Book Review: You Can Lead a Horse to Murder

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.

 

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Book Review

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
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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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Book Review: Last Seen Alive by Claire Douglas

Blurb

SHE CAN RUN

Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.

BUT SHE CAN’T HIDE

But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening. How alone are they? Why does she feel watched?

BECAUSE SOMEONE KNOWS HER SECRET

What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? And why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby’s worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive… and what she did.

Plot

Last Seen Alive is about a young couple, Libby and Jamie, and the struggles they’re going through in life (aren’t we all?). There are aspects of the plot that we’re confused about here. Libby is holding secrets, and there’s mention of something that happened back when she lived in Thailand for a few months.

Libby gets a leaflet through the door from another couple, asking residents to get involved in a house swap. The letter explains that their daughter needs life-changing surgery in the hospital in Bath.

Libby jumps at the chance for a week away in Cornwall, and accepts the offer. Very quickly, their relaxing Cornish holiday starts to go wrong. Jamie is poisoned, some bloodied underwear is found in the garden, and who is the strange man following them around? The house is creepy, just too empty and un-lived in. Everything looks to perfect.

Their trip is cut short, to their relief, and they return to Bath. But their bank accounts have been emptied, other accounts have been opened in Libby’s name, and items start to arrive in the post, including a backpack and a blonde wig. And then they find a dead man in their garden, of which Libby is the ultimate suspect.

Can she convince the police that they’ve been away in Cornwall all week, or is she being framed by someone?

Book Review

I felt like there was a bit of a lull in Last Seen Alive whilst the couple were in Cornwall. My reading of it slowed down, and I couldn’t visualise where it was going.

Until the flashback to Libby’s time in Thailand and OMG COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN FROM THIS POINT. Everything changed, everything started to make sense. So what did happen in Thailand all those years ago, and why is Libby only paying the price for it now?

It’s really hard to write this review without giving away too much about characters that I can’t tell you about (otherwise the plot gets ruined) or about what the hell happens in Thailand. Just trust me, it’s worth buying, the book is good.

I read half of this book in one sitting once I reached the shocking twist that no one saw coming (see Jenny’s review here). I absolutely would love to read some more of Claire Douglas’ books. Last Seen Alive is definitely one for any thriller fans, and will leave you thinking about it for days afterwards.

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