In the mood for a fun mystery? Tip of a Bone ~ My review and a giveaway too

Posted: March 25, 2014 in Blog Tour, giveaways, Mystery, reviews
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Who’s up for a good mystery? I always am and I’ve got a fun one to tell you about.

Tip of a Bone has plenty of suspects and more than one mystery to solve.

Check it out. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win your own copy!


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Genre: Mystery Paperback: 264 pages

Publisher: Adventure Publications (September 3, 2013)

ISBN-13: 978-1591934394 E-Book ASIN: B00EGWE5HC


My Review

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.

4 Stars



Buried bones, a missing eco-activist, and a deadly fire? It’s not what Maya Rivers bargained for when she moved to the coastal city of Newport, Oregon to reunite with her brother, Harley. Yet when Harley is accused of an unthinkable crime, Maya insists on adding “amateur sleuth” to her career options. It isn’t long before she discovers an eerie clue . . . but the closer she gets to the truth, the closer a murderer follows.

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About This Author

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Christine Finlayson borrowed from her “past lives” as a waitress, barista, environmental educator, and water scientist when creating her debut mystery novel, Tip of a Bone—a tale that takes place on the stormy Oregon coast. In her spare time, Christine loves to run on forest trails, watch waves break, compete in triathlons, and photograph anything Northwest-weird or wild. She’s now working on her second book, a novel of suspense.

Christine’s an active member of Sisters in Crime, Friends of Mystery, Oregon Writers Colony, and Willamette Writers.

Author Links:

Webpage ~ Blog ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads



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I have one copy of Tip of a Bone to giveaway.

Print or eBook (winners choice)

To enter, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win and answer this question:

“Do you like a lot of suspects in a mystery?”

Giveaway ends April 4th


Tour Participants

March 25 – fuonlyknew ~ Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews – Review, Giveaway

March 26 – readalot blog – Review

March 27 – Books-n-Kisses – Review

March 28 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review, Guest Post

March 29 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Review, Interview, Giveaway

March 31 – Reviews By Molly – Review, Giveaway

April 1 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post

April 2 – Brooke Blogs – Review

April 3 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview

April 4 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

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  1. Mai Tran says:

    “Do you like a lot of suspects in a mystery?” Answer: it does not depend on number of suspects to make me interested in the mystery. Sometimes, the culprit is so obvious but the good (fake) alibi is the key turning the whole story thrilling. I hope to be able to read this “Tip of a Bone” soon.

  2. Great cover and yes I like a lot of suspects, keeps me guessing.

  3. Debbie Carnes (Carney) says:

    Sounds wonderful, would love to win/read it

  4. Thanks for taking the time to read Tip of a Bone and leave a thoughtful review, Laura. I appreciated it and hope your blog readers will enjoy the book!

  5. Carol Smith says:

    Yes, I like a lot of suspects in a mystery. I like when you think you solved the mystery then there is a twist that points to another suspect. This looks like a good read. The author is new to me so it would be a good way to be introduced to her writings. Thank you for your consideration.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I like it win I say yep it’s that one, nope it’s that one over there, nope it’s the other one. LOL Following the clues and reaching dead ends are part of a fun mystery.

  6. Taylor Dean says:

    If there are too many suspects, I think it can sometimes become confusing instead of clever. We watched the movie, The Frozen, last week. There was one suspect, so it had to be him, right? Well, sort of. The ending totally and completely took me by surprise. That’s what I love the most–when I can’t guess the ending–no matter how many suspects.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I’ve seen a movie called Frozen but it can’t be the same one. This had no mystery. Have to check it out.
      Those pesky elusive guilty parties. Why don’t they just stand up and say, I’m the one! LOL

  7. Martha Franks says:

    Yes I do like several possibilities so I can try to solve the mystery as I read. Love a “twist” at the end!

  8. anne says:

    Suspects are always fascinating to read about and make the mystery captivating.

  9. emaginette says:

    Mysteries can be so much fun, a truly interactive book. :-)

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

  10. Libby Dodd says:

    Enough suspects to be challenging, but not so many that I feel that I need a score card to keep everyone straight!

  11. Hi Mai, Sherry, Taylor, Anna, and Libby,
    Thank you for your comments! I’m honored to know that Tip of a Bone could make its way to Finland. (With my last name, people often ask if I’m Finnish . . . but it’s actually Scottish). I’m working on my second book now and having great fun making up red herrings and suspects. Hopefully it won’t, as Libby suggests, need a score card!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I see where your bio mentions some suspense. I love it when I can’t wait for the next page and the suspense is teeth clenching good.

      • Hi Laura,
        Yes, my current book-in-progress is a novel of suspense, set in Portland, Oregon. So the red herrings and suspects aren’t so much for the readers but for the characters. I love to read suspense and, so far, it’s been great fun to write, too. I’ll keep that image — teeth clenching good — in my mind!

        And to everyone I missed earlier (Anne, Martha, Kerry, Debbie, Barbara, Carol), thanks so much for stopping by to comment. I love to hear from readers what they like to see in books!

  12. Barbara Tobey says:

    Just enough suspects to keep me guessing.

  13. jdh2690 says:

    I do like a mystery that is very mysterious…that does not give away what the ending will be until you reach the ending. So if that means a lot of suspects or no suspects at all, then that is what I like. I like trying to solve the puzzle of the mystery myself and then find out if I’m right or wrong…I don’t want the solution handed to me way too early. It wouldn’t be a good “mystery” then. :-) Thanks for the post and the tour!

  14. martha lawson says:

    Yes, I do! It makes it harder to figure out whounnit!!!

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

  15. sherry butcher says:

    Love lots of suspects as long as it stays with the story and does not just take up space.

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  17. Anita Yancey says:

    I do like a lot of suspects in a mystery. It makes it much harder to figure out who did it. I would love to read this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  18. Thanks, Janice, Martha L, Sherry, Kate, and Anita for stopping by to leave a comment! When I read a mystery, I like having a few strong suspects in mind (rather than a multitude of weak ones) — but that’s also because I enjoy the “why-dunnit” side of mysteries as much as the “who-dunnit.” I’m jotting down notes here!

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I like it also when I just know who did it and then the doubts coming pouring in. Whether it turns out I had my man or not, I still have a fun read getting to the guilty party. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. mcushing7 says:

    LOVE a good mystery! I was always a big Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys fan as a kid! LOL! That kind of gives away how old I am getting ~ Thanks for sharing and I hope I win for sure! Love ya lady !