can be summed up in the following made-up quote: "I used to be a cop, and it gives me an eye for detail that makes near-omnipotent narration in the first person so much easier."Directly addressed as "you", whoever I am, it feels too much like me and Ms Carlyle have just met, and she's showing me around her shitty home and through her day, trying her best to impress on me that she's worth knowing and worth following. Unfortunately this approach fails to inspire any confidence in her abilities or intelligence, since her descriptions make it feel like she herself is opening her eyes and seeing everything and everyone for the first time, including her own face and a man with whom she's supposedly had an extensive love affair.And the grand narrative conclusion? Her two cases unravel themselves pretty much without her help or intervention, and she makes up her mind over which of the remaining living male characters she'd rather fuck. Naturally it's the abusive arrogant one.Maybe I enjoyed this one a little, but I'm a sucker for disappointment.My longer review of this book is posted at

  • Marleen
    2018-12-22 13:59

    As soon as you start reading one of the Carlotta Carlyle mysteries you know you're in for a great ride. Carlotta is my favorite P.I. of all times, because life isn't always smooth for her, but she takes it all in stride: Her financial state, her arty-weirdo live-in tenant Roz, and her not so clear on-off relationship with mob-son Sam Gianelli. She's a fighter and she has such a great personality. She's loyal, driven and has a code of honor that I admire in her difficult profession.Here, Carlotta finds herself investigating two cases: one involves her good friend and ex-colleague, Mooney, the other is more surprising: a young girl from her well-to-do neighborhood has run away, and the reason why is anyone's guess till the very end of the story.I've known since long that Linda Barnes doesn't disappoint, and here again, she takes the reader for a thrilling few hours of reading pleasure.

  • Ed
    2019-01-10 07:56

    #2 in the Carlotta Carlyle series.Carlotta Carlyle series - Her old friend, Lieutenant Mooney of the Boston police, is under investigation for excessive brutality and Carlyle is trying to track down the lone witness who can clear his name, a blonde hooker with a snake tattoo. While on surveillance in Boston's Combat Zone, Carlyle (who drives a cab to make ends meet) accidentally gets a fare and a second case; a troubled teenage boy, freshly rolled for his wallet, tumbles into her cab and involves her in his search for a missing classmate. The boy's case takes Carlyle to the Emerson School, a mini-Harvard prep school, whose putting-green grass and stately buildings seem worlds removed from the Combat Zone's alleys and three-story flophouses. But after she discovers the body of Emerson's drama teacher, Carlyle realizes the spotless image is a facade.

  • Jan
    2018-12-25 09:10

    I had to buy this book in paperback because it is the second book in Linda Barnes's Carlotta Carlisle series, and it is not available on Kindle. During the reading process, I kept losing my place, taping unsuccessfully to turn a page and also unsuccessfully taping to get a word definition. An altogether cumbersome routine that I hope to have to rarely repeat! I was glad that I purchased the book as the mysteries were good and there was enough character information throughout that I would have been confused when it was time to read the third installment. Despite the manual labor, I'm still enjoying Carlotta and her Boston.

  • Gail
    2018-12-31 10:10

    I'm really enjoying this series. Carlotta is smart and tough. Roz is colorful and resourceful. Mooney is trustworthy if a bit crusty. Sam, Carlotta's love interest is hot but mysterious. The mysteries are engaging. This is the 2nd book in the series but 3rd book I've read. I'm going to keep reading them until I'm done with the whole series. I downloaded this as an audio book. Carlotta and company have been my dinner companions the last few nights. Very pleasant as even the crime scenes aren't too gory.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-06 07:01

    We listened to this audio book on the way to and from Boise for Solstice with my children and grandchildren. The narrator is good which helped the miles fly by. I'd really enjoyed another book by Linda Barnes, The Perfect Ghost which is a stand alone mystery. This is the 2nd book in a series and has all the aspects one expects in a series. Still, The Perfect Ghost was enough better that I felt a bit disappointed at this one.

