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The Finders

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Thank you St Martin's Press for inviting me to read this book. I'm a golden retriever owner (3) and dog trainer so it was perfect for me. It had an interesting twist that kept me reading. I finished The Finders quickly and hope the author continues writing about Elvira.
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I enjoyed reading this book. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. It is my first book read by this author. I hope to read more books by this author.
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I absolutely loved this quirky tale of a dog and his people. This is a great mystery covered in a dog tale covered in a human to human spark. I love the way the author intermingled some super special things about the dog and yeah it made me smile a lot. There is plenty going on and this author takes the time to go into more detail than I prefer but it doesn't really take away from the story since it's all pertinent. All in all its a great clean read with plenty to keep you invested.
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I found this book to be very interesting. I loved reading about the training of dogs. I felt the dogs character was well developed. I look forward to more books in this series.
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In this intriguing, entertaining, and unusual new mystery, a cadaver dog not only finds the deceased but may be able to identify the suspect for the slaying..  Will the humans in the story pick up on her warnings in time to thwart and escape a vicious killer?

Most important:  The dogs.  They are each fully sketched, deeply felt characters, and the author imbues them with such personality and joy that if you don't have a dog, you will want one - or two - by the time you finish this book.  There's the ostentatiously male Sue, the regal German Shepherd with a weakness for peanut butter.  There are the slyly conspiring sisters, farm collies Maggie and Dawn.  And there is Elvira ("Vira"), a loving, butter-colored Golden Retriever who was nearly gassed to death as a puppy, and who now has a preternatural sense for culpability.

Any time there is a dog on the page, this book is impossible to put down.  The dogs actually act like dogs - playful, affectionate, jostling, goofy, smart, and funny.  They are also integral to the exciting events of the story - detecting, protecting, attacking, and being attacked.  The main human character endeared himself to me after one such attack when his first thought was for the safety of his dogs.  

Oh, yeah, there are humans in this book, causing trouble and taking the spotlight off the dogs.  There are a lot of cops, somewhat undifferentiated, and more than enough villains.  The main character is Mace Reid, a dog trainer whose cadaver dogs assist local law enforcement.  (Back on the dogs:  It's fascinating to learn how cadaver dogs are trained.)  Mace's love interest is the improbably named Kippy Gimm, the police officer who rescued Vira when she was a puppy.  Mace is reeling from a recent divorce and from the (off-page and natural) death of one of his dogs; Kippy is temporarily off men because of a bad relationship.  Their slow-burn attraction is developed well throughout the book.

A few things I didn't like:  Pages sag under unnecessary explanation, as though the author didn't want research to go to waste or was trying to bolster against accusations of implausibility.  Detours into serial killer statistics and potential explanations for Vira's gift just detract from the action.  The darkness of the plot - made darker by the first-person POV of the killer - seems at odds with the furry, high-concept theme.

But did I mention there are dogs?  Fabulous.  I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.  

Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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A golden retriever puppy who has a near-death experience becomes a search and rescue dog with near-mythical abilities. The mystery is intriguing but the humans around the dog-- the police officer who finds her and the man who trains her-- and the dog as well are great characters. 

Looks to be the start of a great new series.
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Thank you Jeffrey B Burton for an amazing start to a new series that is now one of my "followed" authors.  This first in a series has a solid back story in Mace Reid training recovery dogs while struggling with his personal life.  The community of characters, including a golden retriever cadaver dog, all bring to life a city being terrorized by a serial killer who is getting just a little too close to Mace and his dog, Vira.  I really loved this book!
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Mason "Mace" Reid trains dogs to hunt for dead bodies to become cadaver dogs. He adopts a rescue, a golden retriever named Vira. Reid soon realizes that Vira is special with special instincts on not only finding dead bodies but also identifying the killers. Mace take ms on an assignment with Kippy Gimm from the Chicago Police Department to close in on a serial killer case. 

Burton’s writing on this police procedural was exciting, fast paced, and thrilling. I loved surprise twists and smart killers that had me guessing until the end. With the addition of a very gifted and loyal K9, my heart was doing some tumbles as Vira on multiple occasions save Mace from a brutal serial killer. This was a real fun read I enjoyed very much!
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Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to preview this book.  As a dog lover, a mystery lover and fan of the mild supernatural this novel touched all bases.  An entertaining story with an insight into the training and handling of dogs used for law enforcement tracking, finding and sniffing out all sorts of objectives.  Just gave an honest review of the book on More reviews to follow.
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Officer Kippy Gumm rescues a golden retriever puppy when its owner is killed. Mason Reid, who trains cadaver dogs, is called to the animal shelter to retrieve the puppy. He names her Elvira, Vira for short, and she becomes the best dog he's ever trained. Mace and Vira get involved in the search for the Velvet Choker, and with the assistance of Kippy, they manage to find the serial killer. This is the first book in a series and I am eager to read the next. I am a big fan of dog books and I liked this one.
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Thank you St. Martins Press for a gifted pre approved copy here is my review.

The author has excellent strong writing skills, and narration skills. He knows how to tell a story, and connect with his characters .  Only complaint it’s a tad longer than necessary. 

Set in Chicago the protagonist a strong male lead , Mason trains dogs. obedience and missing persons tracking, and drugs are among the special training. We meet another leading protagonist Vira. She’s a Golden Retriever , you’ll learn really quick that Mason develops a strong bond with Vira.  This is an intriguing thriller a serial killer is on the run targeting women. 

 It’s up to Mason , and Vira to save the day and solve the chilling  mystery and capture the killer at last. 

I enjoyed following the adventures of Vira and Mason meeting the other charac hi ters which they were all extremely creative well thought out characters.   Each of them really did their part on contributing to a very addictive twisty vivid imagery of a story.    

