Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Doc's Codicil‏ by Gary F.Jones

Book Description: 

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. Humor abounds as this mismatched lot

tries to find time in their hectic lives to work together to solve the

puzzle. In the end, will they
realize that fortune comes in many guises?


Codicil is a mystery told with gentle humor. It tells the story of a

veterinarian who teaches his heirs a lesson from the grave.

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About the Author: 

It seems my life has been a testament to questionable decisions and

lost opportunities. However, my wife of 39 years says she knows of

nothing in the record to justify such unfettered optimism.

I am a member of the last generation of rural veterinarians who

remember working with cows that had names and personalities and dairymen

who worked in the barn with their families. I’m also part of the first

wave of the Baby Boomers, crusty codgers who are writing their wills and

grousing about kids who don’t pay attention to what old men say, and

can even be damned condescending at times.

I was raised on a dairy farm in West-central Wisconsin and exhibited

Holstein cattle and Clydesdale horses from the time I was ten-years-old

until I graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan

State in 1969. I practiced veterinary medicine on Wisconsin dairy farms

until 1988, when my wife and I packed up our four children and I entered

graduate school at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.

I developed the first ante-mortem diagnostic test for proliferative

enteritis, a diarrheal disease of swine caused by Lawsonia

intracellularis. The test is now the standard diagnostic test for the

disease. With adoption of the test, it was also found that L.

intracellularis is the most common cause of post-weaning diarrhea in


After 19 years of work on the research and development of bovine and

swine vaccines, I am retired. I’m using the scraps of what I can

remember to spin stories of a family and veterinary practice, stories

that could almost be true. Some of the true stories that didn’t make it

into my books can be found on this website.

My first novel, Doc’s Codicil, will be published in October 2015. I have two published short stories: Valentine, published in Straightjacket, the 2012 spring issue, and The Attempted Armed Deposit, in the 2009 California Writers Club Chap Book. http://garyfjones.com/

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