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October 15, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

It’s a gift.

Odd circular weathered metal piece (© image. Copyrighted. all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

Odd circular weathered metal object. So what do you think? Bronze Age? Mesopotamia? Actually Egyptian; this decade. Has nothing to do with this post really. Simply found it interesting. Although there is a weathered vintage locket that is more than just an accessory to the tale.(©image)

Wanna to experience a haunting for Halloween, but no haunted hotel will accept the dog and cat? 

Well, here you go: an alternative. Just as chilling, but cheaper and your pets won’t punish you when you get back for even temporarily abandoning them….not exactly the kinda scare you were after.

Turn down the heat (or up the AC), pick up a flashlight after dimming the house lights (but don’t dare sit near a mirror or uncovered window), grab a seriously thick blanket (You’ll need it for pulling it close and up to your chin as you shiver).


Ordinary house creaks and groans will startle and creep you out while reading Carrie Rubin’s newest chiller: The Bone Elixir. 

Dr. Ben Orvis, now in orthopedic surgery residency, just can’t get a break…well, he does, but …I’ll break it to you, his medical specialty is both coincidental and ironic with the title…Hard to believe, but even residents do have a life – a non-hospital life…though a scientific logical mind is always on call….and in this novel, there’s some serious callings for help going on – help only he can diagnose and give.

A haunting tale carefully crafted and told with expertise. Fascinating, believable character development with a plot that keeps you turning the pages faster and faster and faster …(and hoping that your dog is only restless because of the wind…not because well, dark things know when a mind is open to possibilities of things people always swear are “just your imagination”…)

Sometimes there's a sense that something's off, but you just can't put a finger on the book store owner's reaction to Ben's request...(©image)

Sometimes there’s a sense that something’s off, but you just can’t put a finger on the town’s book store owner’s reaction to Ben in the novel. Just can’t figure out where it’s going. © image)

While this is the third Benjamin Orvis book in the scary medical thriller series (each title is completely independent and a stand alone novel), this is the one that definitely will spook even you before you get halfway through. 

Stephen King watch out.

So stop shivering about holiday gift lists and all those clogged container ships stuck at the port holding what you thought would be on the shelves. GET AND GIVE THIS BOOK INSTEAD.

It is too perfect for Christmas: takes place in December. Who doesn’t dream of spending time during the holidays in a vintage Massachusetts Inn? That’s the setting. (Cue the jingle bells and odd behavior….)

Besides it begins with Ben being gifted with a strange inheritance from an aunt he never even knew about…and wraps up with, well, as Ben realizes, so many gifts no one ever expected… One of his yet to be unwrapped in the future if I read the book’s last line correctly..(if he can just keep from being slayed. Always a possibility with this author….)

Scary book cover (image by Amazon)

Spooky: The Bone Elixir couldn’t have chosen a better time to arrive. 

Had to spill on this thrill

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Former WordPress blogger and physician Carrie Rubin’s website here

Her books on Amazon here.

The Bone Elixir with reviews on here.

Production note:

A couple of possible gift book recommendations to follow…eventually

Reading some books, the current excuse for MIA blog posts and comment responses.


  1. easyweimaraner / Oct 15 2021 6:50 am

    it’s on my wishlist..many thanks ;O)))

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2021 7:33 am

      It’s the perfect read by the fire winter book.
      (HAd to laugh at the picture on your blog with all the kids in the pram….there are those here who have pet “trailers” behind their bikes for small dogs/kids – and I suddenly had a mental image of two Weims reclining and lounging with legs sticking out everywhere as their staff struggled to “go faster – go faster – we’re hot back here …and need wind…oh, Bro, not that kind of wind” HA HA – your pictures are going to make me laugh all day long.) Thanks for riding along here ( and I will have to get back and leave aa comment on your place..meanwhile, laughing )

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  2. Anne Mehrling / Oct 15 2021 7:47 am

    I enjoyed this post, so much so that I sent a link to my Denmark daughter who loves good thrillers.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2021 10:09 am

      It’s the time of year for sharing tales! Glad you got a giggle (It is a really good mystery)
      Thanks for haunting this spot – Happy Holler-RIng!

