Going, Gone: A Gail McCarthy Mystery

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Publishers Weekly
Former vet Gail McCarthy, now a stay-at-home wife and mom, encounters trouble while she and her husband and their six-year-old son are vacationing in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills in Crum’s less than suspenseful 11th equine puzzler (after 2008’s Chasing Cans). Soon after Gail and her family arrive at their friend Lonny Peterson’s ranch, Martindale County deputy sheriff Bret Boncantini, a childhood friend of Gail’s, arrests their host for the shooting murders of Lonny’s girlfriend, Lorene Richardson, and Lorene’s brother, Cole, who together ran the local livestock auction. Though Lonny’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, Gail’s positive he’s innocent and sets out to prove it. Crum’s easygoing approach to crime solving sometimes defies believability, but her solid knowledge of horses and the ranching life will appeal to horse-loving mystery fans who aren’t expecting a plot worthy of Dick Francis. (Apr.)
Library Journal
In her 11th outing (after Chasing Cans), veterinarian Gail McCarthy and her family go on a horse camping trip to a ranch owned by her old boyfriend Lonny Peterson, only to find that he has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend and her brother. The arresting officer is Bret Boncantini, one of Gail's oldest friends. VERDICT Bringing back Lonny and Bret in this long-running series is just what fans wanted. A good murder mystery that packs quite a wallop. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 12/09.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880284988
  • Publisher: Daniel, John & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/10/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    It's Great!!!!

    I am a horse lover and love reading about them in any type of book. Mysteries are becoming a big part of my book case and this one is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2010

    Great Young Adult Read for Horse Lovers

    Gail McCarthy, retired horse vet goes on vacation with her son, husband, dog and horses to visit her old boyfriend in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Unfortunately, when she arrives, an old friend who happens to be sheriff department shows up with ex to tell her he's been arrested on suspicion of murder. Gail then spends the rest of her vacation with the her friend in the sheriff department looking into the murder investigation.
    This is quite a short novel, under 200 pages which is refreshing to get back to. The plot is not complex so it can be read in a short day or evening. At first I thought it would be a cozy novel especially with all the animal references, but it gets a little dark especially towards the end. Unfortunately, it gets repetitive at times when the main character describes scenery, obsesses about her son or her lost animals which gets tedious. There is so slight cross-over into "what is this life all about" phase instead of just pure mystery. Except for a few explicatives and a gruesome death scene at the climax this is definitely a good read for teens, young adults.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    The Laura Crum mysteries will obviously be enjoyed by amateur sleuth aficionados, but also by horse lovers

    Forty-five year old retired horse veterinarian Gail McCarthy is married to a man younger than her. Together they raise their six year old son; home-schooling him. Gail believes the three of them could use a vacation so they paick up their things, take their horses and go to the Sierra Nevada foothills to camp on land belonging to her former boyfriend, Lonny Peterson.

    Lonny arrives at their camp to greet them. Accompanying him is another childhood friend of Gail, sheriff's deputy Bret Boncantini. Lonny explains that Bret arrested him for the murders of his girlfriend Lorene Richardson and her brother Cole; they ran livestock auctions. Neither Gail or Bret believe Lonny killed them, but the lead detective believes he did as the female victim was seen fighting with the suspect over her dating her former spouse Kevin Moore and Lonny's gun was by the body with only his prints on it. Finally a witnesses places Lonny at the crime scene at about the time of the homicides. Bret is limited on what he can do so Gail investigates following a lead that Cole was involved in illegal dealings. However, a calculating killer watches her carefully preparing for one more murder if needed.

    The Laura Crum mysteries will obviously be enjoyed by amateur sleuth aficionados, but also by horse lovers. Going, Gone is an entertaining whodunit as several murders including a child occur in front of a pristine stark natural background. Gail stands by her friend and being a civilian can do what Bret as a law enforcement official cannot even as she breaks laws to prove her case. Although the typical amateur sleuth risking their life is an intricate part of the strong plotting, fans will enjoy Going, Gone as there are plenty of viable suspects with Lonny remaining at the head of the class.

    Harriet Klausner

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