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A Borrowing of Bones: A Mystery (Mercy and Elvis Mysteries) by Paula Munier, Minotaur Books, US $26.99, Pp 352, September 2018, ISBN 978-1250153036

Soldier Mercy Carr and her fiancé Martinez were deployed in Afghanistan where Martinez was killed. Mercy also received a bullet shot but she survived. Just before dying, Martinez said to Mercy, “Take care of my partner [his bomb-sniffing dog],” which is why Mercy decided to adopt Elvis. Martinez’s death was very depressing for the dog. As Mercy was unable to continue serving in the war zone, she and the dog Elvis were sent back home. Mercy and her four-year-old military dog companion have to spend the rest of their lives with bodily and psychological wounds and scars in the beautiful but remote Vermont. When they go for their routine walk-in-the-woods on a July weekend, they think it is just like another daily walk for them until Elvis sniffs something that alerts her. What they see an abandoned baby screaming. There is a small, shallow grave with human bones. Mercy immediately calls 911 and US Game Warden Troy Warner and his search team and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear arrive within a few minutes. When they search the area, they find more human bones, a skull with a bullet in it, and a handmade belt buckle — a possibly great lead. The accidental discovery leads to murder and romance. The four of them are now to work together to find a missing mother and resolve a cold-case murder. As a mysterious turn takes place, the abandoned baby’s mother, Amy Walker, somehow steals the baby from the hospital. As Mercy is determined to help Amy and solve the murder mystery, she has to put her life as well as that of Elvis in danger. A Borrowing of Bones is the first in a mesmerizing new series ‘Mercy and Elvis Mysteries’ that introduces a new canine character. A Borrowing of Bones is as mesmerizing as it is entertaining. The canine character of Elvis makes the story different and uniquely exciting. A Borrowing of Bones and each of the subsequent novels is going to be a treat for dog-lovers.

About the author

Paula Munier is the author of several novels including the bestselling Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, and Fixing Freddie: A True Story of a Boy, a Mom, and a Very, Very Bad Beagle. A popular writing teacher and public speaker, Paula began her career as a journalist, and along the way added editor, acquisitions specialist, digital content manager, and publishing executive to her repertoire, working for such media giants as WGBH, Disney, Gannett, F&W Media, and Quayside. In 2012, she joined Talcott Notch Literary Services as Senior Literary Agent and Content Strategist. She lives in New England with her family, Bear, Freddie, and a torbie tabby named Ursula.

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