Review: A Basket of Trouble by Beth Groundwater

Basket of Trouble November
A Basket of Trouble
(A Claire Hanover Mystery)

3rd Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
MIDNIGHT INK (November 8, 2012)
A Imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.
Trade Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738727035
E-Book File Size: 2700 KB


Gift basket designer Claire Hanover is so excited to have her brother, Charley, and his wife, Jessica, move closer to Colorado Springs. She hopes his riding stable and trail ride business is a great success. There are a few details to work out with the neighbors but they never expected a murder would change everything. Kyle Mendoza, one of the stable hands, is found dead in one of the stalls. It looks like one of the horses kicked him and trampled him to death. Then it was determined that the horse didn’t kill him. A human did and then dragged him into the stall. But Kyle’s family files a lawsuit, a competing business is working hard to steal all of Charley’s customers and the neighbors are pushing to have the city shut the place down. Claire is determined to find the real killer “before her brother’s business is put out to pasture.”

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This 3rd installment in this series interested me on many levels.

The story is set in the Garden of the Gods which sounds just beautiful.

Plus Charley’s wife, Jessica, runs a non-profit which uses hippotherapy, a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input. This therapy caught my attention. I had heard of kids with disabilities riding horses but after reading this I understand the therapy so much better. While my disability is permanent it would be cool to still be able to ride a horse again.

The story also shines a light on the immigration issues we have in this country. Groundwater entwines this hot button issue in the story from the employer and immigrants viewpoints without get political or preachy at all. 

The author takes all this and wraps a great mystery around it. I can’t believe how fast I read this book. It just flowed so well in true Beth Groundwater fashion. She gives us characters that keep evolving, that are as real as our own neighbors. The plots are tight, the dialogue is true. There is the perfect balance of humor and suspense. She just writes a darn good story. One that when you pick it up you won’t put it down.

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