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  3. Jay / Oct 15 2021 8:27 am

    I haven’t blogged for so long it’s good to see a familiar face in my reader 🙂 coincidentally, I stayed in a haunted hotel a week or so ago . . .

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2021 10:11 am

      Such a treat to see you again. Sorry for the slow response, but like you”ve been slipping into the fog of not being online much these days – actual print books are so much less noise/annoying/troubling/worrisome these days.
      Hope you have a happy Holler-RIng – and thanks for haunting this blog

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  4. shoreacres / Oct 15 2021 9:02 am

    This isn’t my kind of reading, but it’s good of you to promote her book. I’m sitting here trying to think of what might scare me, since Halloween is coming. I decided the scariest thought I could come up with is, “That cold front might not make it after all.”

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2021 11:26 am

      I’ve read all but the cruise ship mystery novel by Carrie. She is one of my favorite authors ( and her books have been gifts for medical/mystery loving people in past years.)
      This books was seriously spooky from the start…and her characters make such pithy remarks.Usually I can figure out the endings/plot very early on – authors tend to sprinkle in foreshadowing – but her stories always fan dance and twist so the3re’s no straight line logical conclusion…you have to stay alert…which is difficult when hiding under the blanket with a flashlight. HAHA
      Fingers crossed these clouds and wind mean business – Molly is looking forward to running and not sweating after 30 seconds!
      Thanks for watching the seasonal shifts.

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  5. Pied Type / Oct 15 2021 9:04 am

    Not sure a “medical thriller” is what I need these days, with all the different real doctors in my life. My imagination has always been a bit too active for its own good.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2021 11:21 am

      Ditto on that thought
      Actually this is a novel about what happens outside of the hospital – it was supposed to be a vacation Ben, (who happens to be a doc in the series which has some not of this earth…well, maybe there once were of this earth intruding to the point you can’t ignore…run, Ben, Run…except there’s your comatose mom’s warning and request…), was looking forward to….a little r&r it wasn’t.
      It was so darn scary at the first I emailed Carrie with “WHOA! You topped yourself this time.”
      Maybe we should keep the lights on bright when reading?
      Hope you’re settle in snuggly as snow has already been arriving there. Weather sometimes is enough chill and thrill.
      Thanks for slipping in a ghostly thought

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  6. Carrie / Oct 15 2021 11:54 am

    Thank you so much for featuring my book, Phil! I sent you an email but wanted to stop by here and formally thank you as well. So nice of you to do, and I’m thrilled you liked the novel! Your kind words are music to a writer’s ear. 😊

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 15 2021 12:54 pm

      If this book is the result of a vacation, then you absolutely must book another haunted hotel for a stay. Adding a mention of the Stanley/The Shining in dialogue made me smile. Those old places do hold mysteries. (Cue the haunting music and ghostly intercoms….)
      Thanks for haunting this blog

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  7. sustainabilitea / Oct 15 2021 8:52 pm

    I don’t usually read that type of thriller but I’ll keep an eye out for it and see what I think.


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  8. Robin / Oct 16 2021 4:49 am

    This sounds really good and right up my alley for this time of year. I suspect my husband would like it, too. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2021 10:14 am

      IT’s the time of year for spooky tales – this one is really well constructed and well paced.
      Hope the fall winds didn’t;’t blow you away recently – we may have even less fall color since that last front almost stripped the trees bare – but the plants are thrilled to have some leaf blankets to settle under – they know what is coming sooner or later!
      Hope you have a thrilling crisp Holler-Ring and thanks for haunting this space

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  9. Curt Mekemson / Oct 16 2021 4:56 pm

    I followed Carrie for a long time. I just might have to buy this book. –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2021 10:15 am

      Hmmm, if short of room in the new trailer…suggest the title to the local librarian? Cary writes so well – that whole series is a delightful to read. Thanks for driving in with a comment and Happy Holler-Ring!


      • Curt Mekemson / Nov 1 2021 11:49 am

        Good suggestion. Kindles will be our normal solution but Peggy and I are also allowing ourselves the pleasure of each carrying a hundred books which will be stowed in our truck. Thanks, Karen. –Curt

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