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Somewhere in the works of James Thurber, Thurber mentions a woman telling him that she is worried about the possibility of thieves breaking in to her home and so intends to have her house burglarized As I recall, Thurber says something like, I didn t know you could hire people for that What she meant, of course, is that she wanted to hire someone to burglar proof her home Carlotta Carlyle, former police officer and former cab driver, currently a private detective, is hired to do that job for an elderly woman who seems uncommonly worried about people getting unauthorized access to her apartment The woman lives in the Fenway area of Boston, not the safest of neighborhoods, so it isn t odd that she might be concerned about break ins, but Carlyle thinks the woman is overly so Carlyle thinks that right up to the time she finds the woman dead in her not safe enough apartment.This is the start of a most improbable case for Carlyle There are Jews trying to recover works of art looted by the Nazis, crooked real estate developers, organized crime figures, artists, street punks, children abandoned by their mother, police officers friendly and not , volleyball players, newspaper reporters, newspaper employees who hate reporters, model trains, and, I believe, a partridge in a pear tree As the book begins, Carlyle finds a naked man, apparently deceased, in her bathtub Carlyle, who narrates the story, thinks Somehow I remembered to close the lid before sinking onto the toilet Resting elbows on knees, forehead in hands, I shut my eyes and vowed to get a normal life even if it meant ringing a cash register at the local Stop Shop Tentatively, I shook my head and ran my tongue around the inside of my mouth No sign of a hangover I d never been a binge drinker Never blacked out Before I couldn t recall bringing home a man, and now, here I was with a corpse.And that was in the first three pages Parts of the book concern continuing characters in this series Carlyle s tenant, Roz, continues to be the same rather odd, very sexually open young woman of earlier books Carlyle s police officer friend and former mentor, Lieutenant Detective Mooney, is now working with a new female officer, towards whom his feelings do not appear to be strictly professional.Most importantly, Carlyle has long been Big Sister to a young Latina girl, Paolina Paolina s single mother has gone off with a man, leaving Paolina, now fourteen, and her younger brothers alone A relative has taken in the sons, but, as Carlyle discovers, Paolina, unsupervised, has been skipping school, smoking, and hanging out with much older men She has no intention of letting Carlyle run her life.I live in Boston and the descriptions of Boston as a physical entity and as a dwelling place seem accurate I hate references, both here and elsewhere, to Boston s racism I admit that I might feel differently if I were a person of color I think that a brief mention of the notorious Charles Stuart case will be meaningless to most people Barnes s summary of the case is pretty sketchy and impossible to follow As for the incidence of rats in the Fenway neighborhood at that time, no question if the rats had all paid taxes, Boston could have paved the streets with gold I understand that this problem is actually much better than it used to be I enjoyed Flashpoint Barnes writes wittily and well I think that is apparent in the passage I quoted above I especially like the use of Before as a whole sentence The problem I have with the book is how much Barnes tries to cram in That results in some things being left out where was the will finally found or rushed And as with many mystery novels, at some point unlikely turns to unbelievable. I read this in October 2015 and I liked it The characters are good It s an older book so no one had cell phones or google but it is fun to read about the days before everyone had these I like the character of her niece and the drama with the cop who used to be her boss lover.SPOILER ALERT fffffffffff This is a review I copied from a friend s page here Carlotta was drawn into this case by an acquaintance with whom she played basketball once a week at the Y The woman said she was a home health aide, and her client was afraid and needed protection Carlotta agreed to see her and discuss security measures with her Shedid so, and when she returned the next day to change the locks and take other security measures, she found the woman dead What was the woman afraid of Was she murdered Was the murder, if it was murder, connected in some way with the death of her first husband back in 1942, and with some kind of secret from his past And who had reason to kill her and had something to gain by uncovering the secret Along with the case, we have the usual assortment of characters in Carlotta s life, including particularly her little sister Paulina, whose mother disappears for a period of time and with Paulina moving in with Carlotta for that period of time A very good addition to the Carlotta Carlyle series. I have not