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Chasing Cans by Laura Crum
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I found this one when I was weeding the Mystery section. I enjoyed it a lot. Not as much horse story as I might have liked. A good look at new motherhood and its conflicts. It was a good mystery. I would read more by Laura Crum. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
New neighbor, barrel racer and horse trainer, Lindee Stone is the one tiny, niggling dark spot in new mother Gail McCarthy's peaceful world. Now a mainly stay-at-home mom, Gail's set aside her equine veterinary practice for the foreseeable duration and is enjoying the early June spring and lots of baby time. Her annoyance level with the obnoxious Lindee rises , however, with a call from the woman who's been providing retirement pasturing for her two old-timers Danny and Twister. Lindee wants the pasture, and she's not above using blackmail to get it. Thoroughly irked, Gail marches down the hill to confront Lindee, arriving just in time to see the trainer take a fatal fall....

Of course it's a mystery, so although probably innocent, the accident just looks wrong somehow. And when another "accident" lands Lindee's successor in the hospital, Gail just can't resist poking her nose in. Of course, that doesn't exactly thrill everyone, and before long the killer's after her, too.

The "cozy" label on the back of the book suits it nicely. It's not a thrilling, dare a minute rush. Gently paced, with time to smell the flowers and reflect a bit on the joys of motherhood unrushed, this is a bit of a change for Crum's earlier, child-free books. Still enjoyable, though. ( )
  SunnySD | Mar 24, 2010 |
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Chasing Cans is rodeo slang for barrel racing, a competition that can bring its winners money and fame. To Gail McCarthy, a horse vet turned stay-at-home mom, chasing cans also stands for the ambitious pursuit of empty career goals at the expense of personal and family tranquility. While Gail is wrestling with this question in her own life, she witnesses a mystifying riding accident that kills a neighbor, a barrel-racing trainer. Whether it's her veterinarian's integrity or just stubborn curiosity, Gail's unofficial investigation into strange happenings at the ranch could make her the object of a chase that might cost her own life.… (more)

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