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Murder, She Rode

A Tink Elledge Mystery

A Tink Elledge Mystery

Holly Menino

Minotaur Books

Murder She Rode is smart, funny and sparklingly alive on every page. I devoured it.” –Spencer Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of A Fistful of Collars

 

“Holly Menino takes the blue ribbon for a lively, literate first equestrian mystery strong in characterization and plotting, long on suspense, braided with vivid detail, and beautifully written. Menino not only understands riders, trainers, and horse people, she knows how horses think. Best of all, she knows how to put all this together in a compelling story that will keep you reading past your bedtime. Start to finish, a winner.” --Susan Wittig Albert, author of Cat's Claw

 

A sharply observed and engaging debut introducing Tink Elledge, a compelling new amateur sleuth who takes readers behind the scenes into the rituals and intrigue of a three-day equestrian competition

 

A former world-class rider and an adept horse trainer, Tink Elledge is a woman with a mission: to see her prized horse take home the victory at the prestigious Brandywine Three-Day Event. Tink is whip-smart, headstrong, and used to making her own way—so when an accident forces her onto the sidelines and causes her to forfeit the ride on what may be her last horse to a protégé, she struggles with the realization that her peak days as a horsewoman may be behind her. Then, before the event can begin, a truck accident kills a respected horseman and a talented colt. And when a young rider disappears, what began as a seemingly freak accident reveals sinister roots that lead directly to the tightly knit equestrian community and that Tink, in her newfound and uneasy role as a spectator, can’t help trying to uncover. During the three-day event, horses will perform with inspiring grace. Their riders will navigate treacherous obstacles. And Tink will unravel a plot that threatens the reputations—and lives—of the very men and women she hopes to defeat on the course.

 

Holly Menino has spent a lifetime living with and writing about horses. She is the acclaimed author of three nonfiction books who has been praised by The Washington Post for her "literate and lively style." But it is Murder, She Rode that showcases Holly’s immense talent as a storyteller and introduces an irresistible new voice in an engaging read.

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Accidents happen, and sometimes an accident is just that, a random convergence of time, motion, and unlucky objects. Other accidents beg for explanation.
In October, a week before my gray horse ran in the Brandywine International Three-Day Event, I came upon an accident. A wreck was not unusual in these suburbs south of Philadelphia. There was too much traffic, and the roads that connected the old village centers with the malls were narrow, with no shoulder and hundreds of ungoverned intersections. What was unusual was that I knew the people in the vehicle.
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“Menino, the author of four animal-centered works of nonfiction, brings her considerable knowledge of equine pursuits to this intriguing mystery, as well as a fully believable plot and particularly well-drawn characters, especially Tink. Murder, She Rode clears all the hurdles — and then some.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch


Murder She Rode is smart, funny and sparklingly alive on every page. I devoured it.” –Spencer Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of A Fistful of Collars


“The suspense continues throughout the story, and it never drags. I couldn’t put it down until I knew how the story ended… The friendly rivalries in the sport are perfectly portrayed.  Naturally Tink wants her horse to win, but she’s still willing to risk her own life and limb for her fellow competitors.” –Chronicle of the Horse


“Menino’s accomplished debut includes detailed and fascinating information about the training, strategy, obstacle courses, and scoring involved in the equine competition… Tink makes a very appealing sleuth and Menino has populated her novel with a host of likely suspects and interesting secondary characters… A somewhat surprising villain and an exciting ending should leave readers eager to see more of Tink and the world of equestrian competitions.” –Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

 

“Gripping… [an] exciting insider’s view of the elite horse world.” –Publishers Weekly


“The world of U.S. eventing, a type of triathlon for horses and their riders that is filled with athleticism and artistry, comes to life in Menino’s debut novel…. Elledge is in prime position to solve these seeming accidents, uncovering much that is rank at the base of all this beauty… This debut uncovers a fascinating subject and a promising writer.” --Booklist

"This fascinating debut mystery featuring a unique protagonist who reveals the behind-the-scenes life of elite horse competitions is the first in a projected series exploring current trends in science and technology." –StopYoureKillingMe.com

“Holly Menino takes the blue ribbon for a lively, literate first equestrian mystery strong in characterization and plotting, long on suspense, braided with vivid detail, and beautifully written. Menino not only understands riders, trainers, and horse people, she knows how horses think. Best of all, she knows how to put all this together in a compelling story that will keep you reading past your bedtime. Start to finish, a winner.” --Susan Wittig Albert, author of Cat's Claw

 

“Just as Dick Francis knew the horse racing scene from the inside, Holly Menino can’t be faulted in her three-day eventing, and you’re in sure hands from the start. An action-packed debut that clears all the obstacles with pace and style.” --Peter Lovesey, award-winning author of Cop to Corpse

 

“Tink Elledge is a bright and arresting new detective, and Holly Menino is an exciting new voice in mystery fiction.  A wonderful novel.” --Jane Haddam, author of Blood in the Water

 

"With Murder She Rode, Holly Menino demonstrates both that she knows the eventing world, and that she knows how to write a well-crafted, compelling thriller full of action, intrigue, and suspense.  This is a stellar first novel, and it offers the promise of many more to come."  --Chuck Greaves, award-winning author of Hush Money and Green-Eyed Lady


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Holly Menino

  • HOLLY MENINO grew up in a small Ohio college town, where her passionate interest in animals showed itself by age three, about ten years before she heard the call to be a writer. A graduate of Smith College, she has worked in both scholarly and popular publishing and in radio. 

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