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The Opium Equation (A Cat Enright Equestrian Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lisa Wysocky doesn't disappoint with this yarn of mystery and, ultimately, suspense. Even the horses have unusual personalities and anyone who knows horses, knows this to be true!
Wysocky tells the story in a manner that is much like a long letter filled with news and color, describing the events of her life. Written with a natural first person cadence and pace, you learn not only what the heroin does but what she is thinking and how she reflects on her actions. Are they deep, complicated, or highly intellectual thoughts? No! They are the sort of thoughts the reader could imagine having if placed in the same situation. That is what makes the story feel so genuine despite some of the strange events that occur.
Do we gain deep insights into all of the characters? No! We only learn about the ones who really matter to the story. The others are likely to take center stage in future Cat Enright Mysteries. We just get a taste of them now, knowing there is much more to learn just below the surface. I am anxious to see who we find in the middle of the next mess!
I read some of the other reviews posted here and a few were negative. No book is for everyone but if you are looking for a light and entertaining mystery that includes horses, unusual (yet believable) characters, and a heroine who is an authentic horsewomen with less than perfect characteristics (not some dolled up Hollywood version) then this is the book for you.
PS: If you like chocolate and good southern comfort food, prepare yourself for a hankering.
PPS: If you ever thought your pet was psychic, you might be right!
Overall, a very good first attempt at fiction/mystery and I think the series will get stronger. Having lived in KY for the last 12 years I am now much more familiar with the people and the region in which the book is set and find that much more interesting now than I would have as a MT native. A very good sense of the countryside and the people and attitudes. The plot revolves around actions within a family that go back to Civil War days and after living in this area, it is quite believable.
The characters were well developed, including the supporting cast and I particularly liked the young boy and the deputy. I did feel there were some inconsistencies with the main character. For a business woman, in the very tough business of professional training, she seemed more tentative than I would expect as well as being very impulsive. I also felt she was too easily pulled away from her duties and work at the barn. With several of the scenarios she was away from the barn, leaving horses in training unridden, which is not too likely too happen in a successful show barn. This was the only caveat I had with the equine involvement of the book and pretty minor.
The storyline moved well, held together and only required a couple of my dreaded "Bluebeard syndrome" moments, the 'don't open that door whatever you do' scenes. Overall, I'm looking forward to the next of the series.
The author included enough horse information to inform non-horse people without overwhelming them, and enough unique horse information to interest horse people as well.
I look forward to more books in the Cat Enright mystery series and hope to see many of the same characters again!
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