Barnstorming (Gail McCarthy Mystery #12)
by Laura Crum (Goodreads Author)
Gail McCarthy has turned fifty, and is considering resuming her career as a horse veterinarian. Life interrupts her plans when she embarks on a solitary ride and finds a fellow equestrian shot dead. Gail's friend Detective Jeri Ward heads up the investigation, and Gail is drawn into the escalating chain of events when a second rider is murdered. She must make sense of this...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Perseverance Press
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Gail McCarthy, 50-year-old former practicing equine veterinarian with a home near California's Monterey Bay, is very like her creator, surrounded by four-footed creatures - horses, dogs and cats as well as chickens - and her husband and 11-year-old son. As usual in this series, of which this is the twelfth, the author fully conveys the beauty of the natural world in that part of the US, as well as its equine contingent. Even readers not into things equestrian cannot fail to appreciate their – we...more
Laura Crum is one of my favorite writers and newest book "Barnstorming" is an amazing adventure. This is the 12th book in the Gail MaCarthy series. Gail has aged but haven't we all! She has quit her veterinarian practice to raise and homeschool her son Mac, and her life is at a crossroads as she has just turned 50. "Barnstorming" is a refreshing look at Gail's life. A mystery occurs that will keep you reading until you have finished the book. I love the Epilogue and have read it at least a dozen...more
In the culmination of this fun 12 book series, wife and mother Gail McCarthy must solve one more mystery after a friend is shot dead in the hills near Gail's house. I enjoyed following the evolution of Gail from a newly minted single horse veterinarian to the fulfilled wife and mother she is at the end of the series, and I am particularly fond of Crum's artful descriptions of the beautiful countryside throughout the series. Mystery, horse, and nature fans--don't miss this series!
This was a perfectly good library read while I'm laid up with a cold. It moved fast, was enjoyable, and just a nice little cozy. A bit heavy on description in the first half of the book, but straightforward and it kept my attention. Crum writes a little disclosure in the forward about her mysteries that I would have put at the end of the book. AFter all, one doesn't want to pick up a book only to find that "the series has not been hugely successful." Fortunately, I kept reading.
Laura Crum has spent over twenty years training and showing western cowhorses, and her mystery series, featuring equine veterinarian Gail McCarthy, reflects her knowledge and love of horses. The twelve book series is available both in print and as ebooks. Laura still owns horses and rides regularly. She lives in the hills near California's Monterey Bay with her husband and son and a large menageri...moreMore about Laura Crum...