A Carson Stables Mystery, Book 1

Publication Date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN-10: 1496700333
ISBN-13: 978-1496700339

When horse trainer Annie Carson rescues a beautiful thoroughbred from a roadside rollover, she knows the horse is lucky to be alive…unlike the driver. After rehabilitating the injured animal at her Carson Stables ranch, Annie delivers the horse to Hilda Colbert—the thoroughbred’s neurotic and controlling owner—only to find she's been permanently put out to pasture. Two deaths in three days is unheard of in the small Olympic Peninsula county, and Annie decides to start sniffing around. She’s confident she can track down a killer…but she may not know how ruthless this killer really is…



“Here’s a new heroine after my own heart. Plan to stay up all night with this one." 
—Fern Michaels, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Reining in Murder has it all: rounded characters, likable protagonist, thrilling, perfectly paced plot, and impeccable narrative style.”
— Summer Issue of Mystery Scene Magazine. Read full review. (PDF)

“Readers will have a hard time waiting for book two, Saddle Up for Murder, due out in October. The twist ending of this book will make the wait that much harder.”
— King's River Life 

“There is nothing fake about Annie Carson as a protagonist. It is often said that it is best to write what you know, and it is clear that by doing so, Hearon has hit the mark.”
— Karina Wetherbee, Vail Daily


A Carson Stables Mystery, Book 2

Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN-10: 149670035X
ISBN-13: 978-1496700353

At first, horse trainer and Carson Stables owner Annie Carson blames the random losses of local livestock on feral animals stalking Olympic Peninsula county’s farms and ranches. But when one of her own flock is found savagely slaughtered, it gets personal. Then it turns dangerous, when Annie discovers the body of a young woman hanging in her new hay barn. Suddenly, she’s up to her neck in complicated mysteries—one involving her private life. But her sleuthing skills aren’t exactly welcomed by the sheriff. And as she uncovers a clue to the killer's identity, Annie fears she’s leading a deadly trail straight to her door.



A Carson Stables Mystery, Book 3

Publication Date: December 26, 2017
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN-10: 1496714083
ISBN-13: 978-1496714084

Just when life seems on the upswing for horse trainer Annie Carson, murder again appears on the horizon—this time, in the dry, dusty towns of Eastern Washington. The death of someone close to her sends her across the mountains, and when a local man everyone loved to hate is brutally murdered, Annie finds herself in the crosshairs of an investigation that even Sheriff Stetson can’t touch. As she desperately tries to save horses rounded up in local feedlots and headed for slaughter, clue after clue seems to fall across her path. Annie believes she knows who’s behind the murder—but now she’s the stranger in town—and knowing the truth can be dangerous when there’s no one you can really trust…



“A menacing atmosphere pervades the novel, with Annie's safety always in jeopardy as she never knows whom to trust. The action-packed scenes are stellar, as well as the descriptions of the gorgeous and dangerous Washington wilderness. This third in the series presents a unique heroine, one whose devotion to horses is as admirable as her wit and intelligence.” —Cynthia Chow, Kings River Life Magazine


A Carson Stables Mystery, Book 4

Publication Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN-10: 1496714105
ISBN-13: 978-1496714107

Breaking free from her mounting responsibilities on the Olympic Peninsula, Carson Stables owner Annie Carson reluctantly swaps muddy jeans for breeches to attend a dressage event in Southern California. But after settling into elegant digs at a historic mansion, she finds herself surrounded by palace intrigue, backbiting riders, and cold-blooded murder. As Annie makes heads or tails of clues scattered around the show ring, she must figure out which of her new acquaintances is a killer—before the crazed culprit takes the reins…



“This book absolutely gripped me from start to finish. I could visualize every stride, piece of tack, and riding aid. The author Leigh Hearon credits dressage instructors Rebecca Parker Clarke, Janet Grumbok, and Charlotte Dujardin, as well as other riders, for her information. This is definitely the best book featuring horses you’ll read all year, and by far one of the best-plotted mysteries too. RUNAWAY MURDER moves the Carson Stables up into a whole new league.”Clare O’Beara, Reviewer & Author (read entire review…)