Cold Burn (Hardcover)

By Kit Ehrman

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590581438, 324pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2005

List Price: 24.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Steve Cline has managed the hunter/jumper show barns at Foxdale Farm for the better part of three years. But he has a deal with himself: When he no longer feels challenged, when the routine becomes stagnant, he will look for another job...and he passed that point months ago. So when Corey Claremont, one of Foxdale's boarders, asks Steve for help because her brother has gone missing, Steve embraces the puzzle with enthusiasm.

Two weeks earlier, for no apparent reason, Bruce Claremont quit his job working the night shift on a thoroughbred breeding farm in Warrenton, Virginia, and vanished. To find out what happened, Steve slips unobtrusively into Bruce's world.

The more Steve learns, the more he suspects that Corey may never see her brother again. Secrets, jealousies, and obsessions are the norm in this pastoral setting, and the present seems to be repeating its fiery past.

About the Author

While working for the government and going to college part-time, Kit Ehrman discovered Dick Francis' "In the Frame." Afterward, Kit read every one of his mysteries, quit the government job, went to work on a horse farm in Maryland, and has been mucking out stalls ever since. Ehrman became a barn manager almost immediately, moved around a bit, worked at the track for a brief time, then moved to Pennsylvania and worked on a breeding farm, delivering foals on the night shift. Ehrman then earned extra money by buying small horse farms, upgrading them, and selling them for a profit. "Cold Burn" is the third book in the Steve Cline mystery series, starting with "At Risk "and "Dead Man's Touch. "

Praise For Cold Burn

The nitty-gritty grunt work that takes place off the race track, and out of sight in the horse barns where mares are bred and foaled, is the backdrop for Ehrman's absorbing third mystery to feature Steve Cline...Ehrman's knowledge and exposition of life on a horse farm is most impressive and enjoyable.  -- Publisher's Weekly

"[Cline] is increasingly irresistible in Ehrman's best yet." --Kirkus Reviews

Cold Burn is a hot read. Grab it.” –Rita Mae Brown

"Open a Kit Ehrman book for a whiff of fresh hay and old manure and hot sweat, all mingled with deception and danger and death. Ehrman' sgot the world of horses and horse people nailed. It's easy and obvious to compare Cold Burn--favorably--with a Dick Francis novel, but if you ask me, no comparisons are needed. Kit Ehrman is a terrific storyteller in her own right."  --William G. Tapply