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Cover Copyright ©2004
Trace Edward Zaber
Murder Well Bred
by Carolyn Banks
ISBN: 1-59279-212-X (Electronic)
ISBN: 1-59279-863-2 (Paperback)
While her food critic husband, Jeet, checks out San Miguel's cuisine, equestrienne Robin Vaughan heads for the country to interview a famed dressage master. But Hans Bell is nastily uncooperative, his elegant horses are nervous, and the interview is a flop. So's an encounter with an old Texas friend, Marilee Hart, who's sitting pretty on a wonderful ranch called Milagro—"Miracle." Marilee is not friendly and, like Bell's horses, she's terribly nervous. And before long, she's dead.
Who fired the shots that killed her? Why is Milagro such a deep secret? Wild horses couldn't keep Robin from snooping for the truth, a story too bizarre to believe—and much too dangerous to print...
Mystery / Detective / Humor
Length: Novel (40k words / 129 paperback pages)
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Read what the reviewers are saying...
"Banks' technique…is as sharp as any killer's knife blade."—The Washington Post
"Crisply flip dialogue is her metier."—Los Angeles Times
"Suppose Lucille Ball and P. G. Wodehouse had a child, and that child, now a grown woman, possessed Ms. Ball's genius for comic misadventure and Mr. Wodehouse's sublime lightheartedness and verbal brilliance. What sort of novels would such a woman write? I'm guessing she'd write novels very much like the ones written by Carolyn Banks, whose mysteries starring the irrepressible Robin Vaughan are hilarious entertainments in which our heroine, sometimes lost, sometimes confused, sometimes obsessed (or at least distracted) fights her way through thickets of deception and wrong-doing, often putting her own life in jeopardy to save the day, or the horse, or both. You'll love these books."—William Browning Spencer, author of Zod Wallop and Resume With Monsters
"Murder Well Bred was so well done that it made this reviewer search out other books by this author!...Carolyn Banks is an outstanding author! This book was a cross between Agatha Christie and Erma Bombeck. Written in the first person, readers get into the main character's head. Robin Vaughan is the type of character that will appeal to every reader. Banks's engaging style, coupled with a dry wit, makes this murder mystery more fun than a fiesta! This is a definite laugh-out-loud book. The author cleverly balances this terrific humor with an actual mystery. Incorporating the theme of horses makes the motive of the murder unique. Sprinkled throughout the story are references to horse breeding, training and selling. Yet, this is done to whet the appetite, and will be welcome to the reader who is an accomplished rider, as well as the "I've-been-on-a-pony-once" person. Be sure to read Murder Well Bred. In fact, get all of this author's books before the rest of the world finds out how great she is and the price skyrockets! Well done, Carolyn Banks!"—Joyce Handzo, In The Library Reviews
Read a short excerpt...
..."Robin, are you absolutely sure?"
This was my husband, asking if I wanted him to come along with me while I schlepped around Guanajuato from one horse farm to another.
If you know Jeet at all, you know what a wrench it must have been for him to ask me that. Because if there's one thing Jeet can live without, it's horse farms. Horse farms and the horses that inhabit them.
"I'm sure," I said, my heart swelling the way your heart will swell when you have a sudden extra-big rush of love for someone.
But then he had to go and spoil it by wagging his finger at me. "Just remember," he warned. "You aren't in America. You have to be careful down here. It isn't—"
"Please, Jeet," I said. "You told me about the Napoleonic Code about thirty-three times already. And I get it. Now relax. I'll be fine." I turned away and rolled my eyes. Honestly. You'd think I was fourteen years old!
"I'm not trying to be a pill," he said. "Mexican prisons are the pits. You could get into one and never get out or—"
"I'm just driving to some horse farms," I interrupted. "It isn't as though I'm going to get involved in some international incident." Jeez...
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