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.
“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