-A winner right out of the gate!- –Fern Michaels, #1 New York Times bestselling author
After horse trainer and rancher Annie Carson visits a feedlot in eastern Washington, she is determined to save as many horses from slaughter as possible before hightailing it back home–until she discovers the sleazy owner seemingly trampled in his corral. With the fate of the feedlot herd in her hands, Annie must navigate unfamiliar territory while trying to track down a killer and solve an increasingly tangled mystery. But unfortunately for Annie, returning to the Olympic Peninsula alive will be trickier than she ever imagined. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Annie is no-nonsense type of woman and you know where you stand with her. She knows a lot about horses, she loves horses and she is an advocate for horses. I enjoyed getting to spend more time with Annie and find out what is going on in her life. The secondary characters added a lot to the story.
The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and listening in on conversations. You can tell that the author has a lot of knowledge of horses, it come through in the pages that she writes.
The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through with a few twists and turns and red herrings thrown in to keep you on your toes.
The subject matter of this book was a little difficult to read about. It was heartbreaking at times to read about how the animals were treated. This was a grittier cozy than most, and at times I found it difficult to read about. I am sure this a real problem and something needs to be done about it, but I just was not expecting the cruelness to show up in my reading. That is only my opinion and others may not feel the same way.
I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys a well crafted mystery. I have read the other books in this series and enjoyed them and I will definitely read the next book when it is released. I just hope the subject matter is a little lighter.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.