Bones To Pick

Bones To Pick

by Linda Lovely

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BN ID: 2940158963797
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Series: A Brie Hooker Mystery , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 15,390
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Linda Lovely finds writing pure fiction isn’t a huge stretch given the years she’s spent penning PR and ad copy. Linda writes a blend of mystery and humor, chuckling as she plots to “disappear” the types of characters who most annoy her. Quite satisfying, plus there’s no need to pester relatives for bail. Her newest series offers good-natured salutes to both her vegan family doctor and her cheese-addicted kin. She’s an enthusiastic Sisters in Crime member and helps organize the popular Writers’ Police Academy. When not writing or reading, Linda takes long walks with her husband, swims, gardens, and plays tennis.

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BONES TO PICK 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
StoreyBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Yes, I'm a cozy lover, but there was something about this book that kept me engaged until the end. Perhaps it was the UdderlyKidding Goat Farm (loved the name!), maybe it was the two male best friends vying for Brie's attention, maybe it was the crazy friend Mollye, maybe it was Brie's crazy curse words (cheese and meat references), or maybe it was funny to imagine a Vegan on a goat farm. Whatever it was, I truly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more. The mystery itself will take you on a ride and it was not too surprising who was involved because the information was slowly revealed, but you had to pay attention and put the clues together. Definitely, check out this series.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
Brie Hooker is a vegan chef who has come home to visit when one of her twin aunts passes away. She ends up staying to help her remaining Aunt Eva run the goat cheese farm that the two aunts had worked on together. While she is a vegan, she is okay with fixing non-vegan dishes for family and friends, so the book doesn't preach too hard about food choices. She is attracted to two different men who are quite carnivorous in their food choices as well. She is just finding her footing, when the family pig makes a gruesome discovery on the farm – one that spells legal problems (and worse) for Aunt Eva. Brie dedicates herself to finding out the actual whodunnit and freeing her aunt from unfair imprisonment. Brie's mother, father, best friend, and the two good looking local bachelors (along with others) come to her assistance. The only thing I wished for was some of the vegan recipes that Brie utilizes throughout the book. While I am not a vegan, some of my family members are and I would have loved to wow them with some of the dishes that are described. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts In this new cozy mystery series, we meet Brie Hooker when she arrives to help her Aunt Eva with her farm after her Aunt Lilly passes away. Brie, a chef, and a vegan is sure her diet choices are going to be fodder for many jokes and make meals very interesting, but that is the least of her worries when her aunt’s pig, Tammy, digs up a human skull right in the middle of Aunt Lilly’s wake. It is soon determined that the bones belong to Aunt Eva’s husband that had been declared dead after he went missing many years ago. The sheriff is quick to try to pick Eva as his prime suspect. But Brie is going to prove him wrong even if she may get killed in the process. Thankfully she has a couple handsome men ready to stay by her side to protect her, even if she knows she can take care of herself. I liked main character Brie right away. Her relationship with her aunt and her parents was very caring and loving. While being a vegan is very important to her she understands that lifestyle is not for everyone. She can cook anything and makes delicious meals but always has a vegan dish for herself and others to try. She gets that she is working on a goat farm and they sell goat milk items. She also realizes she needs to learn a lot more about goats if she is going stay on the farm. We also meet Andy and Paint, two young men, friends of Aunt Eva, and very interested in a romantic relationship with Brie. For the first book in a new series, I found all the characters very well developed. The dialogue was spot on and Brie’s meat and cheese curse words cracked me up. Her aunt holds her weight in the comedic department too but her minimal cursing in a little stronger than Brie. The murder was a real cold case happening so long ago. It turned out there were quite a few suspects and took a lot of more digging after Tammy’s discovery to wrap this mystery up. There were several exciting moments as Brie got closer to the truth. I really enjoyed all the “pet’s” names. The author explains some of them at the beginning of the book. I also enjoyed Ms. Lovely’s writing style. It is very descriptive. I felt right in the middle of all the drama, but especially at the end when Brie and her friend were in so much danger. I was on the edge of my seat. This book was a perfect escape for me. Great characters, a strong plot, Southern charm and a wheelbarrow full of humor. I am not sure when the next book will be released but it can’t be soon enough for me.