Bones to Pick, A Brie Hooker Mystery #1
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.

Bones to Pick, A Brie Hooker Mystery #1 Details

TitleBones to Pick, A Brie Hooker Mystery #1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 24th, 2017
PublisherHenery Press
ISBN-139781635112597
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Bones to Pick, A Brie Hooker Mystery #1 Review

  • Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
    January 1, 1970
    What's a vegan chef doing working on a goat cheese farm? I had the best time discovering why in this debut southern cozy mystery series! Author Linda Lovely clearly has a knack for storytelling and it's showcased in this clever, humorous plot.Brie Hooker moves to the Udderly Kidding Dairy Farm to live with her fiesty Aunt Eva after her Aunt Lilly suddenly passes away. When a pot-bellied pig digs up an old skull in the yard and Eva is accused of murdering her no-good husband some forty years earl What's a vegan chef doing working on a goat cheese farm? I had the best time discovering why in this debut southern cozy mystery series! Author Linda Lovely clearly has a knack for storytelling and it's showcased in this clever, humorous plot.Brie Hooker moves to the Udderly Kidding Dairy Farm to live with her fiesty Aunt Eva after her Aunt Lilly suddenly passes away. When a pot-bellied pig digs up an old skull in the yard and Eva is accused of murdering her no-good husband some forty years earlier; the bad news is just beginning. I adored tough-talking, wise-cracking Eva as she refused to budge under the pressure the crooked sheriff is putting on her and Brie. Two of Eva's good friends, Paint and Andy, are determined to protect both women plus romance Brie every chance they get! Mollye, an old friend of Brie's is a fun character I really enjoyed, also.There's plenty of dastardly doings in this action packed, very, very funny mystery as there's much going on behind-the-scenes to be discovered and dealt with in order to solve the murder mystery. If you enjoy the Jana DeLeon 'Miss Fortune' mysteries, like I do, you're sure to love the Brie Hooker series. Reading this story is a rootin' tootin' good time!Note: There is some mild bad language.I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    A cheese-swearing heroine, goats, a hunky moonshiner, a hippie friend, and a handsome vet... A book with those ingredients immediately grabs your attention. Add a pot-bellied pig digging up a skull and you have a classic Linda Lovely mystery. Brie Hooker loves her Aunt Eva and can't say no when asked to help operate Eva's goat farm--no matter that Brie is a vegan chef. Brie's fear of meat becomes the least of her worries when the pot-bellied pig (named Rita) digs up a skull. Said skull just ha A cheese-swearing heroine, goats, a hunky moonshiner, a hippie friend, and a handsome vet... A book with those ingredients immediately grabs your attention. Add a pot-bellied pig digging up a skull and you have a classic Linda Lovely mystery. Brie Hooker loves her Aunt Eva and can't say no when asked to help operate Eva's goat farm--no matter that Brie is a vegan chef. Brie's fear of meat becomes the least of her worries when the pot-bellied pig (named Rita) digs up a skull. Said skull just happens to belong to Eva's long missing hubby and the local sheriff immediately decides Eva must have been the murderess. Brie does what she does best--anything and everything to protect her aunt, even if her investiagion to clear Eva puts Brie in great danger. Author Linda Lovel also does what she does best--weaves a fascinating mystery with quirky characters, high suspense, and a non-stop, didn't-see-it-coming plot.
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  • Rosemary Standeven
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. It had wit and humour, wonderful characters, compelling setting, suspense and mystery – basically everything you could want in a crime novel – with some mild romance, a wide selection of engaging animals and foodie stuff thrown in for good measure.The heroine, Brie, is a vegan chef, who has come South for her Aunt Lily’s funeral. Lily and her twin sister, Eva, ran a goat farm called Udderly Kidding, making goat cheeses. During the funeral wake, a skull is dug up by one of the I loved this book. It had wit and humour, wonderful characters, compelling setting, suspense and mystery – basically everything you could want in a crime novel – with some mild romance, a wide selection of engaging animals and foodie stuff thrown in for good measure.The heroine, Brie, is a vegan chef, who has come South for her Aunt Lily’s funeral. Lily and her twin sister, Eva, ran a goat farm called Udderly Kidding, making goat cheeses. During the funeral wake, a skull is dug up by one of the dogs. The local sheriff immediately suspects that it is Eva’s abusive husband, who disappeared without trace 40 years ago. The husband, Jed, just happens to have been kin to the sheriff (and other less salubrious members of the community), and the suspicion very quickly falls on Eva – whom many of the locals had taken a dislike to, on account of her being a Yankee who ‘stole’ Jed from local girl, Nancy, and then inherited his farm when he was eventually declared dead in absentia. Brie decides to stay with Eva to help out on the farm, to offer moral support – and maybe help solve the skull mystery before her aunt is sent to jail. A goat cheese making farm is not the ideal place for a committed vegan (despite her name), nor is Ardon County. As the local Moonshiner, Paint, points out “Here abouts it’s considered unpatriotic to serve eats that haven’t been baptized in a vat of lard. Vegetables are optional; meat, mandatory.” Although a committed omnivore myself, my mouth could not help watering at the description of some of Brie’s vegan meals. All her offerings are gladly consumed by her friends and relations – provided there is some meat on the side.Paint is one of the two local (and very desirable) hunks on offer in Ardon County – the other being the lovely vet and pig whisperer, Andy. They are best friends, but both determined to woo Brie – and to help out with Eva’s problems. How is a woman to choose? “Breathe in, breathe out. Meditate. Erase those lustful visions. Going…going…sort of gone. Meditation isn’t foolproof”.Brie, being a vegan, and determine to clean up her language, has developed an ingenious new range of swear words based on foodstuffs she will never again let pass her lips: “Son of a Porterhouse”; “Limburger and Blue Cheese … I felt certain that snaggle-toothed bologna brain was capable”. Aunt Eva, the cheese-making omnivore, is not impressed: “Seeing how you’re the only one sleeping in, you get a free bathroom pass, even though you’re still taking the names of heavenly cheeses in vain.”I just fell in love with the characters in this book (well, the ones on team Eva anyway), and hope there are many more books in this series to come. