Bio . . .

I grew up a mile from the Baltimore City line - - not a likely place for a "horse person" I suppose. I was working for the government and going to college part time when I happened to come across a copy of Dick Francis's IN THE FRAME. Afterwards, I read every one of his mysteries that I could get my hands on, quit the government job, and went to work on a horse farm in Howard County, Maryland.

I became barn manager almost immediately, moved around a bit, worked at the track for a brief time, then moved to Pennsylvania and worked on a breeding farm, delivering foals on the night shift. Later, I returned to college and earned extra money by buying small horse farms, upgrading them, and selling them for a profit.

And now, I guess you're wondering where the writing comes in. Well, there's a lot of down time when you're mucking out stalls. I got into the habit of making up stories in my head. Thinking about characters and plot lines and bad guys.

There's lots of time to go through the "What if's?" Like, what if I went to work early one morning and found a bunch of horses gone? Or worse, what if the thieves were still there? What would I do? One thing led to another, and I started putting my ideas on paper.

Those ideas evolved into the Steve Cline Mystery series which follows the adventures of a young man who grew up privileged and wealthy but finds himself alone in the world and penniless at the age of twenty-one. From the fancy hunters and show jumpers to the sleek thoroughbreds that compete at the track, the horses are as integral to the stories as the mysteries themselves.

Many of my experiences, impressions, and observations are reflected in the stories. For example, while I was working foal watch at a huge breeding farm in Pennsylvania, a serial arsonist was burning down vacant barns in the surrounding neighborhoods. To this day, I still remember how spooky it felt to look down the barn aisle around two in the morning and see an orange glow on the horizon and know that another barn was burning. That incident kicks off the third book in the series, COLD BURN.

Short Biography . . .

After discovering the works of Dick Francis, Kit Ehrman quit a lucrative government job and went to work in the horse industry. Twenty-five years later, Ehrman combined a love of horses and mysteries by penning the award-winning, equine-oriented mystery series featuring barn manager and amateur sleuth Steve Cline. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, the series has received outstanding reviews in The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, The Denver Post, and the Chicago Tribune among others.

Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 1-59058-302-9
December, 2006

Trade paperback
ISBN: 1-59058-478-3
May, 2007

ISBN: 1-59058-303-6
March, 2007


"There is plenty of action here, all set against the excitement and pageantry of the build-up to America’s greatest horse race. Neither race fans nor devotees of suspense will be disappointed." ~Booklist

"Just as a horse recognizes when sure hands gather the reins, from the first page of Triple Cross, I found myself on the bit and ready to go wherever Kit Ehrman led. Set in Louisville as Derby excitement builds ... the mystery unfolds with a clocker's precision while deftly capturing the city, the track, and its thoroughbred stars."
~Robbee Huseth, bookseller

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