Hot Blooded Murder, A Bryn Wiley Mystery

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Jacqueline D'Acre

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In the sultry Louisiana heat, Bryn Wiley scours New Orleans seeking a slayer in a desperate race to save a champion stallion from a lethal injection. The sheriff is convinced the stallion killed his mistress. Bryn encounters quirky New Orleans characters, a voodoo queen, and hot blooded show horses.



Short Summary

Bryn Wiley, a mild equine writer, finds an empty home at Marcie's Morgan horse farm. She searches for Marcie and enters the dim, hot barn. Horses whinny. Bryn walks down the aisle to the stallion's stall. Opening the door, she almost steps on Marcie's body. Bryn wonders....did the horse kill her?

The murderer is moving into Marcie's house. To stop her, Bryn leaps on the stallion's back and gallops around the farm, jumps a fence, and drives a herd of cattle onto Marcie's property. They stampede into the killer, a tiny woman shouldering a rifle. Bryn rides right into her and disarms her.


New Orleans and the verdant horse country surrounds.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions,Other,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Bryn Wiley is a transplanted Canadian, long living in New Orleans. She's a writer for equine magazines, but also a persistent amateur detective.

Age: 30ish

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic,Modest,Funny,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Theo Goodall, husband of the deceased, a stained glass creator.

Age: late 30's

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Clumsy,Faithful,Insecure,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Sheriff John MacWain

Age: 50's

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Leader,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Madame Maigret, beautisul voodoo queen and consultant.

Age: no one knows....

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Decisive,Empathetic,Sexy,Visionary,Seductive

Development Pitch

Bryn Wiley pursues a murderer through the sultry streets of New Orleans trying to save a champion stallion from a lethal injection. No one has ever guessed whodunit.

About The Author

I've been a window dresser, Air Woman in the RCAF, dog breeder, wife and mother, cocktail waitress, commercial artist, University student, media buyer (and hired by the New York office of an ad agency as a copywriter.) My first published book, Between Extremities,(Retitled: In the Midst of a Lifetime) literary fiction, earned me the title, "A Louisiana Author of Note." I wrote two columns, hosted a radio show, was named "Horsewoman of the Year, 1990," and founded a horse breeding farm. Hot Blooded Murder is the first in a series of mysteries. In progress in this series: Killer Katrina and Death at the Sugar Bowl Classic.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Horse Clubs: Show horses are a multi-billion dollar industry. All horse owners in the world will love this TV series. These people made The Black Stallion eternal and Dick Francis a best seller. Quotes from the Tao Te Ching, for spiritual folks.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Stargazer Press, Canada, published this book as Foreclosure. I Indie-published later with with the title: Hot Blooded Murder.

Year Published: 1998

Hard Copy Available



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