A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

‘Where there’s woods, there’s wacky…’

Paula Munier’s A Borrowing of Bones is an exciting thriller set in Vermont with two well-trained canines as the star detectives. The author brings together a bomb-sniffing Malinois named Elvis, who has some PTSD symptoms, and a Search and Rescue Newfoundland named Susie Bear. Armed with few clues, former MP Mercy Carr and game warden Troy Warner, are tasked with tracking down a killer through The Green Mountain State.

Mercy and Troy have pasts that met briefly in high school and veered off as each served in the military and unfortunately brought some of the war home with them. They tenuously join forces to seek to help an abandoned baby, identify a discovered corpse and, track evidence of explosives. The knot is tight in this one.

Munier really shines in her description of the dogs and their training. Real care is used to make them a key part of the story. In regards to the human characters, Mercy and Troy are unique and true to the charming setting. The interplay between 2-leggers and 4-leggers is well done.

A Borrowing of Bones is a solid thriller with some fresh characters. This is a good start to a series, especially for an animal lover who likes a quick thriller.

4 out of 5 stars

Releasing on September 11th, 2018

Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and Paula Munier for the advanced copy for review.

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