Triple Cross

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Barn manager Steve Cline has enrolled in a private investigation course and is working on the final project. But when his father, racehorse trainer Chris Kessler, invites him to Louisville on a two-week, all-expense-paid vacation, it isn't really a vacation. Kessler has a Derby runner and needs a reliable fill-in when one of his employees is injured. With only two horses to care for, the workload is light, and Steve decides to get that class project out of the way-a simple records search. But the very act of ...

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Barn manager Steve Cline has enrolled in a private investigation course and is working on the final project. But when his father, racehorse trainer Chris Kessler, invites him to Louisville on a two-week, all-expense-paid vacation, it isn't really a vacation. Kessler has a Derby runner and needs a reliable fill-in when one of his employees is injured. With only two horses to care for, the workload is light, and Steve decides to get that class project out of the way-a simple records search. But the very act of initiating the project triggers a chance encounter that plunges Steve into the world of the ultra rich...a world where greed, revenge, and ambition drive some men to commit unspeakable acts amid the pageantry and glamour of thoroughbred racing.

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Publishers Weekly
At the start of Ehrman's engaging fourth outing for barn manager Steve Cline (after 2005's Cold Burn), Steve visits Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, courtesy of his newly found biological father, trainer Chris Kessler, who yearns to have his talented son work full-time. But Steve, who lives in Maryland, is considering getting a PI license and uses the time in Louisville to complete a class assignment: find out all you can about someone. He chooses as his research subject Nicole Austin, a Churchill Downs employee he met only once. When Nicole's corpse turns up, Steve quickly becomes the primary suspect. While working to clear his name, Steve is invited into the rarefied world of wealthy racehorse owners by Rudi Sturgill, a cheerful playboy who may be the killer. Though Ehrman has yet to master the tightly focused plotting of jockey-turned-author Dick Francis, equine-minded readers will enjoy her capable, savvy young protagonist and authentic depiction of the gritty world of horse racing. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This is the fourth book in Ehrman's (At Risk) Steve Cline series. Twenty-three-year-old Steve, supposedly on a two-week paid vacation in Louisville, KY, is actually working. His racehorse trainer father has asked him to muck out stalls and feed the horses he has entered in the Kentucky Derby. Steve soon discovers that managing the barn leaves him time to do some homework for a private investigations course he is taking. Then the subject he picks to investigate turns up dead, and Steve becomes a suspect. At the same time, he is pursued by various people who do him bodily harm. Sound familiar? It is no coincidence that Ehrman's books resemble those of Dick Francis. Ehrman admits it was reading Francis's In the Fame that influenced her to switch from a lucrative government job to barn manager at a horse farm and writer of equine mysteries. Like Francis's protagonists, Ehrman's Steve Cline is tough, intelligent, loves horses, and is curious about people and their complex motivations. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Patsy E. Gray, Huntsville P.L., AL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's win, place and murder at Churchill Downs in Ehrman's third racing mystery (Dead Man's Touch, 2003, etc.). In the lush Maryland horse country, Steve Cline wears two caps: the respectable, businesslike barn manager's, and the deerstalker he hides in the closet. His girlfriend Rachel has had to be stern with him about his penchant for sticking his nose into matters that don't concern him. Where Steve sees in sleuthing only a bit of harmless titillation, she sees possible risk addiction. That's why he hasn't told her how he's spending his free time while they're apart. Two weeks before the Kentucky Derby, Steve's in Louisville helping out with Gallant Storm, his father's Derby entry, pitching in to pamper and cosset a thoroughbred that has a real shot. But his workload leaves plenty of time for the mail-order private investigator course he's taking, and soon he's contending with an actual homicide, the death of a young woman whose naughty habits have left behind a lengthy suspect list. At once, Steve shifts into gumshoe mode, out-hustling a bevy of professionals who prove remarkably forbearing at being left at the post. The horse stuff is interesting, and it's hard to dislike upright, charmingly feckless Steve, but the plot has holes, and the dawdling pace could have used a touch of the whip.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590584781
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Kit Ehrman is a veteran of show barns and breeding farms in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Visit her website: www.kitehrman.com

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Entertaining mystery

    Twenty-three years old Maryland barn manager Steve Cline is working with his dad as they prepare their horse Gallant Storm for the Kentucky Derby. His father trainer Chris Kessler feels he has a solid shot of winning the most prestigious racing event and many pundits agree. Steve joins him in Louisville.----------------- However, Steve has plenty of idle time on his hands as the race is two weeks away and his time serving on the racing team is minor. To his credit he avoids race groupies as he remains faithful to his girlfriend Rachel. However, he fills his time studying from the mail order private investigator course he is enrolled in as he tries to make practical applications while hiding what he is doing from Rachel, who detests Steve¿s aspirations to become a sleuth. He soon finds himself in the middle of a real homicide of a woman whose relationships leave behind plenty of people with motive, means and opportunity.-------------- Steve is a roguish charmer who readers will like in his fourth appearance (see COLD BURN and DEAD MAN¿S TOUCH) and the horse racing sequences especially the preparation for a race insightful and clearly a winner. However, the murder mystery track is muddy as some conclusions seem questionable. Still Dick Francis would enjoy racing with Steve as he tries to complete his correspondence class project without getting killed.---------------- Harriet Klausner

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