By Kit Ehrman
Poisoned Pen Press - October 2002
ISBN: 1590580362 - Hardcover
Mystery / Contemporary

Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer, MyShelf.Com
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Young Stephen Cline, barn manager of a horse farm in Maryland, stumbles on an early morning break-in. Several valuable horses are stolen. Since he was a witness to the break-in, he was kidnapped by the thieves and severely beaten for no apparent reason. He manages to escape from them.

In searching for answers to why he was almost murdered and what the thefts involved, he discovers that there had been a series of similar break-ins and murders. He is cautioned by police detective James Ralston to cease his inquiries but he continues, placing himself in peril.

This book captivates the reader's attention from the beginning and holds it in suspense to the end.

It is well written with a well-developed plot. The cast of characters is excellent; Steve's boss who takes a motherly interest in him; the veterinarian who services the horses; the ruthless thieves who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends; and best of all, Rachel, a boarder at the horse school with whom Steve develops a beautiful relationship..

The descriptions of the horse country and the horse farm and its workings are well drawn.

Stephen Cline is a very likable hero who should return for this reader's enjoyment. And even without Cline, any forthcoming books from this author will be welcomed and well received. This is an author with a great future.

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