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Saturday, June 25, 2011

HORSERACING THRILLERS: THE MICHAELA BANCROFT SERIES!

HORSERACING MYSTERIES: THE MICHAELA BANCROFT SERIES!

A. K. ALEXANDER

SADDLED WITH TROUBLE

Equal parts suspense and understated contemporary romance, "Saddled with Trouble" is a fast-paced murder mystery that revolves around Michaela Bancroft, a 32-year-old horse trainer whose personal life is quickly coming apart at the seams.

Struggling through an ugly divorce and in danger of losing her southern California ranch to creditors, Bancroft finds her already chaotic life turned upside down when her beloved uncle Lou is found murdered in a stable stall, impaled by a pitchfork. The distraught Bancroft vows to find the person or people behind the senseless homicide, but the deeper she digs into her uncle's secretive past (an ill-managed business venture involving an artificial insemination breeding program, rumors of infidelity, mysterious payoffs, etc.), the more potential suspects come to the forefront. Even Bancroft's closest friends – trusted veterinarian Ethan Slater and her fun-loving roommate, Camden – become prime suspects. Ignoring the advice of hunky detective Jude Davis, Bancroft continues snooping around and soon finds herself the killer's next target . . .


DEATH REINS IN

MISSING . . . Racetrack veterinarian Bob Pratt is missing. When Michaela Bancroft’s good friend Audrey reveals to her that her brother has been gone for a few days, Michaela assures her that she will do what she can to help.

DEAD . . .Then when Audrey is viciously murdered, Michaela is certain Bob’s disappearance is related.

DIGGING . . . Michaela will go digging for answers that will lead her from Palm Desert to Malibu, where a killer awaits to answer her questions personally.

TACKED TO DEATH

CLUBBED . . . When polo rider Sterling Tabor is clubbed to death with a polo mallet, suspicion falls on Michaela Bancroft.

RUMORS . . . Of an alleged affair with the murder victim send Michaela into a rage and on the hunt for her own answers.

SECRETS . . . When a seedy secret from the past comes to light, Michaela finds herself in the worst kind of trouble— the deadly kind.

A new tack shop and a gala polo match are reasons to celebrate for horse trainer Michaela Bancroft—until equestrian Sterling Tabor is found clubbed to death with a polo mallet. Worse yet, suspicion falls on Michaela . . .

The weapon belongs to Michaela, her prints are all over it, and rumors of her alleged affair with the victim aren’t helping. With her boyfriend Detective Jude Davis out of town, Michaela doesn’t stand a chance of proving her innocence and clearing her name unless she delves into Tabor’s mysterious life — and death — on her own. But in unearthing a real suspect and a motive, she discovers a deadly past. And Tabor’s shady friends are more than willing to throw Michaela off the track — for good.


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