Daily Review: You Can Lead a Horse to Murder by Tara Meyers
November 4, 2019
She never dreamed that when she opened up a veterinary clinic that she’d be on a mission to clear a horse of murder.
There’s a killer in Sanctuary, and the prime suspect is a horse!
Spirited Ember Burns is led back home to open her own veterinary practice, and her first client lands her in the middle of a murder mystery. When the evidence points to the horse as the cause of death, she vows to protect him.
But horses don’t talk and neither do the dead, so Ember has to rely on her intelligence and instinct to get to the truth. A truth buried under layers of small-town secrets. Some that are big enough to get you killed.
Battling a reluctant Sheriff and pushy Mayor, Ember struggles to get her business off the ground while digging deeper.
Why would anyone want to kill the local farrier?
And who was plotting to stop her?
As the town gears up for its centennial celebration, Ember is led from local ranches to the surrounding mountains in her quest.
Can she unveil the true culprit before they get away with murder?
By Diane Rapp:
Just returning to her home town to start an animal hospital, Ember Burns faces a real problem when she’s called to treat her first case as a vet, a horse who trampled a man in his stall.
She discovers clues that make her doubt the horse is a killer but no one believes her.
A series of disasters make Ember wonder if her business will succeed but she’s not willing to give up.
This was an interesting animal-centric mystery that kept me interested until the very end. I love who-dunnits and animals always get my attention. Love the first novel and can’t wait to read the sequel.
Ember Burns has just moved back to her hometown of Sanctuary and decides to plant her roots by purchasing a veterinary clinic from a retiring vet.
Before she can even open her clinic doors her aunt Becky recruits her to check out an extremely stressed out horse.
When Ember arrives, not only is the horse uncharacteristically acting out, but she finds a dead body in the same stable.
All signs point to the horse accidentally killing the man by trampling, but Ember notices something while attending the autopsy that leads her to believe that the man was actually murdered.
Tara Meyers has a way with her characters and writing style. Ember comes across as a very caring vet who has a passion for animals; Aunt Becky (who is not much older than Ember) runs an animal rescue and has a strong trusting relationship with Ember; Mel is the ever-faithful vet assistant, and Daenery is the rescue dog that Ember has grown to love.
This is a great book in a new series by the author.
By Tari H:
Ember Burns never dreamed that when she opened up a veterinary clinic after burying her mom back in her small town of Sanctuary, Washington, that she’d be on a mission to clear a horse of murder.
As the danger started to build while Ember investigated, she already knew something was rotten out at the local stables if everyone was so content to see the death of a farrier ruled as accidental due to horse trampling.
Ember was determined that beautiful Butterscotch, who was really a sweet and gentle horse, would not be put down. I loved her determination on that, but she did do a couple of things that I probably wouldn’t have done simply for safety’s sake.
There was a great twist toward the end, and I never would have guessed the killer. The showdown wasn’t the usual grand takedown or anything like that, but it was very enjoyable to see the perp sort of silently get taken down.
For a while, Ember hadn’t been sure of what people in the town to trust, but I can tell that she and her vet tech employee Michelle aka Mel are going to be besties as the series progresses. Mel is so funny and she hit it off right away with Ember.
At one point when it seemed like two guys in town were interested in Ember, Mel joked not to hog all the cute guys in town, but she stated she had dibs on the sheriff’s son.
One of my favorite scenes had to be when Ember’s adopted pup Danny, notorious for not getting along with horses, sat in front of Butterscotch and the horse let her lick his nose.
This book had all the makings of a really cute and funny TV mystery!
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