Marla Mesconti is a fair-haired horse trainer for her Reach For The Stars Stables in Andover, NH. She finds her mentor and best friend dead in his tack room at Brandywine Farm. The same farm that had a prized Friesian stallion stolen from a local horse show. The local PD is not helpful at all in finding the stolen horse and immediately shelves the case. The apparent murder of her friend and the lost horse that meant so much to him is more than Marla can take sitting down. She and her friends at her farm gather up the clues that the PD cannot seem to find and starts the investigation that will take her to Louisville, Kentucky and back. Travel the world of show horses as the mystery unwinds.
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Reviewed by Gary Stout for Readers' Favorite In Ritzforg 127 by Cher Griffin, the main character Marla Mesconti is a much sought after horse trainer who finds herself dabbling in the field of crime investigation when a friend’s prize Friesian stallion is stolen and soon after its owner turns up murdered. With no clues and very little help from the tiny local police force, Marla enlists the help of her best friend Jay and an interested New York Police detective named Rick to help her. Even with assistance, she finds her investigation difficult, mostly due to lack of time. Her plate is already full preparing her teenage team for the upcoming Nationals competition in Louisville, Kentucky, and making sure her own Reach For The Stars Stables prize-winning horses are at their best. Yet, Marla was bred from good stock so her determination and horse sense help her uncover the limited clues allowing her to unravel the complex events leading up to the crime. The world of show horses provides a fertile background in Ritzforg 127, and author Cher Griffin appears quite fluent in the appropriate nuances of that sport. Griffin has populated the story with believable characters, and she delivers a great plot with plenty of detail to familiarize the reader with the protagonist’s world without becoming pedantic. I enjoyed the character interactions, particularly between Jay and, well, everyone else. Ritzforg comes in as ‘best in show’ as a detective thriller, following closely in the footsteps of the likes of Dick Francis. There is plenty of action, suspense, drama, and humor to keep any reader involved. As it occurred with her esteemed peers, it wouldn't surprise me to see Ms. Griffin involve Marla Mesconti in other adventures that draw back the blinkers on the horse show underworld. Well done, Ms. Griffin.
this was an AMAZING book! I loved the descriptions of the "saddle seat" world that many people never get to encounter. Every time you figure out "who-done-it" the facts change and you feel yourself right there with the characters trying to put the pieces together. I couldn't put this book down. it really was amazing.
I really liked the Story line and couldn't put it down once I started! I was just surprised to see so many grammar errors! Other than that I would recommend this book to any horse lover!!
This is an amazing book. The characters has so much personality that I felt like part of their lives. I enjoyed the story so much I could not put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone would enjoys a well written mystery that will capture your mind and your heart.