One of my all-time favorite cozy series is Michele Scott's Michaela Bancroft Horse Mysteries (if you haven't read them, you can download all 3 as a set here. I am so, so very excited for her new Young Adult book series about seventeen-year-old equine telepath Vivienne Taylor. Billed as "Gossip Girls meets Veronica Mars meets Heartland (set in the world of three day eventing)" I couldn't be more thrilled...Heartland is one of my favorite tv shows ever!!!
Small town seventeen-year-old Vivienne Taylor is a talented equestrian with Olympic dreams and a little something extra going on--she is also an “equine empath,” someone who has the ability to read horses’ minds and moods. When she receives a full scholarship to attend Fairmont Riding Academy, a prep school with a famous riding program, she struggles with homesickness, hazing by the school’s snooty drama queen, intense competition in the sport of three-day-eventing, and the not-altogether-unwelcome interest of a hot guy. On top of all of that the horse given to Vivienne via the scholarship is an animal that she cannot “read” or understand. When Vivienne learns that her new horse Harmony belonged to the school’s vet, who recently died in a freak accident, she senses that the horse’s aloof behavior may be the result of her witnessing this accident. But as a connection begins to unfold between Vivienne and Harmony, Vivienne begins to believe that the vet’s death was no accident at all--but rather murder--and she resolves, at considerable peril, to track down the killer.
Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing
Publication date: 5/28/2013