I had been tearing the local bookstores apart looking for a Laura Crum book, after reading a review of her latest in Western Horseman. After ordering a paperback copy of this book from Amazon, and reading it (a total of two hours) I have hope that Laura Crum may turn out some really good horse-related mysteries, but alas, this is not one of them. Don't get me wrong, at less than [price] it's decent entertainment, but nothing great. Parts were a little thin, characterizations were only so-so (my own favorite character was Blue, the grouchy old Australian Cattle dog) and when the murderer is finally revealed, I found myself thinking, who? Oh, yeah, that guy. There are no really stunning twists or revelations. However, the horse related details were accurate, and probably, if it hadn't been for the equestrian slant, this book would have been awful.
I do have hopes that the books will get better. I didn't like the first Carolyn Banks book I read, but now I love her little mysteries. I'll buy my next Laura Crum book in paperback, and we'll see how that one reads.