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about Bones to Pick, I was a tiny bit hesitant to read and review it because I've run into a few books with this kind of hook that tend to have an agenda. Having read and enjoyed a couple of other things by Ms. Lovely, I decided my slight reluctance was probably unnecessary and I'm glad to say this hardcore carnivore was right. The vegan theme is front and center but not at all in a lecturing sort of way. Instead, the author shares her knowledge of such dietary habits with humor and a lighthearted approach that made this a fun read. The characters, whether it's Brie, Eva, Andy, Brie's parents, Paint, Mollye or a plethora of other folks are well-developed into "real" people and they brought the story to life. I can't even pick a favorite but I have a certain kind of fondness for Tammy the pig, not because she could be a nice side of bacon ;-) Ms. Lovely is equally adroit with her plot, starting with the very amusing idea of a vegan chef helping run a goat farm, and she has turned what could have been a simple murder into a tale of widespread crooked doings and unneighborly feuds. There were enough laughs to keep me snorting and chuckling the whole way through,, starting with a vegan whose name is a cheese, and I'm already counting down to the next book in the series.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
An amusing premise--a vegan helping run her aunt's goat cheese dairy farm. Interesting characters--vegan chef, "woo-woo" friend, two very interesting men, and great parents. Nasty bad guys. Add in an interesting mystery covering 40 years and you have a really good read.
Nancy0708 More than 1 year ago
This story starts laugh out loud funny and then continues to pull you in page by page, body by body. Brie Hooker is at the Udderly Kidding Dairy for her Aunt Lilly's Wake when Tammy, the pig, unearths a skull. Eva, Lilly's twin, is just sure that is belongs to her husband who has been missing for 40 years. The story becomes more complex as more bodies are discovered and the question is can Brie figure out what is going on before she too becomes a victim. This story is the first in the Brie Hooker Mystery series. It is a great blend of mystery and humor with a side of romance. The supporting characters are fun and likeable. The author has left plenty of loose ends to make way for further stories in this series. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I really, really liked this book and the main character, Brie Hooker, a lot! At first. Then I began to feel like her being a vegan was something extra special and that she was. Then the endless preaching about how she was a vegan. Well, it just grated on me. A lot! Using the Shania Twain song: "So, your a vegan, that don't impress me much". It really got in the way of the mystery for me. Okay, I figured out she was vegan - did I really need to be reminded every other page? And her stance on men. She had been cheated on by her fiance whom she had broken up with over about a year ago. She was done. Yet every other page, she was lusting after the two single men in the book. I think this could have been a humorous, cute little cozy mystery. However, all this vegan and lusting, it just really got in the way for me. There were also a few times when a paragraph would be rewritten in its entirety just a few pages later. The first one was when she needed to learn about the breeds of goats said during her "market days event". The second one was when her aunt scolded her about talking to the customers of cholesterol count in cheese. That's just the times I remember. I did not finish this book. Although I did read the last couple of chapters and yes, it ended like I thought it would. However, the way I went about saved me probably several thousand more reminders that Brie was a vegan. I've given an extra star for the author's time spent. Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfully fun start to a fabulous new series, and you don't have to be vegan to love it! In this new series you meet Brie who has moved in with her Aunt to help run her goat farm because her other aunt has died in an accident. While at the wake a precocious pig named Tammy finds a bone who ends up being the missing husband of her living aunt. During the wake Brie is introduced to Andy the local vet and Paint the local moonshine maker. Both men have been friends for years and both are attracted to Brie. They both jump in to help her figure out just what happened all those years ago when everyone thought her aunts husband had just run off. With half of the town being related to the man and most thinking her aunt murdered him for his land will Brie be able to keep her aunt out of jail. This was a well written story filled with eccentric characters that you can't help but fall in love with. The banter between Brie and her Aunt is hilarious especially when it comes to the food that they choose to eat. I so look forward to what comes next for these two and to finding out if Brie will be able to choose between the two guys. I usually like one guy over another when reading a book but in this case I loved them both so it will be interesting to see who she picks if she even picks one of them.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
