A Borrowing of Bones (Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #1)
First in a gripping new mystery series about a retired MP and her bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wildernessIt may be the Fourth of July weekend, but for retired soldiers Mercy Carr and Belgian Malinois Elvis, it’s just another walk in the remote Lye Brook Wilderness—until the former bomb-sniffing dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones. U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search-and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy’s 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Vermont safe on potentially the most incendiary Independence Day since the American Revolution.A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists and real details about search-and-rescue dog training that Paula learned through the training of her own dog. With its canine sidekicks and rich, dramatic story, this debut will be a must-have for mystery fans.

A Borrowing of Bones (Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #1) Details

TitleA Borrowing of Bones (Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #1)
Author
ReleaseSep 11th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250153036
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Adult

A Borrowing of Bones (Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #1) Review

  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    There is a lot to love in this book. There are dogs, characters you love, a well written story...did I mention dogs?I love that the writer has written a mystery that for the most part has no guns (I sometimes think that writers who go to the gun show a lack of imagination).It's not perfect. It's a little rough around the edges. The writer chose to devote the last chapter to explaining all the things which probably should have been revealed throughout the story. But it's so close to 5 Stars. This There is a lot to love in this book. There are dogs, characters you love, a well written story...did I mention dogs?I love that the writer has written a mystery that for the most part has no guns (I sometimes think that writers who go to the gun show a lack of imagination).It's not perfect. It's a little rough around the edges. The writer chose to devote the last chapter to explaining all the things which probably should have been revealed throughout the story. But it's so close to 5 Stars. This author has managed to become a favorite in just one book and I can hardly wait to see where this series goes.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    A Borrowing of Bones is a solid thriller with some fresh characters. This is a good start to a series, especially for an animal lover who likes a quick thriller.Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and Paula Munier for the advanced copy for review.Full review can be found here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/05/06/a-...Please check out all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog
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  • Paris (kerbytejas)
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, so I’ve just finished my 2nd feel-good book in a row – it must be the four-legged characters that have such wonderful roles in the stories. A Borrowing of Bones (Mercy Carr #1) by Paula Munier is an outdoorsy, mystery, that includes murders, art, a missing mother & child, great M/F leads, Shakespearean quotes, and two of the best dogs around. The combination of the human leads and their dogs made the story fun. I also felt that Mercy’s grandmother Patience as the vet and awesome cook p Ok, so I’ve just finished my 2nd feel-good book in a row – it must be the four-legged characters that have such wonderful roles in the stories. A Borrowing of Bones (Mercy Carr #1) by Paula Munier is an outdoorsy, mystery, that includes murders, art, a missing mother & child, great M/F leads, Shakespearean quotes, and two of the best dogs around. The combination of the human leads and their dogs made the story fun. I also felt that Mercy’s grandmother Patience as the vet and awesome cook played a part in rounding out that feel good feeling. The chemistry between Troy and Mercy is strong (and could lead to more in future books), the love and respect between the dog handlers and the dogs is very apparent. The characters are well written, the storyline is solid, leaving no dangling omissions in the plot, but does bog down for a little bit in my opinion (view spoiler)[ the robbery at the Fineberg estate (hide spoiler)], but picks up quickly as it draws to the exciting conclusion.This was a great beginning to what I hope will be a series featuring many of the current cast members.I wish to extend my thanks to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, the author Paula Munier and NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for an honest review.The expected publication date Sept 11, 2018.For me, this was a 4 out of 5-star read.
