Double Exposure: Kovak & Quaid Horse Mystery Series - Boo... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by
Gift-wrap available.
Double Exposure - a Kovak... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Cover shows light shelf wear. Pages are crisp and clean! This item qualifies for free 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime or Super Saver shipping for qualifying orders! Satisfaction guaranteed through Amazon!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Double Exposure - a Kovak & Quaid horse mystery (Book 1) Paperback – October 28, 2012

32 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$14.95 $12.50

Best Books of the Year So Far
Best Books of the Year So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2015's Best Books of the Year So Far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
$14.95 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Double Exposure - a Kovak & Quaid horse mystery (Book 1) + Balancing Act: A Kovak & Quaid horse mystery (Kovack & Quaid) + Unfinished Business -  (Kovak & Quaid Mystery)
Price for all three: $44.69

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews


You ll be up late, and in good company, with this exciting new page-turner from Toni Leland. Wow!

If there s such a thing as chick lit for horse lovers, Toni Leland is the queen of it, and I mean that in the very best way. Known for her strong female characters and compelling stories set in the horse world, she has built a loyal following over the years. Her tantalizing new novel, Double Exposure, is sure to satisfy her readers and bring many more into the fold. In it, an equine photographer and an insurance fraud investigator combine forces to track down the brains behind a horse theft ring. There is a wonderful chemistry between all of the characters and the promise that they will be solving crimes together in books to come is welcome news. --Blue Ribbon Books, Robbie Huseth

About the Author

Toni Leland writes Women's Fiction with Kick! Equestrian mysteries and thrillers are her trademark, with the occasional romantic story thrown in. Author of seven equestrian novels, a paranormal romance, a young adult novella, and two juvenile chapter books, Leland covers a wide range of themes and horse breeds.

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Kovak & Quaid (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Equine Graphics Pub; Book One edition (October 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985530936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985530938
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Horses, music, and big dreams shaped Toni Leland's pre-writing life, but those same things all found their way into her novels. The subconscious mind is a great thing.

A long period of time passed between Toni's childhood daydreams of galloping across an Oregon field of daisies astride a beautiful stallion, to the wonderful year when an aging retired show horse named Sonny made his way into her life. No matter that he was the ugliest horse alive, he was the dream come true. Those emotions of a horse-crazy little girl never go away, and Leland's story characters reflect that.

Music played a large role in Leland's early years. Classical piano study for ten years, church organist during junior high and high school, participation in the A Cappella choir, and accompanist for several smaller school choral groups paved the way for Toni's tenure as director of The Julie Singers in Holy Loch, Scotland in the early 1980s. Ten years later, she was a proud voice with The Kent Singers in Connecticut.

Big dreams? Leland's aspiration to become either a horse veterinarian or an archaeologist never came to fruition. Marriage and children set those dreams on hold, but in 1984 she had the opportunity to live in Cairo, Egypt and was ultimately able to see and experience the wonders of that ancient land. Of course, Egypt has many Arabian horses and Toni instantly resumed her horse-crazy activities.

Once the horse bug had revived, Leland decided that she would finally have that gorgeous stallion she'd dreamed about so long ago. In fact, she'd have as many horses as she wanted. On her return to the U.S., she began acquiring quality Arabian horses to breed and show. At some point, she became acquainted with Morgan horses, and had to have one of those too. Then a charming palomino Welsh pony mare named Jasmine. (There is no known cure for horse-crazy.)

Toni Leland started writing in earnest at about that same time, combining her graphic design talent with good copywriting, and working with horse owners and stables around the Northeast. Toni designed and produced several breed organization directories over the next few years, as well as a start-up magazine for the miniature horse breed. In 1988, Toni took over publication of the well-known Nutmeg Horse Bulletin, a yearly events calendar for Connecticut and surrounding areas.

