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On The Buckle (A Dreamhorse Mystery) Paperback – August 3, 2013
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...a fast-paced and enjoyable suspense tale featuring funny and likable Vi Parker. Carrabus has created a strong heroine in Vi, who is somewhat scarred by her parents foisting her on her aunt and uncle and the tragic loss of a horse she was competing on. She's definitely not shy about what she likes: including shots of whipped cream straight from the can, and the sight of a chiseled, well-muscled manly torso. There's also a first-rate mystery in On The Buckle as Vi, Malcolm, and his friends try to figure out who killed Norman and why. --Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
This is a very strong book with a compelling protagonist and a tension filled plot. There are great emotional motivations for Viola to be the way she is.... Her relationship with the handsome owner is believably fraught and the mysteries keep mounting when little accidents start piling up. ...a very strong and enjoyable novel. --Judge, Writer's Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards"
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Here's a great line from the book that describes the allure of riding; "When I get in the saddle, some channel opens that is closed to most others...it put me in a zone of some kind where nothing could touch us-if I was on a horse I knew was ready, a horse that could do it."
Aha! What she said!
The main character who is thinking these thoughts is Viola Parker; she's sassy, funny, hooked on whipped cream straight from the can, and shares what we all feel about a good ride. And then finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery that had me chomping at the bit to find out who-done-it until the end.
Carrabus' plot and characters are spot on, she's funny, and her details about writing, and um...dead bodies....add extra interest. And if you don't understand the title for this review, you will soon, and then you'll agree, it's a page-turner!
But there are also some things I really found disappointing.The first is the ram-it-down your throat fixation on romance. Are these folks, supposedly adults, in heat? The scene in the middle of a gunfight where Vi and Mac start groping each other was simply over the top for me.The second is Vi's sucking on cans of whipping cream--I know writing teachers tell newbies to give the protagonist a quirk, but does it have to be so childish? I had a very hard time accepting her as a 29 year old adult woman.The third was the dysfunctional family theme, one of the great cliches of modern genre novels.
But after all that, I still have a sneaky liking for the book.
There were so many twists and turns in the story, that kept me glued to each page. With each page that went by, I sat there waiting & hoping for more clues. But what I got was more and more mystery to solve. I couldn't for the life of me, figure out how all these horrid events could be tied in with all the others.
If you love a really great books involving murder/suspense with just a touch of romance thrown in, then I highly recommend this book!
Who killed this person and why? Does it have something to do with JJ" dad disappearance years ago and the trouble between JJ and Malcolm, Now Vi,stablehand turned detective, with the aid of a dead horse through her dreams uncover more than she bargained for. People this is a real page turner and on the edge of your seat read. I found nothing humorous in this book but, I just had to keep on reading until the end.
If you like horses, mysteries, romance, or an author with an excellent sense of fun you will enjoy this story. Carrabus manages to poke at the romance genre a bit while still managing to make a man of Scottish ancestry wearing a kilt in the Midwest a!most believable.
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