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Bloodlines of Shackleford Banks : a mystery
Mountford, B J.
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Winston-Salem, N.C. : John F. Blair, Publisher, [2004]

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320 pages : map ; 24 cm
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"National Park Service volunteer Roberta "Bert" Lenehan has a plum assignment. She is to travel by boat to isolated Shackleford Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks. There, she will lend a hand in a roundup of the island's wild horses, which need to be counted and checked for disease." "But her plans for an idyllic couple of days are quickly shattered. A foal turns up missing. It appears that equine infectious anemia may be present among the herd, and that veterinary records were altered to hide it. And then one of the volunteers is found dead in the dunes. There are those who believe the roundup worker was trampled by the most spirited, troublesome stallion on the island, a conclusion Bert refuses to accept. In the meantime, her deepening relationship with park ranger Hunter O'Hagan runs into trouble. Complicating matters is the rumored discovery of a turtle carcass on the beach, an event that would bring coastal dredging operations to a halt and cost millions of dollars in revenue." "As Bert probes the volunteer's death, she hears the legends of the Shackleford herd - how the highly refined breed had its origins in North Africa, Spain, and Ireland before being transported through the Caribbean islands and shipwrecked off the North Carolina coast. Who is the person with the greatest stake in the herd's being certified as disease-free? The answer to that question will likely shed light on the killer. And how is that person connected to the monied interests that want the dredging to continue?"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of B.J. Montford's Sea-born Women (2002) will welcome the return of National Park Service volunteer Roberta "Bert" Lenehan in Bloodlines of Shackleford Banks. On an isolated island on North Carolina's Outer Banks, Bert is supposed to help check the island's wild horses for diseases, but the death in the dunes of a fellow volunteer diverts her onto the sleuthing trail. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Volunteers for the annual wild mustang roundup on the barrier island of Shackleford Banks, NC, encounter more than just wild horses. Fiftyish Roberta "Bert" Lenehan (Sea-Born Women) notices that one distinctively marked colt has disappeared. In addition, someone has tampered with blood samples that would have indicated the presence of a deadly equine disease. And Bert's park-ranger boyfriend suspects that offshore dredging may be connected to the recent unexplained deaths of endangered sea turtles. But the death of a volunteer focuses attention on uncovering motive and a killer. Environmental sympathy, personal conflict, and a brooding winter atmosphere mix nicely with an ancestral history of the horses. Recommended for regional collections. Mountford lives in Emerald Isle, NC. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.