Murder on the Hoof
Review: Colleen McCabe, Chief of the Corolla, North Carolina Fire and Rescue Squad is supervising a rookie training session for the station using the talents of actors to "play" injured or dead persons. In return, local thespians will be co-starring with the actors in plays to raise money for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, dedicated to protecting the wild mustangs that roam freely on the northernmost Outer Banks. Too, a movie is being filmed in the area starring daytime soap opera star Hayley Thorpe … who just happens to be the ex-fiancée of Sheriff Bill Dorman, who Colleen has a more than passing attraction to. But nothing goes as planned. Two men in Colleen's squad get into a fight over a girl and later two people are found dead, both members of the acting club, in Murder on the Hoof, the second mystery in this series by Kathryn O'Sullivan.
Doris Jenkens is found lying on the beach in the hot sun, and is thought to have died due to a heart attack. She was elderly, overweight, and had was weak from all the exertion. Rich Bailey, the owner of the local funeral home, who had handled the lighting and served as make-up artist for the theater troupe, was found in the Whaleshead Club dumbwaiter, obviously a victim of murder. When an autopsy is conducted on the body of Doris, it is discovered she, too, was murdered: poisoned. Were these two murders connected? There seemed no reason for it. Sheriff Dorman and Chief McCabe know they have to put aside the current snag in their potential relationship — Colleen catches Bill in an embrace with Hayley Thorpe, a woman that Bill never mentioned even knowing let alone having once been engaged to — and work together in order to answer the questions regarding these two murders.
The storylines in Murder on the Hoof are set up nicely, and interplay with each other well. The love triangle that really isn't makes for a welcome diversion from the murder investigations. The supporting cast of characters are semi-stereotypical acting types, always wanting to be in charge or do things their way while seeming to know nothing about what's going on around them. All in all, a light, entertaining entry in this series.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of Murder on the Hoof.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of Murder on the Hoof for this review.
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Minotaur Books (Hardcover), May 2015
ISBN-13: 9781250066411; ISBN-10: 1250066417
Location(s) referenced in Murder on the Hoof: Outer Banks, North Carolina
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Murder on the Hoof by Kathryn O'Sullivan — A Colleen McCabe Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: May 2014
List Price: $24.99
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