Death Reins In (Horse Lover's Mystery Series #2)

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Michaela Bancroft is headed out for a day at the Quarter Horse Races with her dear friend Audrey Pratt. However, a fun day under the southern California blue skies turns dark and gloomy rather fast, when Audrey reveals that her brother (racetrack veterinarian) Bob Pratt has been missing for a few days. Michaela suspects that Bob may be out on a binder and hopes that isn't so, as Audrey has recently put her brother through rehab. But when Audrey winds up murdered at the races, out on the back forty lot next to the...
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Overview

Michaela Bancroft is headed out for a day at the Quarter Horse Races with her dear friend Audrey Pratt. However, a fun day under the southern California blue skies turns dark and gloomy rather fast, when Audrey reveals that her brother (racetrack veterinarian) Bob Pratt has been missing for a few days. Michaela suspects that Bob may be out on a binder and hopes that isn't so, as Audrey has recently put her brother through rehab. But when Audrey winds up murdered at the races, out on the back forty lot next to the parked horse trailers, Michaela suspects that Bob's disappearance and Audrey's murder are related. She is determined to find out who did this horrible thing to her friend and locate Audrey's missing brother.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449982454
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Series: Horse Lover's Mystery Series , #2
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,032,316
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    Horse lover

    A horse lover will enjoy reading this series. The characters are believable and get involved in the problems the main character seems to get herself into. This is an easy read, but reading all of the books in this series is good. It keeps the reader aware of character development. A fun, easy mystery read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2007

    THIS BOOK DID NOT REIN ME IN

    This is my first time reading this author and although I'm not a big lover of horses, I decided to read it. Like another reviewer said there were a lot of discrepancies re horses and races. Also was very disappointed that there were so many typos. The use of the word 'was' where it should have been 'were' twice really surprised me. Bad english is not acceptable unless it was supposed to be that way which I don't think it was. Don't these authors have editors or proofreaders?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    Death Reins In: A Horse Lover's Mystery

    I really wanted to like this book. It has so many of the things I like, a female protagonist, horses, horse racing. But I've tried three times now and just can't even maintain interest to get past the mid-point. Like another reviewer, I was annoyed by so many inaccuracies in the world of racing. Granted, that may be something only a horse person would notice, but as a reader you want to trust the writer to get things right, particularly if she is setting out to write a series that relies on the horse world for all its settings and characters. But the main problem for me was that here was a protagonist my age, my profession, heck even my locale that I was looking forward to 'meeting', but I just could never get into her. Her insights, her feelings, none of them seemed real to me. Michaela actually annoyed me in many places. I really think the lead character of a series needs to be someone you like. But, for the third time, I've put this book down in favor of others because I can't even muster enough interest in the characters to care what happens to them. It's really rare for me to give up on a book. I actually hope the writer gets it all sorted out because I _really_ like the basic concepts for the series and would love to love (or at least like) this character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    I was reined in

    Michelle Scott is creative. That creativity has molded a Death Reins In that is inspired by her life with horses and a family deep in the quarter horse world. In this version of murder in equestrian life, twists of fate in the lives of beautiful women and questionable men unfold. I enjoy the inventiveness of Michelle¿s books and as I read I wander ahead trying to figure out just where this experienced story teller is heading. I never get it right. Michelle always surprises me. That is why I read her books. Along the way, I learn about horse racing and whether it is racetrack perfect does not matter. I have a wonderful life with horses and I don¿t expect that each twist in a Scott book should be founded in hard cold fact. Fiction is a place for experimentation and Michelle always mixes different ingredients to get a different brew. I look forward to her next invention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2007

    Death Reins In: A Horse Lover's Mystery

    I hate hate hate it when writers try to write about horse racing and know nothing about it. This writer has Quarter Horses 'rounding furlongs' (90% of QH races are straightaways, none measured in furlongs), has Barbaro breaking down in the Kentucky Derby (it was the Preakness) and obviously has no clue about the 'behind the scenes' of racing. She has veterinarians, owners, trainers and jockeys doing things racing rules would never allow. Part of the story takes place at Los Alamitos Racecourse, but though I've spent countless hours there, front and back sides (public and barns), there is nothing recognizable of it in this book. Nearly all the characters are one dimensional, the settings plastic. Plotting is better, but for me it was destroyed by poor writing. From grammatical errors to just plain poor sentence, paragraph and chapter structure, I don't see how this got past an editor. The first book of this series was, to my mind, a little stronger and more enjoyable, but I think this writer has a way to go to learn her craft.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2007

    You don't have to love horses to love this mystery

    Michaela Bancroft and her friend and colleague Audrey Pratt attend the Quarter Horse Races together. After the races they plan to look at some horses. Michaela is expanding her training business to include riding lessons. Unfortunately, Audrey is found strangled to death with a pair of reins after the race. The cops begin looking for her brother Bob who has been missing for a few days. They think he started drinking again and killed his sister. Michaela doesn¿t believe this. She¿s concerned there may be a connection between his disappearance and her death. As she begins to investigate, she finds many secrets and ends up in some sticky situations. Can she find out what happened to Bob and who killed Audrey without putting herself into jeopardy? Even though I¿m not a horse person, I love this series. Michaela is such a fun character. All of the other characters enhance the series. I also like the California setting. The writer gives enough information about horses to interest the reader but not so much that only horse lovers would enjoy the series. The mystery is plotted out well with plenty of suspects and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I highly recommend this book and series.

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