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    Paula Munier's debut mystery, A Borrowing of Bones, has everything. It's fast-paced and intense, engrossing with an atmospheric setting in the Vermont woods. For those of us who read for character, though, it's outstanding. Mercy Carr, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, and State Game Warden Troy Warner, make an interesting pair of investigators. But, they're not on their own. They each have a rescue dog that is also a K9 working dog. Dog lovers will fall for Elvis, a bomb-sniffing Belgian M Paula Munier's debut mystery, A Borrowing of Bones, has everything. It's fast-paced and intense, engrossing with an atmospheric setting in the Vermont woods. For those of us who read for character, though, it's outstanding. Mercy Carr, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, and State Game Warden Troy Warner, make an interesting pair of investigators. But, they're not on their own. They each have a rescue dog that is also a K9 working dog. Dog lovers will fall for Elvis, a bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois, and Susie Bear, a Newfoundland retriever mix.Mercy and Elvis run almost every morning in the Vermont woods. Neither of them can forget Mercy's fiance and Elvis' handler, killed in Afghanistan. Now, the veteran and the dog who is suffering from PTSD need a quiet place to recover. But, just before the July 4 holidays destroy all peace in the area, Elvis noses the pair into trouble. All in one morning, he alerts for explosives, uncovers a human skeleton, and finds a baby in the woods. Game Warden Troy Warner responds to their call. Dealing with the living baby is their first chore, but they plan to attack the other two issues. However, before Mercy can even get to the hospital the next day, the baby disappears.When the baby and mother show up at Mercy's isolated cabin, she finds herself drawn more into the young mother's story. But, it's a story with complications. The pair run away when Troy shows up, but Mercy fills him in on a story of an artist father for the baby, a possible abusive stepfather. Who would know Elvis' discovery would plunge Mercy and Troy into an investigation involving murders, art, a possible terrorist group, a break-in, kidnapping, and, of course, the missing baby and mother?As I said, Mercy and Troy are an excellent investigative duo. However, there's humor involved in their new relationship, as everyone from Mercy's grandmother to Troy's boss tries to push them together. The characters are well-developed in this fascinating story. Mercy's grandmother is the community veterinarian. Troy's boss is a charming widower. Mercy is a determined, independent woman who has suffered from loss and the war. But, those two dogs, Elvis, and Susie Bear, stand out as well. Munier does an excellent job in describing the two dogs, one suffering from PTSD and the other a rescue. Now, they're playful together, but they're intelligent working dogs when they're needed.A Borrowing of Bones reminds me of Julia Spencer-Fleming's books featuring a female veteran, Clare Fergusson. It's set in Vermont, not upstate New York, but both authors capture the setting and depict strong characters. Readers may start this book for the mystery or the setting. You'll finish it with an appreciation for the characters and the working dogs, as well as the mystery.
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  • Patti
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this debut with a former servicewoman and her dog, who both are suffering from PTSD. Elvis, the dog, was trained by Mercy's fiance, who died in Iraq, one year before the setting of this book. Speaking of setting, this book also introduces the reader to Vermont, which seems to be beloved as a character too. Mercy meets a Game Warden, Troy and his dog, Susie Bear, and this foursome is a formidable group. They catch the bad guys, and have an excellent ending. Hopefully they will ha I really enjoyed this debut with a former servicewoman and her dog, who both are suffering from PTSD. Elvis, the dog, was trained by Mercy's fiance, who died in Iraq, one year before the setting of this book. Speaking of setting, this book also introduces the reader to Vermont, which seems to be beloved as a character too. Mercy meets a Game Warden, Troy and his dog, Susie Bear, and this foursome is a formidable group. They catch the bad guys, and have an excellent ending. Hopefully they will have another mystery to solve soon!Mercy's a really cool character, and is willing to expand her horizons and her heart. It's a good book with a good main character.
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  • Carol Bisig
    January 1, 1970
    I wish this book had never ended! This book is my perfect Mystery! The handsome Game Warden, the retired female M.P., with her bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis! Witty, fast-paced dialogue, in-depth character analysis, I wanted to live there, meet these people, help with the hunt for the killer! Great ending, everything a great mystery book should be! It will be in the top 25 of Best Books this year on my blog! I cannot wait for the next installment! Please hurry! I am madly in love with Troy, and his re I wish this book had never ended! This book is my perfect Mystery! The handsome Game Warden, the retired female M.P., with her bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis! Witty, fast-paced dialogue, in-depth character analysis, I wanted to live there, meet these people, help with the hunt for the killer! Great ending, everything a great mystery book should be! It will be in the top 25 of Best Books this year on my blog! I cannot wait for the next installment! Please hurry! I am madly in love with Troy, and his rescue search dog, Susie Bear! Mercy, a strong, Patriotic, feminine, female, role model! I highly recommend!Carolintallahassee
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    Detectives with dogs on the hunt for answers is a favorite story line for me. Retired military MP Mercy and her dog Elvis search for answers when they discover a abandoned baby in the woods. But.. when the baby disappears from the hospital these two do not rest until she is found. With the help of the U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner it is danger behind every corner. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgally with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest op Detectives with dogs on the hunt for answers is a favorite story line for me. Retired military MP Mercy and her dog Elvis search for answers when they discover a abandoned baby in the woods. But.. when the baby disappears from the hospital these two do not rest until she is found. With the help of the U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner it is danger behind every corner. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgally with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Look forward to more in this series.
