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No Bones Dead & Buried Mysteries #1 by Annie Bassett
Dead & Buried Books Women's Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 20 May 2016
Lots of mysteries feature dogs, but No Bones is the first I've encountered where a cadaver dog takes center stage. It makes for a nice change of pace.
Ruby Nash knows dogs, as she trains cadaver dogs for a living. Unfortunately a few bad decisions mean she has to move back home with her semi-retired Weimaraner in tow. Her mother's fiancé, Cecil is missing but the only ones taking the case seriously are Ruby and her mother. Between helping her mother at the Dead & Buried cafe and sorting out her life, Ruby and Sasha (her dog) search for Cecil.
No Bones has less humor than the average cozy, but more than makes up for it with an interesting array of small-town characters - not to mention great dogs. I especially liked Bert, the rescue who likes to dance to Englebert Humperdinck.
If you enjoy dog mysteries, No Bones should definitely have a place on your reading list.
I received a copy of No Bones from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Ruby Nash’s life has gone to the dogs. Since her husband passed, her once-thriving canine search and rescue business has hit the end of its leash. When her mother, Donna, asks for help investigating her fiancé, Cecil’s, disappearance, Ruby leaves no bone unturned, roaming outside the boundaries of the law. But she’s caught faster than a three-legged cat at a dog show. With her tail tucked firmly between her legs, she and her remaining cadaver dog, a Weimaraner named Sasha, return to her tiny hometown of Dead & Buried. It’s a Texas speed trap with more buried secrets than citizens.
Determined to help her mother find the truth about Cecil's disappearance, Ruby and Sasha begin an investigation of Dead & Buried’s crazy characters, digging up more trouble than a dog full of fleas. But without a body, it’s devilishly hard to pin down the murderer. Can she find Cecil and get out of the doghouse alive? More importantly, can she keep from eating too much pie on the job?
No Bones is a barking good time. Full of Texas sass, small town charm, and plenty of down-home cooking, the Dead & Buried Mysteries are cozies with bite. Dog bite.