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  • ISBN: 0984125833
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Carolyn Mcsparren
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc. (October 1, 2009)
  • Pages: 320 pages
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 837
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Famous southern carriage-horse trainer Hiram Lackland, a handsome .

Famous southern carriage-horse trainer Hiram Lackland, a handsome widower, dies mysteriously after retiring to a farm outside Mossy Creek. His estranged daughter, Merry Abbott, also a horse trainer, arrives to settle his estate. But Merry quickly plunges into bit-chomping dilemmas when her father's friend and landlord, mystery-novel maven Peggy Caldwell, insists he was murdered. Часто встречающиеся слова и выражения.

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The Cart Before the Corpse. A Merry Abbott Carriage-Driving Mystery. by. Carolyn McSparren. Jethro spun through a ninety-degree corner around the stables. The carriage rocked dangerously but righted itself. Then he headed straight for the parking area where over forty trailers and trucks were closely aligned in rows. I ran to cut Jethro off, waved my arms and yelled to get his attention in hopes he’d be so startled he’d pull up or swerve away before he reached the narrow lanes between the vehicles. He knew how wide his body was, and that he could fit between the trailers and trucks. He didn’t have a clue how wide the carriage behind him was.

His estranged daughter, Merry Abbott, also a horse trainer, arrives to settle his estate

His estranged daughter, Merry Abbott, also a horse trainer, arrives to settle his estate. Before Merry can so much as snap a buggy rein, a handsome and annoying GBI investigator, Geoff Madison, is on her case. Then there's the troublesome donkey: Don Qui. Short for Don Quixote. And the fact that Hiram was teaching all of Mossy Creek's lonely women how to-ahem-drive his carriage. Can Merry rein in the truth?

Written by Carolyn McSparren, narrated by Erin Novotny.

Written by Carolyn McSparren, narrated by Erin Novotny. Hitch your imagination to an intriguing new mystery series set in the world of competitive carriage driving - an elegant yet cut-throat realm in which gorgeously costumed drivers and their magnificently harnessed horses vie for championships in the challenging obstacle course of the show ring. Jane Austen, meet Mad Max.

collection also currently free), free courtesy of publisher Bell Bridge Books.

The Cart Before The Corpse (The Merry Abbot Carriage-Driving Mystery) by Carolyn McSperren, is a cozy-looking mystery set in the popular "Mossy Creek" southern fiction setting (story collection also currently free), free courtesy of publisher Bell Bridge Books. Fans of the long-running Mossy Creek Hometown Series will gallop to bookstores for this spin-off equine mystery series by veteran Mossy Creek author Carolyn McSparren, a nationally known novelist and expert carriage driver, who owns and shows carriage-driving horses in her home state of Tennessee.

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When they walked around to the stable, the two men saw Merry Abbott and Peggy Caldwell harnessing the big black horse to a two-wheeled wooden cart. but making no attempt to help. The miniature donkey leaned shoulder to knee against the big black horse like a four-legged gray wart. There, Merry said as she buckled the padded girth around the horse’s big middle. He seemed to have gone to sleep. His head drooped, and his eyes were half closed. The donkey’s ears twitched but not much else.

The Merry Abbot Carriage Driving Mystery by. Merry Abbott knows carriages and horses, not murder. Things like these bother me.

by Carolyn McSparren. Books related to The Cart Before The Corpse. Can Merry rein in the truth? What kind of horse play was her rakish dad involved in, and why would someone want to giddy-yup him into an early grave? In this series.

Famous southern carriage-horse trainer Hiram Lackland, a handsome widower, dies mysteriously after retiring to a farm outside Mossy Creek. His estranged daughter, Merry Abbott, also a horse trainer, arrives to settle his estate. But Merry quickly plunges into bit-chomping dilemmas when her father's friend and landlord, mystery-novel maven Peggy Caldwell, insists he was murdered. Before Merry can so much as snap a buggy rein, a handsome and annoying Gbi investigator, Geoff Madison, is on her case. Then there's the troublesome donkey: Don Qui. Short for Don Quixote. And the fact that Hiram was teaching all of Mossy Creek's lonely women how to--ahem--drive his carriage. Can Merry rein in the truth? What kind of horse play was her rakish dad involved in, and why would someone want to giddy-yup him into an early grave?
Reviews about The Cart Before The Corpse (The Merry Abbot Carriage-Driving Mystery) (7):
Vichredag
I spent more money on this cozy than I usually do but it sounded entertaining, the reviews were good, I loved the first two Mossy Creek books, and I figured I could learn something about carriage driving while enjoying a mystery at the same time. The author achieved this goal quite well. Fast paced and filled with facts about the horse carriage world, this spin off of Mossy Creek is written from the point of view of a few pivotal characters but this isn't distracting as it could be.

