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The Case of the Roasted Onion (The Casebook of Dr. McKenzie) Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 2006
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After receiving an invitation to be the delegate at the Earlsdown Three Day Event from venture capitalist and horse owner Brewster McClellan, Austin accepts because the fee for his services is $15,000. Dr. Grazley who was in charge of the horse Brewster was running in the event is murdered as was Dr. Schumacher who preceded Dr Grazley. Austin believes Brewster is behind the murders because they both owned a piece of the horse and were partners in another business venture. Austin sets out to solve the homicides but it is only when a third member of the syndicate is murdered do the McKenzies and their two assistants concoct a plan to smoke the murderer out.
The first mystery in "The Casebook of Dr. McKenzie" takes place in the same arena as the Hemlock Falls mysteries. This is a cleverly constructed who-done-it with so many layers to peel that the protagonists have to stay alert for any clue because the killer left almost no evidence behind. The love between Austin and Madeline permeates the whole storyline and uplifts the audience to see two passionate seniors care about one another and life in general.
Prompted by a financial reversal, Dr. Austin McKenzie (with the help of his fiesty but fun wife Madeline) has set up a rural vetrinary practice after many years in academia. When he is offered a large amount of money to be the Vetrinarian Delegate at a multi-day horse show, he realizes he will need to hire an assistant to help with the practice during his absence, and two young vetrinary students enter the story.
But Dr. McKenzie has been asked to be a part the horse show because the previous invitee has been murdered. This death is quickly followed by several others and McKenzie must delve into the crimes to save his own skin.
I liked this book. The plot is good, the characters are interesting, and the world of horse events and a vetrinary practice absorb the reader. My two niggly criticisms of this book both involve diaglog. First, the annoying banter between the vetrinary students goes on too long and it is out of character for the McKenzies to tolerate this rudeness. Second, the conversations between the McKenzies are a little cloying. But these are minor issues and shouldn't interfere with your enjoyment of this book.
Hard core cozy readers will probably find some of the content not to their liking and might want to avoid this one, but everyone else should be okay with it.
Favorite character? There are several good ones, but the escape artist Pony is my favorite. Did I guess it? Sort of. Will I read more? Yes.
The characters are well drawn, interesting people, revealing some of their backgrounds in this book. I'm sure we'll see a lot more in the books to come. The plot has enough twists to make it enjoyable, and the sleuthing is amateurish, but they are learning quickly, and it is fun.
Think James Herriot meets Diagnosis Murder (Dick van Dyke), and you just about have it.
There were a few typos, and this is the second author recently to confuse rifles with shotguns, but those were minor irritations.
This looks like a fine series, and I'm looking forward eagerly to the next installments.
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Humorous who-done-it with curmudgeonly vet & tactfully wise wife who solve murder mystery with the help of 2 contending vet assistants. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CC = Curious Cat
The 4 major characters are well developed and likable. Nice to see loving seniors!Published 12 months ago by Marvera Murphy
I have enjoyed this series very much. Can't wait for the next one. Dr McKenzie reminds me of an old time vet.Published 21 months ago by Ellie
I liked the characters, but I thought the competition between Joe and Allegra a bit forced. Madeline's revenge on Sullivan was great. Read morePublished on May 25, 2014 by Eileen
At first, I didn't care for it, but as I got into it more, I realized it was quite good.Published on September 27, 2013 by Patricia D. Damewood
This warm series features veterinarian Austin McKenzie and his wife Madeline.Austin a retired professor at Cornell University has always loved caring for his pets and spending time... Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by The Book Resort
I found this book entertaining. I was previously unfamiliar with Ms Bishop's work. I bought the book because I thought it was a mystery involving horses. Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by Sharon Upchurch
I thoroughly enjoyed this book with Dr. McKenzie, his wife and two assistants. They all play off each other in a way to keep you interested in what will happen next. Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by Kindle Customer
Veterinarian Austin McKenzie has always loved his job working with animals. Working with college students as a professor, however, didn't suit him as well. Read morePublished on October 29, 2007 by Erika Sorocco