Bone to Pick (Maya’s Review)

Title: Bone to Pick
Author: TA Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 14, 2017
Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.

He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.

This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.

This is the first book I read from this author and I’m impressed.

The writing style was even and clear, descriptions were crisp and hauntingly realistic. I was rubbing my hands in glee when I came upon setup for romantic plot: Cloister ( I did the double take at the name, too) muses that the last time he worked with FBI he almost decked the Agent In Charge: that would be the agent he is interested in, heh, heh.

Outwardly the men couldn’t be more different: Javi is slick federal agent and Cloister is rugged K-9 officer. Both have the same reaction to the other, a grudging attraction. Since neither wants to own up to his crush, they are both prickly and snappish. Only the seriousness of the case makes them work together.

Since they are stuck with each other their attraction keeps brewing.

Considering Javi’s attitude toward Cloister (he can be a jerk) I was maliciously happy at his obvious surprise when he made a play for Cloister and succeeded. Point for Cloister who read Javi better than Javi him. Take that, Mr. Hight and Mighty Agent. They don’t stop bickering while they have sex. It adds layer of heat to already scorching hot scene.

The mystery part was truly fascinating. The main villain was completely unexpected and I couldn’t stop reading. It’s an intricate and unusual plot. It’s starts with a missing child but goes far beyond that.

There are hints to Javi’s past which makes me hope author plans to develop this into series.

Oh, and let’s not forget the dog. Bonneville managed to have strong presence in the book. Her antics are easy to picture for any dog owner.

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Galley copy of Bone to Pick provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.