Doc’s Codicil

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About Doc’s Codicil
When Wisconsin veterinarian Doc dies, his family learns that to inherit his fortune, they must decipher the cryptic codicil he added to his will—“Take Doofus squirrel-fishing”—and they can only do that by talking to Doc’s friends, reading the memoir Doc wrote of a Christmas season decades earlier, searching through Doc’s correspondence, and discovering clues around them. Humor abounds as this mismatched lot tries to find time in their hectic lives to work together to solve the puzzle. In the end, will they realize that fortune comes in many guises?

Doc’s Codicil tells the story of a veterinarian who teaches his heirs a lesson from the grave. It is a mystery told with gentle humor in a style reminiscent of Clyde Edgerton with touches of Garrison Keillor.

Doc’s Codicil is a story within a story. As the heirs read Doc’s book, they learn of the Christmas season, 27 years ago, in which Doofus goaded Doc into action on his dreams and bragged about his own project, a Christmas nativity pageant in New Orleans that, unbeknownst to Doc and Doofus, Doc’s sister and brother in law were also working on. In writing his memoir, Doc realized he’d missed important lessons about life, lessons he should have learned. He knew his adult children wouldn’t listen to him, so he invented the riddle of Doofus and squirrel fishing to teach them what he had missed.