This is a great horse story with lots of interesting history. It was just about the time when prices for show jumpers were beginning to climb. However, a determined equestrian with a good eye could have a fighting chance. As a horse-crazy child in 1960s Chicago, the highlight of the year was the big horse show at the International Amphitheater. Show jumping was a big part of it. Chicagoans will recognize some of the names mentioned in this book.
I usually like novels that promise to go deep into the minds of the characters and don't mind if there isn't much action. I can't say why exactly but for the first time ever for an audiobook, I quit this one after a few hours. Maybe I quit too soon but I didn't care much about any of the characters and they certainly weren't doing anything remotely interesting. I had trouble keeping my mind on the story.
Like all of Ms. Hitchcock's characters, the ones in this book are so well-developed that I really I cared about what happened to them. The plot is very twisted, which makes it a brilliant read. As with all of her books, the setting is interesting and the story is engaging right from the start. I always learn something, too.
I read Ms. Hitchcock's most recent book, Mortal Friends, first and enjoyed it so much that I went back and read all of her books. This book follows Social Crimes and it's best -- but not necessary -- to read that before One Dangerous Lady. I loved learning about the New York social scene, which is presented in a way that isn't all about designer labels and wretched excess. Rather, there is much focus on eleemosynary activities. The murder mystery has myriad twists and turns, keeping the reader up late at night turning pages. The characters are very well-developed and I really cared what happened to most of them.
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