Bones To Pick
by Linda Lovely
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About the Book:
Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy.
Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.
Book Details:Genre: Humorous Cozy Mystery
Published by: Henery Press
Publication Date: Oct. 24, 2017
Number of Pages: 266
Series: Brie Hooker Mystery, #1
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Brie Hooker, a vegan, has come home to work on Udderly Kidding Dairy Farm. The farm is owned my Lilly and Eva, her twin aunts. Her decision came after the sudden and unexpected death of one of her Aunt Lilly and Brie takes a leave of absence from her job as a sous chef to rejoin her family. When one of the farm animals digs up a human skull during the wake for Lilly, the past comes calling.
The situation surrounding the mystery involves the disappearance of Eva's ex-husband some 40-years prior. The local law enforcement already have Eva in their sights but Brie and her parents know that Eva is not capable of murder. When bodies start dropping and another excavation site and possible human bones are discovered, Brie joins the accused. The police department is bound and determined to label both Eva and Brie as murders.
Bones to Pick is an intense, edge-of-your-seat cozy mystery. The world created by Linda Lovely is spectacularly written and the images of each scene were not only vivid but easy to get immersed in as you read. The emotional content was delivered with great capacity for the reader to feel the moods, tempers, and injustices. The world and characters were written well and I felt like I was there.
Brie is an enjoyable and completely likable character. It is no wonder she has suitors vying for her attention and affection. She does a some things that made me cringe regarding events that happen to her while investigating why Eva's ex-husband ended up buried on farm property but it all worked out in the end. Her aunt Eva is a quirky but strong woman who demonstrates the ability to be independent and self-sufficient. Paint and Andy, men on complete opposite ends of the spectrum, are well-written, caring men. It will be interesting to see which way the author takes Brie's potential love-match in the next few books. I like both guys so I am not really rooting for one over the other. I would be fine with whatever direction the author takes. Well, maybe that's not true. If I were to pick, I would pick Paint but I like a little bit of bad boy in my men.
The author did a wonderful job weaving all of the themes of this book together. The murder mystery, present-day murderers, love interests, and vegan working on a dairy farm made for a spectacular tale. The plot is solid and I didn't see the conclusion coming. Bones to Pick is a great novel that drew me in, kept me engaged, and continued to peak my curiosity from the very beginning. I can't wait to see where Linda Lovely takes Brie, Eva, and the rest of the cast in the next book.
Content information: There is mild language used in Bones to Pick.
I received an ARC from the publisher.
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Meet the Author:
Over the past five years, hundreds of mystery/thriller writers have met Linda Lovely at check-in for the annual Writers’ Police Academy, which she helps organize. Lovely finds writing pure fiction isn’t a huge stretch given the years she’s spent penning PR and ad copy. She writes a blend of mystery and humor, chuckling as she plots to “disappear” the types of characters who most annoy her. Quite satisfying plus there’s no need to pester relatives for bail. Her newest series offers good-natured salutes to both her vegan family doctor and her cheese-addicted kin. She served as president of her local Sisters in Crime chapter for five years and belongs to International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America.