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


Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Format: Kindle
Genre: Mystery 

Publisher: Minotaur Books
288 pages
Buy: Hardcover | Kindle 


Mason “Mace” Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection―that is, he trains dogs to hunt for dead bodies. He calls his pack of cadaver dogs The Finders, and his prize pupil is a golden retriever named Vira.

When Mace Reid and Vira are called in to search Washington Park at three o'clock in the morning, what they find has them running for their very lives. The trail of murder and mayhem Mace and CPD Officer Kippy Gimm have been following leads them to uncover treachery and corruption at the highest level, and their discoveries do not bode well for them . . . nor for the Windy City itself. 


Thank you to Netgalley & St Martin Press for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review.  

I really liked the first book in this series and while I liked this one I struggled with the beginning.  I don't know if it was that there were too many characters or what but I felt a little lost.  Things quickly fell into place and we were off with Mace and his trusty dog Vira by his side.  

Mace is a well developed character and I really enjoy relationship with Kippy as they try to maintain a "just friends" distance.  Even the dogs have personalities that are well established.  They aren't just a novelty they are actual characters in the book and storyline. Vira has a strange ability to know sniff out the killer of whatever crime scene she is on.  Trained as a cadaver dog she not only finds the bodies but she can also alert Mace and company to the killer even days later. Its a bit unnerving and a little spooky but Vira hasn't been wrong yet.  However when Vira identifies this killer it brings them to the attention of people they would rather not know about Vira's ability and it puts them in danger. Not to mention how do you explain that the dog identified the killer? 

This is a unique and fast paced mystery.  Its always fun when you get to cheer for the animals instead of the humans.  The characters are well developed and the mystery keeps things moving quickly.  

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