Now that I have a moment to sit down I'd like to share my thoughts on this fun little book.
Horse of a Different Murder is the second book in the Bandit Hills cozy mystery series be fellow Summer Prescott Books author Blair Merrin. The series has a lighthearted supernatural bend to it. This adds a fun flavor for readers--like myself--who enjoy something a little spooky in their mysteries.
This particular entry in the series has local shop owner Cassie and her PI friend Dash investigating some strange animal behavior at a local ranch. When it is revealed that the animals are spooked by a dead body hidden on the ranch, a full murder investigation ensues.
In the meantime, Cassie is trying to work out her own romance issues while also avoiding the perturbed ghost who is trying to get her attention by breaking almost every item in her thrift shop. Soon, Cassie and Dash find themselves chasing a string of clues leading to a shocking and exciting ending.
Horse of a Different Murder is a strong follow up to the first entry in the series. I really enjoyed reading about Cassie's personal day-to-day drama in addition to the murder mystery. While I didn't enjoy this second entry in the series as much as I did the first, I still think it is a worthwhile addition to the series and well worth the read.
My main disappointment was the fact that the supernatural elements seemed sort of watered down in comparison to the first book. This felt more like a straight cozy mystery with a few paranormal bits thrown in rather than a straight up paranormal mystery. As a long time fan of the paranormal genre I simply liked the voodoo and "witch" elements from the first book a little more.
However, I really enjoyed the references to The Horse Whisperer in the second book. I also really enjoyed how the animals played a big roll. I love animals and it was fun having them be a focal element in the story, especially when they end up being sensitive to the supernatural where the humans are lacking. (It sort of reminds me of the scared animals from The Uninvited).
In many ways, Horse of a Different Murder is a great balance of mystery, supernatural elements, and even a little romance. I think any fan of the cozy genre would be thrilled with this story. So, if you are a fan of cozies, supernatural mysteries, or mysteries involving animals, I'd say definitely check this one out.
I personally bought a paperback copy over Kindle because I love to read real books. It is a beautiful book with wonderful cover art. You can pick up your own copy on Amazon today.