Review of A Deadly Bone To Pick

A Deadly Bone To Pick

Molly Madison, Book #1

Peggy Rothschild

5 Stars

When Molly Madison, dog-wrangler extraordinaire, stumbles upon a murder in her new hometown, she must track down a killer to save the day.

Ex-police officer and former P.I. Molly Madison is starting over. After the death of her husband, she and her golden retriever, Harlow, move cross-country to California. But as charming and peaceful as the beachside town seems, she soon learns its tranquil tides hold dark secrets.

On her first day in the new house, a large, slobbering Saint Berdoodle wanders in. Molly winds up taking on the responsibility of training Noodle since his owner is too busy to do the job. On one of their daily beachside walks, Noodle digs up a severed hand. Once Molly alerts the police and they run a background check on her, she’s an immediate suspect–after all, Noodle’s testimony to clear her name won’t hold much water in court.

To prove her innocence, Molly must rely on instincts keener than a canine’s to sniff out the real killer. But when Molly’s life is put in danger, will her two very loyal pups be able to rescue her?  (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Molly has decided to move across the country to start over after her husband dies.  Her and her golden retriever, Harlow, move to a beach town.  Shortly after she moves,she meets Noodle, a huge Saint Berdoodle, who is in desperate need of some dog training. After talking to the dog’s owner, Molly begins training him and she gets a couple of other dogs to train.  One of her new acquntaines is killed, and Molly finds herself a person of interest in to the murder.  She will have find the culprit with the help of her canine friends.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  I did not know who the culprit was until it was revealed at the end but they were on my radar, along with a couple others.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  This book had everything that I look for in a cozy: great characters, adorable dogs, an inviting setting and a great mystery.  I cannot wait to read the next one.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.