Merry's father dies while she is beginning to reunite with him leaving her with a horse carriage farm, his murder to solve and some of her own baggage to reconcile. The character development is very good the story keeps your interest and Merry is a strong female lead.

The reason for the three stars is the lack of an editor. If a book is going to be sold for $8.99; the reader should be able to read without needing a red pen.

For Example; Peggy, mother of 4 cats, takes one cat to the vet to stay a few days. Upon returning home, Peggy is met by 4 cats. I guess the one cat didn't want to stay at the vet and beat everyone home?

Another example; Merry called her mother and got her email. There are some words inserted that shouldn't be which are disconcerting.

This could be a good series if an editor can be found.
Vivados
This was a a comfortable mystery, with a lot of education about carriage driving. As with most things, unless a person is involved in the sport, vocation, or avocation, we don't really understand all that is involved in not only the driving, but also all the other facets. So I learned something as well as being entertained.

The editor or the proof reader missed a few things that will stop you short as you try to figure out what the author was intending. Most were not major or glaring errors, but it can still be better in the Kindle edition. It is sometimes difficult to follow who is talking, particularly when a conversation is a series of "one liners" one after the other. Often it doesn't matter, but it is confusing. And some details get mangled, but not enough to totally spoil the story. The writing style seems a bit 'stiff' at times, but better than being so casual that you feel like you are reading a teen's diary.

I'm wavering between a 3 and a 4 rating. For a really good book, there should not be so many typos, formatting, or word use troubles. The mystery of 'whodunit' was well handled in my opinion, so based on the entertainment rather than the technical, I'll go with the 4.
Alsantrius
Merry Abbot # 1

Horse show manager Merry Abbot pursues the killer of her estranged father, after the police insist on calling his death an accident.

I picked up this book free during an Amazon giveaway. The setting is Deborah Smith's Mossy Creek, which I'm glad I didn't know beforehand because Smith's Mossy Creek tales left me cold. This is a nice solid mystery, although purists may complain that the killer doesn't appear in the first chapter. Frankly, I've never understood that rule anyway - as long as the reader learns what the investigator learns, as she learns it, it wouldn't be surprising that the killer turns out to be someone unknown at the beginning. (I'm not giving anything away, the first chapter takes place in a totally unrelated setting with an unrelated cast of characters.) I did not find it believable that Merry would feel such devotion to keeping her father's dream alive, however. McSparren kept me reading, and this is a good gift for a mystery lover. There are some word errors, such as "discrete" instead of "discreet," but not so many that I found it distracting. Kindle formatting is acceptable. The title is perfect.
Bandiri
Another offering about the inhabitants of Mossy Creek, Georgia, a place so endearing, with inhabitants so likable, I want it to be real so I can move there and be friends with all of them. This one involves a murder and the sport of carriage riding, which I now want to take up. Perhaps in my dotage. (Like the Walt Longmire mysteries, Mossy Creek books are best read in order as each one highlights a resident or two, usually new to town, while still paying plenty of attention to the native inhabitants.
Agrainel
I enjoyed this book. There are a few typos sprinkled throughout, more in the final third of the book, but not too bad.

I liked the setting in the horse world, the characters, the way the plot unrolled. I was a little disappointed with the ending -- it felt somewhat rushed and, though I was entertained by the surprise, it didn't really feel like there had been adequate set-up for the outcome.

But overall, I'd place it in the top 10% of Kindle mysteries I've read. The writing style felt smooth and was easy to read. Whenever I got bored with some other book, I'd find myself coming back to this one for relaxation.

I'd recommend it and will probably get a copy for my mother.
Malak
I got this as a free book (that is a great idea, have been introduced to many new authours and genres), was interested by the title and the cover. I have seen carriage driving on TV in England when Prince Phillip was shown but know nothing about it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters are beleivable, the plot interesting with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing without being totally confused. A very surprising ending. I can't wait to see what happens next, I bought book 2 One Hoof In The Grave, almost finished and am waiting for the next. Just wondering what Don Qui has up his "sleeve" in the future and what more trouble Merry and Peggy can get into.
Felhalar
I love a book where I can learn something about an area in which I have no knowledge whatsoever - like carriage driving. This is a very well-written book, with characters I quickly came to care about. Ms McSparren does an excellent job of describing places, and her obvious love of the carriage world shines through. A bonus, for me at least, was that the writing itself is darn near flawless - good spelling, good grammar, good word usage and sentence construction. I hope there are more Mossy Creek/Merry/carriage driving novels in Ms McSparren's pipeline.

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