When reclusive racehorse trainer James Sampfield Peveril agrees to an old friend's request to employ a new assistant at his rural racing yard, he cannot guess her connection to the violent death of a drug dealer at a remote airfield and a fatal accident at an Irish racecourse, 30 years earlier.
The orderly world of Sampfield Grange is turned upside down by the arrival of Tabikat, a Cheltenham Gold Cup contender with elusive owners and a mysteriously hidden bloodline. With no one to guide him, the trainer must prepare the magnificent horse for the race of his life. But it seems that more than one of the racing yard staff has a secret to hide, and that Gold Cup Day will be the ideal place for a brutal murder.
Tabikat is the first story in the Kat's Gift Thrillers.
I wanted to love it
I grew up around horses and horse racing so I wanted to love Tabikat. Redfern does get a lot of the elements of horse racing correct, but I found that it often got bogged down in the details of horse racing without contributing to the story.
I found that at least in audiobook form Tabikat had way too many details and I found myself zoning out while listening to the audiobook and couldn't keep track of the story.
I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for my honest review.
A complicated racing mystery
Tabikat is a complicated story full of mystery and intrigue with in which seemingly unconnected tales all come together to create a fascinating book. The story is centered around a racing stable and horses and can seem meandering at times, but the payoff is worth it in the end.
The narrator is terrific, though I found the occasional sound effects distracting. I am certain some listeners would appreciate them.
"This book was given to me for free at my request, and I provided this voluntary review."