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The first in a gripping new mystery series by literary agent Paula Munier, about a retired MP and bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wilderness

It may be the Fourth of July weekend, but for retired soldier Mercy Carr and Belgian Malinois Elvis, it's just another walk in the remote Lye Brook Wilderness -- until the former bomb-sniffing dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones. U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search-and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy's 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Vermont safe on potentially the most incendiary Independence Day since the American Revolution.

Paula Munier is a crime and mystery literary agent with extensive connections in the mystery community. She regularly sells out virtual writing workshops for hundreds of students and is prominent member of Mystery Writers of America and has served as president of the New England chapter of MWA for four terms and is currently a board member. Paula has served on the New England Crime Bake committee for ten years and counting, is a leader for the Algonkian New York Pitch conference and a Writers Digest workshop leader and writer. She's an active member of Sisters in Crime, ITW, AWP, and SCBWI. Paula is in contact with the crime writers who run the Jungle Red Writers website. As an agent, she attends SF Writers, Thrillerfest, Writers Digest, Bouchercon, Book Expo, AWP, and more conferences every year.

A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists and real details about search-and-rescue dog training that Paula has learned through the training of her own dog. With its canine sidekicks and procedural plot, this series is well-positioned to become "Julia Spencer-Fleming with dogs" and will be a must-have for mystery fans.

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Paula Munier

Paula Munier has been a dog person her whole life. Raised by a father with a penchant for Weimaraners, Vizslas, and Great Danes, she got her first dog of her own on her tenth birthday - a black miniature poodle named Rogue. Since then she has shared her life with numerous dogs, cats, fish, and a bearded lizard, all of whom together caused far less trouble than just one small beagle named Freddie.
A veteran writer, editor, and publishing executive, Paula is the author or co-author of several books, including Hot Flash Haiku, Yes We Can!: 365 Ways to Make America a Better Place (January 2009) , 101 Things You - and John McCain - Didn't Know about Sarah Palin (October 2008) , On Being Blonde, and the young adult romantic suspense novel Emerald's Desire. Fixing Freddie is her first memoir.
As the Director of Acquisitions and Innovation for Adams Media, she acquires and develops nonfiction and fiction series as well as stand-alone titles for the trade market.. A former reporter and content developer as at home in the newspaper, magazine, and online worlds as in book publishing, she's also worked for such media giants as Disney, Quayside, and Gannett. She has hundreds of articles, essays, and columns to her credit; her short stories have appeared in such anthologies as My Dad Is My Hero, A Cup of Comfort for Writers, Raging Gracefully, Letters to My Teacher, HerStory, Angel Over My Shoulder, Tour of Duty, and Horse Crazy.
Paula is the creator of many individual titles and book series, including the bestselling inspirational series A Cup of Comfort, which has more than 2 million copies in print. She also conducts CofC webinars, in addition to creativity and writing workshops, and is a popular speaker at writers' conferences. As the President of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America and member of the MWA national board, Paula is an active participant in her local writer's community as well as the larger world of book publishing. She is co-chair of the New England Crime Bake Committee, which runs an annual writer's conference devoted to the craft of writing.
The mother of three, Paula lives with her family - Freddie included - in a little lakeside cottage outside of Boston, where she's at work on a modern retelling of Red Riding Hood called Ruby Red.

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