Tip of a Bone

Tip of a Bone

by Christine Finlayson


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ISBN-13: 9781591934394
Publisher: Adventure Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Christine Finlayson is a writer, editor, and avid mystery reader. She loves to explore the trails and towns of the Pacific Northwest, on foot and by bike, and has dipped her triathlete toes into many ice-cold lakes. Tip of a Bone, Christine's debut mystery, is set in one of her favorite spots: the scenic Oregon Coast. For more information about her writing, visit www.christinefinlayson.com.

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Ann Littlewood

An intriguing, fast-moving mystery . . . layered with taut writing and smart dialogue . . . (with) a bold and determined new heroine to root for" (Robert Dugoni) and "A lively mystery, with strong characters, an unusual setting, and a plot that will keep you guessing. --Ann Littlewood, author of Endangered, Night Kill, and Did Not Survive

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Tip of a Bone 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
Maya Rivers moved to the coastal town of Newport, Oregon after her father died and her marriage imploded. Part of the reason was to get closer to her brother Harley.Even though working as a waitress wasn't her idea of a long-term career, it did put food on the table, and paid her bills. She finds Harley involved in an environmental group, the Coast Defenders, and even though he claims they are non-violent and don't engage in damaging property, some people think otherwise. With acts of vandalism increasing, arson fires on fishing boats, and one of the activists gone missing, things look bad for his group. But when an arson turns deadly, Harley becomes the prime suspect. Maya is determined to prove his innocence. I loved this book. Partly because it was set in Newport, a place I've been several times, and partly because it was well-written. This is a debut novel for Christine Finlayson, and I hope she writes more. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Tip of a Bone was a good mystery. The characters were pretty good. I like Maya. She is trying to look positive not there but trying. Lots of suspects. Of course no one but Maya is looking to solve anything. The cops believe that Maya's brother died because of what he was doing. Maya believes in her brother. The plot is Maya has moved up to Newport, OR to be by her brother after her marriage fell apart. She is a waitress for now. Her brother has joined a eco-activist group. She tries to talk him into quitting. She fails and he dies. She does not believe that he was not alone that night and did not start the fire. She is going to figure out what really happened to him. The setting for the book is Newport, OR. It is pretty up their. Their is plenty of drama, action, danger and some romance. Their is some violence and two sexual scenes. To me the weakness of the story is there is no scenes to lighten or any that build a sense of community outside of the plot of the story. No hobbies or friends besides co-workers and Maya's brother Harley's girlfriend Alison. I was given this ebook to read and in exchange agreed to give honest review and be part of it's blog tour.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Tip of a Bone is all about mystery. There are brief touches on romance but it doesn’t really play a part. Maya moves from California to Oregon after her divorce. Same old story. Husband falls for younger woman, gets her pregnant, starts a new life. Old wife, like she never was. The move gives her a chance to get to know her brother, Harley. As young kids, their parents divorced and each parent took one of the children. Maya was raised by her mother, having no contact with her father or Harley. Just when they are starting to connect as friends, as siblings, Harley dies in a mysterious fire. The authorities say it was arson, the fire set by her brother, and he succumbed to smoke inhalation. Maya suspects something else. As she questions his friends and fiance, she must stir up something, because she’s now being stalked, someone has broken into her apartment, and she’s nearly killed when a truck runs her off the road. Now it’s a race to solve the mystery before she’s killed too. What drew me to this book was the mention of eco-activists. There are the big companies coming in to set up their condos and the environmentalists who try to stop development, doing things like tree hugging and lying down in a busy intersection to stop traffic. Then, an activist vanishes and someone ups the ante to arson, burning equipment, a boat, and buildings. One thing I missed was a connection to the characters. I enjoyed Maya, her divorce and subsequent struggles to find a path hit home. Been there before. But I didn’t really connect with anyone else in the story. Her brother, Harley, sounded promising if I’d had more time with him. Others played their part, adding to the list of suspects, but I didn’t much care about them. While I didn’t particularly connect to a couple, they did make me wonder what they were. Good guys or bad guys? Nick seemed like a nice guy while Tomas seemed scary. Both were part of the Coast Defenders group. Nick became suspect when right in the middle of some heavy petting, he stopped to answer his phone. Hmm…interested in Maya or what she knows? And Tomas was a looming hulk, gruff like a bear. He made no bones about how he felt towards Maya sticking her nose in their business. About half way into the mystery I had my suspect tagged. It wasn’t blatant, but I had a good idea he was guilty. Still had fun following Maya as she did her snooping and the ending was quite good. I got my man and you’ll find out if Maya got hers. I received this book for my honest and unbiased review. I hear the author is writing a suspense novel and I'll be checking it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! It was fast paced and full of suspense . The characters were woven into the story very well, therefore not leaving the reader hanging in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful mystery and I highly recommend it. I look forward to Christines' next book!
EvanLewis1 More than 1 year ago
Maya Rivers has a big problem. The entire town of Newport, Oregon (where she had few friends to begin with) thinks her brother Harley is an arsonist, a terrorist, and quite likely a murderer. Her brother’s newly pregnant fiancé is losing faith and in danger of losing her job. Harley’s former friends, a group of environmental activists, are facing scrutiny from the F.B.I., and ready to throw him under the bus.  Maya does not know her brother well. They were separated as children and only recently reacquainted. But she knows in her gut he’s innocent of these charges and is willing to risk everything – her job, her freedom, and even her life – to prove it. Tip of a Bone is an intriguing mystery/thriller from an author with a fresh new voice and a fresh new slant on the environmental issues facing the Oregon Coast. I enjoyed the quirky humor and quirkier characters, and found the book mighty dang hard to put down.