Saddled with Trouble (Horse Lover's Mystery Series #1)

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Equal parts amateur sleuth whodunit and understated contemporary romance, the first installment of Michele Scott's Horse Lover's Mystery saga is a fast-paced murder mystery that revolves around Michaela Bancroft, a 32-year-old horse trainer whose personal life is quickly coming apart at the seams.

Struggling through an ugly divorce and in danger of losing her southern California ranch to creditors, Bancroft finds her already chaotic life turned upside down when her beloved uncle...

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Overview

Equal parts amateur sleuth whodunit and understated contemporary romance, the first installment of Michele Scott's Horse Lover's Mystery saga is a fast-paced murder mystery that revolves around Michaela Bancroft, a 32-year-old horse trainer whose personal life is quickly coming apart at the seams.

Struggling through an ugly divorce and in danger of losing her southern California ranch to creditors, Bancroft finds her already chaotic life turned upside down when her beloved uncle Lou is found murdered in a stable stall, impaled by a pitchfork. The distraught Bancroft vows to find the person or people behind the senseless homicide, but the deeper she digs into her uncle's secretive past (an ill-managed business venture involving an artificial insemination breeding program, rumors of infidelity, mysterious payoffs, etc.), the more potential suspects come to the forefront. Even Bancroft's closest friends --- trusted veterinarian Ethan Slater and her fun-loving roommate, Camden -- become prime suspects. Ignoring the advice of hunky detective Jude Davis, Bancroft continues snooping around and soon finds herself the killer's next target....

Scott's genre-blending Saddled with Trouble will appeal to mystery and romance fans alike. Her newest could easily be categorized as a romantic suspense à la Linda Howard or Nora Roberts.

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Equal parts amateur sleuth whodunit and understated contemporary romance, the first installment of Michele Scott's Horse Lover's Mystery saga is a fast-paced murder mystery that revolves around Michaela Bancroft, a 32-year-old horse trainer whose personal life is quickly coming apart at the seams.

Struggling through an ugly divorce and in danger of losing her southern California ranch to creditors, Bancroft finds her already chaotic life turned upside down when her beloved uncle Lou is found murdered in a stable stall, impaled by a pitchfork. The distraught Bancroft vows to find the person or people behind the senseless homicide, but the deeper she digs into her uncle's secretive past (an ill-managed business venture involving an artificial insemination breeding program, rumors of infidelity, mysterious payoffs, etc.), the more potential suspects come to the forefront. Even Bancroft's closest friends --- trusted veterinarian Ethan Slater and her fun-loving roommate, Camden -- become prime suspects. Ignoring the advice of hunky detective Jude Davis, Bancroft continues snooping around and soon finds herself the killer's next target….

The obvious (and completely unwarranted) comparisons to Dick Francis' Sid Halley saga (Under Orders, Come to Grief, Whip Hand, et al.) aside, Scott's genre-blending Saddled with Trouble will appeal to mystery and romance fans alike. Considerably more psychologically intense than Scott's previous works (Murder Uncorked and Murder by the Glass), her newest could easily be categorized as a romantic suspense à la Linda Howard or Nora Roberts. Paul Goat Allen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449998066
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/4/2006
  • Series: Horse Lover's Mystery Series , #1
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 818,767
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    Horse country

    A mystery story attached to life with ownership of horses and horse farms. Some parts were a bit off the line, but Michelle Scott does a nice job with bringing the characters together. I would say that her wine series was a bit better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    Great new horse lovers mystery series

    Michaela Bancroft is a horse trainer in California. Her husband is divorcing her for a younger woman with whom he had an affair. To top it all off, Michaela finds her Uncle Lou murdered when he didn¿t show up for their breakfast meeting. Who could have done such a thing? Soon Michaela is embroiled in finding the killer. Plus her aunt asks her to look into a problem with the artificial insemination program her uncle was running for horses. Michaela isn¿t sure who to trust any more. The more she looks into things, the more she realizes who had possible motives. Her father has gotten himself into big trouble with gambling. Michaela works to help him get out of trouble without losing the family ranch. Can she figure out who killed her uncle without putting herself in danger? I really enjoyed this book. You don¿t have to be a horse lover to enjoy it. It is so well written. It is a great cozy and you¿ll find yourself picking it back up constantly to finish it. There are so many wonderful red herrings that it will keep you guessing until the end. Terrific plot and characters really add to the reading experience. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    This is definitely a book for those who enjoy horses, mysteries and love intrigues!

    Author and horsewoman, Michele Scott, weaves all these themes with new sub-plots around every corner in 'Saddled With Troubled', recently released by Berkley Publishing Group. Set in southern California, western horse trainer, Michaela Bancroft, has her husband stolen by a rodeo queen, her favorite uncle murdered, and her father in debt to the point of losing the ranch. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Her uncle's champion Quarter Horse brings in big bucks in the transported semen market. Someone is profiting by substituting the semen of an unknown stallion. Furious clients with unregister-able foals are suing. Michaela doesn't know where to turn. Her best friend may have been working a scheme to take her uncle's ranch for development. Her veterinarian, a childhood friend, has wounds indicating a fight. Everyone is a suspect, even Michaela who'd like to get to know the handsome detective a little better. And, in spite of Michaela's brave pronouncements that the veterinarian is 'just a friend,' we get to wondering about a mutual spark when Michaela's invited to his wedding. Author, Michele Scott, a born Californian with an embedded love of horses and writing. She has been fortunate to have a father that encouraged her in both pursuits. Even though he must have been thinking with his heart, imagine bringing home a 17 hand part draft horse for a six-year old's first horse! Her knowledge of the horse world and talent in weaving a tale have resulted in a fast-moving story. Pick up a copy of 'Saddled With Troubled'. I highly recommend it.

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