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The fifth Peter and Kori Brichter story, after Original Sin , features too little of Peter, who makes only a token appearance at the end, and too many technical explanations about Arabian show horses. Horse-farm owner Kori, her trainer Danny and new groom Britanny take five horses to the Lafite, Ill., All-Arab Show, and immediately become embroiled in gossip surrounding trainer Keith Bulward. Kori watches Bulward bash an owner's prize mare in the nose, and then learns that he has intimidated a rival trainer, threatened Brit and sold the show's manager, a state senator, a sterile colt as the foundation for his stud farm. ? easier to read this way When the trainer is found dead, his throat cut by his hoof knife, Brit is arrested for the crime. Kori calls Peter for help, but he is delayed at home, so she decides to do some sleuthing of her own, even though local police investigator Eleanor Ritter seems to have the situation under control. Routine question-and-answer sessions and vital clues reserved for the tale's end diminish this mystery's appeal.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-- A delightful mystery, particularly for horse fanatics. Kori Brichter is a horse farm owner, whose Arabian filly is competing in a local show. There, her 18-year-old groom is accused of murdering another groom, a man noted for his cruelty both to animals and his fellow humans. When the police delay the show in order to investigate, Kori decides to get it going by solving the crime herself. There is a lot of detail about horses, shows, and trading in this story that's sure to hold the attention of animal fans as well as mystery lovers.
- Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FTL Publications (December 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LSG0GI
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookbug on March 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I just read this for the first time. The copy I read has a pub. date of 1992. It is a good cozy mystery. The plot is solid, and the horse show details are terrific--if you love horses, this will definitely appeal. The characterization is shallow (none of the characters have much depth), but the pacing is good.

I am puzzled by the other reviews here. Two of the reviewers applauded the book for explaining details of the horseracing world, which is totally wrong. There is no racing in this book.

Also, unless the 2011 edition has been updated, this is a book of 1992--one cellular phone (which apparently only takes local calls?) and no internet, etc. So it feels a little dated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on June 28, 2000
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This Kori Brichter mystery features an all-Arab horse show. A handler no one likes is killed and Kori's groom is suspected. This mystery is very well done and moves quickly. The background stories of the competitors is also interesting. I recommend this book highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on May 2, 2013
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Show Stopper is the 5th in the series, and is as fun as the previous 4. A murder takes place at a horse show, and a Tretower Ranch employee is implicated. A new character, a woman detective, is the main investigator this time, rather than Peter, and Kori assists her as she hopes to clear her groom's good name. The identity of the murderer hangs on a very subtle clue, and there's enough twists and turns to keep the murderer's identity in question far into the book. As another reviewer noted, this series was originally written in the 1980s and 1990s, and you have to take that into account, and not expect 21st century technology to solve the crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mustang Fyant on April 15, 2013
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Horses are a fickle animal and the business with working with horses are just as fickle. You must have a love for the breed and a good understanding of their makeup, the people around them and the people who own them. No young person should have to experience what this girl did but she sure learned from it. It is good for those who don't know whether they love horses or are in love with the idealogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By santos on April 11, 2013
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well written, with no loose ends left hanging to get in the way. If you love horses, you'll enjoy this ride!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on March 19, 2013
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Kori Brichter is at an Arabian dressage competition when another competitor turns up dead. Kori's horse groom is the number one suspect because it's well known she threatened the victim. It turns out the murder victim had more than the groom who wanted him dead.

Because husband Peter didn't accompany Kori to the competition, she has to find the murderer herself. The original police investigators at the scene decided the groom did it and ended their investigation there. A second investigator comes to the scene and is willing to look at other suspects.

Peter does manage to arrive in time for the confrontation with the killer.

The clues in this mystery are well hidden. When the killer was finally revealed, I was surprised. Although I had thought the person might have "done it" early on, I had eliminated them. But after the person was revealed, it made total sense.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Wolk on March 11, 2013
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What a skillful author! Rarely do you find characters whose dialogue is as genuine and realistic, and the settings picturesque without being boring--and all this in a refreshing, new type mystery set at a horse show.

I have always loved horses, lived across the road from people who erected a Kentucky stable and brought two horses to live there, which I complained was their effort to become the most popular in the neighborhood. They told me others complained it would attract flies. How the author captures this dichotomy in attitude is, like everything else in this fast-moving tale, uniquely described and appropriate to the time, the place, the people.

This is going to be one of my all-time favorites, to read and read again, because it is so well done and fills the hours with pleasure.
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this was well written and very interesting even with the unwanted horseshow education. however to be a Peter Richter mystery I would expect more than him just showing up at the show. his wife did more investigation than he did and he only shows up at the end.
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