Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Thursday, April 19, 2012 / “The Opium Equation: A Cat Enright Mystery” by Lisa Wysocky

Today’s featured book is The Opium Equation: A Cat Enright Mystery by Lisa Wysocky.

The Opium Equation by Lisa Wysocky

"The Opium Equation" by Lisa Wysocky

Why I chose this book:

Lisa has been writing for a long time (nonfiction), but this is her fiction debut. It’s a southern mystery (I’m getting a lot of these this month). This one is set in Tennessee. And if you like horses, this is a great match.

Everyone hates Glenda. So when retired movie star Glenda Dupree was murdered at Fairbanks, her antebellum mansion near Nashville, Tennessee, there was much speculation, but no one missed her much. Prior to leaving life on earth, Glenda had managed to offend everyone in sight, including her neighbor, a (mostly) law–abiding horse trainer named Cat Enright.

Cat finds Glenda s body and is implicated in the murder, and also in the disappearance of a ten–year–old neighbor, Bubba Henley. Cat thinks Bubba s disappearance ties into the murder and realizes her name will not be cleared until he is found. Although a Henley ancestor built Fairbanks, the current Henley clan lives next door in a scruffy trailer. Because the police treat the missing boy as a runaway Cat begins her quest to find Bubba, solve Glenda s murder, and clear her name.

An unpopular sheriff and upcoming election mean the pressure to close the case is on. With the help of her riding students, a (possibly) psychic horse, a local cop, a kid named Frog, and an eccentric client of a certain age with electric blue hair, Cat takes time from her horse training business to try to solve the case and keep herself out of prison.

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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