Mystery and romance with plenty of twists in the plot and such a suprise ending. I am a mystery reader of 40 years, and this was one of the best of the best. I am definitely going to start searching for more novels by her. Now from the back of the book: "Despite the accidents that were plaguing his business, horse breeder Coke McAllister was sure that SHAMELESS, his prize filly, was going to put him back on top. But now Coke is dead, and his daughter Dakota returns to Arizona determined to sell the ranch. Yet as she re-enters the gates of Black Oak Ranch, a flood of bittersweet memories draws Dakota back into a past she thought she'd outrun...and into the arms of a man she's prayed to forget. Ten years can't dim the desire Dakota still feels for Clay Pearce, the man she'd loved and married--only to end up betrayed and heartbroken. But who else can she trust with her father's diary? Who else can she turn to when her life is threatened by an unseen stalker? And who else will hold her through long nights as cold as the grave? Now, as Dakota enters SHAMELESS in a celebrated race, a desperate killer lays a trap. For tonight, Death is galloping side by side with the dawn..."
The author has been compared to Nora Roberts and Janet Daley so you know there's alittle romance with the mystery..Throw in the West, horses and racing quarterhorses and it has appeal to a wide audience..This is Margaret Falk's first book of many so if you like to start at the beginning, this is it.