Author Sasscer Hill was involved in horse racing as an amateur jockey and racehorse breeder for most of her life. Her mystery-thrillers portray the world of horse racing, and the skullduggery that big money and gambling so often attract. Her novels have won the Dr. Tony Ryan Best in Racing Literature Award (Flamingo Road) and the Carrie McCray Award (The Dark Side of Town). Her Nikki Latrelle mysteries have also received multiple award nominations for Agatha, Macavity, Claymore, and an additional Dr. Tony Ryan Award.

Travels of Quinn, published in 2020, stepped away from horse racing. Instead, the mystery-thriller revolves around the gypsy con artists known as Irish American Travelers. This novel was a finalist for a Silver Falchion Award for Best Mystery of 2020.

Her most recent novel, Shooting Star, is the Fifth in the award-winning Nikki Latrelle Horse Racing Mystery Series. Nikki is charged with protecting the racehorses used in a movie filmed at Santa Anita Racecourse.

Sasscer lives in Aiken, South Carolina horse country, with her husband, a dog, and a cat.


Teen & Young Adult


Matilda Swift

Fabulous characters sip cocktails and enjoy all the hotel luxuries they can while juggling horse racing and sleuthing in this fun and satisfying mystery.

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Racing From Evil

Only thirteen and a runaway, orphaned Nikki flees from her stepfather through the icy
streets of Baltimore. Running to the one place she’s been happy; she climbs the razor wire fence into Pimlico Racetrack and spends the night in a stall with only a horse to keep her warm. But with no ID, no family, and no income, how will she survive? Can she elude the evil man so determined to capture her?