Review of A Borrowing Of Bones

A Borrowing Of Bones
Mercy and Elvis Mysteries, Book #1
Paula Munier
5 Stars

A Borrowing of Bones: A Mystery (Mercy and Elvis Mysteries Book 1) by [Munier, Paula]Synopsis:

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 wilderness
It 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. (Goodreads)





I thought this was a great book and I really enjoyed it. I liked the premise of the book, the characters were great and there was enough suspense to satisfy me.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. Mercy has had a rough life and she has lost a lot. But that has not stopped her, she is determined to get her life back together, whatever that life might look like. She has made a promise to her dead boyfriend, that she will take care of Elvis, a military dog that he cared for. And above all else, that is what she is going to do. Troy takes his job seriously as a Game Warden and with the help of his dog, Susie Bearm he does a pretty good job. I like the fact that Mercy was flawed, that made her seem more realistic to me. I loved the dogs in this book, I could have read about them all day long.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story right from the very beginning. The writing style flows smoothly and it defined the characters very clearly by their actions and words.

The mysteries in this book were well plotted and moved along at a steady pace. There were plenty of clues to sift through and suspects to consider and was not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you are an animal lover, this book is for you. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series., which is already released.