Review of Reining In Murder




“Here’s a new heroine after my own heart. Plan to stay up all night with this one.” — Fern Michaels, #1 New York Timesbestselling author

When horse trainer Annie Carson rescues a beautiful thoroughbred from a roadside rollover, she knows the horse is lucky to be alive…unlike the driver. After rehabilitating the injured animal at her Carson Stables ranch, Annie delivers the horse to Hilda Colbert–the thoroughbred’s neurotic and controlling owner–only to find she’s been permanently put out to pasture. Two deaths in three days is unheard of in the small Olympic Peninsula county, and Annie decides to start sniffing around. She’s confident she can track down a killer…but she may not know how ruthless this killer really is… (Goodreads)


Annie Carson is part of a search and rescue team for large animals.  She helps save them and rehabilitate them.  When she is called out to help a horse after being involved in an accident while being transported, she is surprised to hear that the man hauling the horse is dead.  She is even more surprised to find the horse’s owner dead when she goes to return the horse.  Murders do not happen in her community, and two in such a short time is unbelievable.  Whether she wants to be or not, she is involved in this horror and knows she has to help figure out who the killer is.  But can she do it before the time, and her life, are over?

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  I really enjoyed reading about how much Annie loved animals, especially her horses, donkey and dog.  She seems to be more of animal person than a people person, which I can relate to.  She is a hard worker and takes her job as a horse trainer very seriously.   I enjoyed the bickering and banter between her and Dan, the local sheriff, and her friend.  They did not always see eye to eye about things, but each knew the other had their backs.  I thought Annie’s sister, Lavender, was quirky and strange and I loved that.  I enjoyed reading the interaction between the two.  I also enjoyed all the secondary characters and felt they added a lot to the story.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the entire book.  There were enough suspects, clues, twists and turns that I could not pinpoint the killer until it was revealed at the end. I like when that happens.  There was a lot of tension and suspense and I was pulled into the book right from the beginning.  I wanted to keep swiping pages  as fast as I could to see what would happen next.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and much of the time I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place and hearing the horses neighing.  

Since I know nothing about horses, sometimes I felt a little lost when it came to some of the terminology used when describing actions that Annie was performing.  I would have enjoyed a glossary at the beginning or back of the book so I could have learned what some of the terms meant.  That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me.  

One thing that I found a bit unbelievable is how fast Annie feel for one of the murder suspects.  It seemed that as soon as she saw this particular person, she was smitten.  That just seemed much too quickly for me and took away some of the credibility for me.  Again, this is only my opinion and other readers may not agree with me.  

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.  I thought the mystery was expertly plotted and the tension was almost palpable in places.  I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.


Review of Silenced In The Surf


Silenced In The Surf

A Pacific Northwest Mystery, Book 3

Kate Dyer-Seeley

5 stars


Covering a windsurfing competition should have been a breeze for reporter Meg Reed, but with a killer in the curl, she’s headed for rough waters…

Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a chance to try some windsurfing on her own. But when the current sweeps her downriver, she spots a body snagged on the rocks. The dead man is Justin Cruise, aka Cruise Control, a celebrity windsurfer and not exactly a nice guy. It’s soon clear his death was no accident, and Cruise had no shortage of enemies. As Meg dives right in to discover who wiped out the windsurfer, she’ll need to keep her balance—or she too may get blown away.


“A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie.”

Library Journal

“A fun, terrific adventure.”—Suspense Magazine



Meg’s newest assignment is covering a windsurfing competition at Hood River for the magazine she works for, Northwest Extreme.  While trying out the sport during a demonstration for the press, she gets carried out in the waves and far from the shore. While struggling to save herself and get back to shore, she spots someone who is beyond saving.  She finds one of the windsurfers snagged on some rocks and she is sure that foul play is behind his demise.  So while she is gathering information for her story for the magazine, she is also busy gathering clues and checking out suspects.  

The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional.  Meg is determined to prove herself to her boss and the other reporters.  I find it quite amusing that she works for an extreme sports magazine because she is a klutz and not is not a very athletic person.  She finds herself in some very precarious situations because of this.  She has issues with her mother and misses her father very much, since he passed away.  Her best male friend, Matt, is someone she could become romantically interested in but she is afraid to take that leap.  And her Gam is a hoot, practicing New Age techniques.  She is definitely not your normal grandma.

