Mad Cow Nightmare

Mad Cow Nightmare

by Nancy Means Wright
     
 

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Dairy farmer Ruth Willmarth struggles with a mad cow plague, a squatter family of volatile Irish Travellers, a beautiful runaway woman--and Murder. According to Kirkus Reviews: "The masterfully evoked terror of Mad Cow makes Ruth's fifth her most sharply focused yet." Mystery by Nancy Means Wright; originally published by St. Martin's Minotaur  See more details below

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Dairy farmer Ruth Willmarth struggles with a mad cow plague, a squatter family of volatile Irish Travellers, a beautiful runaway woman--and Murder. According to Kirkus Reviews: "The masterfully evoked terror of Mad Cow makes Ruth's fifth her most sharply focused yet." Mystery by Nancy Means Wright; originally published by St. Martin's Minotaur

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
Series heroine Ruth Willmarth's (Stolen Honey) persistent suitor-now her lover-invites some distant relatives to watch Ruth's Vermont cows while her helper is away. Unfortunately, one of the rowdy relatives recently had surgery in Canada and may be carrying the mad cow virus. A solid farm-based series addition. Wright lives in Cornwall, VT. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Wright's latest Vermont idyll (Stolen Honey, 2002, etc.) plumbs every dairy farmer's worst nightmare. Life is so unfair. When her lover, Colm Hanna, enlisted a distant cousin, Darren O'Neill, to help Ruth Willmarth work her farm in her hired-hand's absence, Ruth had no idea that Darren would bring along his traveling family of Irish gypsies: his wife Maggie, her cousin Nola and Nola's boyfriend Ritchie, who's Darren's own cousin. And Ruth never could have imagined that Nola, whom Ritchie's just removed from a Canadian hospital, would still be sick with something that could well be Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human version of the dread mad cow disease. Clearly, Ruth needs to send the whole family packing. But before she can, Nola disappears and Ritchie is strangled to death. The obvious suspect is Nola, who hovers tantalizingly just out of reach, wandering from farm to neighboring farm. Like Calamity Jane, Nola endangers everyone she touches, from Lippitt Morgan horse breeder Franny Gates, whose beloved mare Ophelia has also gone missing, to hapless James Perlman, who just wants to put his past mistakes behind him and raise some uninfected sheep. There'll be suitably villainous supporting roles for Ruth's born-again ex-sister-in-law, Darren's uncle Tormey Leary and the United States Department of Agriculture. The mystery of Ritchie's death manages to be both tangled and predictable, but the masterfully evoked terror of mad cow makes Ruth's fifth her most sharply focused yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940043339416
Publisher:
Belgrave House
Publication date:
08/30/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
646 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy Means Wright lives, writes, and teaches in the environs of Middlebury, Vermont. This is her eleventh book and her fifth mystery featuring Ruth Willmarth. Ruth is also the protagonist of the novella Fire and Ice, in Worldwide Library's anthology Crimes of Passion.

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