Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tacked To Death - Michele Scott


Tacked To Death
A Horse Lover’s Mystery
Michele Scott
Berkley Prime Crime

Mystery

Horse trainer Michaela Bancroft is starting a new venture: a tack shop, to be run by her best friend, Camden. The only problem is that Camden has more than a bit of a temper, so customer service isn’t exactly her forte. Michaela hopes that Camden’s engagement to the unflappable trainer, Dwayne, will help offset that tamper. For the opening of their tack shop, Michaela organized a charity polo match, to be followed by a fashion show with catered lunch. Almost immediately Michaela has to step in to mediate a dispute with the caterers and Camden. And the day has barely started.

Sterling Taber isn’t helping Michaela’s peace of mind. He was recently voted the area’s most eligible bachelor, but Michaela finds him more slimy than suave. Her opinion is clearly shared, especially by the makeup artist hired for the fashion show, who refuses to work if Sterling is anywhere around the place. And there’s at least one other person who doesn’t like him. When Michaela enters her private office, she discovers Sterling is there. Unfortunately for everyone, he’s on the floor, his head smashed by a polo mallet. That mallet belongs to Michaela, making her the prime suspect. It’s going to take some fancy footwork to clear her name.

There’s no lack of suspects. The polo match and fashion show bring together a large cast of characters from all walks of life, many of whom had reasons to want to harm Sterling. Michaela, last seen in SADDLED WITH TROUBLE and DEATH REINS IN, is a strong character. She’s been through her share of troubles, but she’s managed to land on her feet. She’s doing what she wants to do with her life and uses her skill with horses to run a charity for autistic kids. She takes on investigations, but she never rushes into a situation blindly. She makes intelligent choices, and she’s always in search of justice. You don’t have to be a horse aficionado to enjoy this series. The interesting characters and solid plotlines should appeal to any mystery reader.

Rating: 7 ½
February 2008
ISBN# 978-0-425-21983-6 (paperback)

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