Laura Marlin’s two greatest loves in life are detective novels and animals, so she is ecstatic when her uncle agrees to let her keep a horse after they rescue it, crazed with fear, from an overturned horsebox.

But he has a condition. Before he will allow her to adopt it they have to find its former owner, just to ensure that it hasn’t been stolen. When an American visitor reveals the thoroughbred’s origins, Laura and her best friend, Tariq, find themselves on a journey to Kentucky and deep into the murky world of race-fixing.

“"I love mystery and detective stories, so Kentucky Thriller is perfect for me. The book is thrilling and engaging."”

Ellathebookworm, Guardian Children's Books

“A fabulous adrenaline packed book, to satisfy all your reading needs. There are new friends, and new enemies. Nine and a half stars!!!”


“The thrills of the Kentucky Derby are at the heart of this exciting new Laura Marlin Mystery. When Laura saves the life of a stolen race horse, the reward for her and her best friend Tariq is a once in a life time trip to say on a farm in the US. But all is not as it should be on the farm and soon Laura is at the heart of a thrilling new mystery which is takes all her tenacity to resolve.11-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin finds herself deep in the murky world of race-fixing in her third mystery adventure, following the Blue Peter award-winning first book DEAD MAN'S COVE.”

Julia Eccleshare, LOVEREADING4KIDS

“This exciting and fast-paced story shows how a relationship between a star-studded race horse and the people that care for him can affect everything.”

Horselover3000, Guardian Children's Books

“... a well told story full of excitement and adventure. There is plenty of information about farms and racing to please animal lovers, and a plot which is sufficiently realistic for readers to dream of solving similar mysteries themselves. Fans new and old of Laura Marlin will thoroughly enjoy it, and will be keeping their fingers crossed that Laura will soon be back to beat the bad guys and solve further crimes.”

The Book Bag

“Another cracking mystery from the winner of the Blue Peter Award.”

TBK Magazine

“Lauren St John delivers a fast-moving plot filled with doubles and doppelgangers in this exhilarating read. As always, Laura Marlin makes for a redoubtable heroine who can teach the professionals a thing or two about mystery solving.”