We first met 11-year-old detective Laura Marlin in the award-winning Dead Man's Cove.
Laura, feisty and clever with a nose for a mystery and a track record of solving crime, stumbles into this - her third adventure - when she helps to rescue a horse, crazed with fear, from an overturned horsebox. Her two greatest loves in life are detective novels and animals so she is ecstatic when her uncle agrees to let her keep the horse on the condition that she first tracks down its owner to ensure it has not been stolen. A visit to Newmarket to investigate leads Laura onto the Kentucky Derby in the US and deep into the murky world of race-fixing.
Described as Blytonesque by some, Laura Marlin mysteries including this one do indeed have all the ingredients of a great Enid Blyton Mystery, but are thoroughly modern and up-to-date. This is another very exciting story that will appeal not just to horse lovers but to any child with a sense of adventure. More could perhaps have been made of the ending, which seemed to be somewhat speedily although satisfactorily resolved. It may be that the story was just so good that it was difficult to accept it should come to an end.