Neighing with Fire by Kathryn O’Sullivan is the third book in the Colleen McCabe series. Colleen McCabe is the Fire Chief for Corolla Fire and Rescue. She is currently dating Bill Dorman who is the Currituck County Sheriff. They are both adjusting to going from colleagues to friends to dating (Colleen finds the term boyfriend and girlfriend juvenile and cannot think of another term). Tropical Storm Ana recently came through the Outer Banks village of Corolla. It disturbed the beaches and exposed a crime.
Colleen is talking to Denny Custis, the construction mogul, trying to find out if his employees are bothering the horses (she is trying to be subtle). Myrtle Crepe put her up to it. Myrtle is the head of the Lighthouse Wild Horse Preservation Society. Denny is Antonio “Pinky” Salvatore’s rival (another construction mogul). Colleen hears screams nearby and rushes to the scene. A tourist couple found a body in the sand at their vacation rental. The storm had disturbed the sand and exposed the body. Sheriff Bill Dorman quickly arrives at the scene. Who killed this poor man and who is he? It is not anyone Colleen nor Bill know or have seen around the area. Michael Hector Fuentes is the man found buried in the sand. He was strangled, and he worked for Denny Custis.
Colleen is also busy with a string of arsons hitting the area. Someone is deliberately setting fire to abandoned homes. Special Agent Joe Morgan is the lead investigator on the case and he is very quirky. The next day Colleen and the crew are called to a fire and they find a dead body in the house. Colleen wonders if it is the work of the arsonist. The body is identified as Denny Custis. Denny was not a pleasant man and was not well-liked. Is it the work of the arsonist or was the fire set to cover up the murder? Bill and Colleen set out to solve the crimes while they navigate their way through their new relationship.
There is also a wedding taking place soon. Chip, a firefighter, is marrying Fawn (you can tell from the name that she is into crystals and auras). Fawn has asked Colleen to be in her wedding party (Colleen really tried to get out of it, but she ended up agreeing). Each guest is also asked to bring a love quote to read at the wedding. They are getting married at sunrise on the beach. Bobby Crepe, Myrtle’s son, is on an exercise regimen and people are no longer called him Big Bobby. He is turning out to be a very good firefighter. However, the guys love to tease Bobby about his overprotective mother. Myrtle is up to her usual shenanigans causing trouble for Colleen.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Neighing with Fire. I give Neighing with Fire 5 out of 5 stars. It has a good mystery (medium level mystery), romance, and humor. Neighing with Fire was a pleasure to read. I eagerly await the next book in the Colleen McCabe series. Neighing with Fire will be out on May 5, 2015.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I hope you have had a good day (for a Monday)! I am currently reading The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan. Have a good evening and a wonderful week! Happy Reading!