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Tip of a Bone

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Buried bones, a missing eco-activist, and arson? It's certainly not what Maya Rivers bargained for when she moved to the coastal city of Newport, Oregon, seeking a fresh start and a reunion with her brother, Harley. Yet when Harley is accused of an unthinkable crime, Maya insists on adding "amateur sleuth" to her career options. She soon discovers an eerie clue--but the ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Adventure Publications (MN) (first published September 1st 2013)
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Tip of a Bone by Christine FinlaysonSometimes a Great Notion by Ken KeseyOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken KeseyDarkhouse by Karina HalleThe River Why by David James Duncan
Books Set In Oregon
1st out of 185 books — 38 voters
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Dec 05, 2014 Aditi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, mystery
Tip of a Bone by Christine Finlayson is a fast-paced mystery novel, which is bound to compel you from its very first pages.

Thanks to the author, Christine Finlayson, for sending me over a copy of her book, in return for an honest review.

The mystery is all about the death of an environmental activist, Harley, estranged brother to Maya, who comes to Oregon, to start a new life with his brother, leaving behind her broken marriage. But when she comes to Newport, she figures out that, Harley is blame
Aug 19, 2013 Bibliomaniac rated it it was amazing
I’ve been to the Oregon Coast several times - including the scenic town of Newport, where this novel is set - and this book is the real deal. You can almost smell the salt in the air, hear the crash of the surf and see the flutter of seagull’s wings.

But Tip of a Bone digs beneath Newport’s touristy surface and finds dark deeds doing. A dedicated environmentalist is missing and feared dead. Her fellow activists are on the warpath, trying to stop commercial developers from ripping up new chunks o
Evan Lewis
Aug 20, 2013 Evan Lewis rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 25, 2013 Yvette rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through a GoodReads giveaway.

Tip of a Bone is a solid first novel by Christine Finlayson. A mystery with a generous dash of suspense, the first chapter sucks you in with a well conveyed sense of urgency and tension. What follows is the story of a woman compelled to investigate her brother's death and the mysteries connected to it, no matter what obstacles are thrown in her path.

Having moved to the Oregon coast to reconnect with her environmental activist brother and recover
Jun 21, 2014 Kaye rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ann Littlewood
Sep 06, 2013 Ann Littlewood rated it it was amazing
I loved the vulnerable, flawed, determined heroine of this mystery. Maya just never quits trying to find why her brother died, despite poverty, injury, and threats to her life. She makes mistakes, but she's smart and brave and her loyalty to family and friends is touching. Her hard-won but disconnected discoveries fit together at the end for a frightening and ultimately satisfying climax. A fine read set on the Oregon coast, where weather and scenery are characters themselves.
Sep 09, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
its in my home state Oregon and for that reason i like it all alone but then i read it and i love the book.
Laura Thomas
Mar 26, 2014 Laura Thomas rated it really liked it
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.

Brooke Bumgardner (Brooke Blogs)
4.5 Stars

I received a complimentary paperback copy for review from the author/publisher.

