MYSTERY

A Borrowing of Bones

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Sept. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250153036. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250153043. M
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OrangeReviewStarMercy Carr runs in the Vermont woods almost every morning. The veteran of two tours in Afghanistan finds it the best way to move forward after losing her fiancé there. She runs with his dog, the bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois, Elvis, another veteran suffering from PTSD. When Elvis finds a baby on the trail, state game warden Troy Warner and his own rescue dog, Susie Bear, respond to Mercy's call. But the baby disappears from the hospital before either Mercy or Troy can find the mother. Elvis is in the case for the long haul, though, because he also discovers bones and alerts the team to explosives. The two dogs and their handlers may be in over their heads in an investigation into murders, art, a possible terrorist group, and, of course, the missing mother and baby.
VERDICT Comparisons may be made between Munier's debut mystery and Margaret Mizushima's "Timber Creek K-9" mysteries. A stronger read-alike is Julia Spencer-Fleming's mysteries featuring Rev. Clare Fergusson, another female veteran. The believable dogs, the touches of humor, the independent, determined Mercy, and well-crafted characters will bring readers back.

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