NEW RELEASE….You Can Lead a Horse to Murder
There’s a killer in Sanctuary, and the prime suspect is a horse.
When spirited Ember Burns is led back home to open her own veterinary practice, her first client lands her in the middle of a mystery. It starts as a desire for Ember to clear her name, and turns into a personal entanglement in a rapidly unfolding story of lies and deceit.
The small mountain town of Sanctuary has always had its secrets. Who can be trusted? It’s been ten years since Ember lived there but roots run deep. Discerning friend from foe isn’t an easy task. Relying on her intelligence and instinct, Ember tries to piece the clues together as the town gears up for its centennial celebration.
From the quaint historic shops, to the rugged mountains surrounding them, Ember works to unveil the true culprit before time runs out.
Ember Burns has returned to her home town following the death of her mother. She’s taken over the only veterinarian centre in the town, and business is booming before she’s even officially opened.
Her first case is that of a distressed horse, but everyone else quickly becomes distressed when they find the body of the farrier in the horse’s stable. At first, the horse is blamed for killing Tom. However, Ember thinks that the test results and Tom’s autopsy don’t quite add up. As she digs deeper, she begins to uncover some secrets that were long buried that puts her own life in danger.
You Can Lead a Horse to Murder was not what I expected based on the title and the cover (I know you shouldn’t judge but….). It was much more of a crime thriller than I expected. You couldn’t trust any characters as lots of them looked suspicious, and had their motives for killing Tom. The horse angle was an interesting one. There is so much money in horse racing, and breeding ex-racehorses. As people begin to get greedy, they all want in on the action, causing crimes to be committed and, in this case, murder.
Ember is a very likeable character, as is her puppy labradoodle, Daenerys. A lot of thought was put into the characters and location as a whole, as Tara Meyers includes the new logo for Ember’s vet business in the book, a small detail that makes the vet centre feel like a real business (you can see the Sanctuary Animal Clinic logo below).
You Can Lead a Horse to Murder was a surprising read, that kept me guessing about ‘whodunnit’ the whole way through. Was it really a horse accident, or is there something deeper lying below? You’ll have to read it to find out!
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About the author
At nineteen, I was recruited into a secret government program, where my memory was erased .. wait — that’s the outline for a potential book. Sorry, my real biography isn’t quite as interesting, but I’ll give it a shot!
I live in the Pacific Northwest, and when I’m not writing, I’m out beach combing with my dogs for sea glass, or hiking in the rugged Cascade Mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop to fuel my creative genius. *rubs hands together evilly*
You’ll find all my adult romantic suspense and cozy mysteries on Amazon under Meyers, and on my OTHER profile (secret identity ;)) Tara Ellis, I keep my middle grade and young adult books. Check them out, You might like those, too!
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