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  • Jay -hooked on books
    January 1, 1970
    Mercy Carr, retired MP and Elvis, her bomb-sniffing dog are leading a relatively quaint life in Vermont. Nestled in the wilderness, they try to overcome their shared grief and trauma. The relative quiet of their life is disturbed when they find an abandoned baby on one of their hikes. When Elvis alerts to explosives in the same vicinity, she is convinced there's something very sinister afoot. Game Warden Troy and his search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear respond to her 911 call, and find a shallow gr Mercy Carr, retired MP and Elvis, her bomb-sniffing dog are leading a relatively quaint life in Vermont. Nestled in the wilderness, they try to overcome their shared grief and trauma. The relative quiet of their life is disturbed when they find an abandoned baby on one of their hikes. When Elvis alerts to explosives in the same vicinity, she is convinced there's something very sinister afoot. Game Warden Troy and his search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear respond to her 911 call, and find a shallow grave with human bones.The four of them form a reluctant alliance- none of them really have jurisdiction over the case. What they do have though, are the right skill sets and the tenacity to follow through their instincts. A Borrowing of Bones follows the two humans and their two canines while they chase and unmask the killer. There's a great deal of research and effort that has gone into creating the characters in the book. Elvis and Susie Bear occupy prime roles in the story. The relationship between the humans and the canines has been explored and expressed vividly. Much thought also seems to have gone into the supporting characters.I don't wish to take away from the above fact when I say that I didn't particularly enjoy the book. I felt the suspense and thrill of being a whodunit got buried in the detailing the book indulges in- there were a lot of interactions that go on for pages, without adding to the plot. I can only imagine that having established these characters in the first book might pay off in the future additions to this series. I am torn about whether or not I will read more in the series, because as much as I loved the characters, I wish the mystery element was amped up. Thank you to the author, the publishers and Netgalley for the e-ARC.
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  • K.A. Davis
    January 1, 1970
    A BORROWING OF BONES by Paula Munier, is a strong start to a new series! I love the premise of the plot about a medically discharged soldier and service dog. Mercy Carr, and her deceased fiancé’s injured canine, Elvis, are two veterans learning to overcome their wounds. Not only are their wounds physical but both are struggling with PTSD. Ms. Munier tackles this heart-wrenching issue facing our veterans and creates a richly detailed suspense that draws the reader in. Mercy and Elvis are well-dev A BORROWING OF BONES by Paula Munier, is a strong start to a new series! I love the premise of the plot about a medically discharged soldier and service dog. Mercy Carr, and her deceased fiancé’s injured canine, Elvis, are two veterans learning to overcome their wounds. Not only are their wounds physical but both are struggling with PTSD. Ms. Munier tackles this heart-wrenching issue facing our veterans and creates a richly detailed suspense that draws the reader in. Mercy and Elvis are well-developed characters and I enjoyed their interaction as they work together and learn to trust each other. The information about working with the varied expertise of the service dogs intrigued me. It is obvious that the author has extensively researched this aspect along with the Vermont setting detailed in the story. It adds an air of authenticity to the book. Mercy’s grandmother and the handsome game warden are also great supporting characters. They provide opportunities for Mercy’s personality to be revealed instead of her carefully crafted façade she uses to shield herself from the outside world. I especially enjoyed the Shakespearean quotes Mercy uses throughout the book for various situations. The plot flowed at an even pace and there was a palatable buildup to the suspenseful and exciting conclusion. The only thing that detracted me from the story was the often large amounts of inappropriate junk food Mercy and the game warden feed their dogs. I hope her veterinarian grandmother remedies that in the next book. Despite that, I greatly enjoyed A BORROWING OF BONES and look forward to reading the next release! I was provided an advance copy via Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Sydney Young
    January 1, 1970
    Can’t wait for the next. Here’s some of what’s to love:Characters—Mercy and Elvis tug at your heart for boldly soldiering on after losing Martinez. I loved how they grew closer, not perfectly figuring it out but definitely making progress. Of course Troy and his dog are heartthrobs, too. Love that they are not the normal type of detectives, see more below. Setting—Vermont. Hello Vermont! Love this fresh rural setting. Thank you for setting the book in a place I’ve never been and now fervently wa Can’t wait for the next. Here’s some of what’s to love:Characters—Mercy and Elvis tug at your heart for boldly soldiering on after losing Martinez. I loved how they grew closer, not perfectly figuring it out but definitely making progress. Of course Troy and his dog are heartthrobs, too. Love that they are not the normal type of detectives, see more below. Setting—Vermont. Hello Vermont! Love this fresh rural setting. Thank you for setting the book in a place I’ve never been and now fervently want to visit. Loved getting to know some of the