“GRIEF AND GUILT ARE THE GHOSTS THAT HAUNT YOU when you survive what others do not. Mercy Carr survived, and so did Sergeant Martinez’s dog. Nearly a year after her best friend died in Afghanistan, she rose at dawn and took Elvis on another long hike through the Vermont woods. A tired dog was a good dog. At least that’s what the sergeant used to say. “


“The first in a gripping new series by Paula Munier, A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists, introducing a wonderful new voice for mystery readers and dog lovers.

Grief and guilt are the ghosts that haunt you when you survive what others do not….

After their last deployment, when she got shot, her fiancé Martinez got killed and his bomb-sniffing dog Elvis got depressed, soldier Mercy Carr and Elvis were both sent home, her late lover’s last words ringing in her ears: “Take care of my partner.”

Together the two former military police—one twenty-nine-year-old two-legged female with wounds deeper than skin and one handsome five-year-old four-legged Malinois with canine PTSD—march off their grief mile after mile in the beautiful remote Vermont wilderness.”


The first book of the Mercy and Elton series and new author and I will read her again. The book was recommend by Margaret Mizushima in an article about seven search and rescue dogs books. I have a few others that just reached my TBR list. This book has an explosive sifting dog, Elton and a scent dog, Susie Bear and a recuse kitten, Muse. This book sets up many individuals that I feel we will meet I future adventures.

Mercy Carr and Elton have returned to Vermont to grieve for Mercy’s finance and Elton partner after a horrific experience in Afghanistan. They hiked every day in the wilderness area of Vermont. It is the 4th of July weekend and on their hike Elton leads Mercy to an infant left in a backpack, no one is around. Elton signalled that explosives are present but none are found. 

Mercy meets of with Fish and Game Warden, Troy Warner and Susie Bear who will handle investigation of why the baby was left alone. In the process,the dogs locate an old grave site of bones. The state police take over area. No explosives are found although Elton still signals that they are present. The baby is kidnap from the hospital. Mercy is intent finding the baby again and ignores all warnings to stay out of the case. Mercy and Elton need to emerge from their grief and to find a purpose again. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

About bettylouise31 Member of Netgalley. Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for 60 years and we have a Bengal Cat, Kato. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. Books review are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author or another source​. My reviews can be found on Amazon, Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+. I have no Facebook or Twitter accounts. Thanks for reading my blog.
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10 Responses to FIRST LINES FRIDAY – A BORROWING OF BONES by Paula Munier

  1. Happy Friday!

    My First Lines come from Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne…..

    “This is totally lame. Why do we have to stay here and wait for you? We can walk home in, like, ten minutes.” Daniela Capelli drew in a deep breath and prayed for patience, something she seemed to be doing with increasing frequency these days when it came to her thirteen-year-old daughter. “It’s starting to snow and already almost dark.”

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!💕📚

  2. i enjoyed that book but then of course it doesn’t have just one dog but two. great, huh??!!

  3. lghiggins says:

    This sounds like a good one. I like that the infant is found alive. Perhaps that makes for an even better mystery.

  4. lghiggins says:

    I can’t believe it, Betty, this is the first comment I have made to anyone in about a week that actually posted. I’m so excited, but now I have a lot of catch up to do if it will keep working.

  5. carhicks says:

    Wonderful review Betty. I definitely want to read this one.

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