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When Bruce Claremont disappears while working on a thoroughbred breeding farm, his sister asks Steve Cline for help. As Steve slips into Bruce’s world, the more he learns, the more he suspects that Corey may never see her brother again because all is not as it seems in this pastoral setting where secrets and jealousies are the norm, and the present seems to be repeating its fiery past.

ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Bronze medalist
Independent Publishers’ IPPY Award finalist

“Cold Burn is a hot read. Grab it.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

“Ehrman’s third Steve Cline mystery finds Cline working the night shift at a Virginia Thoroughbred farm in foaling season, and the detailed, apparently accurate account of what normally goes on there is among the book’s chief attractions. Another is Cline’s secret attempt to find out what was behind the baffling disappearance of his predecessor, Bruce Claremont, whose knockout sister has convinced Cline to play sleuth. In that role, he encounters a rash of arson fires that eerily mimics a spate of fires that occurred 19 years earlier, an irrationally jealous boyfriend of one of the farm’s knockout employees, and a quantity of missing cocaine–each of these may or may not be related to Claremont’s disappearance, but all of them put Cline squarely in harm’s way. Ehrman skillfully ratchets up the suspense en route to a surprising conclusion.

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. Visit

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