Going, Gone by Laura Crum.
This book won't actually be released until April 10. A huge thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for the ARC of the 11th in the Gail McCarthy mystery series. I must confess two things here:
1- I haven't read any of the earlier books in the series, and 2- I haven't been a devotee of horse mysteries since I was a pre-teen.
The story begins with retired veterinarian Gail McCarty going on a camping vacation with her husband, Blue and her son, Mac. They are planning to park their camper-truck on Gail's friend Lonny Peterson's property. When they finally get there, Lonny is nowhere to be seen until another of Gail's friends, Bret Boncatini, now a sheriff's deputy, swings by on the way to take Lonny to jail.
Lonny has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend and her brother. The evidence is purely circumstantial, though, and Lonny's friends are certain he's innocent. Gail, who knows him very, very well, sets out to prove his innocence.
Even to someone that knows nothing about the subjects, it's obvious that Crum has a vast knowledge and love of horses. The mystery in this book seems secondary to the horse story, and it made me a little nostalgic for The Black Stallion.