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Bone to Pick

By: TA Moore
Narrated by: Michael Fell
Length: 9 hrs
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Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days, he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother - find the missing and bring them home.

He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.

This time, the missing person is a 10-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI Agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.

©2017 TA Moore (P)2018 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Mercedes Hightower
  • 23-04-18

The characters are just so damn unlikable

I actually l Thought the plot could have been really good, I found it hard to follow in some spots but overall thought it was an ok mystery plot. What really sunk this book for me was just how unlikeable all of the characters managed to be except for the dog, literally every character besides the dog I wanted to get crushed by a bolder. I found Javi to be soooooo annoying, I actually liked him in the beginning because I totally understand having a chip on your shoulder because you feel like you have to work harder then other people around you, this actually made me really like him in the first couple of chapter but then it keeps going. Sometimes characters who are assholes and know they’re assholes can be really endearing to me but what Javi has is just a fragile ego and a personality issue. He repeatedly states he knows he’s an asshole and doesn’t care about anything/anyone and gets why people don’t like him but then in the next sentence he feels the need to keep telling Cloister that they aren’t dating even though Cloister never says anything to insinuate that they are besides be a decent human being??? It’s just a stupid thing to keep saying how unlikeable you are but then tell someone not to like you because your so irresistible?? Then Cloister is sort of okay but you learn so little about his mysterious past that is continuously mentioned but not explored that I never felt like I got to know him at all. It ended up being very frustrating how much the past that made him is mentioned but never discussed like a tease. The entire family of the missing boy are just worst from the mom to the brother I hated them and had no sympathy. Overall I thought the book could have been good but the characters (besides the dog) are just a miss for me.

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  • Pup Cerberus
  • 30-09-19

some of the worst police work I've heard

so before I gripe. I will say that TA at least got the gloves part right in police procedures. end of praise. what the actual hell's was this mess. did TA even Google law enforcement procedures or just guess. Javi was a prick the whole book and cloister let everyone walk all over him. there is no backstory for javi and I don't think any could redeem or explain his dickishness away. cloister is a cop with a dog but is treated like he's just some guy walking his dog through a crime scene. like you don't start out on the k9 unit. you work up to that and most departments want a dog over tech any day. not in TAs world. you pair that with the abusive relationship between the mains . wtf. the next books highly recommend and I'm curious enough to look it up on why. for the narrator. he was a little slow at times
I found listening at 1.5 or 1.10 speed helped.

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  • Sue C
  • 05-08-19

I want more of this series

Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Did I feel an emotional connection to the characters: yes
Were there any parts I found annoying: Javi - sometimes I just wanted to shake some sense into him (lol!)
Would I listen to it again: absolutely
Story comments: This was a great mystery, one with a conclusion I didn't see coming. Cloister and Javi are both complicated men but it was Bon-Bon who stole the show !
Narrator comments: I have a few books narrated by Michael Fell and I always enjoy his work. He does an excellent job with clear distinct characters and brining the story to life.
... I really hope book 2 is bought to audio !

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  • Texan2
  • 18-04-19

A Favorite!

I make no bones about it, this is a terrific series and a fabulous audiobook

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  • Diane
  • 05-08-18

Good Mystery

Only 4 stars because there wasn’t a HEA :(. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story. It was a really good mystery. Java was a total ass in the beginning but I did fall for him as the story continued. I loved Cloister and his K-9. They were a great pair. I would have liked that Cloister was still investigating his brother’s disappearance, even though there was a lot of years since it happened. I would love a sequel so that we actually got these two in a relationship and maybe some closure with Cloister‘s missing brother. Oh and I love when one of my favorite authors make mention of characters from another of my favorite authors.

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  • Karen - New York
  • 26-06-18

Loved it!

Loved Javier and Cloister. They had great chemistry. Storyline was good. My only complaint was the ending. They should have done an epilogue or something more to tie up the romance.

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  • Cat
  • 24-03-18

Intriguing mystery suspense

This book is an intriguing mystery suspense. Both Cloister and Javi are interesting complex characters. this story has a sexual relationship but it is not a romance but that's OK because it fits these men really well.
The story starts out as one missing child case and evolves into much more spanning several missing persons and years. I was shocked and love a good mystery I don't guess in the first few pages or in this case, not at all.

Cloister's dog is the main character as well and I love how she was written into the story. I would love more of these guys!

The narration was spot on. both men had very clear voices and the pacing was great. I think the narration really made this book.

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  • Becky C
  • 15-03-18

Excellent ebook and audiobook

This is a wonderful mystery, suspense story. The lead characters are gay men but are not romantic in nature so there is sex but no romance. The ending us satisfactory but not necessarily an HEA. These just aren’t that kind of men.
Cloister Witte is a deputy sheriff and a K9 handler. He has a tragedy in his past that he doesn’t like to talk about but it does affect him and his job. He also has the strangest first name. Thanks, Mom. The dog Cloister is partnered with, Bourneville, is a seriously important character in the story. I loved the way she was written.
FBI Special Agent Javi Merlo has the hots for Deputy Witte but it’s all about the sex, not a relationship. I do believe both men would like to take this farther but are so damaged they can’t quite do that.
Cloister and Javi are initially searching for a missing boy but the case widens to include a number of victims over a span of years. The mystery of who is responsible and why is so cleverly written I didn’t figure it out until it was revealed.
I would love to read more about Javi and Cloister so I hope there will be another story about them.
I listened to the audiobook and also read the ebook. The narrator was excellent and the book was really well written.

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  • Boo
  • 11-03-18

Super story and presentation

Would you consider the audio edition of Bone to Pick to be better than the print version?

Yes

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes

What does Michael Fell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

One of the best of the new narrators.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Suspense builds and builds tlke a mystery should!

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HIGHLY RECOMMEND