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Doc's Codicil

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  19 reviews
When Wisconsin veterinarian Doc dies, his family learns that
to inherit his fortune, they must decipher the cryptic codicil he added to his will—“Take Doofus squirrel-fishing”—and they can only do that by talking to Doc’s friends, reading the memoir Doc wrote of a Christmas season decades earlier, searching through Doc’s correspondence, and discovering clues around them. Hu
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 21st 2015 by BQB Publishing
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Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for something humorous, with a touch of sweetness, kindness and love, then this is your winter read. It was one that I found fun to cuddle up, on a cold day (not to mention our oil had run out, so it was deathly cold) and really have a good laugh. It is the kind of read that can warm your heart and really make you enjoy all the subtle things in life.

As we travel through the life and times of the good vet, we come to find out that there is so much more to him than his family g
Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can find the original review on Genuine Jenn

This is a fun light humorous read. There are a lot of characters in this book and takes a bit of time to figure everyone out but once you do, you will get to love them. The story takes place in 1987/88 and 2014. We flash back a lot to learn about Doc, Linda, Mark & Doofus. Doofus wants to go squirrel fishing and the heirs needs to figure out what this means. Doc's puts his childr
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It has been a long time since I read a book that made me laugh as hard as this one did. Slap-stick comedy plays a big role in the plot as does riddles and mystery. The plot jumps back and forth between 1987-88 and 2014 and this is not hard to follow as the plot flows perfectly throughout the book. There are a lot of characters involved in the story making it slightly difficult in the beginning to keep track of who everyone is yet I found ever
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received this book from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

Although this isn't generally the sort of book I would read, the synopsis intrigued me enough to give it a go. Doc, a Wisconsin vet, has left, as part of his will, a mysterious codicil that his family must solve in order to inherit his fortune. This leads the reunited family to undertake a quest whereby they must speak to his friends, hack into his computer to find email evidence and read a book that Doc had been writing.

At time
Thomas Garvey
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I, for one, like my humour to be served cold and preferably to be laced with arsenic, so the subtle humorisms planted here should not have moved me the way they did, and yet somehow this was managed. One great disadvantage of American letters pertains to the lack of any great purveyors of soft comedy in fiction form - there are great humorists to be found in Non-Fiction, from Dorothy Parker to David Sedaris, and Christopher Buckley has been steadily drawing on the unhinged, dark excesses of Capi ...more
Autumn Is Azathoth
If you want a warm-hearted, family-oriented, feel-good during and after your reading, novel, suffused with puzzles and a pair of minds (Doc and his sister Linda) who just won't quit, then by all means I suggest you take up DOC'S CODICIL by Gary Jones. A subtle story, gently told, this novel commences with the reading of the will of the late veterinarian, with his children and nephew present. Remember, these are all adults, not youngsters. So they should know how to behave and how to act and thin ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very funny and relatable book.The stories narrated by Doc are humorous and show things in a different perspective. I loved reading it and the characters are great.I definitely learned many things in the end.The mystery about the clues and the codicil makes you want to know what happens next.
The book is really enjoyable and humorous.
I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review. However I have to say that I have had to DNF it as although I enjoyed the authors writing style I didn't connect to any of the characters at all so I was finding I simply wasn't wanting to pick it and read it.
J.P. Willson
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Reading Fury
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
To anyone who has had an unspoken dream to create or accomplish something that seems too chancey or likely to fail, Doc’s Codicil is a wonderfully relatable book in which personal insecurities and lack of courage battle with opening oneself up to the possibility of failure and realizing a dream. The novel offers readers a story of fun mystery with riddles and clues, a late-blooming coming of age story, and a life lesson that most of us could benefit from regardless of whether we are 20 or 70 yea ...more
Rajalakshmi Prithviraj
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sometimes, there is a need to introspect and listen to our inner child. Doc's Codicil is a book that lays emphasis on doing just that.

What the Doc had learnt in his life, he wanted to pass on to his children, especially after his death. Hence, he wrote a codicil to his will.

The story has a great plot and ensures frequent yet meaningful transitions in time frames (past, present and future to be precise!!!). The narrative is fast paced and ensures that a reader looks forward to what is in store ne
Paul Franco
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of those stories where the recently deceased leaves the descendants some puzzles to solve before they can receive the inheritance goodies. There’s the good girl, the guy who thinks it’s a waste of time, and other stock characters, though their interactions and thought processes as they try to solve the puzzles are stimulating enough. But most of the story is taken up by two historical threads, which are described in a book that is where the characters most look for clues. One concer ...more
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Set up to appeal to readers of allegorical fiction, in the vein of J.P. Kotter, Spencer Johnson, Ken Blanchard and others, I would call this more fictional memoir than mystery.
People who are interested in large animal veterinary medicine themed memoirs will also appreciate sections. In truth, I really have no other book to compare this to.

Set between a 1987 Christmas Nativity event (worst pagaent ever) and the 2013 reading of Doc's will, and the mentioned codicil, the underlying idea of each sto
Nanette Tredoux
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This book took me longer to read than the average book, and there were moments when I didn't feel like persevering. However, I finished it and I am glad I did, in several ways. I experienced the book as an uneasy mix between a slapstick comedy (all that excrement all over the place), and morality take of sorts. I found the background about veterinary science and farming fascinating, but I don't expect all readers will. The author certainly did his homework there in the form of background researc ...more
Rodney Carlson
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
The crazy ideas people come up with have to come from somewhere! Doc invented a tale to explain the dumb decisions and bad behavior his kids saw on the evening news.

Doc is intent on leaving a legacy to his children. Lessons learned from a life of adventure with an apparition that appeared to be plucked straight out of his imagination, complete with soiled pink tutu. Meet Doofus the cow flop fairy. Doofus is here to help, and he has plenty of ideas that you can run with.

Take a chance and follow
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having lived in the Coulee Region of Wisconsin through my teens, I enjoyed reading a bout actual places I remembered! Dod's Codicile is one of those knee slapping , laugh out loud stories that my husband finds annoying (because he is trying to sleep while I read!) Treat yourself to a fun read with endearing characters you wish were in a series, so you didn't have to give them up at books end.
Having known Gary F. Jones in High School, made it all the more delightful to discover he is a terrific
Angel Hatfield
Feb 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Doc was a vet who died and in order to get the inheritance his heirs had to solve a bunch of riddles to solve the codicil.
This was just too busy for me. Too many characters to keep track of. Although I did find some humor in this story. But I just couldn’t finish it.
**I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
Elaine Irwin
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very fun read that I enjoyed very, very much. It was thoughtful and funny and excellently written.
I can’t remember the last time a book really made me think. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I very strongly recommend it.

See my full review: https://heavenisabookshop.wordpress.c...
Marisa Young
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
A Wisconsin veterinarian dies and his family learns that to inherit his fortune, they must decipher a cryptic codicil he added to the will. " Take Doofus Squirrel-fishing"

Book has very funny story of Christmas pageant with live animals.
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My life often seems like a testament to wishful thinking and bad judgement, although my wife of 40 years says she knows of nothing in the record to justify such unfettered optimism.

I was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, where I spent most of my time doing stupid things and catching hell from my Dad. I spent more years in college than I care to think about to become a veterinarian. After that,
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