Braking Points

Tammy Kaehler

Poisoned Pen Press


291 pages

Reviewed by Laura Hartman

Genre: Mystery

Tammy Kaehler takes her readers along for a ride with her gutsy racecar driver Kate Reilly. Braking Points is the second in the Kate Reilly Mystery series following Dead Man’s Switch. The book moves at breakneck speed with excitement at every turn.

American Le Mans Series (ALMS) driver Kate Reilly accepts her role as a woman in a male dominated world. She takes her driving seriously and is committed to proving wrong those that think a woman can’t compete as a driver. An error in driving judgment causes an accident between Kate and a popular NASCAR driver Miles Hanson. Fully admitting he was equally at fault for the accident doesn’t keep his fans and a mean spirited blogger, The Ringer, from ripping Kate to shreds in person and online.

To add to her worries, the press has jumped on the Kate hating bandwagon. She hires a publicity firm, which helps, but Kate seems unable to put the brakes on her mouth, which does not help her situation at all.

Irritation turns to fear when a friend ends up dead after a race. Was she the target or did the killer really mean to stop Kate? Then someone tries to run her down. Is it a crazed fan? Is it someone closer to her? Could it be The Ringer, who seems to know intimate details of her life? Kate is frightened, but determined not to let fear stop her from racing in the championship race.

Braking Points was a fun read. I am not much of a race car fan, but really love the rumble, speed and excitement of fast cars. Kaehler pulls the reader  into the car with Kate by giving them a turn by turn view from the driver’s seat. Racing is much more than jumping in a car and hitting the gas. The little facts about racing that followers of the sport undoubtedly know intrigued me.

This is a solid mystery with as many twists and turns as a racetrack. The plot weaves on and off the road in a complex pattern that comes to a screeching conclusion in the last few pages.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review. Copyright © 2013 Laura Hartman