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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Murder and horse shows

    First, let me say that I am not a horse enthusiast. That said, I don¿t think you have to be to read this book. Ellen McKenzie¿s daughter, Susannah, works on a local horse farm. Ellen discovers a dead man in a barn with a pitch form buried into his chest at a horse show. Her boyfriend, Chief of Police Dan Denton, investigates. It is discovered that the victim was a new employee at the local horse farm and was a meth addict. Dan feels there is a connection between drugs and the horse shows. Ellie sells real estate in town and is asked to price selling the horse farm. Due to the murder, Ellie feels that even though she¿s unsure of how to price it, she needs to stay close to Susannah and the farm. So she goes to meet with the owner. Dan continually asks Susannah to quit her job and Ellie to stay out of things. But Ellie and Susannah are in the middle of it all and quickly decide that they need to figure out who the killer is before they find themselves in danger. Unfortunately they don¿t stay totally out of danger before the end of the book. I really liked Ellen. Her relationship with Dan was well written and enjoyable. It¿s a great romantic mystery. With plenty of twists and excitement, this book will keep your interest. I recommend it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fine mystery

    Following her divorce, Ellen McKenzie returns to her California hometown where she sells real estate, spends much if her waking hours worrying about her daughter Susannah, and is seeing Chief of Police Dan Denton. With her moving on from losing her spouse and his recovery from grieving the loss of his wife to a drunk driver; they are a romantic entry although Ellie refuses to ever depend on a man again.......................... At a local horse show, Ellie finds a dead man in a barn with a pitch fork buried into his chest. After Dan completes processing the crime scene, he informs Ellie and Susannah (who works on a horse farm) that the victim was a meth addict and that the police feel illegal drugs are being shipped through horse shows. While attending another show, Ellie finds the corpse of a horse trainer in the men¿s room because she was following him He was a meth user too. Ellie decides to stay close to Susannah since all the suspects seem to work for her daughter¿s employer. As they snoop together, the killer kidnaps the two McKenzie women with plans to kill both of them........................ Kathleen Delaney has written a very exciting romantic suspense thriller that has cross genre appeal to fans of mystery and romance. There are plenty of suspects, red herrings, and unexpected twists so that readers will not be able to successfully bet on who the killer is. Ellie¿s relationships with her daughter and with Dan add depth to a fine tale that has everything horse racing mystery readers appreciate except perhaps a cameo by Smarty Jones................................ Harriet Klausner

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