history, too, interwoven here and there. Detective Jobs: Loved the whole game warden and dogs with jobs (bomb sniffing and search and rescue). My husband is the local DA so I hear about game wardens from time to time, and the intricacies of the job, as well as the boundaries but special skill set and calling. It was all right on here and fun to encounter in a mystery. Also loved learning about and seeing the dogs in action. Lawyers: have to say something about the lawyers. They were all kind of bad here, so I look forward to Mercy meeting a good local lawyer at some point in this series! (Lol, seriously it could happen. We aren’t all awful. A local lawyer could be a great friend and help to Mercy as she navigates her new life.).Now I’ll leave the book blurb to tell the story, just know that it’s a page turner, hard to put down, and satisfying resolve. Interesting twists. Great job, Paula! We expected no less, of course.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "A Borrowing of Bones" is a mystery/suspense novel. The characters were interesting, complex, and acted in realistic ways. The mystery was also complex since several things were happening at the same time: an old murder, explosives residue in several unexpected places, a missing baby, new murders, and more.Mercy and her bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis, kept tracking down clues and passing them on to U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner (owner of a search and rescue dog). She's motivated by an experience she ha "A Borrowing of Bones" is a mystery/suspense novel. The characters were interesting, complex, and acted in realistic ways. The mystery was also complex since several things were happening at the same time: an old murder, explosives residue in several unexpected places, a missing baby, new murders, and more.Mercy and her bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis, kept tracking down clues and passing them on to U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner (owner of a search and rescue dog). She's motivated by an experience she had as military police in Afghanistan. She's determined to find and save the mom and her baby this time. Troy isn't convinced the mom is innocent, but he's determined to keep Mercy safe. Not easy since she's stubborn and was sometimes reckless when she felt that the situation was too urgent to wait for backup. Though the main threads of the mystery were explained at the end, some things were never explained. I think the point was supposed to be the journey rather than the details of the mystery. There was occasional use of bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to people who enjoy canine mysteries and suspense.I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The first book of the Mercy and Elton series and new author and I will read her again. The book was recommend by Margaret Mizushima in an article about seven search and rescue dogs books. I have a few others that just reached my TBR list. This book has an explosive sifting dog, Elton and a scent dog, Susie Bear and a recuse kitten, Muse. This book sets up many individuals that I feel we will meet I future adventures.Mercy Carr and Elton have returned to Vermont to grieve for Mercy's finance and The first book of the Mercy and Elton series and new author and I will read her again. The book was recommend by Margaret Mizushima in an article about seven search and rescue dogs books. I have a few others that just reached my TBR list. This book has an explosive sifting dog, Elton and a scent dog, Susie Bear and a recuse kitten, Muse. This book sets up many individuals that I feel we will meet I future adventures.Mercy Carr and Elton have returned to Vermont to grieve for Mercy's finance and Elton partner after a horrific experience in Afghanistan. They hiked every day in the wilderness area of Vermont. It is the 4th of July weekend and on their hike Elton leads Mercy to an infant left in a backpack, no one is around. Elton signalled that explosives are present but none are found. Mercy meets of with Fish and Game Warden, Troy Warner and Susie Bear who will handle investigation of why the baby was left alone. In the process,the dogs locate an old grave site of bones. The state police take over area. No explosives are found although Elton still signals that they are present. The baby is kidnap from the hospital. Mercy is intent finding the baby again and ignores all warnings to stay out of the case. Mercy and Elton need to emerge from their grief and to find a purpose again. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
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  • Owl._.
    January 1, 1970
    I think this has the potential to be a really good series. However, when comparing it to similar books/series of the same genre and theme, most notably the Alex Kava Creed series, I can honestly say it doesn't measure up. There was something missing. It didn't pull me in or keep me excited; I found myself able to put it down several times over the last few days. I didn't feel that urge of "I have to know what happens". I really just wanted to finish it to see how it ended. I will give the next i I think this has the potential to be a really good series. However, when comparing it to similar books/series of the same genre and theme, most notably the Alex Kava Creed series, I can honestly say it doesn't measure up. There was something missing. It didn't pull me in or keep me excited; I found myself able to put it down several times over the last few days. I didn't feel that urge of "I have to know what happens". I really just wanted to finish it to see how it ended. I will give the next in the series a chance, as I said, it does have potential. Thank you #NetGalley and #StMartinsPress for the eARC.
