Sunday, April 21, 2013

Murder is Ugly

Murder is Ugly by Price McNaughton is a mystery novel set in a horsey suburb. The small neighborhood residents are superficial, uppity and some are very controlling about making and enforcing community rules. This has all the drama of a soap opera.

Here, Jinx visits her friend, Brynn, for the summer bringing along her horse. She becomes an amateur sleuth when the first murder is discovered and then proceeds to investigate previous deaths that appeared to be accidents.

This horse lover becomes more involved with the neighbors than spending time with her horse. The rodeo scene at least brought more horse setting to the story.

I found the plot to be unrealistic and I had no emotional feelings for any of the characters including Jinx. Other readers may feel differently.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sir Captain Curri C. Tuck


Sir Captain Curri C. Tuck by James C. Butz is a children's book about a pirate - actually a Privateer. But there are wild horses from North Carolina in it, so I thought I'd review it here.

It's a legend about a young boy who is shipwrecked on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and he makes friends with the wild ponies and a dog he names Sea Dog. Later he grows up to be a captain but he allows no bullies on his ship.

The story promotes kindness, teaches children about history and includes beautiful artwork by Kaileen Schleith.

Visit the author's site at to learn more and order the book.

I met Jim Buntz at an event in Florida and he had the most decorative booth, including his pirate outfit!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Never Say Neigh by Noah Vail & Mary Farr

Never Say Neigh is a comical look at life by an ex-racehorse named Noah.He shares his stories about life on Evergreen Farm, and his owner, he refers to as Madam, helped him complete the book.

Noah has an upbeat personality despite girl troubles, harsh and boring winters, long travels including overseas and a variety of stablemates that are not all equine.

He shares his insight about life lessons, social interactions and horse life in general.

Author Mary I Farr also provides sketches as illustrations.

A fun read for all ages!