Book Review: Tammy Kaehler’s “Braking Points” – A Kate Reilly Racing Mystery


Book Review: Tammy Kaehler's Braking Points - A Kate Reilly Racing Mystery

Last week while in route to the New York Auto Show, I took with me the new mystery novel Braking Points from Tammy Kaehler. This is her second novel and once again features Kate Reilly, a female Corvette race car driver in the American Le Mans Series. If you root for the Corvette C6.Rs and like a good mystery, then hit the jump and I’ll tell you all about it!

In the second novel, Kate Reilly is a full time driver with Corvette Privateer Sandham Swift in the American Le Mans Series’ GT class. Tearing up the tracks and in contention for the Drivers Championship, Reilly is proving she can hold her own again the boys. But then a series of unfortunate incidents befall her at Road America. On the track, she’s involved in a racing accident that puts a visiting NASCAR star in the hospital – unleashing a huge amount of negative criticism and even death threats from his loyal fans. Off the track, she discovers her boyfriend standing over the dead body of one of her old friends whom she recently reconnected with.

The twists and turns of Braking Points will take you from Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin to the ALMS season finale Petit Le Mans in Atlanta. As if being a successful driver in the ALMS isn’t stressful enough, Reilly also has to deal with mockery from a racing gossip blog, attacks on her character from a misogynistic TV personality and NASCAR fans who just won’t let the racing incident at Road America go.

At Road Atlanta, Kate once again proves she belongs in the driver’s seat, with Kaehler expertly taking the reader into the mind of a race car driver doing 140 mph on the backstretch of the Braselton, GA race track. As the racing action heats up, the number of potential suspects continues to grow. At the conclusion of the race season and the ALMS Night of Champions, all is revealed as Kate finally uncovers the long simmering motives of the killer and must fight to survive the confrontation.

Book Review: Tammy Kaehler's Braking Points - A Kate Reilly Racing MysteryBraking Points is a fun read and you’ll literally be on the edge of your racing seat wondering who done it!

Although this is the second Kate Reilly Racing novel from Kaehler, the first being Dead’s Mans Switch, you’ll easily be able to fall into the plot with the cast of characters including Kate’s good friend Holly and team owner Jack Sandham. Like her first novel, Breaking Points is chock full of racing and those that follow the American Le Mans Series will enjoy all those subtle details ranging from qualifying to sponsor parties and all the driver’s tweets in between.

You can find links to purchase Braking Points from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Indie bookstores by visiting You can also follow the author on Twitter: @tkaehler and @KateReilly28.


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