Anne Barton is a retired veterinarian and flight instructor. Born in Drumheller, Alberta, she grew up in Idaho, and now lives in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia where she is deeply involved with Habitat for Humanity and the Anglican Church, when she isn't riding her horse or curling.
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Dr. Erica Merrill, a young vet trying to establish her veterinary practice in her hometown, a small Northern Idaho county seat, gets involved in a murder investigation when a drug she has dispensed for a family dog is used to poison a wealthy widow. A battle over inheritance means that everyone involved with the household has a motive. But only the nine-year-old granddaughter has both means and opportunity.
Neither Erica nor her deputy sheriff boyfriend, Clay Caldwell, want to believe that a child would murder her grandmother, but they wonder if her father could have persuaded her to do it.
Erica must also contend with her father, who wants to run her life, a disgruntled colleague who reports her to the licensing authority, and a new physician in town with amorous intentions.
It is Erica’s knowledge not of the affect of the drug on the victim, but on the dog, that allows her to solve the mystery.
When fourteen-year-old Derek Taylor and his sister Penny are dragged out into the wilderness by their environmentalist parents, they soon discover that the ‘simple life’ is really not so simple. And the idea that there would be less crime is negated when Derek and another boy trip an alarm at a marijuana grow-op and, in running away, fall into an empty grave.
A woman is shot dead while looking for her dog in a woodlot below her house. But local vet, Dr. Erica Merrill, who heard the shot, and her boyfriend Clay Caldwell, a deputy sheriff, don't think the killing was an accident, but that the wrong person was accidentally shot. When another attempt at murder is made, the police have two crimes with no suspects...
Dr. Erica Merrill, a young vet trying to establish her veterinary practice in her hometown, a small Northern Idaho county seat, gets involved in a murder investigation when a drug she has dispensed for a family dog is used to poison a wealthy widow. A battle over inheritance means that everyone involved with the household has a motive.
There is one set of tracks leading to and from the snow-bound cabin of Eugene Pettijohn, dead of a gunshot wound, who was known to be alive after the snow began to fall. These tracks were made by Herb Schultz, an unpopular deadbeat neighbor who discovered the body. Shultz is arrested but Dr. Erica Merrill, a young veterinarian trying to establish a practice in her hometown...