The mystery is carried on well throughout the book.  The are enough suspects and clues to keep the reader guessing.  There is also the mystery of Meg’s father’s death, whether it was an accident or murder.  This has been carried on throughout the entire series and it adds another level to the story.  

This is the third book in the series and I think it was the best one yet.  I enjoyed everything about this book: the characters, the descriptions, the mystery, the suspense and the humor.  I would highly recommend this book (and series) to any cozy lover.  

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington for the opportunity to read and review this book.




Review of The Chihuahua Always Sniffs Twice


Aspiring P.I. Geri Sullivan’s new case has got her talking Chihuahua, Pepe, hot under the collar. Wealthy widow Lucille Carpenter left her entire fortune to her beloved dogs, and someone is trying to poison them. Anyone who would hurt a perro i20949508s lower than a cucaracha in Pepe’s book. But when Geri and Pepe investigate, they discover that it’s not just the coddled canines who are in danger. Now there are human targets too.

At the lavish Carpenter manor, Pepe digs for clues among the pampered pooches, bitter relatives, suspicious staff, and larcenous lawyers. But there’s only one diminutive detective smart enough to save the day–and the dogs. . . (Goodreads)


Geri and her partner, Pepe, are on another case.  A rather strange case, one involving dogs that have inherited a fortune from their deceased owner.  The problem is, someone wants the dogs dead and attempts to poison them.  The case has special meaning for Pepe because he is a dog himself.  And not just any dog, but a talking dog.  Any threat made against a fellow dog is very upsetting to him and he is willing to do whatever it takes to catch the culprit.  Unfortunately that puts him and Geri in real danger.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Geri is new to the PI business but what she lacks in experience she more than make up with her determination and sense of fairness.  She is willing to go the extra mile in her investigations.  Pepe is one tough little dog who is only afraid of a few things, such as the dog pound and water.  They make a great team and give it their all when working the case.  I really enjoy their relationship and the love they have for each other.   Geri’s boss, Jimmie G is a pain and I really do not like him.  He treats Geri unfairly and he only cares about himself.  He does add great contrast to Geri and Pepe.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy ready.  The authors are very talented in character development and creating suspense with the written word.  Even after the guilty party is identified, there is still tension revolving around the dogs.    There are enough suspects and twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.  I enjoyed that.

If you enjoy a well crafted mystery with plenty of animals and a touch of whimsical, this book is for you.  Be sure to read all the books in the series, they are all great books.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  i would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this  five star book.

Review of Death By Coffee

Krissy Hancock moves to Pine Hills with her best friend, Vicki, to open a coffee/bookstore.  They name the store “Death By Coffee”.  They picked this name because that is the name of Krissy”s fathers famous mystery book.  Krissy does not really like the name because she thinks it is a little morbid.  And when the name becomes a reality, Krissy is ready to rename the place.

The first day that the shop is open a man comes in for a cup of coffee.  He is not very pleasant and does not seem very impressed with his beverage.  Not long after he arrives in the store, he receives a phone call and leaves and returns to his place of business across the street.   A short time later emergency vehicles are in front of “Death By Coffee” and Krissy learns that her unfriendly customer is dead.  Although it is initially believed that his death was accidental, after more investigating it is believed it may be murder.  He died from anaphylactic shock and although he was extremely allergic to peanuts, no epipen was found with his body.  And since Krissy was one of the last people to see him alive and her coffee 22891462 was one of the last things that he drank, she is a person of interest.   She knows that she has to clear her name and the reputation of the shop, so she decides to find the killer herself.  Besides, she really enjoys solving puzzles, and this is a whopper of a puzzle.  But the more she delves into the life of the deceased, the more she learns that he was not an ideal family man and is known for being a womanizer.  This may be the one puzzle that she can not solve, but it may be the most important one of her life because her freedom might depend on it.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  I thought that Krissy was very funny and I laughed at loud at some of her thoughts and ideas.  I also laughed at the antics of Trouble and Misfit, two crazy cats owned by Krissy and Vicki.   At times Krissy acted a lot younger than she was but that was alright with me because it just added to the humor.

The mystery is carried out throughout much of the book and I thought it was well plotted.  Since the victim was not the nicest man in town, there are many suspects to consider,  Twists and turns made it difficult to determine the killer and I did not know who the culprit was until it was revealed at the end.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  It is the first book in the series and I will definitely read book two.  One thing that I found interesting is that this book was written by a male.  I do not know if I have ever read any other cozies written by a man.  I just know that he did a good job, in my opinion.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington for the opportunity to read and review this book.