Temp worker Kyle Shannon is plagued by more than the messy office at Bright Hope Equestrian Center. She's about to confiscate a deadbeat owner’s horse, one of Bright Hope’s partners is missing, and Sunny Disposition has suddenly gone berserk. To make matters worse, the two-legged clients are more high-strung than the four-legged ones.
As the police investigate the human remains discovered behind the barn, many think the bones belong to a missing farmhand who was dealing drugs. Kyle isn’t convinced but even an arson fire doesn't pull her into the investigation. It takes a paid-up half million dollar life insurance policy and the sad look on a dear friend's face to do that.
After she stumbles over a piece of evidence and lands in the hospital, Kyle knows one thing for sure: there’s a murderer out there who isn’t horsing around.
It was the pitch that caught my attention, elevated and intense. I’d heard Chuck bellow before but this was frenzied, like the call a person uses if a house is on fire. But Chuck wasn’t shouting about fire. He was yelling about bones.
Horse Power, the third installment in Linda Mickey’s Kyle Shannon mystery series, is a winner---and by much more than a nose. Linda’s gift for writing dialogue creates the mood and setting perfectly while giving dimension to her characters. Kyle Shannon is an intelligent, hard working, low-maintenance woman who’s extremely likeable. If you are a fan of [traditional] mysteries…this is a series for you.
Hey Linda, put down that cinnamon roll from Penzler’s and write another one! Congratulations.
Adult Program Associate
Lake Villa District Library
Mystified to the End
You did a great job on describing the horse and SAR activities - clear and accurate.
You kept the mystery right up to the end.
Sherri Gallagher, President
German Shepherd Search & Rescue Dog Association - Illinois Chapter