A Gail McCarthy Mystery by Laura Crum
Review: Laura Crum's 9th mystery featuring horse veterinarian Gail McCarthy, Moonblind, is a simple, yet effective, story of how one's actions in the past may have unintended, and deadly, consequences in the present.
Pregnancy has made Gail philosophical. She muses about the life she will have with her unborn child, nicknamed Mac, and the life with her beloved horses she fears she will leave behind. When her cousin, Jenny, a thoroughbred race horse trainer who has recently purchased property nearby, suddenly calls late one night, obviously distraught but unwilling to provide any details, Gail wonders how she can help without knowing what the problem is. As Gail learns of the circumstances of her cousin's move to California from Michigan, she realizes Jenny's situation is far more sinister than she ever could have imagined.
The title, Moonblind, refers to a disease (Equine Recurrent Uveitis) that affects the eyesight of horses, temporarily and sometimes permanently causing blindness. The original term "moonblindness" was coined decades ago due to the recurrent nature of the disease, and many at that time erroneously thought the condition was related to the cycles of the moon. It is an authentic, integral, and unexpected, component of the story.
Crum allows the suspense of the story to build and proceed slowly, almost mimicking how Gail, being 7 months pregnant, might move and react. The side story about Gail's favorite horse, Danny, offers insight into how she handles critical situations both intellectually and emotionally, and that in the end, people and animals adapt to their given situation in the best way they can. The concluding scenes in the horse barn are vividly constructed and provide a shocking conclusion to this most unusual mystery.
Acknowledgment: Perseverance Press provided a copy of Moonblind for this review.
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Selected reviews of other mysteries by this author …
Minotaur Books (Hardcover), July 2001
ISBN-13: 9780312271817; ISBN-10: 0312271816
Perseverance Press (Trade Paperback), March 2008
ISBN-13: 9781880284940; ISBN-10: 1880284944
Location(s) referenced in Moonblind: Santa Cruz, California
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Moonblind by Laura Crum — A Gail McCarthy Mystery
Publisher: Perseverance Press
Format: Trade Paperback
Publication Date: September 2006
List Price: $13.95
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