A Two Horse Town

A Kate Caraway Animal Rights Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
243 Pages
Reviewed on 11/25/2018
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Author Biography

Kathleen Kaska is the author of two awarding-winning mystery series: the Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series set in the 1950s and the Classic Triviography Mystery Series, which includes The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book. Her first two Lockhart mysteries, Murder at the Arlington and Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus-books for the Pulpwood Queen Book Group, the largest book group in the country. Her latest Sydney Lockhart mystery, set in Austin, Texas, is Murder at the Driskill. Run Dog Run Kathleen’s first mystery in the new Kate Caraway animal-rights series was released in March 2017. A Two Horse Town will be out after the first of the year.
When she is not writing, she spends much of her time with her husband traveling the back roads and byways around the country, looking for new venues for her mysteries and bird watching along the Texas coast and beyond. It was her passion for birds that led to the publication The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story (University Press of Florida).
Kathleen is a writer and marketing director for Cave Art Press. Her collection of blog posts was released in August 2017 under the title, Do You Have a Catharsis Handy? Five-Minute Writing Tips.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

A Two Horse Town: A Kate Caraway Animal Rights Mystery is a sleuth mystery novel written by Kathleen Kaska. Kate felt she had no choice but to come to Southern Montana where Ida Springfield was waging a desperate war against the mayor and his cronies who had their hearts set on building a dam on the Pryor River. Water had always been a scarce commodity in this area known for its steep canyons and rugged places -- and its wild endangered horse population. Ida’s land was home to its own herd of horses. If that dam was built, the spring that fed her land would dry up, leaving the mustangs without a source of water. The National Park Service was all too willing to take the herd off of Ida’s hands, but they offered little more than the auction block and the threat that those wild horses would be sold to a slaughterhouse. Ida would die before she let that happen, and she was willing to take the mayor and his cronies with her. Nate Springfield, her great-grandson, was a student of Kate’s, and he had begged her to try to find a peaceful resolution before the standoff became an outright crisis.

A Two Horse Town: A Kate Caraway Animal Rights Mystery is a fast-paced and exciting story set in the Pryor Mountains of Montana. While this is not the first book in the series, Kaska provides enough background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone novel. I was fascinated by those Montana mountain ranges and loved learning about the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses. Kaska’s characters are marvelous! Kate is strong, smart and willing to put herself out there to protect Ida and the horses. I also enjoyed getting to know Kaska’s feisty senior, Ida, her twin sister, Veda, and Karen, the diminutive Park Service worker who helps Kate. The plot gives the armchair sleuth plenty of puzzles to mull over as well. While this is the first Kate Caraway book I’ve read, I soon felt I had a handle on her background and was quickly immersed in the story. That said, I’m planning on going back and reading the first book in the series, Run Dog Run. A Two Horse Town: A Kate Caraway Animal Rights Mystery is most highly recommended.

Minette lauren/zari Reede

Sounds like a wonderful story!!!