Demise of the Horse Fairy
Over the space of several weeks in the summer of 1935, 13 starving horses and ponies, along with one very fat pony and a goat, are left in Woodhill, Ohio. The people of Woodhill rally behind horse owner Laura Darvey and newly arrived Ramona Hernandez, to help restore the abused horses to health. The unknown person behind the arrival of the horses earns the nickname, The Horse Fairy, but The Horse Fairy is not out to save lives; he is racketeer Bobby Darvey, who is determined to harm Laura and Fire Chief Jake McCann to avenge his cousin, Dan Darvey's death. Bobby wants the abused horses to pass on a disease that will kill all of Laura's horses, and he is determined to see Jake publicly humiliated and forced out of his job. For this, Bobby uses two Woodhill residents who want to oust Jake from the chief's job for their own agenda. Among the victims in Bobby's scheme are Alex Carpenter and Nelson Dobos, who learn too late that Alex's son, Bill, is working for Bobby and could be a danger to them both. With advice from his father, New York City homicide detective J. P. McCann, and the help of Woodhill Police Chief, Matt Gardner, Jake teams up with Bobby's top man, Benjy Talbot, to stop Bobby from carrying out his plans for vengeance.
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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Demise of the Horse Fairy by Laurie Loveman brings us to the summer of 1935 where 13 starving horses and ponies and one fat pony and a goat are left in Woodhill, Ohio. Thankfully, the town of Woodhill wants to help the abused and neglected horses by supporting horse owner Laura Darvey and newly arrived Ramona Hernandez. It is, however, the horse fairy, a mean-hearted racketeer, who brought the starving horses to Woodhill. He wants to see them pass on a deadly sickness to Laura’s own horses in his twisted scheme of revenge against her and Jake McCann, the fire chief of the town.
I discovered this book is number four in the Firehouse Family series and luckily it is a stand-alone read. That said, I am going to go back and read the other books so I get a broader view of the characters. This is a very well written book and has a multi-layered plot. I admire Laura for taking in the horses; it is something that I as a horse lover would have done. As for the horse fairy himself, well, I wanted to clock him over the head and throw him in a cell, but to me that is also the sign of a good book where you feel emotions and connections with the characters. Laurie Loveman has created a great book here with rich content that flows well. I would recommend it for a summer read. Anyone who likes animals and suspense will likely be as enthralled as I was.