Hoag, Tami

About the author

Tami Hoag (b.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 owned 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


Quaid Horses
Rumor Has It
Man of Her Dreams

Bibliography (horse books only)

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.

Dark Horse

Bantam Books, New York, 2002, 435 pp.
Orion, London, 2002, pb, 435 pp.

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 disappearance.

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.