Jockeys and Jewels

Rated 4.42/5 based on 19 reviews
National Readers Choice Awards Finalist - An undercover cop investigates the murder of his ex-partner and falls in love with the dedicated jockey he has deceived. His lies thrust them into the crosshairs of a ruthless killer. Now much more than their love is in danger. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9780987671707
About Bev Pettersen

Bev Pettersen is a three-time nominee in the National Readers Choice Award as well as a two-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart® Contest. She competed for five years on the Alberta Thoroughbred race circuit and is an Equine Canada certified coach. She lives in Nova Scotia with her family, and when she's not writing novels, she's riding. Visit her at

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Review by: lcn on March 06, 2012 :
A fun read, but a little too predictable.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nancy DeFreitas on Feb. 07, 2012 :
I found this book to very interesting and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Janet Chevrestt on Dec. 07, 2011 :
Great book and some real great characters. This will cover your sense for mystery and romance all in one. I think this book would be a great Christmas present for someone.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kathy Kempa on Oct. 05, 2011 :
Jockeys and Jewels is an entertaining, genre-blending mystery/romance. Bev Pettersen slowly unravels clues to a murder linked to criminal activity, while developing a believable romance between the two main characters. The story is set on the backside of a small-time horse racing track. Kurt McKinnon is a race trainer who has reluctantly returned to police detective undercover work because of the murder of his former partner. Julie West is an aspiring jockey, trying to earn her way into the horse racing world by exercising horses stabled at the track. Like the Dick Francis mysteries, which are set in England’s horse racing tradition, the hero/detective is a very likable character. Also, like the Dick Francis mysteries, we are introduced to a unique aspect of horse racing that makes crime possible. Ms. Petterson shares an inside look at the working side of grass-roots horse racing. She provides an atmosphere of camaraderie among people who share hard work, little pay, passionate dreams, and a love for horses and racing. Hopefully this is just the first of many enjoyable stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: April Renn on Oct. 01, 2011 :
JOCKEYS AND JEWELS by Bev Pettersen is an exciting debut romantic suspense. It has horses,mystery,suspense,romance,sexual tension,murder,deceit, secrets,passion,and danger.With characters,horse track setting,mystery,and suspense you can’t go wrong with “Jockeys and Jewels”. This story will appear to suspense,mystery,and romance readers. A great read.”Jockeys and Jewels” is a definite. Received for review from Library Thing and the author. Details can be found at Westerhall and My Book Addiction Reviews.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: mirrani on Aug. 31, 2011 :
Unfortunately the title of the book gives away any of the mystery behind the plot itself, leaving "how does it happen" as the only question to be answered regarding the crime that is being done, but surprisingly, that big give away didn't detract from the enjoyment of reading.

I highly recommend this book for lovers of racing and for casual fans. I also expect that newcomers who are curious about the track might enjoy the insight as to what happens behind the scenes. Reading this book renewed my respect for those who do what they do before and after the races, even though I already had a large respect for them and their responsibilities.

The main character, an undercover cop, was the only one who seemed to throw me now and again. Understanding that he's covering for what his job really is doesn't really excuse his clumsiness with his female jockey. At times I thought maybe he had split his personality because for a while he refused to spend time with her outside of work, then suddenly he was messing around and not very good at it either. Beyond the clumsy nature of the relationship, which was almost refreshing because not all relationships are actually perfect, the book was a wonderful summer read, a perfect combination of romance and racing.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Deborah R on Aug. 29, 2011 :
Loved this book, I am a horse nut so this was a great read for me. Kept me entertained all the way thru! I laughed thru parts of it and cried some too. Kurt was very real and made me really think about what it meant to work undercover and have to maintain a certain personality. Only thing is the title gives away the mystery, which was quite a spoiler.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on Aug. 19, 2011 :
I was kept in the story. Good see the races and horses.
Kurt is a horse trainer and his horse is about to race when he gets a call. He looks at who's calling and finds his old boss Archer from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He quit 11 months ago to be a full time horse trainer. He was tired of going undercover all the time.
Archer said,"They needed him on this case as a horse trainer and not to take his good horses. His old partner Connor had been murdered. He had stopped to help a horse trailer and after followed him to the track. He talked to a jockey named Julie West. The trailer belonged to Otto Laing."
So Kurt left his good horses and took a new horse to teach the gate too. and a Horse that looked good but had lost all of his races so far. Also took Cisco his work horse.
He is across the barn with his horses to Otto's horse but he cant see that horse because its blocked off so no one can bother it. Otto horse hates him.
Kurt offers Julie to ride his horse in the mornings and see how well she does at her first race before deciding who will be jockey for the race.
Kurt fits in because he is a real trainer and no one knows he is a cop.
It shows the world of racing. How hard undercover can be with all the lying.
I enjoyed reading Jockeys and Jewels and look forward to reading more books from Bev. I was given this ebook in exchange for honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: As3v on Aug. 19, 2011 :
An exciting look at the work of horse racing with mystery and romance thrown in. This well-written novel was fun to read. The characters were intersting to read about and the plot was well constructed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: J Flora on Aug. 18, 2011 :
In the genre of Dick Francis, Bev Pettersen's Jockeys and Jewels will take you for a ride around the backside of horse racing. The characters are full of both warts and beauty marks, much like human nature. The personality blend is an interesting mix, neither typecast good nor bad, and brings life to the story.

