Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A Corpse At the Castle (The Highland Horse Whisperer Mysteries, #1) by R.B. Marshall

A Corpse at the Castle (Highland Horse Whisperer, #1)A Corpse at the Castle by R.B. Marshall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Isobel “Izzy” Paterson takes two of Lady Letham’s mares to the stud at the Queen’s Balmoral Castle, she ends up being one of the last people to see the curmudgeonly stud manager, Hamish Duncan, alive. He is found trampled to death by the Queen’s prize stallion, Eagle, later that night. However, the local police sergeant, hunky Dean Lovell, starts questioning whether Hamish’s death was actually an accident and begins to look at Izzy and Craig MacDonald, Hamish’s assistant, as possible suspects.

Feeling an attraction to Craig, Izzy decides to investigate on her own using her specialized computer skills to clear both their names. But when little inconsistencies pop up, Izzy starts questioning Craig’s motives, and with Sergeant Lovell showing an obvious personal interest in her, she starts working alongside him to figure out what really happened to Hamish and if Craig may have had a hand in his boss’s death.

A CORPSE AT THE CASTLE is a lovely start to the new series, The Highland Horse Whisperer Mysteries, by author R. B. (Roz) Marshall with a fun and homey feel to its equine-themed, Scottish Highlands setting. Izzy and Trinity are smart and charming young women with a lot on the ball, making their way in new jobs, and they play well off each other with their different strengths. I enjoyed Izzy’s internal dialogue and conflicted thoughts as she tries to navigate her way through the relationships with two handsome, eligible bachelors at the same time while trying to do the right thing by both. I enjoyed reading about her dark web computer adventures, too, and hope that there is much more to do with this skill in future books.

I recommend this to cozy mystery readers and those that would like the horsey setting (which offered me quite a number of new tidbits of information about an animal and sport I know nothing about.)

I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.

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