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to fans of the Country Club Murders by Julie Mulhern.I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I read Bones to Pick by Linday Lovely September 19-21, this book is out October 24th and published by Henery Press. This is the first book in the Brie Hooker series and a first by this author for me. The humor is not lost on a main character who is not just vegetarian but vegan, a chef no less, who finds herself running a goat farm with her aunt. When a skeleton is unearthed on the family farm during a wake, all heck breaks loose, a battle reminiscent of the Hatfields and Mccoys ensues. The myst I read Bones to Pick by Linday Lovely September 19-21, this book is out October 24th and published by Henery Press. This is the first book in the Brie Hooker series and a first by this author for me. The humor is not lost on a main character who is not just vegetarian but vegan, a chef no less, who finds herself running a goat farm with her aunt. When a skeleton is unearthed on the family farm during a wake, all heck breaks loose, a battle reminiscent of the Hatfields and Mccoys ensues. The mystery is a good one and I do like family history mysteries but I don't always love the Yanks Vs Southerners theme, there is a mild one in this story. I did love the best friend love interests who add quite a bit of charm to the story, both men are polar opposites and give the story an added boost of not just romance but that cozy mystery love triangle that keeps the reader guessing and choosing sides. I liked this book more for the backstory and relationships more than the mystery itself. Feisty family vs Small minded/towned sheriff and crooked police force in this story but a very good start for a very interesting series. I found myself dreaming about the characters and series when I finished the book so they clearly cemented themselves in my consciousness and I look forward to reading what happens next....I invite you to read this one and to let me know if you are on Team Paint, or Team Veterinarian....
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    When a vegan moves to a goat farm, and a pig discovers bones, it makes for a fun mystery. Check out Linda Lovely's first Brie Hooker mystery, Bones to Pick.Brie Hooker is a vegan, now in meat country, Ardon County, South Carolina. After her Aunt Lilly's death, Brie is at her Aunt Eva's farm, the Udderly Kidding Dairy, to help her tend 400 goats, make cheese and gather eggs. Brie blames everything that happens on Tammy the pig. She's the one who dug up bones that Eva suspects may belong to her ab When a vegan moves to a goat farm, and a pig discovers bones, it makes for a fun mystery. Check out Linda Lovely's first Brie Hooker mystery, Bones to Pick.Brie Hooker is a vegan, now in meat country, Ardon County, South Carolina. After her Aunt Lilly's death, Brie is at her Aunt Eva's farm, the Udderly Kidding Dairy, to help her tend 400 goats, make cheese and gather eggs. Brie blames everything that happens on Tammy the pig. She's the one who dug up bones that Eva suspects may belong to her abusive husband, Jed Watson, who disappeared forty years earlier. Eva wasn't prepared for "Finding a corpse on her property the same day she bid her twin goodbye."And, no one in the family is prepared for Eva to be arrested for Jed's murder. But, the dead man was related to the sheriff and what seems like half the residents of Ardon County. And, those relatives have blamed Eva for years, suspecting she killed Jed and stole the family property. Brie's mother, an attorney, does her best for Eva. But, with the sheriff convinced Eva's a killer, he's not going to investigate any further.Brie hooks up with an old friend, Mollye, and two hunks to investigate. David Painter, Paint, is the owner of Magic Moonshine. His best friend, Andy, is the local vet. And, the four of them are musketeers willing to do almost anything to find the true killer. Death threats, an outrageous pedicure, another murder, and a biker bar are just a few of the escapades.I loved the outrageous adventures and the characters in Lovely's Bones to Pick. Normally, I object when the amateur sleuth has two men on the string. But, as best friends, Andy and Paint are competitive, and Eva's comments only make the situation funner. This amusing book will make you smile. It's an entertaining way to kick off a new series.
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  • Floyd
    January 1, 1970
    Bones To PickbyLinda LovelyA ReviewBrie Hooker is a vegan, not a vegetarian, a vegan. And she has just inherited her family's goat (from which they got meat and cheese) and chicken (meat and eggs) farm. All of which are verboten to the vegan appetite. And that does not include the newest member of the family, Tammy, a Vietnamese potbellied pig. And as the reader moves from chapter one to chapter two, we find that Tammy has opened a barrel of worms - except the worms were gone and now all we had Bones To PickbyLinda LovelyA ReviewBrie Hooker is a vegan, not a vegetarian, a vegan. And she has just inherited her family's goat (from which they got meat and cheese) and chicken (meat and eggs) farm. All of which are verboten to the vegan appetite. And that does not include the newest member of the family, Tammy, a Vietnamese potbellied pig. And as the reader moves from chapter one to chapter two, we find that Tammy has opened a barrel of worms - except the worms were gone and now all we had were human bones. Now to find the killer - the victim had probably been killed forty years or so in the past. Even then, he was not well liked. Any number of people could have involved in the murder forty years ago, but now there were questions to be addressed in the present.We get to meet the people of Ardon County, South Carolina. There seems to be as much love in this county as there was between the Hatfields and McCoys a bit further to the northwest. Families are convinced that they have been defrauded, others are accused of stealing land, and the legal paperwork is covered with forged signatures that might make any check writer proud.Like most of the cozy mysteries coming from Henery Press, the story combines suspense, humor, and a smattering of romance (hey, Brie is being courted by two great, but very different guys). What is there not to like. To quote the last sentence in the book, “Holy ham hocks. Life [on the farm] was going to be interesting.”______________This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.
