Make your own free website on

The Muse Book Reviews

Rio Star by Pepper Smith Reviewed by Mary Schneider
Reviewer Contact
Publishers Listing
Muse Rating

Genre: Suspense

Title: Rio Star

Author: Pepper Smith

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

ISBN: 1-59374-416-1

Pages: 239

Price: $5.99 Ebook  $12.95 Trade Paperback


Patty O’Donnell rides again in Pepper Smith’s latest, Rio Star. Pregnant, and frustrated at her husband’s insistence on coddling her condition, Patty is soon thrust into a plot of international intrigue. She is kidnapped by a shady cousin of her husband’s who intends to force her to train horses for him.

Her plight becomes decidedly more complex when she discovers the involvement of Mick Jarratt, the man who nearly took her life in Blood Money. Can Patty keep her training license, herself, and the new life growing inside her, safe in a circle of a race-fixing cousin, a cold blooded assassin, and her racing rival Emilio Ramirez, an ex-soldier of a defeated dictatorship?

When Patty discovers the kidnapper’s reason for needing her help, she is more willing to do her part. Revenge on Ramirez for the killing of his wife has driven Roy to the extreme. When the plot is over and the race won, however, will Patty be allowed to return home to her husband, or does Mick Jarratt have other plans for her future?

Pepper Smith’s writing has reached a new level with Rio Star. She’s developing into a name to watch in the world of mystery and suspense.

Her characterization and settings are once again crisp and clear, and the plot moves forward at a run.

Pepper Smith has brought home a winner. I give this book a Muse Review Mark of Great Read for its fast-paced plot, emotion and unique settings.

Reviewer: Mary Schneider, MUSE BOOK REVIEWS

                              *GREAT RERose, LargeADRose, Large
Rose, Large 

Copyright 2005-2008 by The Muse Book Reviews. All rights reserved.  All reviewers hold individual ownership & copyrights of any material contributed. No unauthorized usage of any published material within the Muse Book Reviews unless permission is first granted by copyright owner of said material.
Horizontal Divider 1 
The Muse Book Reviews is affiliated with Apollo's Lyre Zine and The MuseItUp Club - both Writer's Digest 101 Best Writing Sites continuously since 2004.
A Division of The MuseItUp Club
We'd like to thank you for visiting The Muse Book Reviews.
As a thank you, please link to our Free Downloads page.
Don't forget to place us in your FAVORITES and come back often.--Lea