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You Can Lead a Horse to Murder (Secrets of Sanctuary Cozy Mysteries) (Volume 1)

Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
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There's a killer in Sanctuary, and the prime suspect is a horse! 

Spirited Ember Burns is led back home to open her own veterinary practice, and her first client lands her in the middle of a murder mystery. When the evidence points to the horse as the cause of death, she vows to protect him.

But horses don't talk and neither do the dead, so Ember has to rely on her intelligence and instinct to get to the truth. A truth buried under layers of small-town secrets. Some that are big enough to get you killed.

Battling a reluctant Sheriff and pushy Mayor, Ember struggles to get her business off the ground while digging deeper. Why would anyone want to kill the local farrier? And who was plotting to stop her? As the town gears up for its centennial celebration, Ember is led from local ranches to the surrounding mountains in her quest. Can she unveil the true culprit before they get away with murder?

©2018 Tara Meyers (P)2018 Tara Meyers

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Great Story!

I was really pulled into this cozy mystery by Tara Meyers by the title, then blurb, and the sample. I have always loved horses and mysteries, so this was an automatic instant attraction. I found the story to be well written and I loved the twists. I thought the author, Tara Meyers did a great job at developing the characters and had great imagery and some humor. Without giving away spoilers, the ending is awesome. I did not figure out who the killer was, which is something that I really enjoy. Cris Dukehart did a great performance. She gave the characters distinguishable voices and inflected the right emotions. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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A funny mystery!

Cozy mysteries are quickly becoming my go to read or listen when I am in the mood for a light mystery. Tara Meyers' You Can Lead a Horse to Murder is a laugh out loud mystery. While it sounds like a contradiction, it's accurate. Let me explain. There is a murder in the small quiet town of Sanctuary hence the mystery aspect. But between the high jinks of a labradoodle and MC Ember's quick tongue and sass, the seriousness of the book is lightened and actually works quite well together. This audiobook is the first of Tara Meyers' work that I have had the pleasure of listening to but she is definitely going on my TBR list. Tara creates a beautiful small town setting with endearing characters in her Secrets of Sanctuary series.

Cris Dukehart is fantastic as the narrator bringing the story to life through my speakers. She nails Ember's personality in her delivery.

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A fun story

This is a entertaining story with a interesting variety of characters.

The Narrator made the story a more enjoyable listen by having a good command of the material.




This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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Delightful start to a new series.......

You Can Lead A Horse to Murder was one of the best cozy mysteries that I have ever read. Tara Meyers describes the characters and setting with enough detail to make the story come to life without bogging down in minute details. Unlike some cozy mysteries, the reasons for Ember, the heroine, to be involved in the solving of the murder were completely reasonable and believable. The author introduced many possible suspects, and the actual villain and motive were a complete surprise. I hope that the author will continue the series with many more adventures for Ember, Mel, Becky and the other fun characters of Sanctuary. I'm especially interested in the development of her possible love interest (no spoilers with a name!).

Cris Dukehart is a wonderful narrator, and she made this enjoyable book all the more enjoyable. I received a copy of this book from Audio Boom and the author in exchange for an honest review, but the combination of Tara Meyers and Cris Dukehart is one that I will be purchasing in the future.

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Love it and I require more!!!!

I absolutely loved this cozy! It was awesome! Ember Burns, yup thats her name, moves home after her mothers death and opens up her own vet practice. She quickly makes friends and enemies as she tries to solve a death...murder or accident??? The narration was great and the story kept me guessing! I want more in this series! I received a free review copy of this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Fun and Sassy New Mystery Series

This was the first book I have read by Tara Meyers but she is now one that I will be watching for. This story has everything I enjoy from a great cozy mystery - suspense, mystery, danger and best of all comedy and a little light romance. She did a wonderful job with the plot and keeping the mystery going with enough twists that it kept me guessing. I also really liked how the narrator portrayed Ember, I felt like she nailed her personality and made the whole story even more entertaining. It's just a fun read, it has it's sad or emotional moments that you connect with the characters but there's enough comedy throughout to also keep it light.

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Really, really good!

I was prepared to like this book, but I didn't just like it, I loved it! The setting was one I could easily identify with having grown up in rural areas of the PNW, so I loved that. The premise was unique as well, as our heroine, Ember, is a veterinarian who gets sucked into the mystery to prove the innocence of her patient, a horse. I also really loved all of the characters, human and animal, they were really well developed, believable, and mostly likable. I can't wait for the other books in this well written series to be available on Audible!

I also thought that Ms. Dukehart's narration was great, though she's a bit of a fast talker so slowing the speed to .90 made it just right .

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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adorable

a very good and adorable cozy mystery the book was very well written and interesting and the narrator was fantastic I enjoyed the book enormously a very good book to listen to
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love the narrator!

another cozy mystery that had me guessing until the very end! I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Animals, Mysteries, and Murder

Full disclosure, this was the first time I’ve tried the whole free-book-for-an-unbiased-review thing and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect quality-wise. I needn’t have worried. The beautiful writing on the very first page set a solid half of my wariness to rest and the heroine’s believable, intelligent actions won me over the rest of the way.
The mystery is typical cozy mystery fare which is just fine with me. The characters struck a good balance between believable and fiction-fun. Ember Burns, apart from her bodice-ripper-romance-worthy name is completely likable and—a relief to me after some of the recent books I’ve listened to—intelligent. What’s more, (and maybe I’ve been listening to too many cozy mysteries lately lol) unlike so many cozy mystery heroines who just come across as suuuuper nosy, Ember’s involvement in the murder mystery was completely believable and never at the expense of her intelligence or likability. I appreciated that so so much.
There were a couple little things that bugged me but they were not insurmountable. Yummy brawny forest ranger Nathan’s sudden appearance in the climax felt a little convenient, and there were a couple logic issues that were left dangling—I was expecting much more of a pay off for Daenerys’ equine issues and the miraculous and convenient resolution of “Daenerys and Butterscotch Instant BFFs” was a bit of a head scratcher. I would have liked a little more behind that than a convenient and unexplained animal quirk. The term “massive Arabian” early on also had my brow a little furrowed. But apart from those,
I really really enjoyed this book.
The writing was beautiful, the narration of the females excellent (the males all sounded a little strained), and I like Ember and her crew, the town, and the setting more than enough to schedule a return visit to Sanctuary very soon.
Genuinely excited to read the next installment.



*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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