  • Cathy
    2019-01-07 13:59

    This the second in a series; I had not read the first one. The author gave enough background info, but did not seem to be divulging any book one secrets. I really like Carlotta, the main character. She's a former cop PI. The book had two plot lines going and I found myself caring much more about one than the other. I would probably read more books in this series.

  • Sarah
    2019-01-18 14:55

    Mostly I enjoy Linda Barnes for two reasons:1) She sets her books in Boston/Cambridge, and knows the city well. It's fun to read a mystery set in your town.2) Carlotta Carlyle is a likable, no-nonsense, female hardboiled detective. They can be hard to find.Other than that, her books are pretty average.

  • Ryan Mishap
    2019-01-09 12:57

    While I continued to read this, the second book almost always disappoints,, unless the author makes an effort not to rewrite the first. Sometimes that happens, but most times the series writer changes the mystery radically but keeps the other stuff very similar. Then, when desperate, they write about a forty year old cold case (quotes around that!)

  • Cat.
    2018-12-28 10:00

    The second Carlotta Carlyle book, in which Mooney is searching for a woman with this tattoo in order to prop up his alibi about his involvement in a bar fight. The rest of the plot is about a missing teenager from an exclusive private school. I'd read this--or at least I remember the latter plotline--so I know what was going to happen there. Still, a good book.June 1, 2001

  • Dee
    2018-12-22 10:06

    This series started in the late 80's, I have been able to get all the books and started reading. This is the second in the series. Carlotta is a PI who was once on the police force. Set in Boston she also drives a cab on and off to help in surveillance. Light reading, but it keeps your interest. Good beach read.

  • Robert Scott
    2018-12-25 08:14

    Finished 04/14/2011. Carlotta is hired by a teenager to find a missing student from an exclusive private school. As it turns out the girl is hooking in the Combat Zone because she has been sexually abused by her father. Mooney is also in trouble and has asked for help to find a witness who has disappeared. Witness had a snake tattoo.

  • Jackie
    2019-01-18 07:03

    The second book in this series, and I liked it. Unfortunately it had been too long since I read the first book so I felt a bit disjointed while trying to reacquaint myself with the characters. A bit slow moving for my tastes, but I really like Carlotta!

  • Joyce
    2018-12-29 10:02

    Another oldie. Carlotta Carlyle is a PI and cab driver in Boston. She is searching for a missing teen age girl and also a witness to a bar fight involving a cop friend. Each case helps her with the other. Murder, looking like suicide, and bad doers abound. A good read that held up.

  • Barbara
    2019-01-19 09:48

    I do enjoy following mystery series populated with familiar people and places. Even when reading them out of order, I still find comfort in these alternate worlds of entertainment. Carlotta Carlyle is a tall redhead PI who drives cabs in Boston in between solving murder mysteries.

  • Petula Darling
    2019-01-14 11:52

    This is really just a basic mystery and should probably only get three stars, but it's been so long since I've read a book whose heroine doesn't make me roll my eyes at her idiocy that I'm overcome with generosity. Well done, Carlotta.

  • Carol
    2018-12-27 06:53

    I think I read this. The cover looks familiar.

  • Mary_ellen Batcho
    2018-12-27 14:01

    I have read this more than once and I still get afraid to turn the page.Linda's writing is colorful and intense and often involves a young child, which helps to keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • Christopher Anson
    2019-01-06 14:06

    Pretty good. A private investigator/crime novel for a change of pace.

  • Massanutten Regional Library
    2018-12-28 11:57

    Dawn, Central patron, July 2016, 4 stars:Excellent mystery series.

  • Anita
    2018-12-24 12:50

    Carlotta is a cool dame! She is a former cop turned PI who stands up for her friend and former boss, Moody and snags a second case to find a run away girl. Good mystery to both cases.

  • Tina Grile
    2019-01-08 10:57

    Like characters and storyline. Had two stories going at the same time.

  • Ralph McEwen
    2019-01-02 08:16

    I will pick up others of this series.