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Rode to Death

Rode to Death

Finalist in the 2015 San Diego Book Awards—Best Published Mystery, Sisters In Crime Award category

Equine journalist Randi Sterling bonds easily with the horses she writes about, it's men she has a hard time trusting. When she receives a proposition from Jaydee Hill, her charismatic college flame, to move to his ranch in California's wealthy enclave of Rancho del Zorro, she is torn. Jaydee is offering her the life she's always dreamed of, but he burned her once before. Is he a changed man or is she heading down a trail of trouble?

Desire and curiosity win her mental coin toss, but she arrives to discover surprise! Jaydee is already married. Soon afterward she stumbles upon Jaydee's bride, dead in a champion stallion's stall and Randi's fingerprints are on the murder weapon.

Can Randi solve this crime before she is arrested, Jaydee steals her soul for good or she becomes the killer's next victim?

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"Randi's story of love and betrayal, of family and suspicion, will hold readers spellbound."
   —Diane Lee Wilson, author of Firehorse

"One of the best books I've read this year. Susan Union delivers a fast paced mystery set in the fascinating world of horse breeding. Her lyrical descriptions and riveting story line kept me turning pages until the end."
   —Mary Marks, author of Forget Me Knot, first in a quilting mystery series

"Readers will thoroughly enjoy Susan Union's debut mystery, Rode to Death, a skillfully crafted modern day western of greed, lust, treachery and revenge."
   —Michael Murphy, author of Goodbye Emily

"Rode to Death offers noble animals, smart (and smartass) women, and an intriguing mystery. Lovers of all three will find much to enjoy in Susan Union's charming book."
   —Marianne Wesson, author of Render Up the Body

"Susan Union combines a naive heroine, fancy horses, Southern California wealth, several hunks and no shortage of good guys in a tale of threats and murder that keeps the reader turning pages until the last unexpected reveal at the end."
   —Betsy Ashton, author of Mad Max Unintended Consequences

"Susan Union writes with a crisp voice that makes Rode To Death a compelling read and an engaging debut novel."
   —Mary Billiter, author of "Not My Kid..." and "The XYZ Affair"

"Susan Union's characters will clench your heart. In Rode To Death, she has written a suspenseful tale that will keep you reading late in to the night."
   —Shelley K. Wall, author of "Chloe's Secret"

Koehler Books, paperback, February 2014, ISBN: 9781938467844