PUSS 'N CAHOOTS
A colorful cast of humans and animals trample through the latest Mrs. Murphy mystery, which takes place during the Shelbyville, Ky., saddlebred horse show. Readers get an insider's view into the fascinating world of horse breeders and trainers, and the setting is a marvelous backdrop for mayhem. There's plenty of drama as fierce competitors battle it out in the ring, and you'll enjoy the antics of Miss Nasty, a new animal adversary for Mrs. Murphy and her friends.
Mary Minor "Harry" Haristeen and her husband, Fair, are visiting Shelbyville for the saddlebred show, which promises to be a spectacular event, until the theft of a ruby and sapphire pin and the disappearance of a top horse tarnish the festivities. When Jorge, a groom, is murdered, everyone realizes there's a killer among them. Harry and Fair, along with their animal companions, cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and corgi Tee Tucker, need to find the killer fast, before he wipes out the competition. (BANTAM, Mar., 272 pp., $25.00)