Bones and yet more

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Brie Hooker Mystery
Linda Lovely
Cosy, mystery, female sleuth, murder
Henery Press
(24 Oct. 2017)

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

Small towns are incestuous. And in the Southern USA have too many guns, too much testosterone meaning too much bad temper, and not mention greed.

Greed because there are few ways to make legitimate and ‘good’ living, and because laziness and greed are partners in crime. The easy way to make money is often preferred.

So here we find, with the local law enforcement barely trained and exhibiting the above characteristics, and often chose because of (family) relationships, we find the very first statement to be true.

Thus the law officers are liable to take short cuts and easy solutions.

A nicely written mystery, but I’m sorry, even as a vegetarian myself I wasn’t converted to being a vegan – how could you give up goat milk and cheese living on a goat farm? Never, if the recipes offered were samples – I did check out veganism after reading this book but again wasn’t converted. And the vegans I have known always seem to be less than healthy as it is very difficult to balance the nutrients.

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When the moon shines….

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#2
Sarah Morgan
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
HQ
Oct 5th 2017

She'll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle…

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog-walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list – dealing with Madi's temporary dog-sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi – how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple – he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide 24-hour care. But there's nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan's kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over, and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all – letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

 

This is #2 in series where Bk #1  tells the story of Fliss, Grams and the Hamptons and her romance for the 2nd time around.

Now we have Harriet’s love story.

Harriet has stayed in New York to carry on with the Dog Walking practical work while Fliss builds up the business in the Hamptons.

Harriet is a natural ‘Leader of the Pack’ and finds that dogs naturally behave around her, which make her job easier and fun.

This is when she encounters the Grouch aka the Hot Doctor looking after his sister’s spaniel, who is already Harriet’s client.

Harriet being a natural home-maker too starts cooking, and the Grouch gradually comes around to her – and dogs too.

 

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Lets help animals

Vets at Hope Green Book Cover Vets at Hope Green
Sheila Nortoon
medical, romantic comedy, contemporary, women's fiction, animals
Ebury Press (Fiction)
(1 Jun. 2017)

Sam has always dreamed of working with animals...

But her receptionist job in a London vets is not hitting the spot. Unsure whether a busy city life is for her, she flees to her Nana Peggy’s idyllic country village.

But despite the rolling hills and its charming feel, life in Hope Green is far from peaceful. On first meeting Joe, the abrupt and bad-tempered local vet, Sam knows she must get him on side, but that is easier said than done...

With her dream close enough to touch, will she get there, or will events conspire against her...?

A cozy gentle story with lots of animals and an idealised Dorset village.

About the only true thing about the village is how difficult it would be to get there – a long hilly road in and out, just the one road….

But who cares really?

It’s a warm story and the characters are well portrayed, foibles and all, and who wouldn’t want Nana as their Grandmother?

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Gotta love a dog

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K9
Sara Driscoll
Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Police procedurals
Kensington
Nov 2016

In the first book in a thrilling new series, FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and Hawk, her loyal search-and-rescue Labrador, must race against time as they zero in on one of the deadliest killers in the country . . .
Meg and Hawk are part of the FBI s elite K-9 unit. Hawk can sniff out bodies anywhere living or dead whether it s tracking a criminal or finding a missing person. When a bomb rips apart a government building on the National Mall in Washington D.C., it takes all of the team s extensive search-and-rescue training to locate and save the workers and visitors buried beneath the rubble.
But even as the duo are hailed as heroes, a mad bomber remains at large, striking terror across the Eastern seaboard in a ruthless pursuit of retribution. As more bombs are detonated and the body count escalates, Meg and Hawk are brought in to a task force dedicated to stopping the unseen killer. But when the attacks spiral wide and any number of locations could be the next target, it will come down to a battle of wits and survival skills between Meg, Hawk, and the bomber they re tracking to rescue a nation from the brink of chaos."

A story here that combines dog love and FBI work – or how working dogs – whether attack, drug finders, corpse finders or even those who help in disasters to find buried people, help the FBI and law enforcement in their work – and search and rescue.

Having followed a search episode as written in the story,  I can truthfully say that the work for the dog handler, is only for those who are seriously fit. Not only do they often have to run long distances, in steel-toe capped boots, but often through different terrains, up hill and down hill, through water and bush, and generally prove that you are a long distance fell runner / marathon runner.

The dogs of course, steal this story.

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Do Marines make good Cowboys?

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Morgan Ranch Bk 2
Kate Pierce
romance, Animals, western, contemporary
Zebra
(31 Jan. 2017)

The heartbreak of their childhood drove the Morgan brothers far from their family’s California ranch—and one another. But as they face the wounds of the past, each feels the land calling him home . . .

Blue Morgan never thought he’d crave long days on horseback, working the cattle ranch where he grew up. But after a decade of getting shouted and shot at in the Marines, fresh air and hard work are just what he needs to settle his restless energy. Except no matter how hard he tries to focus, his mind wanders to the pretty, prickly new veterinarian instead.

There’s no denying the spark between Jenna McDonald and Blue. But with her job at risk and her own family’s expectations to wrangle, Jenna isn’t looking for another sparring partner. Blue needs her expertise on horses. And if she can help solve his mother’s disappearance, she’s willing to pitch in. But she’ll leave his ideas about how love should be scheduled to him. Jenna is tired of being told what she can’t have—and ready to reach for what she wants . . .

 

This book follows the story of Chase with that of his brother Blue Boy named after the character from the TV series ‘The High Chaparral’, whose mother was killed in the first episode. Perhaps we see a link here with the fact that in the first book of this series, the mother of the 4 boys is killed by the father – or was she?

Blue or BB as they call him, was in the Marines as a Gunnery Sergeant – the highest NCO rank available. And in this book he is about to be discharged from service and decides not to re-enlist but to help with the family ranch.

Blue has a temper and is well honed as a Marine and thus is rather a frightening character in the beginning, but it seems he has a soft heart that was damaged by the behaviour of his father – and his older brother Chase – when his mother disappeared.

The story of the ranch and the debts of Ruth is continued and Chase looks for who took out the second mortgage and why. And as Blue gradually works his way into helping with the ranch he also starts to wonder about his mother and sister – and a search for truth begins. Helped by Jenna, the family vet, who has trouble believing in her self-worth but helps Blue with his temper.

This book I felt was better structured than book 1 and had less plot issues. The characters seemed better formed and described.

I enjoyed it and read it fast. This book and the previous book in the series were given to me by the publisher.

 

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