This is book 8 in the series Patrick Taylor wrote about Ballybucklebo revolving around the GP Fingal O'Reilly and the "characters" in the small Irish village. Fingal has returned from his honeymoon to his long lost first love Kitty, Mrs Kinkaid has been seeing more of the milkman after recovering from her operation, Barry Laverty has taken a year leave to see if he wants to specialise in obstetrics, Dr. Jennifer Bradley is his temporary substitute and must not only win over the townsfolk as the new Dr but also as the female Dr. Donal is up to no good with his greyhound, and Arthur, the dog, continues to have his bowl of Smithwicks under the table at the bar, but may have met his match in a feisty new chihuahua the barkeeps wife has acquired.
This all goes on between flashbacks to Fingal's first year out of med school in the slums of Dublin, and we really get a glimpse of why he has become the type of Dr he is - perfectly willing, ready and able to meddle in affairs of the village. It is kind of weird reading about the kind of things Dr's did to try to save people before the emergence of readily available antibiotics.
You know I have a thing about Ireland, and love books set in Ireland. I really have enjoyed this series (even though I sort of forgot about it when I caught up - and now there are 2 more books out) and this is no different. I already have a request in at the library for the next book in the series!