Mystery Writer Jan Neuharth Saddles Another Thrilling Ride with "The Kill"

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The third novel in Jan Neuharth's Hunt Country Suspense Series gallops across home turf right out of the starting gate.

"The Kill" by Jan Neuharth

The third entry in Jan Neuharth's Hunt Country Suspense Series delivers another gripping ride through the tweedy world of foxhunting, where passions, jealousies, egos, and deceits can blend up a recipe for murder. "In & Around Horse Country"

Life is imitating fiction in Virginia's horse country as award-winning author Jan Neuharth kicks off the book tour for her new Hunt Country Suspense Novel, "The Kill," at a host of signings in some of the very places she writes about.

“The Virginia hunt country is the perfect place to launch my book tour,” Neuharth said. “My plots and characters—both human and equine—are inspired by this idyllic community.”

Neuharth has autographed copies of "The Kill" at Books & Crannies in Middleburg, VA, the 51st annual Hunt Country Stable Tour in Upperville, and the Virginia Foxhound Show at historic Morven Park in Leesburg. She’ll sign books under The Oaks at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, the oldest horse show in the United States, and in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, VA. See schedule: Book Events

Set in the historic foxhunting community of Middleburg, Virginia, "The Kill" begins when globe-trotting photojournalist Abigale Portmann gets word in war-torn Afghanistan that her beloved uncle, the 70-year-old Master of the Middleburg Foxhounds, has been brutally murdered. Abigale returns to the rocky relationships of her past in the close-knit Virginia equestrian community—a place she has deliberately avoided for seventeen years. As the gripping plot unfolds, friends become suspects and family ties are tested. Events for Abigale—and the hunt club—spin out of control as this riveting tale races to a terrifying finish.

The Kill blends real-life influences with fiction. For example, Clifton, Virginia, resident Michelle Hostler had the unique opportunity to play a role in the novel’s development when she bought the naming rights to a character in the novel at a fundraiser to benefit The Fairfax Hunt. The result: one of the book’s characters, Michelle de Becque, was crafted in collaboration with Hostler. “It was terrific fun brainstorming with Michelle,” Neuharth said. “I hope she enjoys the character as much as I enjoyed teaming up to create her.”

Neuharth’s Hunt Country Suspense Novels have been highly acclaimed by horse lovers and mystery readers alike. Her debut novel, The Hunt, was hailed as a “page-turning murder mystery” by "The Washington Post" and was a Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist. Film rights were optioned by Oberon Entertainment Properties. The Chase, the second novel in Neuharth’s series, won an IPPY Gold Medal for best regional fiction and was a notable winner of the Eric Hoffer Award. "The Chronicle of the Horse" saluted "The Chase" as “a highly entertaining book that will keep you reading and guessing well into the night,” and "Covertside," The Magazine of Mounted Foxhunting, declared it “a page turner, a thriller with plenty of romance—and, oh yeah, horses. It’s chick lit with hooves.”

Neuharth, an attorney and avid equestrian, is a graduate of the University of Florida and Vanderbilt Law School. She resides in Middleburg, Virginia with her husband Joseph Keusch, who is a former Joint Master of the Fairfax Hunt, and their two children.

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