Murder on the Hoof

A Mystery

Colleen McCabe Series (Volume 2)

Kathryn O'Sullivan

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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It’s mid-August in the Outer Banks village of Corolla in North Carolina and Fire Chief Colleen McCabe is conducting rookie training and spending increasingly more time with her best friend, Sheriff Bill Dorman. The wild horses have been relocated to the sanctuary, and the town is occupied with the upcoming local theatre production. All is right with the world. But when a member of the acting troupe is found dead in the dunes after an emergency training exercise and Bill’s ex-fiancée arrives in town, Colleen knows trouble is back with a vengeance.

A second member of the theatre company is discovered dead at the Whalehead Club, and Colleen is forced to put aside her feelings about her relationship with Bill and work with him to uncover who is murdering the thespians and why. She discovers as much drama offstage as on and quickly finds herself swept up in the intrigue of the community theatre group, and struggling to keep her men at the firehouse focused. As the danger mounts and the killer’s identity becomes clearer, Bill warns her off the investigation. But despite his warning, Colleen is determined to stop the killer before he or she strikes again, to her own peril.

In Murder on the Hoof, her sequel to Foal Play, Kathryn O'Sullivan delivers more laughs and mayhem with charming characters mystery readers will love getting to know. 

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Chapter 1
 
 
Fire chief Colleen McCabe scrutinized the sea of battered bodies scattered on the beach like shells after high tide. Nearly a dozen of Corolla’s citizens were slumped in the sand. Firefighters and EMTs rushed about the scene, performing first aid on the injured, who groaned in pain and clutched damaged limbs. Other victims lay eerily motionless in the hot morning sun. Sparky, Colleen’s Border collie, paced—one ear up and head cocked—as the rescue team called out vital signs, stabilized neck injuries, and carried individuals to nearby ambulances.

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“With its likeable, respectable heroine; quirky, humorous characters; evil villain; sun-drenched setting; adorable pets; wild Spanish Mustangs; and an Agatha Christie-like whodunit, cozy readers and animal lovers are going to want to take this novel with them on their summer vacations. Readers who live on the East Coast will wish to visit Corolla themselves. It truly is a beautiful place.”—Gumshoe Review

“O’Sullivan’s stylish sequel to 2013’s Foal Play…makes good use of the Outer Banks setting, seamlessly weaving in a few of the area’s tourist attractions, as well as its protected wild horses, into the plot.”—Publishers Weekly

"O'Sullivan's plotline is...intriguing and her cast of characters is hilarious." —RT Book Reviews

“An amiable mystery, sure to interest fans of Margaret Maron’s Deborah Knott series, also set in North Carolina.”—Booklist

“The storylines in Murder on the Hoof are set up nicely, and interplay with each other well…All in all, a light, entertaining entry in this series.”—Mysterious Reviews


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Kathryn O'Sullivan

KATHRYN O'SULLIVAN is a winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. She is also an award-winning playwright and web series creator and a theatre professor at Northern Virginia Community College. She is the author of Foal Play. O'Sullivan lives with her husband, an award-winning film & video director and cinematographer, and their rascally rescue cat in Reston, Virginia.

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Murder on the Hoof
A Mystery
Kathryn O'Sullivan

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466850484
ISBN10: 1466850485
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$11.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2014
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250049469
ISBN10: 1250049466
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$24.99
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