Through those years and the ones that followed, Toni Leland has lovingly and carefully created stories involving horses and the people who adore them. Though she no longer owns horses, her insight into the animal, the human elements, and the issues that face the industry are all fodder for her novels. And to think it all started with an imaginary ride on a galloping stallion.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susannah St Clair Foxy Loxy VINE VOICE on May 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
What a great massive puzzle. Murder, horse stealing and fraud. Wow.. so many lives involved and so many story lines that slowly, ever so slowly meet up. Oh and did I mention romance? I didn't?? Well that's in this story also. Kim Kovak is a master at photography, mostly horses, mostly show horses and her job takes her all over the world on occasions. She really loves her job and she is good at it but before her career as a equine photographer, she was a cop. A very good one at that. She also was part of the mounted patrol and really enjoyed it. When disaster happened she lost her ability to do her job. She lost her beloved partner "Red" and she left the world of policing.. well now it looks like she has returned to her roots in an effort to stop a ring of horse thieves who will stop at nothing to keep the money rolling. In the process, she runs across an insurance investigator Garrett Quaid who is with a company that has been paying lots of money, way too much money in fact, for horses who seem to be disappearing when a "ringer" is put in place of the original winning show horse. Together they form an alliance but it takes them a lot of time to give in and work together. She is impatient, he doesn't want her nose stuck in his business but unfortunately they both hold pieces to this involved puzzle.
A great story line and lots of good action keeps you turning the pages. You do get a chance to really know your characters. Something I always look for in a book. The funny thing is at the end of the book with certain "strings" not yet pulled together, you get an "ah ha " moment and the book is over but it feels like there should be one more chapter to pull those string ends in and tie them in a finished knot. Maybe in a second book? I have no idea but it doesn't stop the book from being a very nice read. Maybe later Toni Leland will add a second book and make a closed bow out of the final chapter.
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RK Lindh-Wilson on October 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Champion horse owner Jasper Martin says the animal in Talisman's stall is not Talisman. Fortune Farms owner Teri Fortune is certain that it has to be. Or is she? Or is Jasper up to something? Or are there outside forces at work? Double Exposure had me at "Where the hell is my horse?"

This book is the most intricately plotted who-dunnit author Toni Leland has written to date. Will not offer spoilers, but we're talking murder/suicide, international horse theft, tricksy insurance fraud, perilous sleuthing and lots and LOTS of edge-of-seat intrigue.

The ensemble involved in all this is equally inspired. Double Exposure's female lead, equine photographer Kim Kovak, is an accomplished, sexy 50. 'Bout time that ground was broken. And Toni has created the perfect foil for Kim in her part-time nemesis, part-time accomplice Garrett Quaid, an appealingly flawed, rough-cut, grumbly insurance investigator and irritant extraordinaire. The interaction between these two alone is worth the price of admission. And then there is Kim's best friend, the very likeable and very well-armed policewoman Dixie. The entire ensemble ("bad guys" included) is multi-dimensional with side stories and personal challenges that incline one to want to see more...which, thankfully, will happen as Double Exposure is the first book in Toni's first series - The Kovak and Quaid Mysteries.

Enjoy this twisty, tangled web Toni has woven. Keep a pad and pen beside you and just try to sort out the threads as you read. Dare you.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn M. Fisher on October 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
As a former rider and horse owner, I like novels that portray the world of horses--but not the sweet stories of children's pony clubs or saintly horses that perform feats that are impossible. I'm most comfortable in the Leland horse world: a place that is realistic and gritty, with specific locations you get interested in and want to go to because you sense that the writer has really been in those places and knows all about them. Double Exposure is such a novel.
Another reason I liked this book so much is that it is about horses that are exploited for personal gain, and shows how they can be helped. I really cheered for the people in the story who went after the villains with a dogged determination to get `em! Whatever it takes!
I also admired the way Leland portrays complex relationships between strong but still vulnerable people. The characters are real people, written truthfully. As the reader, I understood their frustrations, their loneliness, and their desires.
Double Exposure is an exciting excursion into the real, gritty world of horses and the people who live alongside them.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne Honeywood on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sometimes it pays to step outside your comfort zone and read something a little different the way I did with DOUBLE EXPOSURE. I've tried mysteries before but this is the first one that captured my attention and held it, and I'm immensely impressed at the way Toni Leland has simultaneously juggled several balls in the air while tying up loose ends and making all the pieces fit together like a jigsaw ... except for one little detail, at the very end, that sets the stage for another story. (My apologies for all the metaphors, but they seemed like the best way to get my point across.)

There's enough action and intrigue in this book to satisfy mystery fans, plenty of character development to keep women's fiction readers happy, and a veritable smorgasboard of equine details that will appeal to horse lovers. And for those who appreciate the nuance and depth that good writing can bring, there are these lines that spark a reaction and paint memorable word pictures:

"... annoyance treading on her patience." [I just love this one!]

"Mother Nature and the economy seemed to be in bed together, forcing ordinary folks to do extraordinary things."

and this poignant description of Arlington National Cemetery:

"... perfect rows of white headstones top-stitching acres of brilliant green grass."

The two main characters--Kim Kovak and Garrett Quaid--bring stubborn independence, emotional baggage, and a shared love of horses into this suspenseful and well-written story. The dialogue is natural, the story flows, and I guarantee you will fall in love with Kim's best friend, a tough cop with the unlikely name of Dixie.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Double Exposure - a Kovak & Quaid horse mystery (Book 1)
This item: Double Exposure - a Kovak & Quaid horse mystery (Book 1)
Price: $14.95
Ships from and sold by

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?