Coigreach Trilogy by RJ Erskine
Fictional novels based on true events from the author’s years of veterinary practice in a rural Pennsylvania community.
The career of Malcolm Cromarty, D.V.M., was finally settling into a routine, despite his recent divorce and being new to the valley. After all, life among cows, stoic dairy farmers, a steadfast dog, and an occasional ‘wee dram’ of single malt tends to be rather mundane. However, the daily grind veers off course with a rabies outbreak that doesn’t stay on message with the textbooks. To cope with this challenge, Malcolm must rely on a patchwork of local inhabitants to guide him through the peculiar culture in which he lives. However, with each passing day, he stumbles deeper into a community that holds science, change, and outsiders under suspicion, and a family feud with a dark and malevolent past.
An Amishman, believing that the spirit of his beloved, dead horse still roams about his farm, is beset by unexplained troubles in his dairy herd. As the health of his cattle wanes, his conviction that the problems are linked to the horse’s ghost increases. In this novel, the sequel to Casting Demons Into Swine, and Prometheus Scorned, Malcolm Cromarty, DVM, confronts animal healing rituals and remedies that seem to be rooted more in sorcery than medicine. Once again, he follows a trail of suspense, within a deceptively tranquil valley, with a singular culture and terrain. As time passes, he realizes the peculiar animal health issues involve more than a single farm, and there are forces at play that go beyond superstition and coincidence.