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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for DOC'S CODICIL by Gary F. Jones, a family humor, mystery available now from...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for DOC'S CODICIL by Gary F. Jones, a family humor, mystery available now from BQB Publishing.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found by clicking the banner and at the bottom of the post.

Doc's Codicil
by Gary F. Jones


GENRE:  Family Humor, Mystery



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.



I gritted my teeth and cursed. They were wasting my time, the time of the other four men in my crew, and expending all this effort to go in a circle, from and to their pen.

It occurred to me that most would see this differently if the calves were people. We’d call the calf trying to back up the “Leader” and those pushing his sorry butt forward “Followers.” Leaders and Followers apparently see things differently—something drilled into me every other November.

Come to think of it, it’s in November and December that we hold our national celebrations to honor wishful thinking and bad judgment. After our biennial celebration of the political non sequitur in early November, we save the rest of the month to contemplate our diets and most of December to think about our budgets. Looked at it that way, these calves were paragons of reason compared to the folks I’ve known.

Maybe, people are the only species dumber than cattle. A historian might be forgiven if he thought Homo sapiens preternaturally talented when it comes to grabbing stupid ideas and running with them. I have to admit, I haven’t been good at weeding the good from the “bat-crap crazy” either. Sometimes, it seems my life has been a series of virtuoso performances in the “stupid” genre, ranging from garden-variety dense to flaming-fruitcake nuts.

I should have guessed I was getting help in this department, but I have two doctorates, so no one expected me to see the obvious.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

According to Gary Jones, his life has been a testament to questionable decisions and wishful thinking. His wife of forty years, however, says she knows of nothing in the record to justify such unfettered optimism. Jones says the book is a work of fiction; that's his story, and he’s sticking to it.
He’s part of the last generation of rural veterinarians who worked with cows that had names and personalities, and with dairymen who worked in the barn with their families. He’s also one of those baby boomers, crusty codgers who are writing their wills and grousing about kids who can be damned condescending at times.

Gary practiced bovine medicine in rural Wisconsin for nineteen years. He then returned to graduate school at the University of Minnesota, earned a PhD in microbiology, and spent the next nineteen years working on the development of bovine and swine vaccines.

Doc's Codicil is the bronze medal winner of Foreward's INDIEFAB Book of The Year awards, humor category.



Author Interview:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

My original intended audience was adult and young adult readers who liked humor and might be interested in veterinary medicine. I let the characters take charge as I wrote the book, and found that it became a more complex work than I’d originally intended and would interest a broader set of readers.

The story includes sub-plots of how a man in mid-career made major decisions in life, how a family matured and the parents learned to let go, and lessons about life that Doc learned the hard way and hoped to teach his children. It became a story of how to live a satisfying life. That should interest anyone. If you like to laugh, the book is for you. Doc’s Codicil won the bronze medal for humor in Foreward Review’s 2015 Book of The Year award.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I and my wife raised a rambunctious family. We learned that once a kid reaches 15, it becomes increasingly difficult for a parent to teach them anything. By the time they are 21, trying to instruct them is like talking to a stone wall.

In the book, the character Doc writes his memoirs and discovers that there had been lessons he should have learned from the screw ups and minor disasters in his life. He wants to teach his children these lessons, but they’re all in their 30s and unlikely to listen. Doc comes up with a plan to teach them from his grave. He adds a codicil to his will. The codicil is a riddle, and if his children can solve it, they’ll have learned the lessons he wanted to teach them.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

The artist who designed the cover is Ellis Dixon. She captured the essence of the book perfectly.

Doc’s Codicil is a book within a book, one story in the past, the other in the present. The story set in the past takes place during the Christmas season and a major event is an ill-conceived “living” nativity pageant. Hence the Christmas tree and Gladys, a camel with attitude.

One of the few characters to appear in both past and present stories is Doofus, patron fairy of bad judgement and wishful thinking, advisor to presidents and councilor to kings. (How else can you explain human history and behavior.) Inadvertently, Doofus was cursed to appear as a cowboy wearing a ballerina’s tutu and western boots. The bar and beer bottle are in reference to his favorite beverage.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

If making stupid mistakes is a talent, I’ve got it. Anyone would be welcome to it if it was transferable.

My interests are my family, writing, biology, and cattle. My wife says our kids are what we’d like to be when we grow up, which proves she had more to do with raising them than I. My hobbies have included, at different times, chess, pottery, woodworking, exhibiting dairy cattle and horses, and cooking. I was good at some of them and a disaster waiting to happen with others.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My website is
Facebook author’s page is

What can we expect from you in the future?

My second book, A Jerk, A Jihad, and a Virus, is a comic medical thriller. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and from my publisher (

Jason Mitchell, a veterinary virologist, can’t keep his mouth shut, can’t lie convincingly, and can’t follow orders. He’s an unlikely candidate to help the CIA locate and destroy a deadly hybrid virus stolen from Jason’s lab at the University of Minnesota. From Washington to Djibouti, From Minneapolis to Yemen, Marines cringe, Senators turn livid, and CIA agents shudder as Jason struggles to prevent the virus from becoming a biological weapon in the hands of jihadists.

A manuscript I’m working on now is a comic mystery, a treasure hunt. Tentatively entitled Stalking Throckmorton, it takes place in a small town in Wisconsin. Chris Throckmorton, a newcomer to town, is given a letter describing a family treasure placed in a safe in an underground office of an old brewery in 1935. The brewery was demolished in 2012, and no one knows where the office was. Throckmorton hunts for the treasure, as a divorcee with romance on her mind, the greedy mayor, and a local con man watch him.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

If you enjoy the book, tell your friends about it and write reviews for GoodReads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. I’d love to hear from you too. Send me a message on Facebook or my website.



Gary F. Jones will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Thanks for hosting Doc's Codicil. I'd be happy to answer questions.

  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. You're welcome. Hope you are enjoying it.

  3. Enjoyed the blurb and excerpt. Sounds interesting.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, and good luck on the raffle.

  4. Good luck. Hope you enjoyed the tour.

  5. Great post - thanks for sharing, I'll be sure to post my review when I'm done reading :)


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