Plenty of us were racecar drivers. But a racer was something else, someone who loved driving and competing above all else and who’d drive anything anywhere anytime, just to be strapped into a five-point harness. – Dead Man’s Switch by Tammy Kaehler (page 116).
You may remember that last week I reviewed the novel Braking Points- the mystery novel that takes place in the ALMS (American Le Mans Series) racing series by Tammy Kaehler. As I mentioned in my review Braking Points is actually the second book in the Kate Reilly (Kate Reilly is the main character and race car driver) Racing Series by Kaehler and since I liked Braking Points so much of course I had to pick up the first book in the series: Dead Man’s Switch.
I have to tell you that despite the fact that I ended up reading the two books in the wrong order- I thoroughly enjoyed Dead Man’s Switch just as much as Braking Points. In Dead Man’s Switch, up and coming race car driver Kate Reilly shows up at Lime Rock speedway hoping someone will end up needing a driver. Her hopes come true as she ends up the 2nd driver for a race team she had worked with before. For NASCAR fans not familiar with ALMS- the cars are fielded with teams of two or three drivers (usually dependent on the length of the race) and driver changes are required during the race. I spent a good amount of time in the paddock area at the ALMS race at Laguna Seca last year and was absolutely fascinated while I watched the teams practice the careful but quick ballet of the driver change in their pit areas- it was so coordinated. But I digress. Kate Reilly got the ride she was hoping for because the teams second driver was found dead in the paddock parking at Lime Rock- by Kate herself.
And so begins Kate’s race weekend. Rumors swirl around the young female driver- did she kill a driver to get a seat? Many people think so. Of course Kate knows she didn’t do it and that the only way to clear the suspicion surrounding her is to find out who did. Kate soon finds herself suspicious of nearly everyone she comes in contact with as it seems they had motive. But that is as much as I will tell you because you will want to read the book yourself to find out who did it and why.
While this book is not set in NASCAR I still think that my NASCAR fans who like reading will still enjoy Dead Man’s Switch I know I sure did and I am greatly looking forward to the next book in the series!
For “Full Disclosure” while I was given a copy of Tammy’s book Braking Points to review for that review – what I wrote was honest and truly my thoughts on the book. I was given nothing nor was I asked to review this book- I did so because I liked the book.
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