Third in the Marla Mesconti Mystery series, this book tells the tale of Gwenonwyn of Aileen, or "Layla", as she's called, a rare-colored buckskin Gypsy horse. Layla loses her rider on an organized trail ride when a camouflaged hunter steps out from behind a tree. Layla is nowhere to be found, but soon, Marla is called in to help when Layla is found in a pond miles away from the ride. The story unfolds in the hills of New Hampshire and takes Marla and her crew to the green mountains of Vermont to find the killer. Rick Wassel, her police-force boyfriend, takes the case for the NH State Police and vows to find the person responsible for the demise of Beth Amesby's beautiful, gentle Layla.
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Gwenonwyn of Aileen is a mystery novel centered around the world of horses, written by author Cher Griffin. This is the third novel in the Marla Mesconti Mystery Series in which each book centers on Marla the horse trainer as she uncovers unusual goings-on wherever she works. Layla is a buckskin Gypsy horse who loses her rider and disappears, only to be found dead in a pond a long way from the original route. Marla and her crew take their investigation all over Vermont as they track down the killer of this beautiful creature, and they are accompanied by Rick, police official and Marla’s supportive and helpful boyfriend. Entering the world of horse fiction isn’t something I’ve done since I was a child, but this book is no safe little Jilly Cooper tale! The mystery is well grounded and quite shocking in places, and I felt a great deal of empathy for Beth in losing her prized horse. It’s clear that Cher Griffin knows both the world she’s writing about and the luscious Vermont locale, bringing both to life in incredibly vivid detail throughout the plot. I felt that Rick’s character development was somewhat sacrificed to the plot development overall, but Marla is a strong heroine who is well-defined and sticks to her core beliefs right through the novel. It was easy enough to come in at book 3 and still enjoy this story without prior knowledge, and I believe that Gwenonwyn of Aileen would be a very enjoyable mystery read for fans of sleuthing and animal lovers alike.