#Humor #CozyMystery #BookReview -- Bones To Pick by Linda Lovely
Full of slapstick comedy and some darn good (and sneaky) sleuthing.
Living on a farm with four hundred goats and a cantankerous carnivore isn’t among vegan chef Brie Hooker’s list of lifetime ambitions. But she can’t walk away from her Aunt Eva, who needs help operating her dairy.
Once she calls her aunt’s goat farm home, grisly discoveries offer ample inducements for Brie to employ her entire vocabulary of cheese-and-meat curses. The troubles begin when the farm’s pot-bellied pig unearths the skull of Eva’s husband, who disappeared years back. The sheriff, kin to the deceased, sets out to pin the murder on Eva. He doesn’t reckon on Brie’s resolve to prove her aunt’s innocence. Death threats, ruinous pedicures, psychic shenanigans, and biker bar fisticuffs won’t stop Brie from unmasking the killer, even when romantic befuddlement throws her a curve.
Genre: Humorous Cozy Mystery
Published by: Henery Press
Publication Date: Oct. 24, 2017
Number of Pages: 266
Series: Brie Hooker Mystery, #1
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When a vegan meets a moonshiner and a vet, while helping her aunt with her goat farm in a town riddled with interesting facts, what do you get? A brilliant comedic cozy mystery, full of slapstick comedy and some darn good (and sneaky) sleuthing.
Oh my did I laugh and snort-giggle while reading this book! I laughed so hard my 8-year old wanted to know what I was reading. Oddly enough, I ended up reading it to him. Boy, did he find the book funny and now he is interested in reading mysteries! Though quite off topic, not only did this author give me some wonderful entertainment, she took my graphic novel-loving son and turned him into a mystery lover. (THANKS LINDA!!)
Set in Ardon County South Carolina, I (am my son) traveled to a quaint goat farm and watched a vegan chef solved a murder after human bones are discovered. And what an adventure!
What I liked
1. The humor - I normally read psychological thrillers and end up needing a serious reprieve. Cozy mysteries are my go-to books for a good, gentle mystery. Well, Bones To Pick was a reprieve and a comedy show all wrapped in a neat "cheesy" package! I laughed so much that I realized I need to read more books by Linda!!
2. The cheesy swearing - It is nice to read a book without swearing. While I personally use curse words more frequently than an educated and reserved woman should, I do tire of reading them. Hey, now I have some great options to choose from and an 8-year old to hold me to it!
3. No sex! This was a major plus. The author alluded to some things, but in a humorous manner.
What I didn't like
1. The romance - While mild and slightly indirect, I just don't see where it added to the storyline. (If you know me well, you know I avoid romance like the plague!) That being said, it was humorous and it really didn't bother me. (Hey, this is an honest review and I want to be transparent)
In summary, reading this book was sheer joy. Linda actually has me questioning my penchant for the serious books I devour. Hmm.. Now, to wait patiently while Linda pens Book 2!
(No need for my usual summary table. This book was excellent!!)