In addition to the mystery/romance field of interest, this may be a good mid level read if you are a new fan to racing or have a casual relationship with it. The book is not overly weighted with information on the horse racing world. For those more interested in depth of the racing world, the focus may be a bit less than expected. It would make a fine summer read and enjoyable experience for the horse lover.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tracey on Aug. 17, 2011 :
This was a Member Giveaway on LibraryThing, in ebook form – thank you! A longer version of this review is at:

What it says on the tin for this book that it's a mystery/romance set in the racing world. And it hits all of those elements pretty equally: Kurt is looking for the reason the dead cop, Connor, was looking at the track's stables, why he was murdered, as well as who did it. Naturally enough, he finds himself irresistibly attracted to Julie, and vice versa. And the book is placed in a detailed racing setting. Unfortunately, I think it fell a little bit short on all three components.

I find the title rather unfortunate. Alliteration for alliteration's sake – spoiler or not – is not a positive, and the fact that it is a big fat spoiler for the mystery aspect of the story is a shame.

I can't say I cared about anyone in the story; some of the minor characters were enjoyable, but the main focus was on people I couldn't drum up much interest in. Kurt's lack of finesse as a lover (in the old-fashioned use of "lover" as well as that more commonly used now) is off-putting, and Julie – a driven, ambitious apprentice jockey who wants to ride more than anything else – just made me angry as she proceeded to get comprehensively drunk the night before her first big race. The stupidity blew my mind. "Kurt stepped from Lazer’s stall, his expression inscrutable, and the butterflies in her stomach morphed into giant moths. Was he disgusted with her drinking last night?" If he wasn't, I was.

It was a quick read, and mostly enjoyable; it could have been better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emily Garland on Aug. 16, 2011 :
This is one of those books where you start reading and can't stop until the end of the book. The characters are all very realizic. Reading this book makes you feel like you are listening to the characters tell their story. Overall an amazing book. This is a must read, if you like a mystery or are a horse lover.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sportsfan on Aug. 15, 2011 :
I settled down to read a couple of chapters of this book and stayed up to finish it.Save it for a weekend or a long wait at the airport!!!I was totally drawn into the horse racing world at a small time track.The characters were entertaining and real and I loved all of the animals.Great story telling!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Madame Diotte on Aug. 12, 2011 :
This novel was absolutely amazing! It had the perfect blend of mystery and romance, but, most importantly, the characters felt real. I found it engaging from the start and I couldn't help but sympathize with both Kurt and Julie. I'm not familiar with the complexities of horse racing, but I wasn't bored by all the details pertaining to training and jockeying. Plus, it's always nice to read such a great book from a Canadian author! Definitely a must read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kelly Fitzpatrick on July 07, 2011 :
Really enjoyed this read. Not a dull moment from start to finish. For lovers of horses, romance and/or mystery.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Patricia Thomas on July 06, 2011 :
Review: Jockeys and Jewels

When I read a book I read from start to finish – all in one sitting. I was swept along, laughing and crying, while the characters were also swept away. I enjoyed Jockeys and Jewels so much that for the last hundred pages I read no more than ten pages at a time. I wanted to rush through, but at the same time, I wanted to prolong the experience for me – to stretch out the delicious story to that happy ending I knew was coming.
The characters were flesh-and-blood beings – not paper-doll types – and included the good, talented, bruised, and those irreparably damaged. The story entertained, even frightened me in places. Truly.
Another bonus: as I read I experienced the intriguing and exotic world of the racetrack. Jockeys and Jewels made me want to read more. Five stars. I'm looking forward to Bev Pettersen’s next novel, Color My Horse.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Davis on June 20, 2011 :
I loved this book! It has it all...action, mystery, and a fantastic romance. I don't follow horse racing...but yet found myself on the edge of my seat at times while reading. It pulled me right into the excitement of the world of horse racing.
I'm looking forward to the next story..and would recommend this book in a heartbeat. One of the best I have read in awhile..
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Marie2 on June 19, 2011 :
A fantastic book! For me, it had a perfect balance between romance and mystery, and the racetrack setting was an added bonus. The author clearly knows her racing, and as a horse lover I'm always looking for good horse novels by knowledgeable writers. I'd recommend it to non-horse people too, though, it wasn't too technical. Fingers crossed for a sequel!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: barsnar on June 18, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this debut novel by Bev Pettersen . Though I have very limited knowledge of the world of horse racing,Pettersen has managed to weave a tale of intrigue and romance laced with an element of danger that is impossible to put down.The track is obviously a place familiar to the writer and she has managed to create a wonderful,well-developed cast of characters making this book a pleasure to read.I am looking forward to the author's next book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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