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If Wishes Were Horses...

(Neil Marshall #1)

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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  16 reviews
HARD TIMES IN HOUSTON
Neil Marshall is a graduate student in the University of Houston's creative writing program. He is also a poet. Graduate student and poet--hardly the world's most lucrative endeavors, especially for someone who has just embarked on a money-draining divorce. To make ends meet, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high-society caterer.
Just when his life seems
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Mass Market Paperback, 10 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Fawcett (first published 1995)
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Rajan
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blurb
Neil Marhsall is a graduate student in the University of Houston's creative writing program and a promising young poet.

However, facing a financially and emotionally draining divorce has him worried about more than paying tuition. So, to make ends meet, Neil moonlights as a chef for a high-society caterer.

Just when Neil's life seems bleakest, his oldest friend, racehorse breeder Jason Keys, is murdered. And Neil becomes the prime suspect.

To avenge his friend, clear his name, and rescue a mi
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Shravya Gunipudi
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just read If Wishes Were Horses by Tim Hemlin which is a collection of short stories. Here is what I thought...
 

BOOK COVER:

I personally did not find the cover too appealing. It was dull and not catchy at all. I feel like something different can be done too make it attractive.

Cover Rating – 2.5 / 5

TITLE JUSTIFICATION:

I loved the title. It's from a famous quote "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride." It is catchy and interesting. Makes a person want to grab the book and give it a read.

Title
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P.S. Winn
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a murder, mystery with a lot of life going on. Readers meet Neil Marshall, a man whose life isn't quite perfect. He isn't getting recognition as a writer, he is splitting up with his wife and now,he had found his best friend;s dead body. Neil is a guy I would like to meet. He's down to earth and trying to do the right thing, even if he sometimes seems to go about it in the wrong way. Finding out who murdered his friend is top priority, but the not so easy task may also be deadly. The aut ...more
Lorraine
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, mystery
An exciting and suspenseful murder mystery which held my attention from start to finish.

Neil Marshall is a multi-dimensional character, friendly, loyal, and easy to like.
The rest of the cast are also well fleshed out with their own quirks and personalities.

The many twists and turns kept me guessing who killed Jason, but I didn't have a clue until it was revealed.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
John  Trident
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cover : 4.5/5
Loved the cover, depicts the right amount of suspense needed to cover the book.
Title : 4.5/5
The title is the most catching part of the book. Loved it.
Theme and Story : 4/5
The story is about a financially broke and on the verge of a divorcee man Neil. He joins literature at the uni and starts working at a restaurant.
As he is getting a divorce his wife kicks him out of the house. Having nowhere to go, he stays with his friend Jason, who breeds horses for a living.
This story was fun an
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Mary Ellen Dryden
Beggars Would Ride

I enjoyed this book immensely. I like Mr. Hemlin's style of writing. Good characters, twisting plot and an ending I did not see coming. I highly recommend this novel.
Marilyn
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good

the book is one that is so full of many different men who are part of a criminal organization.it keeps you reading.
Angela Neary
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Neil Marshall mystery series is fast paced and action packed, and held my attention from start to finish. Soon after leaving his wife and winding up on his best friend's couch, part-time catering assistant, graduate student, and poet, Neil Marshall, finds himself inadvertently embroiled in the middle of a murder case. As one of the main suspects and feeling the pressure from an antagonistic assistant district attorney, he sets out to investigate a few things himself in hope ...more
Yvonne Davies
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Neil Marshall is a chef who has just left his wife. Having no where to stay he goes to his best friend Jason for support. Jason has just started to follow his dream as a racing horse breeder. Not long into the story Jason is murdered and Neil wanting to clear suspicion off him starts to investigate it, still whilst working full time in the catering industry. Whilst investigating Jason murder, he annoys quite a few people and at times finds his life in danger when he uncovers corruption in the ho ...more
Book Bits-N-Bobs
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
If wishes were horses… starts as Neil Marshal walked out of his disastrous marriage and goes to a friend’s looking for a place to stay until he can get a place of his own. The beginning, while well written, is a bit slow. However, it puts everything into place to flesh out the whole story. Like any good mystery this book has a slew of characters/ suspects. It took a bit of sorting out on who was who, but Tim Hemlin gives them their own characteristics and personality that helps you get a full pi ...more
Susan
Feb 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Houstonians who like murder mysteries
Recommended to Susan by: Hemlin
The first in a series of murder mysteries my 7th grade English teacher wrote. I didn't think I'd read this one yet but apparently I had, probably when I was in his class.

"I got the hell away from Susan" is essentially the first line of this book. Thankfully that was written before I met him or I might take that personally.

Considering this is genre fiction, it is actually quite good, but I feel that if your main character is going to be a poet and grad student at one of the most prestigious creat
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Cristi Taijeron
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book at an author event and boy am I happy with my prize! This story was fun and funny, exciting and mysterious. The main character, Neil Marshall, is going through some hard times and tough losses, but his sarcasm and defeated humor add a lighter tone to the otherwise dark events of this dangerous mess he's found himself in. But Neil wasn't the only character who caught my interest, every single supporting character had so much life in them. Their unique traits and personalities adde ...more
Jackie
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story, well written. Neil recently divorced , with lack of funds, doesn't know what to do His friend , a horse breeder is murdered and he becomes part of the mystery and hunted. Loved the story, appreciated being able to help review
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating – 4/5 ( Overall )

Cover-3/5

Blurb-3/5

Plot-4/5

Narration-5/5

Story-5/5

Review –

The title is so intriguing that you would compel you to start reading and also the cover looks cool which justifies the title.

The story is about a financially broke and on the verge of a divorcee man Neil. He joins literature at the uni and starts working at a restaurant. As he is getting a divorce his wife kicks him out of the house. Having nowhere to go, he stays with his friend Jason, who breeds horses for a livin
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Thibaldo Manrique
A very good First book

Definitely rich in entertaining value. A very nice read. Smooth, fast paced, with the right amount of action and mystery.

I figured out who did it, but towards the end, and that was very refreshing.

Great at characters, well developed and realistic.

An excellent choice for light reading.
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