Tip of a Bone by Christine Finlayson is an exciting mystery that I couldn't put down. I like the characters and the setting. I love that there is a map at the beginning to give you the lay of the land. The town was a perfect setting for the story and the characters fit right in. Maya was a strong main character. She was likable and smart. I like how relentless she is when it comes to doing what is right and f
Sep 07, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Talk about a good beach read. This one is set on the Oregon coast and is perfect for toting along when you need escape into a story that holds your attention. Newport, which I've visited many times, is a real town with a few quirky characters like the ones in Tip of A Bone. (The villains, as far as I know, are found only in the book.) The main character, Maya, has plenty of trouble and narrow escapes as she tries to clear her brother's name and solve a mystery, but she's a good sleuth. The ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Mar 26, 2014 Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-review, 2014
really enjoyed this mystery. I had my suspicions about a character and turns out I was right. I didn't have any clues to base this on other than gut instinct was telling me this person was up to something. Interesting mix of characters, good balance between good and bad characters. Sometimes I wanted to shake Maya and tell her to not do what she was doing because it could get her in trouble or hurt/killed!
Aug 04, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it
Excellent first novel. This was a fast read, mostly because the story moves at a rapid pace, and I wanted to know what happened next. Any criticism I might have is the use of questions at the end of each chapter to fill in the reader regarding the protagonist's thoughts. I really enjoyed the story's use of a familiar setting.
Kathryn Lysaght
Feb 14, 2014 Kathryn Lysaght rated it liked it
This last months book club read, a mystery set on the Oregon coast. Simply written, quick, easy read, rapidly
evolving story line. I enjoyed the book even though light mysteries are not typically my book of choice. Anyone who enjoys those types of books will thoroughly enjoy this book. Everyone in my book club gave it a thumbs up.
Theresa Sivelle
Nov 18, 2013 Theresa Sivelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, books-i-own
What a great read. I really liked the characters and the writing drew me in. It was a bonus that it was set in the Pacific NW.
Jun 25, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it
Very good first novel. Good use of the Pacific NW background and the plot moved smoothly. This writer has a lot of promise!
Brett Ortler
Aug 14, 2013 Brett Ortler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-edited
A great mystery set on the Oregon Coast
Jan 07, 2014 Dmcleary rated it it was amazing
Loved it! A really good mystery/thriller that led me to 'gasp' a few times with fear.
Heather Ames
Sep 12, 2016 Heather Ames rated it really liked it
This is the first in a fellow and local Sisters in Crime member. I enjoyed reading a book set on the Oregon Coast. Christine used the setting very effectively--it can be isolated and very dark on those coastal roads, and I totally empathized with Maya about her dissatisfaction with being a waitress at a local hangout that served a lot of pretty greasy fish and fries. Her desire to be close to family gets her into more hot water than the dishes in the sink of the greasy spoon, and she soon finds ...more
Vinnie Hansen
Jan 09, 2015 Vinnie Hansen rated it it was amazing
I started Christine Finlayson’s Tip of the Bone right after completing a Macavity-award-winning mystery. I thought any book in that slot might suffer from the comparison, but Tip of the Bone held its own very well.

Maya, the amateur sleuth, is a young woman floundering after a recent divorce. She’s stuck in a dead-end job waitressing at the Clam Strip in an Oregon coast town. But there’s much to like about her. As she becomes embroiled in a case that pits an environmental group against developer
Apr 10, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it

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 t
D.J. Adamson
The Oregon Coast

Wind, Cold Water,
Unspoiled, Wild, Salmon,
Agates, and the best Salt Water Taffy…

I have to admit, the setting of this novel is what first intrigued me. I grew up on the Oregon Coast and spent many a summer running through the bay-town streets Christine offers in her novel Tip of Bone. The setting, tone and environmental philosophy in her book demonstrates her close relationship with the area and her understanding of the concerns regarding development on the Oregon Coastline; thus
Sep 21, 2016 Micki rated it it was amazing
Newport, Oregon is the perfect setting for a mystery as shrouded in secrets as that foggy coast. Ms. Finlayson deftly weaves her characters, setting and plot into an engaging and satisfying story without resorting to preachy tropes despite the weighty issues her characters encounter. A strong debut that leaves readers wanting more.
Jeanette Hubbard
Oct 01, 2015 Jeanette Hubbard rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-books
This is a terrific debut mystery. In this deftly plotted mystery Christine Finlayson weaves arson, kidnapping and ultimately murder. Finlayson's heroine is feisty Maya Rivers who is determined to prove that her brother is innocent of eco-terrorism. Everyone from the cops on down to her brother's girlfriend think that Harley set that fire and perhaps others. But Maya is convinced he's been framed and she will put herself in jeopardy to prove it. This is a fun and satisfying read.
A.S. Bond
Feb 23, 2015 A.S. Bond rated it liked it
I thought the concept of this book was terrific and I really enjoyed the wilderness setting and this aspect of the storyline. The story and the main character pulled me through and I really wanted to know how things played out. I did find the writing style a little flat; a bit more 'show, don't tell' needed, but otherwise, very enjoyable.
Jun 06, 2014 Buff rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
Fun to read because it takes place in Newport, OR. Twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. Frustrating because the main character did not use common sense always. She was too brave for her own good.
Nov 07, 2013 Lynn rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads First Read. While I enjoyed it, I figured out "whodunit" way too soon.
Bkjelstrom rated it it was amazing
Jan 24, 2014
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Mollie Hunt rated it really liked it
Aug 08, 2014
Apr 03, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaway
A pretty good mystery with some surprising twists.
Lorna rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2014
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Christine Finlayson's writing career began at the ripe age of six, when she wrote, illustrated, and "published" a series of construction-paper storybooks. She tried to sell her books to kindhearted elderly neighbors, but alas, sales were slow. . . thanks to steep prices and a limited number of elderly neighbors looking for fresh reading material.

After many years as a reader, Christine has returned
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