Murder, She Rode

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Murder, She Rode

A Tink Elledge Mystery, #1

This tale has some good points; however, I was unable to finish this tale because it has a major problem. It has an unlikeable female lead character who grated on my nerves. She has reached a point in her life where things are not going her way and is whiney about it.

First the good points. If you love horses and want to know more about the equestrian sport of Eventing, AKA combined training, which appears in the Olympics then you will get a lot of information about it here. In case you don’t know Eventing it’s where riders and their horses compete in three categories: dressage, cross country, and show jumping. I found this interesting. I had heard of the word “dressage” before but never knew what it truly meant until now. It’s a routine where horse and rider must work together to perform a series of movements together like a dance. Points are deducted for screw-ups in the routine just like in ice skating competitions.

Now for the bad points. If you are reading this for the mystery aspects of this tale, then you are first going to have read through at least seventy pages of back-story about a spoiled whiney female character named Leticia Elledge, aka Tink. She used to be a great international event rider. Tink is complaining all over the place because her third husband will not let her ride her horse in the competition because she is still feeling the effects of a bad fall she had while riding a horse. Tink is also rude to the female rider she was forced to pick to ride her horse because the woman is going out with Tink’s only stepson, Stephen.

Tink comes up on an accident involving a truck and an attached horse trailer. She wonders if she knows the people involved in it. So she goes to investigate it. Who and what does Tink find?

Special Notes:

There are grizzly details about a smell the main character cannot get out of her mind:

At the start of this book, a truck’s brakes caught fire and it moved to the driver, which led to the truck flipping over with a horse in the back of it being mangled and burnt. Nobody will killed the horse in pain. That is till Tink threatens police officers about not being “manly” enough to put the horse out of its misery. Tink talks about how she cannot get the burnt horse smell out of her memory through the first one-hundred pages of the book.

Book Blurb for Murder, She Rode

A sharply observed and engaging debut introducing Tink Elledge, a compelling new amateur sleuth who takes readers behind the scenes into the rituals and intrigue of a three-day equestrian competition

A former world-class rider and an adept horse trainer, Tink Elledge is a woman with a mission: to see her prized horse take home the victory at the prestigious Brandywine Three-Day Event. Tink is whip-smart, headstrong, and used to making her own way—so when an accident forces her onto the sidelines and causes her to forfeit the ride on what may be her last horse to a protégé, she struggles with the realization that her peak days as a horsewoman may be behind her. Then, before the event can begin, a truck accident kills a respected horseman and a talented colt. And when a young rider disappears, what began as a seemingly freak accident reveals sinister roots that lead directly to the tightly knit equestrian community and that Tink, in her newfound and uneasy role as a spectator, can’t help trying to uncover. During the three-day event, horses will perform with inspiring grace. Their riders will navigate treacherous obstacles. And Tink will unravel a plot that threatens the reputations—and lives—of the very men and women she hopes to defeat on the course.

Holly Menino has spent a lifetime living with and writing about horses. She is the acclaimed author of three nonfiction books who has been praised by The Washington Post for her "literate and lively style." But it is Murder, She Rode that showcases Holly’s immense talent as a storyteller and introduces an irresistible new voice in an engaging read.

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2014 2.50