L.C. Evans currently lives in North Carolina with her husband Bob, their three or four Chihuahuas, and grandson, the Boy. Taking on the care and feeding of the Boy has made her a born again soccer mom, who suffers from occasional bewilderment over what kids like these days. When not wrangling the Chihuahuas and the Boy, she writes novels.
Have you ever read a book that you were immediately pulled into the life of the character and felt you were living the story? Well, that’s pretty much how I felt when reading The Witness Wore Blood Bay.
I read the samples of Linda’s work on SampleSunday, and liked what I read. I then proceeded to download the Amazon sample and once again–liked what I read. Still, I hesitated in actually buying the book as I wasn’t sure how interested I would be in horses, or for that matter an amateur sleuth mystery. I haven’t read one since the early Nancy Drew mysteries, and they must not have left a great impression on me because truthfully I can’t remember them at all.
I took a chance, and I’m really glad I did. I loved this book. I was immediately drawn into Leigh McRae’s struggles with raising a child on her own, attempting to restore an old house–and taking in every stray that needed a home. As well as her struggles with developing and maintaining a new relationship. I wouldn’t classify this chicklit, however, it is a book many women could relate to. And I love horses, but you don’t have to know anything about horses to find yourself caught up in this mystery. A true traditional who-dunnit, which will keep you guessing. Just when you think you know–well, guess again.
Plot – 5 Stars
Two thoroughly enjoyable plots intertwined. Who killed Richard Swale, and who is poisoning neighborhood dogs. Plenty of suspects, all with what appear to be legitimate motives as well as opportunity.
Leigh McRae finds herself pulled into both mysteries rather reluctantly. How could she not? Would she ever be able to live with herself if someone was actually poisoning dogs and Jeeves became their next victim? And who could turn down poor, shy, socially inept Candy who had been accused of killing Richard Swale?
And she wasn’t really going to get involved. Just ask a few questions. Point the police in the general direction of the real killer.
Characterization – 5 Stars
I found myself immediately drawn to Leigh and Sammi. Within one or two chapters you will feel you have known these women all your life. Add to that a neighborhood horse club of some truly easily recognizable “neighbors” and you have a well-rounded cast of believable characters, great descriptive phrases and real dialogue that you’ll feel a part of.
This book was a truly a fun, fast-paced page turner. I haven’t read Talented Horsewoman yet, but I assure you it’s on my TBR list.