Meet smart (and sometimes foul)-mouthed jumper rider, Viola Parker, whose whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction is all that gets her through the day when her nights are invaded by a dead horse kicking up bad news…
Her favorite panties have taken a float downstream without her, and when she gets to the store to stock up on whipped cream, people are already talking about it. Just another bad day…
Viola Parker might be one of the best show-jumper riders around, but her attitude just landed her out of work.
She can barely keep her horse in hay let alone support her whipped-cream-in-a-can addiction. Now, all that’s between her and a surprise trust fund is keeping a job for one full year by the time she’s 30. And a glowing letter of recommendation.
But it’s hard to keep a civil tongue when within minutes of arriving at her new post at a Missouri horse farm, Vi runs headlong into a bull, has to catch a runaway, and her horse kicks her kilt-clad boss, Robert Malcolm.
If Malcolm doesn’t make the farm a success within the year, his father will sell it to developers. His new manager is a key component in his plan, but the moment Vi and her long legs and keen gaze step into his bull’s path, he knows he’s in trouble. Soon, sparks fly between them. But someone else has their eye on the land, too, and they will do anything to kill his success.
It’s supposed to be a relaxing–boring!–year of riding “on the buckle.” Between the ghost horse visiting Vi’s dreams and the dead bodies piling up, the question isn’t whether she can keep her mouth shut long enough to earn a reference, but whether she’ll live long enough to get it.
˃˃˃ Bonus! Includes a sneak peak of The Good Horse, The Bad Man & The Ugly Woman, the new Witting Woman novella, coming soon from Candace Carrabus.
˃˃˃ Vi begins her story…
“The truth is, my parents are alive. Pretending they’re dead makes their absence in my life tolerable. When the letter came from their attorney–crap–who would have guessed they had a lawyer? Anyway, it was like they were dead because it referred to money I might receive, “amount undisclosed.” That was just like them. Jesus. Amount undisclosed. What the hell was that supposed to mean? It could be five dollars for cripe’s sake.”
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From the readers:
I grew up riding horses, and I can spot a poser from two book shelves away. So when I found Candace Carrabus’ books, I was thrilled to know she is both an experienced rider and a talented writer. If you like horses, or just love of a good mystery, I totally recommend “On the Buckle.” (PG-13…it is for grown-ups, y’all)
Here’s a great line from the book that describes the allure of riding; “When I get in the saddle, some channel opens that is closed to most others…it put me in a zone of some kind where nothing could touch us-if I was on a horse I knew was ready, a horse that could do it.”
Aha! What she said!
The main character who is thinking these thoughts is Viola Parker; she’s sassy, funny, hooked on whipped cream straight from the can, and shares what we all feel about a good ride. And then finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery that had me chomping at the bit to find out who-done-it until the end.
Carrabus’ plot and characters are spot on, she’s funny, and her details about riding, and um…dead bodies….add extra interest. And if you don’t understand the title for this review, you will soon, and then you’ll agree, it’s a page-turner!