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Something Most Deadly (Jane Husted Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Self
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Book Description

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE series.Four complete novels set on a coastal New England estate, loaded with atmospheric intrigue, a whisper of supernatural and a touch of romance. Visit Springhill if you dare---some inhabitants are not so nice and a few are not so visible. Stone mansion, Gothic barn, top-dollar showhorses, beautiful people and plain old working stiffs. What could go wrong here?
When it does all go wrong, Massachusetts State Police Detectives Westerlund and Russell are called to the Estate to track down a sly killer. The detectives are stunned at the exotic atmosphere of Springhill and outsized personalities. Tough job to pry a murderer out of this eye-popping group. Jane Husted, the intended target of a lethal trap, now has to stay vigilant and watch her back while trying to have a career in the showring. To further complicate her life, a man from her past shows up as an investor in the Estate’s imported showhorses.

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Jane Husted eagerly accepts a job as a show-rider and trainer at the luxurious Springhill Estate of Real Estate Developer Elliot Whitbeck in the suburbs south of Boston. Springhill is devoted to the breeding of Trakehners and the art of Dressage, and Jane looks forward to stepping out of her hardscrabble life on public assistance and into the rarified milieu of bluebloods--horses and people. She does not expect a quagmire of suspense, murder and psychotic terror. Stepping into the fast lane brings many jolting surprises; among them Brian Canaday, son of the powerful head of Canaday International and a specter of her poverty-ridden childhood. She struggles to disguise her appearance, re-invent her background and duck the man at every turn lest she jog old memories; memories that would be great fodder for the back-stabbing elite of Springhill. As Jane experiences success in the show ring, her emerging "sixth-sense" begins to detect the presence of an invisible adversary; an enemy who has more on the mind that just beating Jane in the show ring. The estate's enormous, four-wing, multi-level barn becomes a deadly mine field as the cunning predator seeks to terrorize and destroy her, becoming bolder with each new "accident". When the situation threatens to overwhelm Jane, she is assisted by her long time friend Madeline Fanning, a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist on staff at a large Boston hospital. Madeline tells Jane that in her professional opinion the shadowy predator is a full-blown criminal psychopath, and urges her to pay more attention to her extra-sensory perception and use it as a tool to fight her enemy.

About the Author

Ann Self, born and raised in New England, now lives in Alabama on seven beautiful acres with her husband, a dog and six crazy cats that came with the property (no extra charge).

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  • File Size: 1721 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TFESS8
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Murder, and Psychotic Terror April 25, 2007
While still a young child Jane Husted's parents died in an airplane accident. Jane grew up living with an aunt in near poverty and on public assistance. She reinvented herself and her past to rise above the stigma of poverty. She took a job as a show-rider and trainer at Springhill the estate of wealthy Elliot Whitbeck.

While in Boston on a shopping spree to better fit her new identity, Jane is surprised to see Brian Canaday, a member of the rich and powerful Canady family. Brian had been a classmate during Jane's poverty-ridden childhood.

Jane struggled to disguise her appearance and avoid Brian as much as possible to avoid exposure to the back-stabbing, privileged snobs of Springhill. As Jane gained recognition in the show ring, accidents began to take place in and around the Springhill facilities. Jane sensed an invisible enemy trying to terrorize her. After the suspicious death of the veterinarian in the Springhill barn, it became apparent that the predator is a criminal psychopath. The intricate twists of plot kept me speculating throughout the remaining chapters of the book as to the identity of the crazed killer.

Ann Self writes from experience. She grew up around horses and barns. Ann gives the reader behind the scenes glimpses of training horses and riders, of the bitter rivalry of the participants. Her narrative is filled with careful detail as she describes designer clothes, labels luxury cars and other amenities of the wealthy, to dramatize the snobbery and class consciousness of her socialite characters.

Dialog is skillfully used to create the setting, to build the background material, and to introduce the plot and move it forward to a fast paced climax.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 'til finished! May 4, 2007
Ann Self does a splendid job bringing the characters in this thriller to life. We get to know Jane Husted, the primary character, as she reminisced about her humiliating high school days and a crush she still carries for Brian Canady, her prince charming oblivious to her existence.

Plain Jane and her best friend, Fatty Matty, were the object of snickers and cruel jokes. After high school, Madeline Fanning pursued a successful career as a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist while Jane re-invented herself into a long-legged beautiful brunette who experienced blue-ribbon performances in the show ring.

