Set in the New Zealand eventing scene - Marlborough, to be exact - this is an excellent read for the horsey set but easily readable for the non equine-oriented.
The story takes us from a busy hospital in the city to an eventing yard that appears to be doing well but we discover it is a financial disaster. T
he owner is lying comatose in the hospital after what appears to be a fall, and the circumstances seem suspicious.
Enter Dr Caitlin Summerfield, estranged daughter of the owner. Despite her chequered history with her mother, she takes up the reins - and gets back in the saddle - to keep the operation going.
As Caitlin works to discover who is behind the death of a fellow horseman, and who is behind the many freak accidents she seems to be having, she finds herself in a race against time. The yard has to stay afloat and stay in the running for a lucrative overseas contract. And she needs to stay alive.
Bold Blood mixes mystery and danger, ambition, dodgy characters, and crime, with a bit of romance to boot. In other words, it's quite a bit like eventing in real life.
About the author:
Lindy Kelly is an experienced journalist and the author of many short stories, poems and plays. She has been published in New Zealand, Australia and the USA and has won, or been commended in 29 awards. Her stories have been broadcast on National Radio and she is the author of 20 books for children and adults. Lindy teaches creative writing at the Nelson Women's Centre, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Nayland Adult Education classes. She lives on a farm in Nelson and loves children, (is the mother of six and grandmother of four) animals, the New Zealand bush, gardening, swimming and of course writing.