Merry Abbot Carriage Driving Mysteries

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

The Cart Before The Corpse (The Merry Abbot Carriage-Driving Mystery) Summary

Hitch your imagination to an intriguing new mystery series set in the world of competitive carriage driving - an elegant yet cut-throat realm in which gorgeously costumed drivers and their magnificently harnessed horses vie for championships in the challenging obstacle course of the show ring.

Jane Austen, meet Mad Max.

Fans of the long-running Mossy Creek Hometown Series will gallop to bookstores for this spin-off equine mystery series by veteran Mossy Creek author Carolyn McSparren, a nationally known novelist and expert carriage driver, who owns and shows carriage-driving horses in her home state of Tennessee.

Open your barn doors and fasten your (buggy's) seatbelts for The Cart Before the Corpse

Famous southern carriage-horse trainer Hiram Lackland, a handsome widower, dies mysteriously after retiring to a farm outside Mossy Creek. His estranged daughter, Merry Abbot, also a horse trainer, arrives to settle his estate. But Merry quickly plunges into bit-chomping dilemmas when her father's friend and landlord, mystery-novel maven Peggy Caldwell, insists he was murdered.

Before Merry can so much as snap a buggy rein, a handsome and annoying GBI investigator, Geoff Madison, is on her case. Then there's the troublesome donkey: Don Qui. Short for Don Quixote. And the fact that Hiram was teaching all of Mossy Creek's lonely women how to - ahem - drive his carriage.

Can Merry rein in the truth? What kind of horse play was her rakish dad involved in, and why would someone want to giddy-yup him into an early grave?

Stay tuned for the answers in this first episode of, "As the Carriage Wheel Turns".

©2009 Carolyn McSparren (P)2012 BelleBooks, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Cart Before The Corpse (The Merry Abbot Carriage-Driving Mystery)

    • By: Carolyn McSparren
    • Narrated by: Erin Novotny
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Famous southern carriage-horse trainer Hiram Lackland, a handsome widower, dies mysteriously after retiring to a farm outside Mossy Creek. His estranged daughter, Merry Abbot, also a horse trainer, arrives to settle his estate. But Merry quickly plunges into bit-chomping dilemmas when her father's friend and landlord, mystery-novel maven Peggy Caldwell, insists he was murdered. Before Merry can so much as snap a buggy rein, a handsome and annoying GBI investigator, Geoff Madison, is on her case....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I'm a groom on the driving circuit, just my topic

    • By mandy on 21-08-16

    Regular price: £15.29

  • Book 2

    • One Hoof in the Grave

    • By: Carolyn McSparren
    • Narrated by: Karen Commins
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Once again, Merry Abbott has to catch a killer in the high-stakes world of carriage driving competitions. Nothing ruins an elegant Southern horse show like finding a murdered man with a tent spike through his neck. Merry's at the top of a long list of suspects who have plenty of reason to want the victim dead. But soon it becomes obvious that she's also at the top of the real murderer's next-to-die list.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • enjoyed as I'm a driving competition groom

    • By mandy on 21-08-16

    Regular price: £24.19