Review of Bones To Pick


Bones To Pick

A Brie Hooker Mystery, Book #1

Linda Lovely

5 Stars


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)


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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