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Lead a Horse to Murder (Reigning Cats & Dogs Mystery #3)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  260 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
When it comes to sleuthing, she's not horsing around...

When full-time vet and part-time sleuth Jessica Popper is asked to treat a billionaire's ailing horse, she gets a deadly glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and felonious….

Murder gallops after Jessie when an emergency call sends the traveling vet to a posh Long Island estate with her one-eyed Dalmatian, Lou, and he
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2005)
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May 25, 2010 Tammy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: cozy mystery readers
Easy read but not one of my favorites ........ probably won't read any more of this series for a while ....

Moving on .... more books to read, more mysteries to solve ....
Julie H.
Jan 10, 2009 Julie H. rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Still set on Long Island, Jessica Popper is still a vet, she expands her loveable crew of animal companions by one, she's still dating Nick Burby who remains utterly overbearing and insensitive given their past history. While I like Jessie, her pets (esp. the dogs), her ability to get accidentally involved in sleuthing, and the opportunity the story affords to learn about polo (the sport of kings or the king of sports?), I am really sick of Nick. It's time to dump him and move on already--esp. a ...more
Feb 13, 2008 Krystal rated it it was ok
Though the books in this series are decidedly better than my first impression (meaning halfway through the first book), they still lack that "umph" factor that draws me into the story and makes me forget all else. I don't believe the gift of dialogue is Baxter's forte, and therein lies one of my problems. I have to overcome the obstacle of "twitchy talking" its my own reference for conversations and inner dialogue that doesn't flow (seriously, coined it spur of the moment genius-like, and it tot ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
Another day, another mystery! This one was an unexpected find over the weekend. Given I only get every second weekend off, we usually try and do something special every few weeks. This time we went to Dubbo and visited one of my favorite book stores. We also ate Oporto, since it's the only store in the central west. Yum!

Basically this series follows Vet Jessie Popper as she uncovers mysteries while looking after animals. This time it's mainly horses, but a few cats and dogs make an appearance to
Angela Carrigan
May 11, 2015 Angela Carrigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting mystery

It is a touch vapid and another touch unrealistic, but the storyline dragged me in.

The story follows the heroine through several twists and turns. Hints are far and few between, you won't be likely to guess the ending before you read it.

This time, the veterinary and animal references are more believable. The author is starting to learn that fans expect accuracy.

Overall, it is a good mystery for killing time provided you don't expect earth shaking revelations. This is a vacat
May 11, 2009 Samantha rated it it was ok
Lead a Horse to Murder is the third installment of the "Reighning Cats and Dogs Mystery Series." I'm a sucker for these books, but this one, while light and interesting, is a tad annoying. I started to wonder about half way through if Baxter were contractually obligated to write another book because this one seemed thrown together. The dialogue was stilted and the story read more like the history of polo at times. The never-ending parade of stupidity that constitutes Jessica's actions is a bit l ...more
I've read this series out of order and have found them to be particularly uneven. I liked this one quite a bit. The characters are reletively well drawn, there are not so many suspects that it becomes rediculous, Nick and Jessie's relationship is way on the back burner (and thus not annoying), and there is some actual vet references and veterinary medicine ties in with the murder plot. I also found the poio theme interesting.
Dec 27, 2013 Vicky rated it liked it
Another cozy mystery series which is based on a veterinarian and she stumbles on her mysteries by having a vet-mobile to visit her patients which also gives her the chance to find all kinds of murders that she can solve. This series involves animals, but not the talking type. I enjoyed these WHEN I just wanted very light reading….
Mar 03, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok
Another easy reading mystery in this series. They aren't great, but they are good enough that I keep reading the series. Dr Popper gets annoying at times because she decides at some point that everyone is one the possible list of suspects sometimes without much reason. Her boyfriend Nick should also just give up and find someone that appreciates him.
Diane Wachter
Mar 01, 2016 Diane Wachter rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Cynthia Baxter, Reigning Cats and Dogs Series, Bk 3, PB-B @ 2005, 8/29/05. While on a housecall to tend to a polo pony, a world-famous polo player falls dead off his horse. A terrible tragedy--or murder? Very good.
Sara Bartlett
Jul 14, 2012 Sara Bartlett rated it liked it
This was fun, not a great author but a fun author and the plot was interesting and well developed. I enjoyed the book as a great escape...if you want to lay back and forget about everything and focus on a fun book, this is it.
May 09, 2009 Janet rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
This series is slowly improving. There are still some painfully obvious red herrings, and the murderer becomes apparent about half-way through the book. Jessie herself, however, has improved to the point that I only rolled my eyes at her stupidity a couple of times.
Feb 19, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
Interesting that I read this one at bedtime while I listened in the car to "Whisker of Evil" by Rita Mae Brown. Ms. Brown's book was about horse breeding, and this one was about Polo. I'm filled with horse sense!
Oct 08, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok
The third book I've read in the series and I wasn't thrilled by it. I know that they're just fun easy-read mysteries, but I still wanted more. The cast a characters were too stereotypical and not likable. It was still a nice light book, but don't expect too much.
Jul 26, 2011 Janet added it
Very cool. I liked the polo-pony theme a lot. She is driving me nuts with the "renaming" of Long Island places, but I think I'll get over it
Aug 30, 2014 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: cynthia-baxter
I know so very little about horses and even less about polo but this story opened my eyes to a world cat lovers like myself are not in tune with.
Susan Miller
Dec 28, 2012 Susan Miller rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the story and characters. Good lesson in the history of polo given and a glimpse of the incredibly wealthy. I liked the stories sad twist.
Aug 06, 2011 Melanie rated it liked it
Another great book by Baxter. Her books are fresh, easy and pleasant to read. A must for all pet lovers\mystery lovers.
Apr 17, 2008 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: serial-cozy
This is another good read from the Jessica Popper DMV cozy series. A good read with revenge, suspense and lots of intrigue for this cozy mystery.
Jun 13, 2011 Tiina rated it it was ok
This was a quick read, and I liked the animals in the story. But the human characters were not that credible. That's why the book only got an ok and not a like.
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Dear Reader,

Thanks for taking the time to check out my web site! I love the fact that the Internet makes it so easy to "talk" to readers (and to hear from them, too - my email address is below).

My favorite thing to do is read - and my second favorite is to write. Since 2003, I've been writing The Reigning Cats & Dogs Mystery Series, which features veterinarian Jessica Po
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