A Jo Grant Horse Country Mystery
Lexington, Kentucky, 1962:
Another painful death in Jo Grant’s family . . another injured relative she suddenly has to care for while running the family broodmare business she wants to leave behind . . another casualty from WWII turning-up in need at her door – right when she and a WWII OSS vet are trying to stop the killer of a friend caught in the conflicts of another family horse business in the inbred world of Lexington Thoroughbreds, where the family ties from grooms to estate owners have tangled together for a hundred years.
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About the Author
Breeding Ground, the first in her new Jo Grant horse country mystery series, takes place in 1962 and has to do with three family horse businesses in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as American OSS agents who worked with the French Resistance during WWII.
Sally and her husband live in northwestern Ohio. Read more about Sally at: www.sallywright.net.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Breeding Ground, Sally Wright returns to the time period of her Edgar-nominated Ben Reese mystery series, the early sixties, and echoes two themes of those novels: the ongoing damage wrought by the Second World War and the continuing sway of history in general. She even revisits one of the Ben Reese settings, Lexington, Kentucky. But Wright has a new protagonist, Jo Grant, an architect who has lost her brother to a motorcycle accident. And through Grant, Wright has produced an entirely different kind of book. Breeding Ground is a novel about damaged people coming together or failing to and allowing themselves to heal or choosing not to. One of those damaged people is Jo Grant herself, a woman who has had too many responsibilities thrust upon her, in the manner of George Bailey of It's a Wonderful Life. Breeding Ground describes Grant's coming to terms with her responsibilities, not through the agency of angels but through the legacy of horses. Horses are the economic lifeblood of Lexington and the means through which Wright brings together members of different economic classes in believable interaction and conflict. And when that conflict results in a storm of violence that breaks over Grant and her extended family, terrified horses play their part. Though it represents a departure for Wright, Breeding Ground features the trademarks of her fiction: a strong, principled protagonist, careful writing, and an evocative recreation of a lost time and place. Not all evil is punished in Breeding Ground or plot points resolved, a welcome suggestion that this book may be the start of a new series. Grant herself promises this in the closing pages, and she's a woman who keeps her promises.