ARC BOOK REVIEW: The Finders (Mace Reid K-9 Mystery) by Jeffrey B Burton

Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Format: ebook
Pages:  288 Pages
Genre:  Mystery
Buy: Kindle | Audiobook


Mason "Mace" Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection. He trains dogs to hunt for the dead. Reid’s coming off a taxing year—mourning the death of a beloved springer spaniel as well as the dissolution of his marriage. He adopts a rescue dog with a mysterious past—a golden retriever named Vira. And when Reid begins training Vira as a cadaver dog, he comes to realize just how special the newest addition to his family truly is…

Suddenly, Reid and his prize pupil find themselves hurled into a taxing murder case, which will push them to their very limits. Paired with determined Chicago Police Officer Kippy Gimm, Mace must put all his trust in Vira's abilities to thwart a serial killer who has now set his sights on Mace himself.


As a dog lover and a mystery enthusiast I was really excited for this book and it didn't disappoint.  This is a faced paced mystery and if you are like me you will become very invested in Vira and her human counterparts.  When I first started reading I pictured Mace as being older than I later determined he was, the same with Kippy.  The book begins when Kippy is called for a wellness check and discovers a dog in a garage where a truck has been running.  Thinking the dog was dead she left the door open and stood down the driveway so she wouldn't have to see the adorable puppy who was left to die only to discover her teetering down the driveway.  Invested in the dogs well being she tries to adopt her only to discover she was adopted by Mace and trained to be a cadaver dog.  However Vira is way more than your average cadaver dog.  

Mace Reid is called in to locate a body at a crime spree they think is linked to the Velvet choker killer.  Vera starts behaving strangely at the dump site and while sitting in the back of his truck after discovering the body she goes nuts and attacks a bystander.  Suddenly finding himself faced with having to put down his new prize dog Mace is willing to do anything to save her.  

This is a fast paced thriller with a lot of quirks and many of mans best friend in supporting roles.  I really enjoyed it and if this is the first book in a series I'm even more excited.  

Disclaimer: I received this book through from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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