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  • Cathy Cole
    January 1, 1970
    I've quickly become hooked on mysteries featuring working dogs-- especially military or police dogs. I think it's because the bond between human and dog is so strong and because the dog's capabilities are extraordinary. When I learned of this first Mercy and Elvis mystery, I knew I had to read it, and the only thing I can say now is that I can't wait to read the next book in the series.A Borrowing of Bones is fast-paced and well-plotted, with a mystery that keeps readers guessing. Munier also ma I've quickly become hooked on mysteries featuring working dogs-- especially military or police dogs. I think it's because the bond between human and dog is so strong and because the dog's capabilities are extraordinary. When I learned of this first Mercy and Elvis mystery, I knew I had to read it, and the only thing I can say now is that I can't wait to read the next book in the series.A Borrowing of Bones is fast-paced and well-plotted, with a mystery that keeps readers guessing. Munier also makes her Vermont setting come to life, so much so that I wanted to book the next flight there. Not only do you get a feel for the lifestyle of the people living there, you can also do a bit of fantasizing since the main characters have what would be to me dream homes. (Mercy and Elvis in a perfect cabin deep in the woods complete with a fireplace and a wall of books, and Troy and Susie Bear in a converted fire lookout tower.) However, the characters of Mercy, Elvis, Troy, and Susie Bear are what really matter. Mercy has a lot of sharp edges and bad memories. With the special bond between Martinez and Elvis, she's always felt like an outsider, as though the man and his dog were a closed circuit. She's got a lot to work through, and Troy quickly discovers that it's going to be a challenge to get to know her. I also liked the fact that Elvis has canine PTSD since most people probably aren't aware that dogs can suffer from it. Yes, compared to Mercy and Elvis, Troy and Susie Bear are big softies, so this is a relationship that's going to be fun to watch develop.If you like fast-paced, intriguing mysteries in vivid settings that are filled with multi-faceted characters and wonderful working dogs, I strongly recommend that you get in on the ground floor of the Mercy and Elvis series. A Borrowing of Bones is a winner.
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  • Michelle Richter
    January 1, 1970
    I loved A Borrowing of the Bones. Mercy Carr was such an endearing character, and I think I might have had a crush on game warden Troy. But even more than these two, I loved their dogs. Elvis and Susie Bear were working dogs, and boy, did they prove their worth, from finding danger to search and rescue duties to protecting their people. The Vermont setting was charming and vividly drawn, chockablock with wonderful supporting characters, chief among them the swoonworthy Captain Thrasher and Mercy I loved A Borrowing of the Bones. Mercy Carr was such an endearing character, and I think I might have had a crush on game warden Troy. But even more than these two, I loved their dogs. Elvis and Susie Bear were working dogs, and boy, did they prove their worth, from finding danger to search and rescue duties to protecting their people. The Vermont setting was charming and vividly drawn, chockablock with wonderful supporting characters, chief among them the swoonworthy Captain Thrasher and Mercy's veterinarian grandmother, Patience. I also really enjoyed the Nancy Drew-esque descriptions of the food and drink Mercy and Troy (and Elvis and Susie Bear) turned to for sustenance. Can't wait for the next Mercy Carr book.
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  • Hai Quan
    January 1, 1970
    Just like my review of EARTH UNITED, a sci-fi, this kind , the so called MYSTERY , another kind of trash make me sicK ! Why are you being fascinated with description of human beings ' evil ? Isn't it make you want to vomit?
  • Missie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read for a fair review. I often skimming long passages of details, literary references, and ramblings trying to stick with this book. I genuinely liked the characters (three humans, two dogs, and one cat) but the plot was muddy and very detailed. (Lengthy, wordy) In the end a murder was solved and I know what a folly is to the art world. Still not exactly sure what went down...My apologies I really tried to like this book.
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  • Stanley McShane
    January 1, 1970
    Retired MP and Afghanistan vet Mercy Carr brought home the Belgian Malinois, Elvis, and they are living a quiet life after she is granted the ex-bomb-sniffing dog. Mercy is exercising the high energy canine early when the dog suddenly darts into the dense underbrush and alerts to a baby.It is the July 4th holiday in the Lye Brook Wilderness of the Vermont mountains and the closest law enforcement officer is U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner. Troy has a search-and-rescue Newfoundland mix he calls Susi Retired MP and Afghanistan vet Mercy Carr brought home the Belgian Malinois, Elvis, and they are living a quiet life after she is granted the ex-bomb-sniffing dog. Mercy is exercising the high energy canine early when the dog suddenly darts into the dense underbrush and alerts to a baby.It is the July 4th holiday in the Lye Brook Wilderness of the Vermont mountains and the closest law enforcement officer is U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner. Troy has a search-and-rescue Newfoundland mix he calls Susie Bear. Elvis has also alerted to explosives and together their dogs discover human bones. It doesn't take long to fall in love with both totally different animals--the dogs, that is. Mercy is a