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 is a mystery told with gentle humor. It tells the story of a veterinarian who teaches his heirs a lesson from the grave.
What made the experience of listening to Doc's Codicil the most enjoyable?
It has the feeling of a TV sitcom, complete with multi-generational relationships, a mix of plots, and a goofy character that may or may not be real.
What other book might you compare Doc's Codicil to and why?
Really, the play Harvey by Mary Chase.
Which scene was your favorite?
The Nativity Scene is a well-orchestrated series of disasters that keeps piling up.
If you could rename Doc's Codicil, what would you call it?
Squirrel Fishing with Doofus
Any additional comments?
Never got tired of listening to Conlan's characters. Especially Doofus.