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  • Rowena
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun and fast read! I usually prefer darker thriller/mysteries, but I had a blast with Brie and her friends and family. Lovely has done a great job of setting up developed characters that will only become more so in the next series installments. The story is paced in such a way that while I kept telling myself I'd only read one more chapter, that one would become five. I was pretty sure I knew who the guilty party(ies), no spoilers here, but finding out the how and why kept reading past my What a fun and fast read! I usually prefer darker thriller/mysteries, but I had a blast with Brie and her friends and family. Lovely has done a great job of setting up developed characters that will only become more so in the next series installments. The story is paced in such a way that while I kept telling myself I'd only read one more chapter, that one would become five. I was pretty sure I knew who the guilty party(ies), no spoilers here, but finding out the how and why kept reading past my bedtime. And, on a personal note, I can't wait to see what develops with BOTH the vet and the moonshine man.Check out BONES TO PICK if you like a fun read with rich characters in a setting that makes you want to go visit.
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  • Amary Chapman
    January 1, 1970
    Bones to Pick (Brie Hooker Mystery #1) by Linda Lovely Ms Lovely weaves an engrossing cozy, creating a wide variety of characters from sweet and lovable to downright detestable. Brie Hooker comes to live with her Aunt Eva after her Aunt Lily's deadly accident...but was it an accident. While vegan chef Brie struggles with the changes in her life, life at the farm becomes anything but 'quiet in the country'. From two smokin' hot age appropriate males showing interest in her...to Tammy the pig show Bones to Pick (Brie Hooker Mystery #1) by Linda Lovely Ms Lovely weaves an engrossing cozy, creating a wide variety of characters from sweet and lovable to downright detestable. Brie Hooker comes to live with her Aunt Eva after her Aunt Lily's deadly accident...but was it an accident. While vegan chef Brie struggles with the changes in her life, life at the farm becomes anything but 'quiet in the country'. From two smokin' hot age appropriate males showing interest in her...to Tammy the pig showing interest in the body buried near the barn, life becomes one challenge after another. Don't miss this tale of intrigue that contains more than a bit of humor. I can't wait to see where she goes next. I requested and received an ARC from NetGalley, much to my delight.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The first in a new book, a new author for me. I found a well written easy to read the story. The plot is unusual and creative on an old theme. An excellent comment about the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian. The characters are developed and several are offbeat. Like animals this book has a number 400 hundred goats, Their 5 guard dogs voice announced rather friend or enemy. There is even a wolf. Guns are plentiful and surface violence is in play. An unusual love triangle is forming. I The first in a new book, a new author for me. I found a well written easy to read the story. The plot is unusual and creative on an old theme. An excellent comment about the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian. The characters are developed and several are offbeat. Like animals this book has a number 400 hundred goats, Their 5 guard dogs voice announced rather friend or enemy. There is even a wolf. Guns are plentiful and surface violence is in play. An unusual love triangle is forming. I didn't like the negative comments about the rival clan. They were unnecessary.Tammy, the pig unearths a skull rooting around the area. The skull proves to be that of Jed Watson, Aunt Eva missing husband. Aunt Eva is arrested for his murder and it up Brie Hooker to save her from a life in prison. Brie needs to work fast before she ends up like Jed. I recommend this book.Disclosure: I received a free copy from Henery Press through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Dorothy McFalls
    January 1, 1970
    I have a bone to pick with Bones to Pick. I found myself reading it when I needed to be working. Linda Lovely’s newest mystery series (Brie Hooker Mysteries) is packed with suspense and action and some spicy romance. Its excitement wasn’t the only thing that kept me flipping pages. The characters are funny and sweet and I look forward to getting to know them better in future books. Brie Hooker, a committed vegan, takes a job on her aunt’s goat farm. And if that wasn’t enough trouble for her, she I have a bone to pick with Bones to Pick. I found myself reading it when I needed to be working. Linda Lovely’s newest mystery series (Brie Hooker Mysteries) is packed with suspense and action and some spicy romance. Its excitement wasn’t the only thing that kept me flipping pages. The characters are funny and sweet and I look forward to getting to know them better in future books. Brie Hooker, a committed vegan, takes a job on her aunt’s goat farm. And if that wasn’t enough trouble for her, she’s thrown neck deep into a mystery when her aunt’s missing husband’s bones are unearthed by the resident pot-bellied pig. I ate up every morsel of fun the book had to offer and was also reminded of how much I love goat cheese. I look forward to reading future books in this series.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Cozy mystery fans might enjoy this book. The storyline was fine. I read the first half of the story with no problems. However, I started to find myself getting bogged down; not by lengthy details but mainly due to minimal excitement and the characters. Speaking of the characters, I wanted to really love them but found them to be more casual acquaintances. I could not really find my footing with them, although Brie, her Aunt Eva, and the rest of the folks were a bit whimsical. When it came to sol Cozy mystery fans might enjoy this book. The storyline was fine. I read the first half of the story with no problems. However, I started to find myself getting bogged down; not by lengthy details but mainly due to minimal excitement and the characters. Speaking of the characters, I wanted to really love them but found them to be more casual acquaintances. I could not really find my footing with them, although Brie, her Aunt Eva, and the rest of the folks were a bit whimsical. When it came to solving the mystery behind Eva's husband, it seemed that there were many opinions. Some were plausible and others not so believable. Yet, it was interesting to see all of the did angles. Again, I would have enjoyed it more if the story had more action and not so much talking amongst the characters. Hopefully, the characters and the next story get stronger.