maverick, stoic, separated from her well educated, professional parents to enter the military and returned with PTSD. She is driven, wholly and completely, to find and assure that the baby and her mother are safe. Troy, also a military vet, is from the same town, a few years older, and enjoys his job. He's cute and a keeper.The story creates a strong multi-protagonist bond in the foursome, the animals as much a force as the humans. Along with Mercy, her grandmother Patience evokes a strong support character presence, as does Troy's captain. Overall, a strong, complex, and well-plotted and researched narrative that moves at a fair pace, keeping engagement. However, I had to question the choice of foods (human) provided the dogs, and Mercy's ability to continue beyond normal human endurance. The pace speeds toward the hair-raising and explosive conclusion and then the dust is allowed to settle at an informal dinner/epilogue. I received this download from the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. Hands down, the dogs take middle stage and I'm looking forward to reading how the relationships progress. Wholly recommended for all who enjoy a canine-driven mystery, interesting and complex male/female protagonist team, and the beauty of Vermont and their distinctive Yankee spirit.See my full review and many others at https://rosepointpublishing.com
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in a wonderful new series by the author and I hope the beginning of a long successful series to come with many more releases.. it is always enjoyable to find a new mystery author and rare to find one that is so gifted in writing mysteries is especially thrilling. This author has a talent for writing and creating a thrilling story. I loved this book and highly recommend it for everyone that enjoys thrillers and mysteries. Thank you for the ARC which does not influence my opinion This is the first in a wonderful new series by the author and I hope the beginning of a long successful series to come with many more releases.. it is always enjoyable to find a new mystery author and rare to find one that is so gifted in writing mysteries is especially thrilling. This author has a talent for writing and creating a thrilling story. I loved this book and highly recommend it for everyone that enjoys thrillers and mysteries. Thank you for the ARC which does not influence my opinion. In this book we meet Mercy Carr and her fantastic explosive sniffing trained dog Elton . They have just returned from Afghanistan where Mercy lost her fiance and Elton lost his owner. They are both grieving and retreat to Vermont. She also has a scent dog Susie and a rescue kitten named Muse. I already loved this book in the beginning with her compassion for a grieving dog. Her love of animals is primary in this book and endearing to all of us that love animals. As they explore the wilds of Vermont they attempt to heal each other. Both taking care of each other. They are hiking one weekend and Mercy finds a baby left in a backpack. He signals his owner that he smells explosives but none are found with the baby. The dogs also locate an old grave site of bones. Elton signals that explosives again are present but the police do not find any explosives. When the baby is kidnapped from the hospital she is on the case in spite of warnings to stay out of the matter. With Elton and Susie by her side she investigates and finds many disturbing clues along the way. This is so well crafted that I could not put this book down. .it is a exciting read and definitely a page turner. The mystery, clues and whodunit are very well formatted to the plot. I loved the animals, Mercy's love for the animals and her talent to solve the mystery as a retired MP. A excellent read !
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  • Jennifer Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    A Borrowing of Bones is the first book in a new series by author Paula Munier. Mercy Carr, US Army MP, has retired to be near her caring grandmother after an ambush and fire fight in Afghanistan that left Mercy wounded and her fiancé, Sgt. Martinez, dead. She now lives in a cabin on a small piece of land outside of Northshire, VT, with Martinez’s PTSD suffering explosive detection dog, Elvis.Now working her way back towards normalcy, Mercy and the Belgian shepherd rehab with long daily walks in A Borrowing of Bones is the first book in a new series by author Paula Munier. Mercy Carr, US Army MP, has retired to be near her caring grandmother after an ambush and fire fight in Afghanistan that left Mercy wounded and her fiancé, Sgt. Martinez, dead. She now lives in a cabin on a small piece of land outside of Northshire, VT, with Martinez’s PTSD suffering explosive detection dog, Elvis.Now working her way back towards normalcy, Mercy and the Belgian shepherd rehab with long daily walks in the Vermont woods, especially on the trail to Lye Brook Falls. On a late June day, Elvis makes some unexpected discoveries; first a baby girl left upright in a hiking backpack and then he alerts to explosives.Responding to Mercy’s 911 call is Vermont Fish and Wildlife Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue Newfoundland mix, Susie Bear. After taking the infant to the local hospital, Mercy accompanies Warner back to where the discoveries were made and she had marked the areas using duck tape. When they arrive the two dogs are sent to search following the scent from a baby blanket. They seem to be off task and playing until it is discovered that they have found what appears to be human bones.With medical examiner Dr. Darling on site with her crew to sift for bones, the wait was long. But when the ME discovers the skull of an adult male that has obviously been shot in the head, the beginnings of an intertwined plot that brings together murder, Vermont First secessionists, artists working in art trouve, an art heist, and a most unexpected mastermind. This is a fast paced mystery pairing two dedicated law enforcement officers seeking answers to what has been and what can be prevented. This is the beginning of a new series that I look forward to reading as this page turner was a treat. I very much enjoyed this book and do recommend it!