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Slickrock: A Gail McCarthy Mystery (Gail McCarthy Mystery #5)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Equine veterinarian Gail McCarthy is up for the challenge of a lifetime: two weeks alone deep within the winding trails of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Needing a break from the stress of everyday life and a somewhat trying long-distance relationship. Gail is eager to depart on a solitary pack trip with only two horses and her faithful new puppy for company.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 29th 1999 by Minotaur Books
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My favorite novel from Laura Crum yet, Slickrock blends action, adventure, stunning scenery, accurate and interesting animal elements, and that old keystone, romance. Set in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, protagonist Gail is out for the adventure of a lifetime on a solo horse packing trip that doesn't go quite according to plan. I tore through this book in no time and am intrigued to see what happens to Gail McCarthy next!
I really love this series, but this book in particular seemed to drag. Part of the mystery was laid out really early, then lots of other things happened that seemed like filler and then finally the mystery solving that didn't start until the last 20 pages or so. I'll be continuing with the rest of the series for sure since I've enjoyed the previous installments so much, but I hope this is just a fluke.
Karen Musser
This is not a recent book, but very well done and intrigues me about the rest of the series. Gail McCarthy is a horse vet in California who decides to fulfill a goal of taking a two week pack trip into the Sierras alone. The author does an excellent job with descriptions of the beautiful scenery and dealing with a largely solitary main character.
Decent book. Reading another by the same author. Not one to do back-flips over, but a solid read. I question again, why, why add any really nasty swearing? This book had a mild one here, another here. And then drops two f-bombs in out of the blue. Say what? Yeah, only two. But still.
Interesting plot & characters, would've given 4 stars but the plot wandered a little (Waldens' Pond, "...wished she knew more cuss words"??). Overall a pleasant read though.
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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 ...more
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