The Opium Equation by Lisa Wysocky
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Cool Titles (September 13, 2011)
“Everyone hates Glenda. So when retired movie star Glenda Dupree was murdered at Fairbanks, her antebellum mansion near Nashville, Tennessee, there was much speculation, but no one missed her much. Prior to leaving life on earth, Glenda had managed to offend everyone in sight, including her neighbor, a (mostly) law-abiding horse trainer named Cat Enright.
Cat finds Glenda s body and is implicated in the murder, and also in the disappearance of a ten-year-old neighbor, Bubba Henley. Cat thinks Bubba s disappearance ties into the murder and realizes her name will not be cleared until he is found. Although a Henley ancestor built Fairbanks, the current Henley clan lives next door in a scruffy trailer. Because the police treat the missing boy as a runaway Cat begins her quest to find Bubba, solve Glenda s murder, and clear her name.
An unpopular sheriff and upcoming election mean the pressure to close the case is on. With the help of her riding students, a (possibly) psychic horse, a local cop, a kid named Frog, and an eccentric client of a certain age with electric blue hair, Cat takes time from her horse training business to try to solve the case and keep herself out of prison.”
This is a fantastic book. I love murder mysteries and horses, so this book was perfect for me. There are a number of “Cat’s Horse Tips” that taught me a few things I didn’t know. I loved that the author added a “Cast Of Main Characters” section at the front of the book. Sometimes I get sidetracked and can’t remember exactly who someone is and this is very helpful. Also, there’s a “Map Of Cat’s Neighborhood”. It was a neat addition.
The book has an easy flow and the chapters are short enough that even at almost 300 pages, it seems like a really quick read. The book isn’t as harsh as most of the books I read and I found myself really enjoying this “toned down” murder mystery. I’m hoping this is the first in a Cat Enright series…I can’t wait to read more.
About The Author:
Lisa Wysocky is an author, equine clinician, and motivational speaker who trains horses for and consults with therapeutic riding programs. She is the co-author, with Brad Cohen, of Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had. Front of the Class has been seen on Oprah and Inside Edition and in People magazine, and won Best Education Book at the IPPY and the ForeWord book awards. Plus, it aired as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on CBS and was nominated for a Faith & Freedom award by MovieGuide.
Lisa is the author of Success Within, which shows how success is being the best you that you can be. A second book on success, Success Talks, has found a home with people who are going through a rough time. Lisa’s book and DVD, My Horse, My Partner, help horse/human partners form amazing bonds. Then there is Horse Country, a beautiful coffee table book that features many stars of country music and their horses.
Her latest book, The Opium Equation, is an equestrian mystery set near Nashville, Tennessee and features an unlikely cast of characters including a (possibly) psychic horse. Lisa is thrilled to announce that The Opium Equation has won a silver medal for fiction from THE MOM’S CHOICE AWARDS®.
Lisa is a registered level PATH International instructor and in 2007 was chosen as one of the country’s Top 50 riding instructors by ARIA. As a speaker Lisa has motivated people from dozens of companies and associations. As an equine clinician she helps horses and humans connect in a meaningful way and helps people understand the “whys” behind equine behavior. She tours with horseman Sam Powell and The Power of a Whisper where she and Sam compare and contrast two schools of thought in reaching horse/human partnerships. Lisa splits her time between Tennessee and Minnesota. Find her at LisaWysocky.com, twitter.com/LisaWysocky or LisaWysocky.blogspot.com.