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Bones To PickA Brie Hooker Mystery, Book #1Linda Lovely5 StarsSynopsis: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 th Bones To PickA Brie Hooker Mystery, Book #1Linda Lovely5 StarsSynopsis: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. (Goodreads)Review:The characters are well developed and well rounded, and very likable. Brie, Aunt Eva and Mollye, Brie’s friend, were all people that I would like to meet and get to know better. Living on a goat farm is not the ideal scenario for Brie, who is a card-carrying vegan, but she knows her aunt needs her and she will do whatever is necessary to help her family. When her aunt is accused of a long ago murder, Brie will do whatever it takes to see the real killer brought to justice. Paint and Andy, two locals that are close to Aunt Eva, provide love interests for Brie, and I am curious to see who and how she will choose between the two. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book, I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place. I could see the goats and potbellied pig and all of the chores that were required on the farm. The mystery was well plotted and difficult to solve. With a lot of suspects and plenty of clues to sift through, with a few red herrings thrown in, it will take all of the reader’s sleuthing abilities to solve this one. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. There is plenty of humor (wait until you hear how Brie cusses), great characters and a well developed mystery that will keep you guessing. There is a little bit of minor language but it is very mild. This is a great start to a new series and I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Henery Press for the opportunity to read and review this great book.
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  • Barbara Tobey
    January 1, 1970
    A fun cozy and I'm not kidding. Okay, since it is a goat farm you know I had to go for it. Not a vegan, do not like goat cheese, but do enjoy reading about the various foods and critters on this dairy. Rita, the mule, is my hero. Amusing love triangle. 40 year old mystery is revived when skeleton is unearthed and then the wackiness ensues. I am so glad to see this is just the beginning of a series. The publisher provided a copy via NetGalley for my voluntary review.
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  • Ellis Vidler
    January 1, 1970
    Bones to Pick is a clever mystery with a cast of interesting characters. When a vegan chef inherits a goat/cheese farm, she must contend with a newly discovered skeleton, a sheriff who espouses alternative facts, a family of gun-toting malcontents, and a variety of meat eaters. Oh, and a couple of hunky neighbors. It all makes for a fun mystery with a bang-up finale. I was given an Advance Reader Copy for review and enjoyed it. It's a good read for fans of cozy mysteries.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    BONES TO PICK, the debut in the Brie Hooker Mystery series by Linda Lovely starts out with humor in her acknowledgement and the chuckles continue throughout this delightful read! The quirky characters add to the charm of the story and captured my attention from the very first page. I found the protagonist, vegan chef Brie Hooker, to be an entertaining character from her ironic name to the situation she finds herself in helping her aunt run a goat farm, to her dilemma of the handsome vet and the BONES TO PICK, the debut in the Brie Hooker Mystery series by Linda Lovely starts out with humor in her acknowledgement and the chuckles continue throughout this delightful read! The quirky characters add to the charm of the story and captured my attention from the very first page. I found the protagonist, vegan chef Brie Hooker, to be an entertaining character from her ironic name to the situation she finds herself in helping her aunt run a goat farm, to her dilemma of the handsome vet and the moonshine man showering her with attention. The author provides many clever names and sayings that are quite entertaining. “Limburger and Liverwurst” is one of many creative cheese and meat swear words that Brie uses and just might find their way into my own vocabulary.There’s nonstop action in the plot, especially after Tammy the pig digs up bones belonging to Brie’s long-gone uncle by marriage. The local sheriff seems to have it in for Brie’s family with her Aunt Eva in his crosshairs. Brie shows her devotion to her family and jumps in to prove her aunt’s innocence even to the peril of her own life. There are plenty of people who are viable suspects in the decades old murder mystery and when one of Brie’s suspects is murdered, the stakes are even higher. I was intrigued with how the cold case was woven into the new murder along with fraud and forgery that kept me guessing at how the threads were going to come together. But come together they did in a very exciting, suspenseful conclusion! I received an advance copy with the hopes I would review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Laura Reading
    January 1, 1970
    What a great beginning to a new series. The characters are delightful and have so much potential for trouble, danger and fun! I felt as if Brie was an actual thrity something person telling this story from her viewpoint.Brie's life is about to change. She had a scumbag fiance she was able to leave behind, a job she didn't care for, and dreams about doing something more enjoyable and valuable in her future. Sadly, the event that brought about her opportunity to change was her aunt's death. Family What a great beginning to a new series. The characters are delightful and have so much potential for trouble, danger and fun! I felt as if Brie was an actual thrity something person telling this story from her viewpoint.Brie's life is about to change. She had a scumbag fiance she was able to leave behind, a job she didn't care for, and dreams about doing something more enjoyable and valuable in her future. Sadly, the event that brought