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BOOK REVIEW:
THE CASE OF THE ILL-GOTTEN GOAT
BY CLAUDIA BISHOP

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Bishop, best known for her Hemlock Falls Bed and Breakfast books, has created a very different series with The Case Files of Austin McKenzie books. The protagonist, Dr. Austin McKenzie, retired as chair of the Bovine Sciences Department and then, due to unexpected financial issues, opened a private large animal veterinary practice. Along with his wife Madeline, he also started a detective agency, Cases Closed. The cases they become involved in are quite unusual and require McKenzie's skill as a veterinarian. While the first book in the series is set in the world of show horses-a not unheard of subject in mystery book, the second involves a turkey farm and this one a goat dairy-both interesting if somewhat unusual settings for mysteries.

Tre Sorelle Dairy has a serious problem. The last two times their goat milk was tested, the somatic cell count was sky high. If the milk tests high again, the state will send a quality management team to the diary to review all operations, and could possibly shut the dairy down. So when Melvin Staples shows up to test the milk, it's understandable that Doucetta Capretti, the matriarch of Tre Sorelle is upset-very upset. His visit could spell disaster for her family's business. When Staples turns up dead, floating in a milk vat, Doucetta is the obvious suspect. However, when his personal life was examined, the suspect list grew by leaps and bounds. It seems Mr. Staples was somewhat of a ladies' man so not only did his jealous wife have a motive, so did any number of husbands. Just the sort of case Dr. Austin McKenzie and his wife Madeline investigate. Was the murder connected to the somatic cell count or not? And what was causing the goats' milk to test so high?

It would serve readers well to read the first book in this series, The Case of the Roasted Onion, first in order to get the back story on the characters. Readers who like their mysteries to include animals of all sorts or veterinarians for characters should definitely read these books. How much general mystery readers will enjoy the series has as much to do with how much they want to know about horse shows, turkey farms and goat dairies as anything else. While the mysteries are very well plotted and the characters quite interesting, the books are fairly heavy on the animal subject. That said, overall I would recommend the series.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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