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This first book, in what I hope will be a very long running series, took hold of me from page one and I read it in less than a weekend. (I did take time to sleep a bit) I was drawn into the story so firmly that I lost track of time. The flow of the words, the story - that rare storyteller who crafts a seamless string of words - this was a book I didn't want to leave.Mercy Carr is a wonderful character, an Army Corporal/MP back from Afghanistan, battered both mentally and physically. She has lost This first book, in what I hope will be a very long running series, took hold of me from page one and I read it in less than a weekend. (I did take time to sleep a bit) I was drawn into the story so firmly that I lost track of time. The flow of the words, the story - that rare storyteller who crafts a seamless string of words - this was a book I didn't want to leave.Mercy Carr is a wonderful character, an Army Corporal/MP back from Afghanistan, battered both mentally and physically. She has lost her love, Martinez, a dog handler who died in battle. All she has left of him is his most awesome K9 partner, Elvis. After some effort she gains custody of Elvis and together they settle down in Vermont. Not too far away from her grandmother Patience, the local vet. Patience is a force to be reckoned with, kind, gentle, the widow of a policeman. She helps Mercy reconnect to her childhood roots. One of those connections was the teenaged life guard Mercy had a crush on when she was fourteen and he was eighteen. Troy is all grown up, working as a Warden for Fish and Wildlife. And he has an equally awesome search and rescue dog, a Newfie mutt name Susie Bear. The mystery is very satisfying, well laid out with some nice twists and turns. I don't want to give any of the story away, I don't want to spoil the pleasure of each paragraph, each page, each chapter. These are people and animals I would love to have in my life. From Mercy quoting Shakespeare to everybody's interaction with each other and the setting of a town in Vermont and the dogs! Oh, the wonderful dogs...Now I can't wait to read the next Mercy and Elvis mystery.My thanks to the publisher Minotaur and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copoy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    A Borrowing of Bones by author Paula Munier is a wonderful new mystery series with ex-MP Mercy Carr and her Belgian Malinois, Elvis. Mercy is healing from past traumas, physical and emotional as she works with the sheriff department in a remote area of Vermont. The healing of body and mind after the immersion of survival in a war-torn country is not easy, but Mercy and Elvis are making it one day at a time.She is out walking Elvis and he hits on the presence of explosives. Elvis is healing from A Borrowing of Bones by author Paula Munier is a wonderful new mystery series with ex-MP Mercy Carr and her Belgian Malinois, Elvis. Mercy is healing from past traumas, physical and emotional as she works with the sheriff department in a remote area of Vermont. The healing of body and mind after the immersion of survival in a war-torn country is not easy, but Mercy and Elvis are making it one day at a time.She is out walking Elvis and he hits on the presence of explosives. Elvis is healing from his own trauma and sometimes he goes a bit off course as he is associating Mercy as his handler since the death of his previous owner/handler, Martinez. He finds a baby rattle or teether which seems very much out of place in this area.I enjoyed this book very much! It is well written, has wonderful characters, and I love the SARs dogs Elvis and Susie Bear. The plot interweaves finding an abandoned baby in the remote wilderness, finding old bones from a previous murder, domestic violence, and cultural elements which strike a cord from revolutionary days of the past.I will be eagerly waiting for the next book in this series!Publication Date September 11, 2018Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Tina Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really wanted to love this book. It seemed like the perfect story for the mood I am in and I adore K9 stories. The dogs were wonderful and it was a twisty and compelling mystery (I read it in one sitting on a lazy Sunday), but I found the characters a little too bland and two-dimensional. Motivation was laid out well for both characters, but somehow it only covered the surface. I didn't quite believe it all the way.Also, not once in the book do these two dog handlers/trainers feed thei I really, really wanted to love this book. It seemed like the perfect story for the mood I am in and I adore K9 stories. The dogs were wonderful and it was a twisty and compelling mystery (I read it in one sitting on a lazy Sunday), but I found the characters a little too bland and two-dimensional. Motivation was laid out well for both characters, but somehow it only covered the surface. I didn't quite believe it all the way.Also, not once in the book do these two dog handlers/trainers feed their dogs actual dog food. Instead they made them sandwiches or fed them hot dogs. My exposure to K9 training comes only from books, so I am by no means an expert, but the way they treated the dogs didn't seem in line with what a trainer would do. I understand Mercy is "retired", but Troy and Susie Bear are supposed to be a search-and-rescue team.Overall a good read and may very well be perfect for another reader, but it didn't quite work for me.