Young affluent, Jane Husted, finds herself living in poverty with an uncaring aunt after the death of both her parents. She works as a show-rider and trainer for Springhill, a luxurious estate south of Boston, that breeds Trakehners. Owners of Springhill constantly remind the employees of their station in life creating animosity and providing numerous suspects for the bizarre happenings around the Springhill barn.

Each of the secondary characters are given distinct personalities. You feel as if you know them personally from the in-depth descriptions and details Self gives to each as her story unfolds.

Sam, the barn manager, who could be anyone's big brother; Reggie, the handyman, the oldest fixture of the group; Dylan, the carefree head stable boy; and Lars, the well know European trainer.

Then the blue-blooded owners of Springhill Estate: Elliot Whitbeck, hungry for power and fame in the horse world; his wife, Cicely, who appears the misfit in this wealthy family; the mother-in-law,who lets no one forget her wealth and all that it commands; and finally, Lucinda, the daughter with no talent or skill with horses and jealous of anyone who has.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I eagerly await the sequel... May 9, 2007
While the book is a bit too prosaic (is that a word?) in the beginning, the story quickly develops. Self's characters are likeable and you want to get to know them. Who can't identify with the "ugly duckling" that grows into the beautiful, confident swan? Character development is definately Ann Self's strong suit and there are several "characters" in "Something Most Deadly".

This book has it all - a suspense filled plot and laugh out loud moments...I tell you, I will never look at a barn in the same way.

As a "city girl" and newbie to the field of Dressage I found the scenes involving the horses and the show events fun and educational.

Ann, I can hardly wait to read the next one!!!!
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I read the first two/three chapters of this book and then lost it in the ether world. I couldn't remember the name or author of the book to save my life. I called Kindle and they had no way of finding the last book I was on. In desperation (since I really liked what I had read) I decided the ladies on the FORUM I like might know if I posted this question. Luckily, I had remembered the name of the farm, the last name of the farm's owner and the name of her high school crush. That was enough to tweak the memory of one of contributors. And I was so happy that I hadn't lost it forever in the 5,000 books on my Kindle. Now, to the story itself.

Ann Self has a great way with words. Since I am an avid reader (and have been since I was 4) I loved this talent of hers. She also has a good insight into people since she made you immediately interested in them (and even more so, as the story progressed. I was invested in their lives, page after page. And, I could not guess who the terror spreader was - there were plenty to choose from, however. Yes, it was a tad long but as I slow down toward the end of a good book (as I don't want it to end),that was OK with me. The ending could not have been described any better - I felt I was certainly in a HURRICANE.
That was the first description I have read of a vicious storm where I felt involved. If you were not familiar with DRESSAGE
(I didn't know the correct pronounciation), you will after the scenes with the horses. Learned a lot from this book and hope you will do the same. I immediately came in to get on the computer to write this and to buy the other two sequels. I can only hope Ms. Self is not a "one-book-wonder" and these other two will make me glad I bought them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Keeps you wondering. I couldn't put it down. I couldn't wait to read the sequel right after that either.
Published 5 months ago by Cecilia
3.0 out of 5 stars Some thing most deadly
I liked this book it kept my interest
Jane husted was a great character in the book very suspenseful great read
Published 6 months ago by anita argabrite
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip over this book..not missing much.
It was extremely slow and long, and it could've been edited better. There were a lot of pages that didn't have any importance. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Katie
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
The main character is inexcusable in her stupidity,the book is beyond slow, I only read 30% before ending my tournament. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mcoursey
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspensful buildup
I very much enjoyed this novel. It was a refreshing read, and the characters were both believable and loveable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by AllCrazyHere
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
I enjoyed this book - and yes, some of the characters were stereotyped, but that in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Diana M. Hockley
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Cinderella story/mystery
Something Most Deadly (Jane Husted Series, Book 1) is a novel in the genre of Mystery/Thriller. However, most charmingly it is also a type of modern Cinderella story. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gisela Hausmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Didnt want to put down
loved this series hoping there is a 4th book coming out soon ! Great how the following books picked up right where that last book left off.
Published on September 11, 2012 by susan ann burkett
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, self published, needs an editor.
This is a fun mystery, and moves along nicely. The characters are well developed and interesting and the author pays excellent attention to details. Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Diana
3.0 out of 5 stars Verbose
Probably 2.5 stars. Too many words that often add nothing to the story. One small section was even an anti-single payer health care rant, which had nothing to do with the story and... Read more
Published on June 4, 2012 by Joanne Pandis
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