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Forging Fire

(Horseshoer Mystery #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Days before her wedding, Rainy Dale jumps at a chance to visit the fabled Black Bluff bull sale down in California, but things go awry when she is assaulted and her truck is stolen.

In this twist on the “locked-room” form, more than one mystery is hidden on the ranch where Rainy and her dog, Charlie, end up. Everyone—the owners, ranch hands, angry neighbors, and perhaps eve
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Arcade Crimewise
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Cathy Geha
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Forging Fire by Lisa Preston
Horseshoer Mystery Series #3

Rainy Day is back to solve another murder mystery. Thinking she can do a favor for a friend she heads off to the Black Bluff bull sales hoping to see the place and check off one item on her bucket list. Little does she know that she will face losing more than time on the road and away from home.

What I liked:
* Rainy: strong, independent, horseshoer working in what is usually considered a man’s jobtrade. Willing to help others, eager to sol
Charlotte Pawson
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, mystery
Horseshoer Rainy Dale jumped at the chance to visit the Black Bluff bull sale along with herding dog Charley. Rainy is attacked and her truck and forge tools stolen. When they are found on a local ranch her truck is disabled to stop her leaving. Charley will find his previous owner murdered but this is not the only mystery hidden on this ranch. The characters and setting keep you interested. Rainy holds her own as a horseshoer in a male world but sticks to her guns when trying to do right by Cha ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forging Fire by Lisa Preston is an intriguing mystery starring amateur sleuth and horseshoer Rainy Dale.

With her wedding just days a way, Rainy Dale makes the impetuous decision to haul a tempestuous bull to the Black Bluff bull sale in California.  Upon her arrival, she is able to check an item off her bucket list but everything goes downhill from there. Rainy is unexpectedly the victim of a crime and even worse, her beloved dog, Charley is missing. She finds herself on a nearby ranch and accep
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I didn't like this 3rd in the series as well as I liked the first 2 books.....I felt it was a bit clustered with characters & I kind of had a hard time with the 'believe-ability' of the story. I thought the 1st books allowed for more realistic happenings(?), & that with this one.....I just wasn't feeling the same vibes?! She does continue to show that she knows her way around a ranch/rural setting, in description & jargon, & I like that aspect. I will continue to watch for her 4th in the series, ...more
Kathleen Gray
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I gotta love a mystery where Charlie the dog knows the answer to the question of who stole Rainy's truck and assaulted her. This should be a happy time for her- she's getting married, her business as a horseshoer is going well, and she's at an event she's wanted to attend. Someone doesn't want her there, though, and trouble lies ahead. No spoilers from me but this one isn't too complicated so you might figure out the solution- but keep reading for the characters and setting. Thanks to the publis ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm happy I read this ARC because I discovered a new interesting series.
It's a gripping and highly entertaining story that kept me hooked.
I loved the fleshed out and likable characters and the setting.
The mystery was solid and I enjoyed it even I was able to guess the culprit.
I will surely read the rest of the series, recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine
Giselle Smith
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, western
Book three of Rainey Dale's sleuthing by accident did not disappoint. I like how this author has formed Rainey's story and adds to it with each book. You could read each on it's own but it's so much more enriching if you start with the first one and continue.

This one takes place in CA right before her wedding to Guy. There are lots of twists and turns and for quite while I wasn't sure who/where/what. The characters are believeable and for those of you who are familiar with horses, dogs and weeke
Oct 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
If the writer had put as much work into her writing as she did making sure the reader knew the main character was "jest a good ol' country gal", this book might have had a chance. Somewhere about 10 pages in, the MC, talking about a man who made a pass at her, said such things just "didn't sugar her grits". A-a-a-n-n-n-d that was it for me. Too much cornpone. I quit. ...more
T Olsen
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like the last book, it's a little slow in the middle, but I like this book a lot. I love the language (there are some funny misunderstandings at the police station), and the characters seem very real. ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great! Another entertaining story as Rainy stumbles into a mystery she didn’t know she played a small part in on her way to her new life in Oregon. Great characters and intrigue. Looking forward to the next book.
Jackie Parrott
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Animal instincts

This is a very good read .I loved the story line and the added humor in it.I also love the animals parts in it.Look forward to reading more of this series.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it as much as the first two in the series.
Marie L
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nice story about something I didn’t knew anything about. A horseshoer gets involved in a bigger scheme than she expected. Nice paced, with characters that keep you on your toes.
Kathryn Garner
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Mystery and murder mix in this tale set in the ranching world. The best character was the dog. An easy read.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Serial mystery story featuring Rainy Dale, a woman horseshoer gets better with each book! And, I can't wait for book #4, titled Tap & Die. There was a teaser first chapter at the end of this book #3, so I hope there's not a long wait! ...more
karen wendt
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this author and her heroine.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Forging Fire by Lisa Preston

This is actually the third installment in this mystery series! I'm definitely reading 1 & 2 InshaAllah

There were lots of characters but they were well explained. The setting, mystery figuring out who the killer was, was amazing. I loved the detective vibe and how Rainy was soo eager to solve the mystery. The other characters also kinda complimented her in a way. I highly recommend this to mystery lovers.

Thank you Netgalley, Skyhorse publishing and Lisa Preston for
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Love the series and this latest book was no exception! Rainy Dale is a unique and unexpected protagonist who has taught me a bit about horses and shoeing as the plot unfolds in unexpected ways. Thank you Lisa Preston for another entertaining foray into the heart, mind & life of a remarkable young woman!
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Lisa Preston (1964- ) turned to writing after careers as a fire department paramedic and a city police officer. Experience in her earlier professions enhance the medical and legal passages of her fiction and non-fiction.

Her debut novel, Orchids and Stone, was released by Thomas & Mercer in April 2016, and has been described both as a thriller and as domestic noir.

Her published work includes non-

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