Unbridled Murder is the third in Leigh Hearon’s Carson Stables cozy murder mystery series. Now, I love horses and I love thrillers, so this kind of cozy mystery should be right up my alley - more than the endless cat and dog-themed ones which seem to be the majority of cozies.
The problem is, I think, that I’ve come at this one without reading the earlier books in the series, which would probably have established the personality of Annie, the protagonist, rather better. As it was I really struggled to warm to her, even though as a horse-lover she’s probably someone I’d really like if I met her in real life.
The mystery part of the book was well executed, unsurprisingly since the author is a professional private investigator, and based as it is around the rescue of horses destined for slaughter, is sure to appeal to horse lovers everywhere, and undoubtedly readers of earlier books in the series will thoroughly enjoy Annie’s continuing adventures. I just felt as though I didn’t quite get to know her, and because of this, I have to knock the book down to four stars.
Unbridled Murder is available now.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.