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Talented Horsewoman Paperback – June 6, 2008

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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: #2,727,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I have to say this book was very enjoyable to read. It's about a 3 1/2 stars for me so I upped it to a 4. It is a clean read, as in no swearing or sex. Interesting plot and all out enjoyable. I look forward to the next one.

Edited to add that I didn't give it more stars because I thought that Leigh's love interest Adam was very underdeveloped. You really know nothing about him and then abruptly they are supposed to be together. I went huh? That whole thing should have been worked out a little more so as a reader you could have been cheering them on.
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Talented Horsewoman by L.C. Evans introduces you to the world of Leigh McRae, a single mother trying to live a comfortable small town life with her young daughter. Both mother and daughter share a passion for horses and riding, something her controlling, demanding ex-husband refuses to understand or accept. The book draws you in immediately as Leigh stops by her friend Rita's ranch, only to find Rita dead from what seems a terrible accident. As events unfold, Leigh begins to question whether Rita's death was truly what it seemed or something more sinister. The story keeps you hooked from the first pages and only builds as Leigh delves further into her late friend's life and past, uncovering some surprising secrets along the way.

In this equine who-dun-it, L.C. Evans deftly pulls the reader in with vivid imagery that flows seamlessly as she paints the picture of south Florida with its oppressive humidity and relentless sun. Her writing is smooth and fluid, and she presents horses, as well as their care and keeping, in a way that even someone with no horse experience such as myself can appreciate and understand. The main character, Leigh, is very believable and likable, and I found it easy to relate to her strengths and weaknesses, especially when it came to her daughter and her family. Her sister plays a strong roll in her life and the closeness they share comes across beautifully.

The deeper you get into the story, the more you'll be guessing as new characters with motives come to light. This is not as hard-boiled as I usually read, but it was a fun book with plenty of plot twists that kept me guessing until the very end. If you're looking for an enjoyable read, Talented Horsewoman blends murder, relationships and horses into one exciting mystery.
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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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