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  • Hannelore Cheney
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the eARC.The first in a new series set in Vermont, this book features an ex-MP called Mercy Carr and her Belgian Malinois Elvis, both of them suffering from PTSD after their stint in Afghanistan. After finding an abandoned baby girl in the woods on one of their daily hikes and calling 911, Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue Newfie Susie arrive. Besides the baby they have also found the remains of a body and Elvis alerts to explosives. Thu Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the eARC.The first in a new series set in Vermont, this book features an ex-MP called Mercy Carr and her Belgian Malinois Elvis, both of them suffering from PTSD after their stint in Afghanistan. After finding an abandoned baby girl in the woods on one of their daily hikes and calling 911, Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue Newfie Susie arrive. Besides the baby they have also found the remains of a body and Elvis alerts to explosives. Thus starts the mystery.I was in two minds about this book. The fact that the baby's teenage mother was trying to save her by leaving her to be found in the deep woods, full of wild predators, was far fetched to me.The two dogs were the best part, I loved reading about them. Mercy and Troy are likeable and Vermont a very attractive setting. But I didn't feel invested in the story, my heart wasn't in it unless it featured the dogs...and the kitty.
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  • Laura Salas
    January 1, 1970
    It's always such a pleasure to read a mystery, to grow close to the characters, to be satisfied with the plotting and the resolution, and THEN to discover it's the first in a series. Woohoo! Mercy is my favorite kind of character: smart, brave, and flawed. And wounded--a former soldier who is dealing with loss. She feels like a real person to me, and I was rooting for her the entire way through the book.The supporting characters are also well-drawn and complex. Even though there are a fair numbe It's always such a pleasure to read a mystery, to grow close to the characters, to be satisfied with the plotting and the resolution, and THEN to discover it's the first in a series. Woohoo! Mercy is my favorite kind of character: smart, brave, and flawed. And wounded--a former soldier who is dealing with loss. She feels like a real person to me, and I was rooting for her the entire way through the book.The supporting characters are also well-drawn and complex. Even though there are a fair number of them, they are all easily distinguishable, but not stereotypes--that's a hard thing to pull off.The plotting is strong, and I couldn't put this down. Can't wait for book #2!Review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lora
    January 1, 1970
    After serving as an MP in Afghanistan, Mercy Carr has moved back home to Vermont to try and recover from losing her fiancee, Martinez, while deployed. Mercy lives with Martinez's dog, Elvis, who worked by his side and was with him when he died. While out walking with Elvis on the 4th of July weekend, Mercy discovers a baby abandoned in the forest. Game warden Troy arrives at the scene and they realize that they knew each other as teenagers. In fact, Mercy recalls that she had a huge crush on the After serving as an MP in Afghanistan, Mercy Carr has moved back home to Vermont to try and recover from losing her fiancee, Martinez, while deployed. Mercy lives with Martinez's dog, Elvis, who worked by his side and was with him when he died. While out walking with Elvis on the 4th of July weekend, Mercy discovers a baby abandoned in the forest. Game warden Troy arrives at the scene and they realize that they knew each other as teenagers. In fact, Mercy recalls that she had a huge crush on the older Troy. Mercy then finds herself entwined in the case of the baby and a series of murders, even though she's been warned to stay out of it by Troy and other law enforcement officers. A Borrowing of Bones is a debut for those who enjoy mysteries featuring dogs and the outdoors.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    This one hits a lot of sweet spots- a veteran, a dog, a game warden, a dog, a mystery, and Vermont! Mercy and Elvis are both dealing with PTSd and Vermont should be an easier place for them but no- they find a baby and Elvis scents on explosives. Luckily, Troy, the game warden and his dog Susie Bear are there to help untangle the mysteries of the bones Elvis finds and the disappearance of the baby. These are good characters that hopefully will be further fleshed out in future installments. Thank This one hits a lot of sweet spots- a veteran, a dog, a game warden, a dog, a mystery, and Vermont! Mercy and Elvis are both dealing with PTSd and Vermont should be an easier place for them but no- they find a baby and Elvis scents on explosives. Luckily, Troy, the game warden and his dog Susie Bear are there to help untangle the mysteries of the bones Elvis finds and the disappearance of the baby. These are good characters that hopefully will be further fleshed out in future installments. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Not too twisty and a good read.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    A good beginning to a series. Great plot - I was kept guessing all along as to what was happening. Mistaken identities, two great dogs, a tragic backstory for the heroine, and a handsome Maine game warden. I'm looking forward to more Mercy and Elvis mysteries. I'm afraid to say more without giving away too many details of this introductory story! If you liked Alex Kava's Creed and Maggie mysteries, you'll love this book.
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  • Sharon Kolodziej
    January 1, 1970
    With the main character being former military police and her bomb sniffing dog with PTSD I was hooked right away. And of course she meets up with an game warden with a search and rescue dog after finding an abandoned baby in the woods. Tracking the missing mother, a cold case, human bones: It all makes for a great story.
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  • Kimberley Cornwell
    January 1, 1970
    What an exceptional read. From start to finish, I relished every page. Mercy, the main protagonist, Troy, Patience, all of the characters rang true for me. Of course, I can't forget Elvis, the Malinois dog, the real star! I am eager to read the next book!!!
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