Tammy Kaehler is the author of the racing circuit mystery series featuring race car driver Kate Reilly. The fourth installment of the series, Red Flags, takes place a week before the Long Beach Grand Prix. Kate has a busy schedule and new sponsors who want her to break into IndyCar. Unfortunately, things take a wrong turn when Kate’s cousin, Billy, is found dead with her card in his pocket. Since she and Billy weren’t on good terms, she’d rather concentrate on the race, but the Grand Prix owner begs her to investigate. On top of that, she must contend with her estranged family while coaching a movie star for the celebrity race, giving her a taste of the Hollywood high life.
When Kate Reilly arrives in Long Beach, California, a week ahead of the Grand Prix, she s immediately plunged into a new social scene as well as a murder investigation. Her cousin Billy is found dead, with Kate s card in his pocket. The cops want to know why, and sponsors and race organizers anxious to keep racing s image clean want Kate to investigate. Doubting she can solve another murder, especially that of a relative she despised, Kate reluctantly agrees. At the same time, coaching a gorgeous and talented actress for a celebrity race brings Kate into the orbit of Hollywood s hottest bachelor. And then a local FBI agent takes notice of more than her driving and sleuthing skills. She goes from Sony Studios to Venice Beach and from Rodeo Drive to the Hollywood Hills, attending parties, power-shopping, and dodging unwelcome paparazzi. Kate s ballooning media exposure generates national commentary, testing her composure and forcing her to get ahead of the stories whether critical or flattering. Kate s professional dreams are also coming true. The upcoming Grand Prix is her first race with a new sponsor that s also funding an IndyCar test drive and a ride in next year s Indy 500 along with future possibilities in NASCAR. The downside? New sponsor Frame Savings is owned by her family, and its management, outside of her long-estranged father, is unfriendly to her even rivalrous. Kate must stay on her toes as the Long Beach race weekend begins. She s negotiating the next steps in her career, driving two racecars and coaching a third, discovering more about the disreputable members of her father s family than she wanted to know, and juggling questions and suspects. On track, red flags fly to warn her of danger. Off track, Kate struggles to interpret warning signs and stay out of a killer s grasp.
Racecar driver Kate Reilly is suited up and ready for the start of the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona. But what lies ahead is not just a racing challenge but a harrowing test of her will and nerve off the course. _x000D_ Even before the green flag waves over Daytona International Speedway, Kate receives word her boyfriend Stuart is hospitalized nearby in a coma, fighting for his life after a hit-and-run. Stunned by the news, Kate can do nothing better for Stuart than complete her scheduled laps driving her team s car. But more shocks follow as Daytona s clock starts ticking. An on-track accident ends tragically. Some of her complicated family is spotted with other teams why? And an eyewitness claims Stuart was run down deliberately by someone from the race paddock. _x000D_ Alternating stints behind the wheel of the team s Corvette with stretches of quizzing colleagues and searching for clues, Kate circles the police and taps every possible source friend, foe, and family to find out who s after Stuart and why. As the race clock counts down to zero hour, Kate must come to terms with her own fears rising from her past and decide who she s willing to trust. Only then can she identify who s willing to kill to keep a secret buried.
Kate Reilly can't remember a worse time in her life, on-track or off. She wrecks her racecar at Road America in Wisconsin, sending a visiting NASCAR star to the hospital, and loses her cool on-camera, only to end the day by discovering her boyfriend with a friend of hers. a dead friend.