Review of Canter With A Killer

Canter With A Killer

Horse Rescue Mystery, Book #1

Amber Camp

5 Stars


Perfect for fans of Amanda Flower and Mollie Cox Bryan, Amber Camp’s debut novel will have you galloping through the pages, as a horse rescue owner races to find a killer and clear her name.

Mallory Martin left her marriage and her unfulfilling job to move back to her hometown of Hillspring, Arkansas, and start a horse rescue. It’s everything she’s been missing, with paddocks of happy horses and one very quirky donkey. But when her cantankerous neighbor and longtime critic, Albert Cunningham, is found murdered in his fancy show barn, Mallory becomes suspect number one. Since Sheriff Grady Sullivan is ignoring all good sense and focusing only on Mallory, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Aided by her best friend, Lanie, and rescue volunteer Tanner, Mallory races headlong into the investigation in search of the real killer. But horses and murder aren’t the only thing on her mind when she meets Albert’s handsome son, Braydon. Sparks fly, and soon she’s got a new boyfriend. But there’s a case to be solved, and she redoubles her efforts to learn the truth.

The suspects mount quickly. There’s Albert’s girlfriend, Kathleen, who was on the farm when he was murdered; organic farmer Heather Rogers, who accused Albert of contaminating her creek; and Philip Atwood, who’d been trying for a right-of-way across Albert’s farm. None of the evidence is holding up though, and Mallory learns that she’ll need to take the reins on this investigation if she’s going to clear her own name. (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Mallory Martin owns a horse rescue and along with her employees the rescue is doing very well.  The biggest problem she has is her neighbor, Albert Cunningham.  He is making problems for her whenever he can.  When he is found murdered her problems get bigger.  She becomes the number one suspect and she knows she is going to find the real killer. With the help of her friends and volunteers that is exactly what she plans to do.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and it brought me into the story from the very beginning.  I really enjoyed reading about the horses and what is involved in horse rescue.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and there are enough clues to sift and suspects to consider.  I was very surprised when I found out who the killer really was.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.