Leathersmith Persephone “Perri” Morgan makes the kind of beautiful custom leashes and saddles that make wealthy dog and horse show lovers swoon—until murder strides onto the course . . .
When Perri’s BFF Babette hosts a meeting of Fairfax County’s affluent animal lovers to save a local horse rescue farm, the agenda gets sidetracked by the discovery of a corpse in the master bedroom. Everyone present is a suspect, including Perri’s main squeeze, Wing Pruett—Washington, DC’s sexiest reporter.
While Perri scours local horse and dog shows hoping to unmask the killer, she uncovers bad manners, infidelity, and low-level crime in her hunt for the killer—but what she can’t find are grounds for murder. When the killer strikes again and she gets a warning to stop her sleuthing, Perri has to muster all her training—and all her allies, human and animal alike—to make it out of the ring alive.
Praise for Arlene Kay’s Boston Uncommons Mysteries
“Reminiscent of the comedy-mystery movies of the thirties…An entertaining first entry into the Boston Uncommons Mystery series.” —New York Journal of Books on Swann Dive
“Highly entertaining . . . I can't wait for the next book in the series!” —Jaye Roycraft, author of Rainscape (Summary via Goodreads)
You don't know whether to feel sorry for Perri Morgan or admire her. Perri is the main character in the Creature Comforts Mystery series by Arlene Kay and on the one hand you feel for her because she lost her fiance, someone she loved dearly and someone that she is having a hard time getting over....but then on the other hand she has the attention of Wing Pruett who is a sexy and attentive reporter who clearly has strong feelings for her.
But lets back up a bit.... You may think that the Creature Comfort series is a romance series but it is far from that. Mystery is the main dish being served up here with a side of romance.
Perri is a leathersmith who makes items for dogs and horses and sells them independently as well as at dog and horse shows. Perri has a love for animals and will never be far from her two dogs that also serve as her bodyguards. She leaves her loving cat and tempermental goat at home....
Besides being a devoted animal lover and craftswoman, Perri is also a true friend and will do pretty much anything for her best friend Babette.....and in Homicide by Horse Show, the second book in this series, she will be going above and beyond the definition of friendship while she "investigate" the murder of Babette's assistant who is murdered in Babette's bedroom right before a meeting at Babette's house. The meeting is for a small group of people who are getting together to talk about fundraising for a rescue horse farm that may be closed and the land sold. Perri and Babette think that this group of people is the answer they are looking for in order to save the farm....little did they know that one of them is quite possibly a murderer as well !!!
Finding out who killed Ethel, Babette's assistant, is going to be tougher than anyone thought when they find out that they did not know this person at all !! And when they find out that people were being blackmailed and secrets begin to come out, the suspect list gets longer and the reasons why become scarier !!!
Kay knows how to captures the readers attention and continue her grip throughout the entire book. She has just the right amounts of mystery, mayhem, friendship, love and yes lust thrown in there to entice all senses of the readers brain.......
Review by Missi M.