Dead and Buried Mysteries, Book #1
Ruby Nash’s life has gone to the dogs. Since her husband passed, her once-thriving canine search and rescue business has hit the end of its leash. When her mother, Donna, asks for help investigating her fiancé, Cecil’s, disappearance, Ruby leaves no bone unturned, roaming outside the boundaries of the law. But she’s caught faster than a three-legged cat at a dog show. With her tail tucked firmly between her legs, she and her remaining cadaver dog, a Weimaraner named Sasha, return to her tiny hometown of Dead & Buried. It’s a Texas speed trap with more buried secrets than citizens.
Determined to help her mother find the truth about Cecil’s disappearance, Ruby and Sasha begin an investigation of Dead & Buried’s crazy characters, digging up more trouble than a dog full of fleas. But without a body, it’s devilishly hard to pin down the murderer. Can she find Cecil and get out of the doghouse alive? More importantly, can she keep from eating too much pie on the job?
No Bones is a barking good time. Full of Texas sass, small town charm, and plenty of down home cooking, the Dead & Buried Mysteries are cozies with bite. Dog bite. (Goodreads)
First off, I want to say how much I enjoyed this book and hope it is the start of a very long series. Fictional search and rescue is one of my favorite types of books to read and this one did not disappoint.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. I enjoyed getting to know Ruby and her dog, Sasha. Ruby has had a hard time of it lately, starting with the death of her husband. She had a hard time going on with her life, and if it wasn’t for Sasha, she would have given up. But the work that her and Sasha do, and her love for her dog, has kept her going. When she is forced to close her doors on her search and rescue company and return home to live with her mother in Dead and Buried, she feels like she has reached a new low. But her mom needs her help locating her missing fiance so Ruby decides she will do whatever it takes to solve the mystery for her mother.
I really enjoyed reading about the search and rescue activities of Sasha and Ruby. I find that type of work fascinating to read about. And when Ruby takes Engelbert into her home, the mischief and antics are doubled. There were times when I was laughing out loud reading about their doggy capers.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and while I was reading the book, I felt like I was right there watching all the action going on around me. The mystery was well plotted and there were enough twists and turns to keep this reader guessing throughout the whole book. I enjoyed the fact that Ruby had Sasha and Engelbert to help her solve the mystery. In most cozies, the protagonist has the help of her friends, so it was refreshing that the sidekicks were dogs.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you enjoy search and rescue, like I do, or if you love dogs, this is a must read book.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Dead & Buried Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.