about her opportunity to change was her aunt's death. Family is very important to Brie, even when they have different ideas for her life. Her choice of cheesy swear words is to please her mother. Being vegan is a core value for Brie who also loves adapting recipes to leave out any animal products. Still, when called upon, she will sell cheese to keep her remaining aunt's farm in the black.She is not interested in dating until she finds herself sandwiched between two hunky and available bachelors. Not just bachelors - best friends but oh so different from each other! I see her resolve melting quicker than cheese on a griddle, which leads to the difficult decision - who to choose and how to keep both as friends? Dating has to be put on the back burner when a skeleton is discovered on the farm which heats up a 40 year old cold case. A cold case that centers right there on the farm and threatens its survival.Brie and wacky friend, Mollye, make it their mission to uncover the truth behind dirty dealings and crooked cops. It doesn't hurt to have the two hunks protecting their backsides.Or to have a killer attorney in the family!One bad thing happens after the other and more skeletons will fall from the closet (or be unearthed) before this tangled tale is disentwined. If you pay close attention you may even pick up a few tips and tricks. Sadly, there were no vegan recipes included at the back of my advance copy.I was delighted to see Sisters in Crime and the Writers' Police Academy mentioned. My only question at the end is about a deed with a forged signature. Will that come up again in future books?Spoiler - but a good spoiler - all the animals live.I accepted (OK, I begged for) an advance copy of this novel. The rating and opinions are my own.I look forward to visiting this group again.
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  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderfully fun start to a fabulous new series, and you don't have to be vegan to love it! In this new series you meet Brie who has moved in with her Aunt to help run her goat farm because her other aunt has died in an accident. While at the wake a precocious pig named Tammy finds a bone who ends up being the missing husband of her living aunt. During the wake Brie is introduced to Andy the local vet and Paint the local moonshine maker. Both men have been friends for years and both are at What a wonderfully fun start to a fabulous new series, and you don't have to be vegan to love it! In this new series you meet Brie who has moved in with her Aunt to help run her goat farm because her other aunt has died in an accident. While at the wake a precocious pig named Tammy finds a bone who ends up being the missing husband of her living aunt. During the wake Brie is introduced to Andy the local vet and Paint the local moonshine maker. Both men have been friends for years and both are attracted to Brie. They both jump in to help her figure out just what happened all those years ago when everyone thought her aunts husband had just run off. With half of the town being related to the man and most thinking her aunt murdered him for his land will Brie be able to keep her aunt out of jail. This was a well written story filled with eccentric characters that you can't help but fall in love with. The banter between Brie and her Aunt is hilarious especially when it comes to the food that they choose to eat. I so look forward to what comes next for these two and to finding out if Brie will be able to choose between the two guys. I usually like one guy over another when reading a book but in this case I loved them both so it will be interesting to see who she picks if she even picks one of them.
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  • Marie McNary
    January 1, 1970
    No Bones About It – Bones to Pick is a HitWhat the heck is a vegan chef doing on a goat farm? That is what we find out in Bones to Pick, the first installment in a new series by Linda Lovely. A death in the family brings Brie Hooker home and before she knows it she finds herself moving back home to live with her aunt on her goat farm.When some old bones dug up on the property end up being identified her Aunt Eva’s late husband who mysteriously disappeared years ago, it is up to Brie to solve the No Bones About It – Bones to Pick is a HitWhat the heck is a vegan chef doing on a goat farm? That is what we find out in Bones to Pick, the first installment in a new series by Linda Lovely. A death in the family brings Brie Hooker home and before she knows it she finds herself moving back home to live with her aunt on her goat farm.When some old bones dug up on the property end up being identified her Aunt Eva’s late husband who mysteriously disappeared years ago, it is up to Brie to solve the mystery and clear the family name.This book is a nice start to a new series. Full of action, adventure, and cozy fun. Here are my top reasons to check it out.The Title Fits the BookSo many cozy mysteries have cleaver titles, but they have nothing to do with the book or the story. Bones to Pick is a fitting title for this book and gives the reader insight into the story.Great Supporting Cast of CharactersI love a good multi-generational family story. And Brie’s family is full of entertaining characters. I especially love Brie’s relationship with her Aunt Eva. Aunt Eva added humor and spice to the book and she kept me entertained from start to end.Laugh out Loud HumorThis is an entertaining read. The author does a great job keeping things light hearted with lots of back and forth banter between the characters, jokes about Brie’s name (how can you not eat cheese with a name like that?), and Brie using the names of cheeses instead of swear words. It is witty and keeps the pace of the book moving along.No Bones About ItBones to Pick is a hit. It is fun, creative, and will keep you engaged until the very end. I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing where Brie’s adventures take her next.Review first published at: https://cozyexperience.com/no-bones-b...
