Book Review ~ Reining in Murder by Leigh Hearon

Reining in Murder

Reining in Murder by Leigh Hearon

Series: A Carson Stables Mystery, #1

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Kensington

Release Date: 3/29/16

Page Count: 352



When horse trainer Annie Carson rescues a beautiful thoroughbred from a roadside rollover, she knows the horse is lucky to be alive…unlike the driver. After rehabilitating the injured animal at her Carson Stables ranch, Annie delivers the horse to Hilda Colbert–the thoroughbred’s neurotic and controlling owner–only to find she’s been permanently put out to pasture. Two deaths in three days is unheard of in the small Olympic Peninsula county, and Annie decides to start sniffing around. She’s confident she can track down a killer…but she may not know how ruthless this killer really is…


This is my first introduction to Leigh Hearon, as this is the first book in a New Series! I really enjoyed reading this book, The plot itself is well written, well developed and well thought out. I was enamored with all of the information and time that we spent with the horses. I myself am terrified of horses but they amaze me with their intelligence and grace and the author’s descriptions of the horses and care of horses was on point and so delightfully descriptive I felt like I was right beside Annie throughout the entire story.

Overall, Reining in Murder was a very enjoyable read with a unique setting and story line and really fun, fully developed characters! I especially loved the horses! This was a great start to what is going to quickly become a very popular series! I can’t wait to read the next in the series, Saddle Up for Murder, which is set to be released on October 25, 2016! You can bet I have already pre-ordered it!

I received an ARC of this book, from NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.


Leigh Hearon began her own P.I. agency, Leigh Hearon Investigative Services, in 1992. Her cases have appeared on In the Dead of Night, Forensic Files, 48 Hours, Court TV, City Confidential, Unsolved MysteriesAmerica’s Most Wanted, and CBS Evening News with Connie Chung. Hearon was an avid rider of horses throughout her childhood. She currently has a Saddlebred mare, Jolie Jeune Femme, and enjoys watching Jolie and two rescue mares cavort on a fifty-five-acre farm she shares with her husband.


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Saddle up for Murder