Audie Award Nominee, Mystery, 2013
A newly minted member of Henley & Hargrove, Pasadena's oldest and snobbiest law firm, Jack MacTaggart is assigned to handle an insurance claim on behalf of socialite Sydney Everett. Hush Puppy, Sydney's champion show horse, has died unexpectedly, and attending veterinarian George Wells confides to Jack that the great horse's death was anything but natural. Jack's investigation leads him into the high-stakes world of professional show jumping and down a path to romance, intrigue, and an old blackmail scheme that further implicates his client. After Jack reports his findings, another body is discovered. And this one is human.
©2012 Chuck Greaves; ©2012 AudioGO
The lead in this story was terrific -- down-to-earth, smart, wisecracking, serious and with a good heart. This story entertains like NCIS entertains. Lots of action and characters you like. A fun, engrossing listen. Highly recommended.
Not many mystery writers enter the horse world, and adding a legal firm to the mix makes this appealing in several ways. The plot was a little far-fetched, but not unbelievable, the characters were interesting in themselves, and the ending was completely unexpected. All in all, pretty good.
It started out as a Grisham legal thriller, then it turned into a Dick Francis murder at the horse race track novel, and it transitioned again into a suspenseful medical nail-biter aka Robin Cook. Chuck Greaves has a 1st place winner in "Hush Money".
This is a great book--funny dialogue, good characters, part legal thriller part murder mystery, a bit over the top at times, but always entertaining with twists and turns. I found the narrator a little hard to listen to, boring tone to his voice also at times too much detail about, but it was overall a great listen.
Should perhaps have been 3 1/2 stars. Fun read. Fun, likeable characters. Excellent reader -- delivering the wise remarks with just the right tone. A little light on the mystery itself (too intricate an explanation -- that's why I didn't give it four stars), but I am still looking forward to the next one by this author. Wonder if he will set them all in the horse world or this was just a one-off.
Clever, witty & intellegent
Yes. Many twists and surprises to the plot.
A very nice surprise.
Can't compare since I didn't read it.
The author's dry sense of humor.
He put a lot into his read....very enjoyable touch to his voice.
As a horse owner I definately had my cry but the smiles outweighed the tears.
Wish the author had another book with the same main character...he is SOOO likable.
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