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  • Linda Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Transplanted Yankee vegan chef Brie Hooker leaves her Asheville job to help out her Aunt Eva in South Carolina. Eva's twin sister, Lilly, has died recently, and Eva needs her help in the goat cheese business and farm the sisters co-owned. It seems to be an odd match for a vegan, but Brie is devoted to both aunts. Things begin to get strange at the farm during Lilly's wake. The pet potbelly pig is rooting around and turns up a long-buried skull. It turns out that Eva had a past Brie didn't know a Transplanted Yankee vegan chef Brie Hooker leaves her Asheville job to help out her Aunt Eva in South Carolina. Eva's twin sister, Lilly, has died recently, and Eva needs her help in the goat cheese business and farm the sisters co-owned. It seems to be an odd match for a vegan, but Brie is devoted to both aunts. Things begin to get strange at the farm during Lilly's wake. The pet potbelly pig is rooting around and turns up a long-buried skull. It turns out that Eva had a past Brie didn't know about including an abusive ex-husband who went missing 40 years earlier. Who else could it be but Jed Watson? The assorted Watson clan is sure that Eva murdered him and even worse, so is the sheriff. Brie, her flamboyant friend, Mollye, and two dishy men with interest in Brie are determined to find the real killer. The bodies keep piling up, and all of them had a long-ago connection with Jed.I have to admit that I found the beginning of the book a bit "folksy" for my taste but a combination of well-developed characters, tight plotting and a wealth of humor won me over. The mystery is not so much "whodunnit" but "how did he get away with it?" I am looking forward to the next book in the series and the love triangle that is developing.Thanks to NetGalley and Henery Press for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.
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  • Breakaway Reviewers
    January 1, 1970
    Amateur, female investigators………………Apparently, Linda Lovely writes a blend of mystery and humour. Well, you could have fooled me.Brie Hooker returns to help out her aunt Eva when Eva’s twin sister dies unexpectedly. Brie is a vegan chef with a predilection to uttering food types instead of expletives. Her aunts run a goat farm and make cheese which is sold locally and by mail order. During the family get together to read the will the remains of a body are found which turns out to be those of Eva Amateur, female investigators………………Apparently, Linda Lovely writes a blend of mystery and humour. Well, you could have fooled me.Brie Hooker returns to help out her aunt Eva when Eva’s twin sister dies unexpectedly. Brie is a vegan chef with a predilection to uttering food types instead of expletives. Her aunts run a goat farm and make cheese which is sold locally and by mail order. During the family get together to read the will the remains of a body are found which turns out to be those of Eva’s long lost, abusive husband Jed. The wicked sheriff points the finger at Eva and locks her up. So starts a run of murders and mystery. Laugh? I thought I’d never start.The characters are two dimensional and the local lawmen are caricatures of the Deep South crooked constabulary. Think of a villainous J W Pepper from Live and Let Die and The Man With the Golden Gun and you get the idea. I am quite happy to suspend belief when reading a crime mystery novel but in this case, credulity was stretched to breaking point and beyond. I awarded 3 stars as the plot hung together and moved forward logically although I almost deducted a star for the whimsical tone.The novel is promoted as Brie Hooker#1. I shall not be rushing out to purchase the second or subsequent releases. As Brie’s mother comment at the end of the book, “It would make one heck of a murder mystery. But who’d believe it really happened?” Quite! I couldn’t have put it better myself.mr zorgBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.
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  • Verity W
    January 1, 1970
    ****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review****Um. Right. I had some issues with this. But it's the first in a series, so it could just be teething troubles. Firstly Brie. On paper a nice idea, the reality is that she's too stupid to live, constantly getting herself into situations anyone can see are a bad idea and then she's all sanctimonious about the joys of veganism everytime any food is mentioned. And food is mentioned a lot.Secondly, the local police. I mean, I know that police ****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review****Um. Right. I had some issues with this. But it's the first in a series, so it could just be teething troubles. Firstly Brie. On paper a nice idea, the reality is that she's too stupid to live, constantly getting herself into situations anyone can see are a bad idea and then she's all sanctimonious about the joys of veganism everytime any food is mentioned. And food is mentioned a lot.Secondly, the local police. I mean, I know that police getting the wrong end of the stick is a regular trope in cozy crime, but this lot take the biscuit in so many ways. They are so over the top rubbish it is bonkers. And the one thing that is actually a sensible thing to do (even if Brie can't see that it is) - question the wife of the deceased - is done in such a bonkers over the top way that my eyes nearly rolled out of my head.Very few of the characters in this felt like three dimensional people, and the love interests that are being set up are done so clunkily that it drove me mad.As I said at the start, this is the first book in a series, so it gets a slight pass on that so I may check back in in a few books time to see if anything has improved/settled down/got better.
