Deadly Bones by Terry Odell
Series: Mapleton Mysteries, Book 2.
Approx. 101,600 words.
Published on November 1, 2012.
A dog finding a bone is no big deal—until it turns out to be human. Police Chief Gordon Hepler never thought that helping two kids with their runaway dogs would lead to the discovery of long-buried human remains. Trying to convince Mapleton's penny-pinching mayor the victims’ bones are worth investigating puts Gordon's job at risk. Before long, it's not just his job, but his life that's in danger.