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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Draumr Publishing (June 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933157259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933157252
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The plot is filled with plenty of twists and will keep you guessing.
World Traveler
The story held together well, with believable characters, settings, and storyline.
D. Fowler
L.C. Evans paints a vivid picture in this story based in South Florida.
Peter J. Grondin

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Nathan VINE VOICE on April 13, 2009
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First off, I don't like mysteries much. I'm more interested in how people work out than who-done-it. This terrific book breaks the mold, operating on both levels: I got to watch a smart, spunky single parent work out the issues in her life AND figure out who murdered her friend. This book's heroine, daughter, and sister are engaging and real. I cared about them right away. The suspects swarm all over. I couldn't figure out who did it until the very end.

In addition to being a very skillful writer, the author presents the world of horses perfectly. Our family has operated a horse breeding farm for twenty years; I have ridden almost all of my life and know the horse show world very well. There's nothing more irritating to a real horse person than authors who don't know anything about horses trying to write about them. Just as your horse knows how well you ride from the instant you step into the saddle, so do readers who are riders know if an author is a bogus horse person or not.

Talented Horsewoman gets it right. I won't say more, because I don't want to spoil the ride for you, but L C Evans' clues and the plot's revelations could only come from a horse expert.

But this book isn't just for horse enthusiasts: It's a great read for everyone and you'll learn plenty from it. I highly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Grondin on March 28, 2009
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L.C. Evans paints a vivid picture in this story based in South Florida. You feel the heat and humidity as the sun beats down on you. Leigh McRae is on a quest to prove that her friend and associate, Rita, didn't just have 'an accident'. But does anyone believe her? There is plenty of drama, but what makes this story even more interesting is the way Evans adds family issues and interpersonal relationships into the mix. The story is intense. It keeps you hooked into the story line from page 1.

Highly recommended.
Pete
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By World Traveler on July 25, 2008
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This book is a great read especially if you're a horse fan. Its fast paced and I didn't want to put it down. Read it in one night. The plot is filled with plenty of twists and will keep you guessing. The author has an easy to read writing style and it sucks you in from the first paragragh. LC Evans is a witty author, and I enjoyed Talented Horsewoman as much as I enjoyed her last book, Jobless Recovery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Nathan VINE VOICE on July 7, 2010
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First off, I don't like mysteries much. I'm more interested in how people work out than who-done-it. This terrific book breaks the mold, operating on both levels: I got to watch a smart, spunky single parent work out the issues in her life AND figure out who murdered her friend. This book's heroine, daughter, and sister are engaging and real. I cared about them right away. The suspects swarm all over. I couldn't figure out who did it until the very end.

In addition to being a very skillful writer, the author presents the world of horses perfectly. Our family has operated a horse breeding farm for twenty years; I have ridden almost all of my life and know the horse show world very well. There's nothing more irritating to a real horse person than authors who don't know anything about horses trying to write about them. Just as your horse knows how well you ride from the instant you step into the saddle, so do readers who are riders know if an author is a bogus horse person or not.

Talented Horsewoman gets it right. I won't say more, because I don't want to spoil the ride for you, but L C Evans' clues and the plot's revelations could only come from a horse expert.

But this book isn't just for horse enthusiasts: It's a great read for everyone and you'll learn plenty from it. I highly recommend it.

Sandy Nathan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. McLeod on January 4, 2009
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Talented Horsewoman is an enjoyable and engaging mystery. It starts when Leigh McRae finds the body of her friend Rita on the floor of a horse barn. Did Rita fall from the hayloft accidentally, or did something much more sinister occur?
Leigh sets out to answer this question, but finds that detective work is harder and more dangerous than she thought. There are a host of suspects for her to tackle, and all the time she has to deal with her domineering ex-husband and take care of her young daughter. Leigh's efforts to assert her independence are as engrossing as her hunt for the murderer.
Even if you're not crazy about horses, you will find the equine characters and their world interesting. Vivid scenery and lots of humor round out this well-balanced tale. I thoroughly recommend Talented Horsewoman!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DickStanley. on June 10, 2010
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Once I start an L.C. Evans book, I can't stop, and TH was no exception. The title is a little strange, but the woman it apparently applied to was as congenial as the heroine of the other Evans' book, "We Interrupt This Date."

The horse part of the story was interesting (I didn't know, for instance, that horses were intelligent enough to get bored) but the whodunit, of course, was the guiding force. Talk about misdirection. I thought I had it figured out several times until the surprising ending, making me feel as dumb as the TH thought she was. Nicely done. (I wish this book was available on the Kindle.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler on August 22, 2008
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The story held together well, with believable characters, settings, and storyline.

The characters were well developed and you either love or hate certain characters very quickly.

The story of a single mom raising a teenage daughter and still at odds with her ex-husband. All of these things bring real life situations to the storyline.

The single mom finds the body of her friend at what looks like a terrible accident. She slowly determines that the supposed accident is really murder. It is apparent she is no super sleuth, but she certainly tries hard to unravel the mystery and find the culprit.

The perpetrator is well masked until the end of the book when all is revealed in an entertaining manner.

All in all a pleasent read with no vulgarity, gore, or extreme language. It contains very good and well-paced "PG" rated dialogue. This is a mystery novel acceptable for the entire family.

Benjamin Blue - author of Storm Killer
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L.C. Evans began her writing career with short stories and essays before branching out into novel writing. More than a hundred of her stories and humorous essays have been published in such magazines as Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Woman's World, Horse Illustrated, and Ladies Circle among many others. Over the years Ms. Evans has won awards in writing contests and has kept busy honing her craft by taking writing courses and attending writing seminars. She was recently a featured presenter at the Carolinas Writers Conference in Wadesboro, North Carolina. After traditional publication of Talented Horsewoman, the first of her Leigh McRae horse mystery novels, Ms. Evans decided to take control of her career by trying her hand at indie publishing.

"All this means," she says, "is that I pay for my own editing, proofreading, cover design, formatting, and all the other publishing expenses. However, I also get complete control over my books, and that means I can keep the price low. Readers on a budget will still have access to my books. I care deeply about all of my readers and I take great joy in the many fan letters readers send me."