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“Saddled with Trouble” by Michele Scott

A friend of mine suggested I read this book, and when I first looked at the description, I have to be honest and tell you that I really didn’t think I’d be that interested. I mean, I like a good mystery, but I wasn’t sure that I’d care for the dreaded “romance” part. Even so, I decided to give it a try, and overall I was pretty surprised.

The book settles in pretty quickly in setting up the murder scene and does a really good job of introducing potential suspects right off the bat. I found it interesting that there were so many red herrings to try to throw you off track, but I’d say that they helped the story move along at a steady pace. There was one particular scene involving an abandoned barn that actually caught me by surprise and had me paying closer attention to what was going on, but you’ll have to read the book to get any more details on that!

As for the romance part, I have to say this it didn’t turn out to be the distraction I expected it to be. While Michaela, the main character, does find herself struggling with her emotions involving a couple of different men, they don’t end up taking over the story. I was pleased to see that first and foremost this was a murder mystery, and the amateur sleuthing was entertaining.

The one drawback in this book is that I felt that some of the characters were a bit two-dimensional or contrived. It became pretty obvious that they were there more to muddy the water than to build up the story. While I understand the desire to throw the red herrings at us, I thought there was maybe one too many. Even so, the book overall was an enjoyable read.

My rating for this book is 4 out of 5 stars. It was well worth the time I spent on it!

Here is a description of the book:

Equal parts amateur sleuth whodunit and understated contemporary romance, the first installment of Michele Scott’s Horse Lover’s Mystery saga is a fast-paced murder mystery that revolves around Michaela Bancroft, a 32-year-old horse trainer whose personal life is quickly coming apart at the seams.

Struggling through an ugly divorce and in danger of losing her southern California ranch to creditors, Bancroft finds her already chaotic life turned upside down when her beloved uncle Lou is found murdered in a stable stall, impaled by a pitchfork. The distraught Bancroft vows to find the person or people behind the senseless homicide, but the deeper she digs into her uncle’s secretive past (an ill-managed business venture involving an artificial insemination breeding program, rumors of infidelity, mysterious payoffs, etc.), the more potential suspects come to the forefront. Even Bancroft’s closest friends — trusted veterinarian Ethan Slater and her fun-loving roommate, Camden — become prime suspects. Ignoring the advice of hunky detective Jude Davis, Bancroft continues snooping around and soon finds herself the killer’s next target….

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