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Sam's Never Had An Easy Time Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie . . . Dog Bones by @DianeMoatAuthor #crim

Title Dog Bones

Author Diane Moat

Genre Crime Thriller

Book Blurb:

The Commissioner wants Sam Holden dead as payback for her busting up his illegal animal fights. He made that clear when he burnt down her home. He's the first mark to learn her identity in all the time she's lived a double life. An animal advocate and nurse by day, Sam spends her nights leading a crack team of vigilantes bent on crushing animal abuser scum. Rebuilding her house and her precarious relationship was hard enough—now, the FBI is knocking on her door and the Commissioner is threatening her friends.

But Sam's never had an easy time letting sleeping dogs lie. Even as her life unravels, she can't turn her back on another retribution. She's helping protégé Alicia catch a dog-napping extortionist, all while sleuthing out the killer of her best informant, Mr. X. The plan she hatches to trick the Commissioner into the FBI's snare is Sam's gutsiest maneuver. And by the end of it all, she'll know where all the bones are buried.


Back in her car, Sam stayed in the parking lot with the heat on full blast. At first she just listened to country music and mindlessly watched the traffic. Centering her thoughts, she used the laptop pulled from the backseat and looked through the thumb drive data. The incoming ransom phone numbers were obviously burn phones and wouldn’t be helpful.

A pattern couldn’t be found with only three home locations and the same number of drop off spots, but they were all in the same county. None of the dates or times of the thefts or calls were during the weekend or in the evening, which must have some meaning.

Sam knew what the last attachment would be, and almost didn’t open it. It felt cowardly to pass it by, as if she would somehow fail the dog by not looking at it. Having not looked away in the past two years, she didn’t start now.

The pink collar said it was a girl. Sam released her breath when she saw the dog had only been killed, without any signs of torture. The single gunshot wound to the head would have been quick. This was business, without emotion. A message which meant, “Don’t screw with me.”

After picking out the information she wanted to share, she sent the excerpts to a file in the cloud and got back on the road.

Buy Links

Get Dog Gone, the first book in the series, for free at the following retailers:


I’m one of the authors participating in the Dog Days of Summer Reading Giveaway and you can win a print copy of Dog Gone (book one).

Runs August 1 -31 and is open internationally.

Winner will be drawn September 3, 2018.

Good luck!

Author Biography

Diane Moat is an award-winning author of books for all ages. She is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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