ARC BOOK REVIEW: The Lost (Mace Reid K-9 mystery #3) by Jeffrey B. Burton

Publication Date: June 28, 2022
Format: Kindle 
Genre:  Mystery

Publisher: Minotaur Books
Length: 288 
Buy:  Kindle Hardcover


Glencoe, Illinois: A home invasion turned kidnapping at the mansion of billionaire financier Kenneth J. Druckman brings Mason “Mace” Reid and his cadaver dog, Vira, to this wealthy northern suburb of Chicago. Druckman was assaulted, left behind while his wife and young daughter were taken for ransom.

Brought to the scene by the FBI, Reid specializes in human remains detection, and Vira is the star of his pack of cadaver dogs he’s dubbed The Finders. After Vira finds the dead body of the mother, former supermodel Calley Kurtz, everyone is on high alert to find Druckman’s missing daughter before the five-year-old disappears forever. But the trail Vira finds on the property’s dense woodlands leads right back to Druckman himself.

With the help of Detective Kippy Gimm, Reid and Vira must race against the clock. Nothing is as it appears to be . . . and the red herrings could be lethal.


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I really enjoy these books.  I think the dog element makes them unique and Vira's special something makes them even better. As Mace works with the FBI to help solve a home invasion and the kidnapping of a child and her mother he finds that there may be more to this case than meets the eye.  This book was a little different than the other books in this series, and I'm not sure I liked it as much but it was still a good read.  I love the dog hierarchy in Mace's crew and the quirks of each of the dogs, especially Sue. 

While this is the 3rd book in the series, it isn't necessary to read the others, since the author catches you up on what went down in the last books in the beginning on this one. Fast paced, and some humor I think what I wanted more of was the creepy Belgian billionaire, there seemed to be so much more to this character and I feel like we only just tapped the surface. Druckman wasn't nearly as scary or interesting, I actually found him weak and spoiled. 

Overall I have a love for Mace and his pack of cadaver dogs. I am fascinated by these animals and these books bring them to life.  They are just as much major characters in the books as Mace and Kippy.

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