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Posted March 18, 2005
I have loved all Wright's Ruth Willmarth mysteries; her latest is no exception. Ruth Willmarth, a dairy farmer in rural Vermont, is strong, gusty and intuitive. Each of the mystery novels takes on an issue or two of particular interest to Vermont and, probably, other rural communities. This one tackles mad cow disease and its ramifications, based on a true incident involving sheep in central Vermont. Romantic readers will be pleased to know that Ruth and her long-time man friend, Colm, move a step further to a larger commitment. Another fascinating element in this book is the history and data on Irish travelers, new to this reader. Wright does her research and her characters are fascinating. A warning, however, the ending is quite a stunner. As Wright knows, Vermont is not all idyllic , not always the land of milk and honey.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Nola is recovering from brain surgery in a Toronto hospital when her significant other Ritchie forces her to leave and go to Ruth Wilmarth¿s Upstate New York dairy farm to talk to his brother. Darren. Apparently Darren has left his Uncle Tormey¿s Tonawanda farm to work as a hired hand for the summer at Ruth¿s spread.................... Nola left the hospital without being released and a patient died there from Creutzfeldt Jekob disease, a form of mad cow disease that people can catch from infected food. The hospital wants Nola to return so they can test her, but she wants to get her son away from Tormey first. Darren, who is Colm¿s cousin and Ruth¿s lover, refuses to go back to his uncle¿s farm despite his brother¿s pleading. Ritchie turns violent even towards Nola, but soon is found dead. Everyone except Ruth thinks Nola killed him; Ruth, though she has problems with the USDA confiscating her herd, tries to prove Nola is innocent although her lover Colm is on the police force and convinced Nola killed Ritchie.......................... Torney is a first class villain who has terrorized Nola, Ritchie, and Darren using an inheritance as a lever to control the trio. When they revolt, he becomes angry and unstable and there is no telling what he will do. Ruth is furious with Tormey because he sold her claves that might have mad cow disease. There are plenty of folks with a motive to kill Torney, but fans will keep reading to learn who performed the deed........................... Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.