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Tami Hoag

Tami Hoag (1959 - ) was born in Iowa, and started her writing career with the “self-published, self-illustrated third-grade hit Black Pony.” She didn’t continue the horsey theme, first writing romances for Bantam’s Loveswept line. Her romantic novels included the Quaid Horses series, which have at least an element of horse (not having read any, I can’t comment knowledgeably on how much). Tami Hoag now writes thrillers, of which at least two, Dark Horse and Alibi Man, whose heroine is the ex-cop Elena Estes, have a horsey background. Hoag still rides, and competes in dressage on the winter circuit in Palm Beach County, Florida.

A character in her 2009 novel, Deeper than Dead, was based on Jane Thomas from Idaho, whose family own the great dressage mare Brentina. In 2008 Tami Hoag was asked to donate something to a fundraising auction in aid of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, to help send the team to the Olympics, and donated the chance to become a character in her latest book.

Finding the books: still in print.

Links and sources

Tami Hoag’s website

Wikipedia on Tami Hoag

Dark Horse

Bantam Books, New York, 2002, 435 pp.

Orion, London, 2002, pb, 435 pp.

Reviews on Amazon

Elena Estes's risk-taking has cost her job, confidence, career and the life of a fellow cop. She
has now retreated to Florida to be with horses, but then a 12 year old girl pays a visit: she
believes something terrible has happened to her older sister, who is a groom at the Wellington
show grounds. Molly eventually persuades Elena to visit the show grounds to investigate the girl’s

Bibliography - horse books only

The Alibi Man

Bantam Books, New York, 2007, 351 pp.

Orion, London, 2007, pb, 351 pp, republished 2008

Charnwood, Leicester, Large Print, 2007

Elena Estes exists on the fringes of wealthy Palm Beach society, but she is about to be drawn
back into it again. First, she finds a woman’s body, and as she delves into her secret life, she
discovers links to a Russian mob, and also to a group of Palm Beach men known for providing
alibis for each other. The group includes Elena’s former fiance, but she is determined to get at the
truth behind the death.

Rumor Has It

Bantam Books, New York, 1988, 184 pp.

Dell, pb, 2009, 304 pp.

Katie Quaid couldn’t refuse a dare: this had made her a world class rider. It also made her
introduce herself to the handsome new resident of Briarwood, Nick - a CIA agent, a male model,
a fugitive—maybe all three. An accident had ended Katie’s riding career, and she now earned
her living restoring historic houses. Soon Nick dares Katie to love again...

Man of Her Dreams

Bantam Books, New York, 1989, 185 pp.

Dell, pb, 2009, 288 pp.

Rylan Quaid proposes to Maggie McSwain at his sister's wedding, but she wants him to admit
that he adores her.


Bantam Books, New York, 2007, 173 pp.

Dell, pb, 2009, 288 pp.

Alexandra Gianni has come to Briarwood with baby daughter, Isabella, to start again, and rebuild
the derelict farm she’s bought with the last of her money. Independence is what she wants, and
not the handsome, aristocratic English rider Christian Atherton.

Quaid Horses

Rumor Has It

Man of Her Dreams