- File Size: 728 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books; large type edition edition (December 15, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006LT7NTU
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One Hoof In The Grave (The Merry Abbott Carriage-Driving Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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Things I didn't like (but others might): it is a fairly typical murder mystery.
It is a good whodunit in some ways: the characters are somewhat varied, the motives make sense, it is neither too predictable nor too unpredictable. It suffers from some typical weaknesses of the genre: minor but niggling inconsistencies (in plot or characterizations, vs editing), minor characters tend to be flat, recaps of what-we-know-so-far or what-we-don't-know-yet a bit too often.
I didn't notice any spelling or grammar problems or formatting issues. I did find the shifts in viewpoint slightly odd but I had no trouble following them.
There's excitement ans suspence at the beginning and end and interesting twists and turns in the middle with a carefully drawn backround. It's a light fun read
Merry once again lands in the role of prime suspect when she finds the body of a much-disliked man at a horse event. Fortunately Geoff volunteers to help the local sheriff investigate, mostly to keep Merry from getting herself killed.
I picked up this book free during an Amazon giveaway. There were some good lines, as when Geoff insists to the local sheriff that Merry would only kill someone who harmed horses and then asks in a panic whether the victim had hurt his horses. I like that the police in this series are reasonable people - the county sheriff admits he is stumped and welcomes Geoff's help. It kept me reading to the end. Spelling, grammar, and Kindle formatting are all fine - the only error I noted was referring to a "breach" birth. Once again, the title was clever but not particularly relevant to the storyline.
I thought this novel had a better plot and faster pacing than the first. Merry is unlucky enough to find the most loathsome person she knows murdered at a horse show. For a brief time she is under suspicion, but the murdered man has a long list of people who may have wanted him dead, and so the investigators have their work cut out for them. Merry again has to deal with her feelings for Agent Wheeler, while an unknown criminal seems to be willing to go to extreme lengths for reasons that do not become apparent until near the end of the book. As with the first book a little closer editing would have been nice, but overall it would have been a pleasant fun mystery if it had not been for my two major reservations outlined below.
Two scenes in this novel drove me crazy. Firstly, a driven pony spooks and attempts to jump out of an arena. The pony gets hung up on a fence, and apparently neither pony, groom or the disabled driver are hurt. However, even if the pony was sound as a bell, and not sprained, cut or bruised (which is pretty unlikely), it would be unthinkable to allow the pony to enter a contest just a few hours later with the same disabled driver. Having driven myself and assisted with disabled drivers, I can't see this as a circumstance that would ever be allowed in the real world. Maybe this would go unnoticed by non-horsey readers, but I could not believe this scene actually made it into a book where normally the horse details are pretty factual.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a fun-read with useful bits of information for driving enthusiasts. The murder mystery holds your interest.Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great author! You will love the intermingling of characters while learning some of the thrilling world of combined driving.Published 24 months ago by kathy sue
Carolyn McSparren has this horse person primed and waiting for more Merry Abbot Carriage-Driving Mystery's, the stories never get boring or predicable.Published on August 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Just a really good story, well written, keeping you guessing until the end "who done it?"
Looking forward to her next book
Nothing is ever as good as the first, but it keeps you guessing until the end! Another great murder mystery read for equestrians to enjoy!Published on July 12, 2013 by R. Aynes
Having just attended an intro to driving clinic, I loved the driving theme and felt right at home with the action set in Georgia. Solid characters with a good story. Read morePublished on May 21, 2013 by J. Brewer
I am a new retired Mayor of Moscow, Tenn and I relate to these stories and the surroundings. I believe I live close to the author and wish to say Thank You. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Gladys Kercheval
good horse story. well done with the driving knowledge.
Kept my attention all the way thru. Waiting for another
Book. Good work Carolyn.
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