The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton – Book Review

The Finders

The Finders: A Mace Reid K-9 Mystery, Book 1

I didn’t plan for my first novel of 2020 to be about cadaver dogs and serial killers – but just like the very twisty plot of this book, sometimes one’s reading schedule takes many unexpected twists and turns!

The Finders is the first book in the new Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series about dog trainer Mace Reid.

When Mace adopts a young Golden Retriever puppy who miraculously survives a scrape with death and trains him for cadaver work, he has no idea that his work helping the police department to find dead bodies will ultimately result in him becoming a target himself.

But of course, that’s exactly what happens…

As an animal lover, I enjoyed reading about the heroic acts of Vira (the Retriever), Sue (the male Shepard named after the Johnny Cash song) and the “twins”, although it was also tough reading about some of the battle scars they took during the line of duty.

The book is full of unexpected plot twists that I did not see coming (and you probably won’t either!)

What prevented me from rating this 5 stars were the characters – I didn’t “like” or relate to the good guys as much as I wanted to (the “bad” guy characterization was much stronger). Vira and Sue (the dogs) were my favorite characters in the book.

Nonetheless, the characters grow on you as the book progresses. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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  1. Joanne says:

    That sounds like a fun twist on traditional murder mystery books.

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