a fast paced pulse pumping mystery filled with danger and excitement, but with plenty of laughs as well BONES TO PICK by Linda Lovely The First Brie Hooker Mystery Brie Hooker has come to Ardon, South Carolina to support her aunt during Eva's twin sister's funeral. Tammy the pig's discovery of the skeleton of Eva's abusive husband convinces Brie to stay at the farm as things heat up. In addition to the help required on the farm, every relation of Jed's is accusing Eva of murder, putting the Watsons and the Hookers in league with the Hatfields and McCoys,and the Capulets and Montagues. Brie, with help of her lawyer mother, mystery loving father, and assorted friends will do her best to protect the farm and prove Eva's innocence! Brie Hooker is a bit of an anomaly. She's a vegan. And a chef. And she's currently working on a goat farm helping her aunt make and sell cheese, which she won't eat...because she's a vegan. Living amongst the decidedly carnivorous residents isn't a bad thing, however, as she has two good looking men vying for her attention, as well as her loving family. What is bad are all the nasty folk who reside in Ardon. Vivid descriptions and developed characterizations make these people decidedly real and scary, their vitriol burning through the pages. BONES TO PICK is a fast paced pulse pumping mystery filled with danger and excitement, but with plenty of laughs as well. It's a great start to a new series and I look forward to reading more! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, my husband came home and announced that he wanted to start a farm. We now have our own little farm including pigs, chickens, guineas, a dog, rabbits, and a garden. This fun, cozy mystery immediately caught my attention after reading the description. Brie, a vegan chef who lives in the city, ends up moving in with her aunt to help out on the farm. She jumps in to help when a skull is uncovered, putting the focus on Eva potentially having been involved in her husband's disappearance. Linda Lovely made so many aspects of the books connected and a twist on words. For example, Brie is vegan and yet she is named after cheese and is helping out on a goat farm. In addition to the mystery, a little romance is thrown into the mix. Brie has two men after her heart but it doesn't overshadow the mystery of what really happened to Eva's husband. Every character enhances the story and make you fall in love with them or want to feed them to the pigs yourself! I received a complimentary copy via PICT. All opinions are 100% my own!
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had wit and humour, wonderful characters, compelling setting, suspense and mystery – basically everything you could want in a crime novel – with some mild romance, a wide selection of engaging animals and foodie stuff thrown in for good measure. The heroine, Brie, is a vegan chef, who has come South for her Aunt Lily’s funeral. Lily and her twin sister, Eva, ran a goat farm called Udderly Kidding, making goat cheeses. During the funeral wake, a skull is dug up by one of the dogs. The local sheriff immediately suspects that it is Eva’s abusive husband, who disappeared without trace 40 years ago. The husband, Jed, just happens to have been kin to the sheriff (and other less salubrious members of the community), and the suspicion very quickly falls on Eva – whom many of the locals had taken a dislike to, on account of her being a Yankee who ‘stole’ Jed from local girl, Nancy, and then inherited his farm when he was eventually declared dead in absentia. Brie decides to stay with Eva to help out on the farm, to offer moral support – and maybe help solve the skull mystery before her aunt is sent to jail. A goat cheese making farm is not the ideal place for a committed vegan (despite her name), nor is Ardon County. As the local Moonshiner, Paint, points out “Here abouts it’s considered unpatriotic to serve eats that haven’t been baptized in a vat of lard. Vegetables are optional; meat, mandatory.” Although a committed omnivore myself, my mouth could not help watering at the description of some of Brie’s vegan meals. All her offerings are gladly consumed by her friends and relations – provided there is some meat on the side. Paint is one of the two local (and very desirable) hunks on offer in Ardon County – the other being the lovely vet and pig whisperer, Andy. They are best friends, but both determined to woo Brie – and to help out with Eva’s problems. How is a woman to choose? “Breathe in, breathe out. Meditate. Erase those lustful visions. Going…going…sort of gone. Meditation isn’t foolproof”. Brie, being a vegan, and determine to clean up her language, has developed an ingenious new range of swear words based on foodstuffs she will never again let pass her lips: “Son of a Porterhouse”; “Limburger and Blue Cheese … I felt certain that snaggle-toothed bologna brain was capable”. Aunt Eva, the cheese-making omnivore, is not impressed: “Seeing how you’re the only one sleeping in, you get a free bathroom pass, even though you’re still taking the names of heavenly cheeses in vain.” I just fell in love with the characters in this book (well, the ones on team Eva anyway), and hope there are many more books in this series to come. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to fans of the Country Club Murders by Julie Mulhern. I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review