Audiobook. Dark Horse is read by Beth McDonald, and she does a great job. There are multiple point of view shifts and she handles the switch from male to female in such a manner that the listener keeps up. The current mantra that authors must select a specific point of view and stick with it at all costs is, well, to be blunt: bull. How this fallacy got started is beyond me. Successful authors like Tami Hoag and many others (hello, Stephen King), take all the so called writing rules and stir them in a stew, scooping out only the most delectable bits for themselves. Which is as it should be.

Dark Horse is an enjoyable mystery, with all the twists as turns you’d expect. A nice who-done-it. The female protagonist is an emotionally fragile and physically damaged former police officer embroiled in a missing person case by a youngster needing to find her older sister. The horse world setting is a educational and fun arena in which to be engrossed.

A most significant element is the reader voice. Barbara Rosenblat’s interpretation of Anna Pigeon, the main character in the Nevada Barr series, is similar to that of Beth McDonald. A sarcastic and witty character, Elena from Dark Horse has more reason for the caustic look on life, in my opinion.




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