Saturday, May 3, 2014


The 140th Kentucky Derby takes place today, and in anticipation I've dusted off last year's list of Kentucky Derby mysteries and added more titles and a few more categories. Read horse-racing mysteries to set the mood and enjoy the day or watch the movie The Kentucky Derby (1922). It's full of grit and crime. Have a piece of Derby Pie (recipes on, filled with chocolate, bourbon and pecans--or have some Kentucky Derby Truffles. Planning on attending the Kentucky Derby this year? Don't forget your hat: "Crowning Glory: The art of Kentucky Derby Hats"

Kentucky Derby Mysteries
Triple Crown by Jon Breen 
Triple Cross by Kit Ehrman
Intercept by Mary Jane Forbes
Silent Partner by Karen Jones
Snip by Doc Macomber
Murder at the Kentucky Derby by Charles Parmer
Dark Horse by Bill Shoemaker (Triple Crown)
The Accurst Tower by John Winslow

Kentucky Derby Short Stories
"The Gift" by Dick Francis is set at the Kentucky Derby. It is in the collection Field of Thirteen. "The Gift" first appeared as "A Day of Wine and Roses" in Sports Illustrated, 1973.
Derby Rotten Scoundrels: A Silver Dagger Anthology, edited by Jeffrey Marks
Low Down and Derby, a collection of fast paced mystery stories set around the Kentucky Derby, by fifteen authors from the Ohio River Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime.
Murder at the Races, a collection of Short Stories including "A Derby Horse", edited by Peter Haining.

Children's Mysteries
The Mystery at the Kentucky Derby by Carole Marsh

Great Horse Racing Mysteries: Tales from the Track by John McEvoy
Dancer's Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby (and 5 other non-fiction books about Thoroughbread racing and equine law) by Milton Toby

And there once was a thorough-bred named Mystery Novel. He did not win the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby (1922)

Authors who Write Horse Mysteries 

(not necesssarily about the Kentucky Derby)
Gabriella Herkert, Sasscer Hill, Jody Jaffe, Bruce Alexander, Fern Michaels, Carolyn Banks, Michelle Scott, Laura Crum, Mary Monica Pulver, Rita Mae Brown, Janet Dawson, Maggie Estep, Dick Francis, John Francome, Alyson Hagy, Michael Kilian, Peter Klein, Lynda La Plante, John McEvoy, Jassy Mackenzie, Bill Shoemaker, Laura Young, Lyndon Stacey, JD Carpenter

Murder at the Racetrack, edited by Otto Penzler


Kelly Saderholm said...

Lisa Wysocky has the A Cat Enright Equestrian Mystery series out.

RJR said...

My first mystery, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PENNY was a horse racing mystery, as were the 8 or 9 short stories that followed, featuring my P.I. Henry Po.