So this was how I was going to die. A jackhammer blasted away in my chest, beads of sweat dotted my forehead, and the muscles in my right arm vibrated like strummed guitar strings. No matter how tightly I clung to the bull’s rope, I knew the thing would buck me off. Prayer was automatic: “Hail, Mary, full of grace…” This close to death, I probably should have chosen the Act of Contrition.
When someone steals the prize buckle of a junior bull-riding champion, middle-school student and amateur sleuth Kirsten Camarata sets her mind to solving the mystery, helped by her cousins Courtney and Emily and her little brother, “Brat.” In order to get behind the scenes, Kirsten takes part in a rodeo, and even though someone goes to extreme measures to prevent her from doing so, her detective skills pay off as she pieces together the clues to solve the mystery.