A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier
Series: Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #1
Source: Hardcover book, Library
Publishing Date: 2018
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.
I liked this book so much! The dogs in the book are great. I am so enjoying reading so many books about dogs. They are wonderful animals! I also thought the author did a great job with the military portions of the story. Both Mercy and Elvis (her Belgian Malinois) are Army veterans. She was an MP in the Army and Elvis was a bomb sniffing dog. His human partner was Mercy’s fiance who was killed by a sniper while out on patrol. Mercy promised him she would take care of Elvis and she was finally able to adopt him when Elvis retired.
A baby in the wilderness
Both Mercy and Elvis are still suffering from the aftermath of Afghanistan and she has closed herself off from other people. Mercy does take Elvis on a walk almost every day in a Vermont wilderness near their home. Usually they see a few people on the trail, but it’s the Fourth of July weekend so she expects to see more people on the trail. However, she doesn’t expect Elvis to find a baby or to alert for explosives. Thus, starts a mystery! Who left a baby in the woods? Are there explosives where Elvis alerted? She isn’t an MP any longer, but it’s hard for Mercy and Elvis to stay away from this case especially when the baby disappears from the hospital.
Troy and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear
When she calls in the discovery of the baby, Troy Warner a game warden answers the call. He has a part Labrador Retriever and part Newfoundland search-and-rescue dog (Susie Bear) with him. When Mercy shows Troy where they found the baby both Elvis and Susie Bear search for any further clues about who left the baby. The dogs don’t find clues to the baby, but they do find a shallow grave with bones in it. Lots of mysteries in this forest!
Mercy and Troy team up–sometimes with mixed results
Mercy and Troy plus their dogs team up on several occasions to search for more clues. However, this case belongs to the state police and the detective in charge doesn’t take kindly to either Mercy or Troy investigating the case. That was probably the weakest part of the story for me—that Mercy continues to investigate. I did understand why she did so. She had discovered the baby plus a dead body plus she doesn’t have any confidence in the state police detective. She drags Troy into several of the investigations which endangers his job. That’s not good for either one of them.
At any rate, I enjoyed this book a lot. Elvis and Susie Bear are wonderful dogs and Mercy is a great character. I’m looking forward to more books in this series and want to read more about the dogs, Mercy and Troy. I’m hoping Mercy gets a job in law enforcement so she has good reason to investigate crimes and mysteries!
My Rating: B
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