At Risk by Kit Ehrman

This stirring first mystery is set in Maryland’s rich horse country where Steve Cline, at 21, seems much too young to be in charge of a major horse stable. When he’s hijacked early one morning along with some show horses, his escape turns him into a killer’s target in an environment where a complex scheme develops and everyone, no matter how innocent, courts risks.

“It’s amazing what horses can do for a mystery. Kit Ehrman’s debut novel, At Risk, reeks of authenticity, and the hunters and jumpers that are boarded at this no-frills garage have personality to burn. When seven of these horses are stolen in the dead of night, Stephen Cline, the 21-year-old barn manager . . . in the honored tradition of a Dick Francis hero, vows to track down the thieves . . .” ~Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

“Both horse lovers and crime fans who’ve never stepped into a stirrup will relish Ehrman’s riveting debut . . . Ehrman treads Dick Francis territory with a sure foot [and] has created a memorable cast. With his youthful zeal and perseverance, Steve Cline makes a captivating hero and sleuth, one readers will be eager to see again.” ~Publishers Weekly

After discovering the works of Dick Francis, Kit Ehrman quit a lucrative government job and went to work in the horse industry as a groom, veterinary assistant, and barn manager at numerous horse facilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Twenty-five years later, Ehrman combined a love of horses and mysteries by penning the award-winning equine-oriented mystery series featuring barn manager and amateur sleuth Steve Cline. Originally published in hardcover and trade by Poisoned Pen Press, the series has received numerous awards and outstanding reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, The Denver Post and the Chicago Tribune among others.

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