read 7, and I think I did miss something a couple of love interests Mooney, Mooney the timing is everything and it s still off In fact, he has found another bright, young eager beat cop to help solve the death of an old woman This elderly woman had byzantine techniques to check out strangers even Carlotta who comes recommended by the woman s home health aide who is also Carlotta s volleyball teammate The woman wants a to protect something valuable with a better security set up She won t tell Carlotta what it is, so they settle on new locks Before the new locks can be installed, she is murdered inside her locked apartment Flashpoint is an apropos title with literal flashes along the way, all leading to the usual perilous denouement. Should be reading this series in order but I messed up Still great characters. 8 in the Carlotta Carlyle series.When home health aide Gwen Tay asks Carlotta to provide security advice to Valentine Phipps, an old lady struggling to keep her rent controlled apartment, Carlotta agrees, as much out of civic duty as out of a desire for a paycheck But Mrs Phipps s sudden death, which may have been murder, casts suspicion on elusive Gwen, as well as on the building s possibly mob connected landlord And when music industry mogul Bronson Hohen hires Carlotta to investigate Mrs Phipps s family tree, she starts to wonder why her old cronies in Boston Homicide are so intent on barring her from the crime scene Meanwhile, Carlotta has to cope with assorted domestic crises, such as her adolescent Little Sister Paolina s homelessness, and her tenant Roz s onslaught of bad boyfriends. Flashpoint, by Linda Barnes, a minus, Narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from audible.com.Carlotta was drawn into this case by an acquaintance with whom she played basketball once a week at the Y The woman said she was a home health aide, and her client was afraid and needed protection Carlotta agreed to see her and discuss security measures with her Shedid so, and when she returned the next day to change the locks and take other security measures, she found the woman dead What was the woman afraid of Was she murdered Was the murder, if it was murder, connected in some way with the death of her first husband back in 1942, and with some kind of secret from his past And who had reason to kill her and had something to gain by uncovering the secret Along with the case, we have the usual assortment of characters in Carlotta s life, including particularly her little sister Paulina, whose mother disappears for a period of time and with Paulina moving in with Carlotta for that period of time A very good addition to the Carlotta Carlyle series. .READ BOOK ♾ Flashpoint ☤ Boston PI Carlotta Carlyle Thinks She S Doing A Friend A Simple Favor When She Agrees To Burglarproof An Elderly Recluse S Apartment ButHours Later, When The Woman Turns Up Dead, With Her Apartment Ransacked, Carlotta Is Left With A Lot Of Questions What Was The Old Woman So Desperate To Protect And Just How Much Was The Apartment Worth To The Greedy Real Estate Developers Who Were Breathing Down Her Neck Carlotta Better Find The Answers Fast Before An Innocent Woman Is Convicted Of Arson And A Firestarter Strikes Again PROTAGONIST Carlotta Carlyle, PISETTING BostonSERIES 8 of 12RATING 4.25WHY PI Carlotta Carlyle is asked by a volleyball friend, Gwen Tay, who is also a home health aide to talk to her elderly charge, Valentine Phipps, about safety and security When Mrs Phipps is found murdered, Gwen is arrested Carlotta is then hired by a music mogul to check Phipps will and finds that an object of value may be the at the center of all the interest When her house is set on fire, it gets personal There s an unexpected twist which turned things upside down Though the villain was implausible to me and I find Carlotta s romantic yearnings uninteresting, I enjoyed the book. I started this book with admittedly low expectations, willing to get into a mystery book after quite some time away from the genre I almost gave up during the first quarter of the book, the mystery of how an old, strange woman died not compelling enough The second third of the book provedfruitful, as the protagonist s other work weaved into the death of the woman, and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying the story and threads that had been woven.There is probably not enough in this book to make me want to seek out the rest of the series, but Barnes has written a most competent mystery that I do not begrudge spending the time on. Nach den ersten Seiten war ich skeptisch, ob ich das Buch wirklich weiterlesen sollte Zu un bersichtlich waren die einzelnen Elemente der Story, zu viele verschiedene Teile die Mitbewohnerin, die Paten Tochter, die alte Dame um die es im echten Fall dann geht, das Liebesleben von Carlotta so viele Aspekte die alle verarbeitet und im Kopf miteinander verdrahtet werden wollen.Ich habe dann doch weitergelesen, und es auch durchaus genossen W rde aber nicht gleich losziehen um mir die anderen F lle der Ermittlerin zu kaufen.