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  • Teresa Kander
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun beginning to a new cozy series!! A vegan chef, a goat cheese farm, a dead body dug up by a pot-bellied pig, and two guys interested in being more than friends---this is the life of Brie Hooker. There's a lot of humor in this story, along with a very well written murder mystery. A small-minded crooked sheriff and a feud worthy of the Hatfields and McCoys add to the suspense around town. I enjoyed the backstory of the main characters, and look forward to getting to know them all better. What a fun beginning to a new cozy series!! A vegan chef, a goat cheese farm, a dead body dug up by a pot-bellied pig, and two guys interested in being more than friends---this is the life of Brie Hooker. There's a lot of humor in this story, along with a very well written murder mystery. A small-minded crooked sheriff and a feud worthy of the Hatfields and McCoys add to the suspense around town. I enjoyed the backstory of the main characters, and look forward to getting to know them all better. **I received a copy of this book through the publisher and NetGalley, with no expectation of a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
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  • Nancy Baker
    January 1, 1970
    This story starts laugh out loud funny and then continues to pull you in page by page, body by body. Brie Hooker is at the Udderly Kidding Dairy for her Aunt Lilly's Wake when Tammy, the pig, unearths a skull. Eva, Lilly's twin, is just sure that is belongs to her husband who has been missing for 40 years. The story becomes more complex as more bodies are discovered and the question is can Brie figure out what is going on before she too becomes a victim. This story is the first in the Brie Hooke This story starts laugh out loud funny and then continues to pull you in page by page, body by body. Brie Hooker is at the Udderly Kidding Dairy for her Aunt Lilly's Wake when Tammy, the pig, unearths a skull. Eva, Lilly's twin, is just sure that is belongs to her husband who has been missing for 40 years. The story becomes more complex as more bodies are discovered and the question is can Brie figure out what is going on before she too becomes a victim. This story is the first in the Brie Hooker Mystery series. It is a great blend of mystery and humor with a side of romance. The supporting characters are fun and likeable. The author has left plenty of loose ends to make way for further stories in this series. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Bones to Pick by Linda Lovely is the 1st book in A Brie Hooker Mystery series, and a great start. Brie Hooker is a Vegan chef and she is helping her aunt on her goat farm. When a pig digs up a body, the mystery begins. Once I started this book, I could not stop reading it until I was done. Not only is this book an exciting mystery but also very refreshing and a quick read. If you love fun cozy mysteries, which are my favorite, you will love this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair Bones to Pick by Linda Lovely is the 1st book in A Brie Hooker Mystery series, and a great start. Brie Hooker is a Vegan chef and she is helping her aunt on her goat farm. When a pig digs up a body, the mystery begins. Once I started this book, I could not stop reading it until I was done. Not only is this book an exciting mystery but also very refreshing and a quick read. If you love fun cozy mysteries, which are my favorite, you will love this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    When a vegan meets a moonshiner and a vet, while helping her aunt with her goat farm in a town riddled with interesting facts, what do you get? A brilliant comedic cozy mystery, full of slapstick comedy and some darn good (and sneaky) sleuthing.Oh my did I laugh and snort-giggle while reading this book!Disclosure: Received via NetGalley
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    “Bones to Pick” earns 5/5 Delightful Dilemmas and Suspicions Galore!Thrilled! It’s the first word that comes to mind after reading Linda Lovely’s first book in her Brie Hooker Mystery series. The story jumps right into all the conflicts with which Brie is confronted, and I couldn’t set it down from there. Sadly, her Aunt Lilly died tragically, and she finds herself struggling as a vegan living and working on the Udderly Kidding Dairy farm where she manages hundreds of goats, dairy, of course, sh “Bones to Pick” earns 5/5 Delightful Dilemmas and Suspicions Galore!Thrilled! It’s the first word that comes to mind after reading Linda Lovely’s first book in her Brie Hooker Mystery series. The story jumps right into all the conflicts with which Brie is confronted, and I couldn’t set it down from there. Sadly, her Aunt Lilly died tragically, and she finds herself struggling as a vegan living and working on the Udderly Kidding Dairy farm where she manages hundreds of goats, dairy, of course, she can’t drink, cheese she can’t eat, and eggs she can’t fry, but the worst dilemma is the discovery made by one of the farm’s pot-bellied pigs…bones! Not just any bones. The bones discovered are those of her Aunt Eva’s no-good husband who had disappeared decades before, and the sheriff puts her at the top of the suspect list. Why not? Isn’t it always the spouse! Brie begs to differ, and Linda sends us along for a well-written ride of threats, fights, lighthearted fun, and a romantic triangle that leaves one perplexed about which side to choose. We are introduced to delightful characters, some quirky, but Brie is endearing and the dynamic between her and Aunt Eva’s bold personality is fun to follow. As with many first books, the background and character introductions take an important role in the story telling, and Linda has done well providing a very interesting world I enjoyed being a member. The clever twists and turns in the murder mystery itself challenged my inner “Sherlock,” and I should have seen the “Watch out!” conclusion coming. The mystery did have a great solution, but enough was left up in the air and the world created makes me wanting more from this series. I loved it!"Disclosure: A review copy of this book was selected by me from NetGalley, and all of the above opinions are my own.”
