Canter with a Killer


Canter with a Killer (A Horse Rescue Mystery)
by Amber Camp

About Canter with A Killer

Canter with a Killer (A Horse Rescue Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Arkansas
Crooked Lane Books (October 11, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1639101802
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1639101801
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09S3G8PDD

Perfect for fans of Amanda Flower and Mollie Cox Bryan, Amber Camp’s debut novel will have you galloping through the pages, as a horse rescue owner races to find a killer and clear her name.

Mallory Martin left her marriage and her unfulfilling job to move back to her hometown of Hillspring, Arkansas, and start a horse rescue. It’s everything she’s been missing, with paddocks of happy horses and one very quirky donkey. But when her cantankerous neighbor and longtime critic, Albert Cunningham, is found murdered in his fancy show barn, Mallory becomes suspect number one. Since Sheriff Grady Sullivan is ignoring all good sense and focusing only on Mallory, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Aided by her best friend, Lanie, and rescue volunteer Tanner, Mallory races headlong into the investigation in search of the real killer. But horses and murder aren’t the only thing on her mind when she meets Albert’s handsome son, Braydon. Sparks fly, and soon she’s got a new boyfriend. But there’s a case to be solved, and she redoubles her efforts to learn the truth.

The suspects mount quickly. There’s Albert’s girlfriend, Kathleen, who was on the farm when he was murdered; organic farmer Heather Rogers, who accused Albert of contaminating her creek; and Philip Atwood, who’d been trying for a right-of-way across Albert’s farm. None of the evidence is holding up though, and Mallory learns that she’ll need to take the reins on this investigation if she’s going to clear her own name.

About Amber Camp

Amber has lived in Northwest Arkansas for twenty+ years, working as an RN at a rural hospital in the area. She has a menagerie of animals that includes dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and what has been described as the Mule from Hell, which may or may not be a slight exaggeration. Writing has always been a focus in Amber’s life, something she describes as “food for my soul.” An avid reader since grade school, she enjoys multiple genres and is always looking for new authors to add to her favorites. Amber is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

Q&A With the Author

Thank you so much for inviting me to share a little about me and my work with your readers.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Canter with a Killer was a lot of fun to write. I loved plotting the mystery and figuring out the red herrings, but my favorite part was exploring the relationships between the characters. Mallory and Tanner are always fun to write, the dynamic of boss and volunteer and how Mallory can’t help but act like a mom with him sometimes. It’s going to be fun to write the evolution of their relationship as well, as Tanner gets older and takes on more responsibility at the rescue.

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?

I am working on the next two Horse Rescue Mystery sequels and a paranormal cozy mystery. The Horse Rescue Mystery series will see Mallory expand the rescue a bit and add employees. There will be more murders, of course, but I hope to explore other types of crime that Mallory can get wrapped up in. I’m not sure what that will look like yet, because I’m a bit of a pantser, but I would love to see her help bust some livestock thefts and maybe bring a blackmailer to justice.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future?

I hope to be able to write the Horse Rescue Mystery series for a long time to come. I enjoy that world and those characters so much and I really enjoy spending time there. I am also hoping to find a home for my paranormal cozy mystery series. The ultimate goal would be to write full-time, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to swing that anytime soon. I have more ideas than time, so choosing the next project is difficult sometimes, but it’s a good problem to have.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve written in some capacity my whole life, from making folded paper “books” as a kid to finishing my first full-length novel at sixteen. Stories are with me 24/7 and I’m always writing even when I’m not physically putting it on paper.

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Honestly, I’m just so excited to finally have readers that the first thing I want to say is THANK YOU! I hope that readers will enjoy their time in Hillspring and want to return again and again. I also love to connect with readers, so please feel free to follow me on social media and sign up for my newsletter. Happy reading!


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