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Show Stopper

(1992)
(The fifth book in the Peter and Kori Brichter Mystery series)
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Publisher's Weekly
The fifth Peter and Kori Brichter story, after Original Sin , features too little of Peter, who makes only a token appearance at the end, and too many technical explanations about Arabian show horses. Horse-farm owner Kori, her trainer Danny and new groom Britanny take five horses to the Lafite, Ill., All-Arab Show, and immediately become embroiled in gossip surrounding trainer Keith Bulward. Kori watches Bulward bash an owner's prize mare in the nose, and then learns that he has intimidated a rival trainer, threatened Brit and sold the show's manager, a state senator, a sterile colt as the foundation for his stud farm. ? easier to read this way When the trainer is found dead, his throat cut by his hoof knife, Brit is arrested for the crime. Kori calls Peter for help, but he is delayed at home, so she decides to do some sleuthing of her own, even though local police investigator Eleanor Ritter seems to have the situation under control. Routine question-and-answer sessions and vital clues reserved for the tale's end diminish this mystery's appeal.

Library Journal
Series star Kori Britcher ( Murder at the War , LJ 7/87), equestrienne par excellence, hopes to win awards at an Illinois horse show, but the gruesome murder of a mean-tempered trainer threatens to shut down the event. Police at first suspect Kori's guilty-acting groom, but broaden their range to include a female judge, an alcoholic male rival, and a state senator. A competent female detective relegates Kori and cop/husband Peter to the sidelines, but horse lovers and series fans should appreciate this clearly written, consistently suspenseful addition.

School Library Journal
YA-- A delightful mystery, particularly for horse fanatics. Kori Brichter is a horse farm owner, whose Arabian filly is competing in a local show. There, her 18-year-old groom is accused of murdering another groom, a man noted for his cruelty both to animals and his fellow humans. When the police delay the show in order to investigate, Kori decides to get it going by solving the crime herself. There is a lot of detail about horses, shows, and trading in this story that's sure to hold the attention of animal fans as well as mystery lovers.-- Susan McFaden, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Pulver adds a fresh American luster to the traditional mystery. She's one of the few writers whose books I actually buy - in hardcover!" - Elizabeth Peters


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Hardback Editions

March 1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Show Stopper
Author(s): Mary Monica Pulver
ISBN: 0-8027-3210-0 / 978-0-8027-3210-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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Paperback Editions

October 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Show Stopper: Volume 5 (Peter Brichter mystery)
Author(s): Mary Monica Pulver
ISBN: 1-936881-27-6 / 978-1-936881-27-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: FTL Publications
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October 1993 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Show Stopper
Author(s): Mary Monica Pulver
ISBN: 0-425-15828-4 / 978-0-425-15828-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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August 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: Show stopper
Author(s): Mary Monica Pulver
ISBN: 1-55773-925-0 / 978-1-55773-925-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Diamond Books
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June 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Show Stopper: Volume 5 (Peter Brichter Series)
Author(s): Mary Monica Pulver
ISBN: 1-877934-10-0 / 978-1-877934-10-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Monica Ferris Presents
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Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Show Stopper (Peter Brichter series Book 5)
Author(s): Mary Monica Pulver
Publisher: Monica Ferris Presents
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