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really liked this book and the main character, Brie Hooker, a lot! At first. Then I began to feel like her being a vegan was something extra special and that she was. Then the endless preaching about how she was a vegan. Well, it just grated on me. A lot! Using the Shania Twain song: "So, your a vegan, that don't impress me much". It really got in the way of the mystery for me. Okay, I figured out she was vegan - did I really need to be reminded every other page? And her stance on men. I really, really liked this book and the main character, Brie Hooker, a lot! At first. Then I began to feel like her being a vegan was something extra special and that she was. Then the endless preaching about how she was a vegan. Well, it just grated on me. A lot! Using the Shania Twain song: "So, your a vegan, that don't impress me much". It really got in the way of the mystery for me. Okay, I figured out she was vegan - did I really need to be reminded every other page? And her stance on men. She had been cheated on by her fiance whom she had broken up with over about a year ago. She was done. Yet every other page, she was lusting after the two single men in the book. I think this could have been a humorous, cute little cozy mystery. However, all this vegan and lusting, it just really got in the way for me. There were also a few times when a paragraph would be rewritten in its entirety just a few pages later. The first one was when she needed to learn about the breeds of goats said during her "market days event". The second one was when her aunt scolded her about talking to the customers of cholesterol count in cheese. That's just the times I remember.I did not finish this book. Although I did read the last couple of chapters and yes, it ended like I thought it would. However, the way I went about saved me probably several thousand more reminders that Brie was a vegan. I've given an extra star for the author's time spent.Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    BONES TO PICK is the first book in the Brie Hooker mystery series, and it is a lot of fun. Vegan chef Brie Hooker finds herself in an unusual situation when she moves to rural North Carolina in the wake of her aunt’s death to help her other Aunt Eva with her goat farm. Things get off to a rocky start when Tammy the pig unearths a skull during Aunt Lily’s funeral reception. Turns out, the skull belongs to none other than Eva’s long lost husband Jed, and the sheriff, who is Jed’s cousin, makes Eva BONES TO PICK is the first book in the Brie Hooker mystery series, and it is a lot of fun. Vegan chef Brie Hooker finds herself in an unusual situation when she moves to rural North Carolina in the wake of her aunt’s death to help her other Aunt Eva with her goat farm. Things get off to a rocky start when Tammy the pig unearths a skull during Aunt Lily’s funeral reception. Turns out, the skull belongs to none other than Eva’s long lost husband Jed, and the sheriff, who is Jed’s cousin, makes Eva his number one suspect. Brie knows that Eva is innocent and sets out to clear her name, but things get complicated when two more people die. Murder, corruption, greed, and humor come together to make a good start to the series.I just love Aunt Eva. She is the highlight of the book. A little crusty with a big heart, she is funny and loveable. Brie is funny, too, and a little out of her element. She is mostly endearing, but I do, at times, find her occasionally on the verge of being preachy about veganism. Her suitors Paint and Andy are also enjoyable, and they ooze Southern charm, but I do hope the author does not drag out a love triangle with them. I just do not understand the appeal of the love triangle; I find them tedious. Brie’s friend Mollye is a little over the top, but she makes a nice sidekick for Brie. The mystery is interesting and entertaining. Even though the bad guys’ identities are evident very early on, the “why” of the crimes kept me reading. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    BONES TO PICK by Linda LovelyThe First Brie Hooker MysteryBrie Hooker has come to Ardon, South Carolina to support her aunt during Eva's twin sister's funeral. Tammy the pig's discovery of the skeleton of Eva's abusive husband convinces Brie to stay at the farm as things heat up. In addition to the help required on the farm, every relation of Jed's is accusing Eva of murder, putting the Watsons and the Hookers in league with the Hatfields and McCoys,and the Capulets and Montagues. Brie, with hel BONES TO PICK by Linda LovelyThe First Brie Hooker MysteryBrie Hooker has come to Ardon, South Carolina to support her aunt during Eva's twin sister's funeral. Tammy the pig's discovery of the skeleton of Eva's abusive husband convinces Brie to stay at the farm as things heat up. In addition to the help required on the farm, every relation of Jed's is accusing Eva of murder, putting the Watsons and the Hookers in league with the Hatfields and McCoys,and the Capulets and Montagues. Brie, with help of her lawyer mother, mystery loving father, and assorted friends will do her best to protect the farm and prove Eva's innocence!Brie Hooker is a bit of an anomaly. She's a vegan. And a chef. And she's currently working on a goat farm helping her aunt make and sell cheese, which she won't eat...because she's a vegan. Living amongst the decidedly carnivorous residents isn't a bad thing, however, as she has two good looking men vying for her attention, as well as her loving family. What is bad are all the nasty folk who reside in Ardon. Vivid descriptions and developed characterizations make these people decidedly real and scary, their vitriol burning through the pages.BONES TO PICK is a fast paced pulse pumping mystery filled with danger and excitement, but with plenty of laughs as well. It's a great start to a new series and I look forward to reading more!FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
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  • Carol Evans
    January 1, 1970
    Bones to Pick is a fun cozy mystery and I have to admit I love the goat farm setting. Goats are so cute as are their guard dogs. Brie, a vegan, is helping out her Aunt Eva who she adores, when the first skeleton is discovered on the property. I love Brie and her aunt is a hoot. She may be older, but she's competent with a gun, loved by (most of) her neighbors and has a good sense of humor. The other characters are well-drawn to, from the moonshiner, who is way sexier than you would picture, to t Bones to Pick is a fun cozy mystery and I have to admit I love the goat farm setting. Goats are so cute as are their guard dogs. Brie, a vegan, is helping out her Aunt Eva who she adores, when the first skeleton is discovered on the property. I love Brie and her aunt is a hoot. She may be older, but she's competent with a gun, loved by (most of) her neighbors and has a good sense of humor. The other characters are well-drawn to, from the moonshiner, who is way sexier than you would picture, to the vet to the New Age best friend. Even Brie's parents get involved in proving Eva's innocence.The part I didn't like is the love triangle. Brie broke up with her cheating fiancé maybe a year ago and the minute she comes to town she got two attractive decent guys drooling over her. Okay, that was a slight exaggeration, but there are two men, best friends, who are interested in her and she just can't decide which one she should be dating or kissing, so apparently for the time being "both" is the answer and that just rubs me wrong.The mystery itself good and I liked how all the individual pieces pulled together. We've got secrets and a conspiracy that was years in the making. The bad guys are bad and not afraid of killing people. Once again, our amateur detective is lucky to not get killed, but at least she has back-up and some degree of planning.
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