Even though it’s a tad longer than it should have been. You’re constantly being engaged and glued to the story.  Different themes really helped make the story even more appealing and intriguing . The theme that gets the reader connected to the story is the the theme where it showcases the bond between people and dogs. 

 It’s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨/5 Overall I did enjoy  the story , I might add it also has great organization, and character development.
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First book by this author.  Giving it a solid 4/5 stars.

Vira is given a second shot at life, and uses it to help her human, Mace,  as a cadaver dog.  While helping the Chicago Police Department find the latest victim of The Velvet Choker Killer,  Vira and Mace find themselves targets of a serial killer.  Will they discover the truth before it’s too late?

With an amazing plot, and  a twist you won’t see coming.  This book manages to mix a little police procedural, supernatural elements, and good old story about a boy and his dog.  

Quick Read, great Story, based in Chicago

Does seem to drag a little in the middle, but not for long 

I want to thank St. Martin Press, Minotaur book for letting me read an ARC of this book via NetGalley
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This is a well written book that holds your attention.It is full of action and suspense, and will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. I can't wait for the next book in this series to come out! Thank you St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books for the e-galley of this novel.

There is a special place in my heart for dogs who are trained to help humans with a wide variety of tasks. This story concerns a female golden retriever puppy, just over nine weeks old when she is rescued, and the adventures she had when she was adopted and trained as a cadaver dog. Mace Reid gives his dogs names which are also song titles so this puppy is given the name Elvira. Unfortunately for me the author chose to shorten that name to Vira which my brain saw as Vera and I had to do the whole Statler Brothers Elvira memory switch throughout the whole book. Sigh. Mace, of course, works with many police agencies in the suburbs of Chicago so there isn't a shortage of cases for dog and handler to hone their skills on. It soon becomes obvious there is a serial killer in the area but nothing is completely straight forward in this investigation.

Jeffrey Burton came close to losing me as a reader because I feared he was going to try to give Vira some supernatural power. It came close, almost too close. I enjoyed the book overall and would read a second book in the series. I do hope that one will not include the point of view of the criminal because that person was seriously creepy.
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Review of uncorrected digital galley

Dog trainer Mason “Mace” Reid has had a difficult year dealing with a divorce he didn’t want and the loss of one of his dogs. But when he begins training Elvira, the young golden retriever he calls Vira demonstrates skills far beyond what he expects of her. Mace is excited and intrigued as he continues working with the young dog.

Trained in human remains detection, Mace’s dogs often assist the police and on one of those jobs Mace works with Chicago Police Officer Kippy Gimm. However, things go awry when Vira takes an unexpected action and Mace decides he must find an explanation for her behavior. 

But what he finds will put him in the cross-hairs of a serial killer . . . and Vira may be his only hope.

First in a series featuring Mace and his “kids,” readers will find the characters to be well-drawn, interesting, and believable; additionally, the four-footed characters . . . Vira, Sue, Delta Dawn and Maggie May . . . are downright adorable and deserving of every one of those treats and every bit of that peanut butter. The mystery involving the missing girls is both compelling and intriguing; the plot twists and turns, taking the story in unexpected directions as the four dogs do their jobs and, at the same time, effortlessly worm their way into readers’ hearts.

At times, the narrative is dark and gritty; nevertheless, the unfolding story keeps readers involved and the revelations late in the story are likely to come as a surprise for most of them. Humorous moments, mounting tensions, and furry, four-footed canines keep the pages turning, making the book difficult to set aside. There is much to appreciate here and the promise of more Vira stories to come is quite exciting.

However, the excessive over-use of an offensive expletive is off-putting and a particularly insulting reference repeatedly made toward one of the characters tends to pull the reader out of the telling of the tale. As a result, the rating for the book is lowered.


I received a free copy of this eBook from St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books and NetGalley 
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288 pages

5 stars

Police officer Kippy Gimm finds an unconscious Golden Retriever puppy at the scene of a suicide. She is a dog lover and finds the condition of the pup more horrific than the death of the nee'r-do-well homeowner. 

When the puppy winds up with dog (and their people), trainer Mace Reid, she turns out to be very bright and loyal. He trains her to be a cadaver dog. She excels at this work, but at a scene after finding the body, Vira viciously attacks one of the bystanders. She is promptly incarcerated and there is a kill order out for her in 24 hours. Mace must prove her innocence. While doing so, he is badly injured, but a hero nonetheless. 

Finally cleared of wrongdoing, Mace now finds himself being stalked by another serial killer, but finds the time to foster a serious crush on Officer Kippy. 

This is a fast-moving and very well written thriller. And dogs...gotta love them. We meet four of Mace's remarkable dogs in this book and they are all very special. I liked Mace and his semi-bumbling ways with Kippy. I hope that there is a future for them. I was seriously wondering why the second killer was so fixated on Mace and then I figured it out. The writing was even and proceeded logically from event to event. I truly enjoyed this book and look very much forward to reading the next in this series. Very well done, Mr. Burton!

I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for forwarding to me a copy of this wonderful book for me to read, enjoy and review.
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Thank you NetGalley for an ARC.  The opinions expressed are my own.

I really wish you could give a review without rating a book.  I hate to bring down the average if the book just isn't for me.  I was hoping I would like this book, but could not continue reading.  I do not appreciate swearing in a book.  Good books can be written without it.  I don't hear that kind of language in my home, and I don't want to read it.
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This book about human remains detecting dogs and their trainer/handler was a good start to a new mystery series. Mace Reid and his dogs, Maggie Mae, Delta Dawn, Sue, and especially Elvira, were all great to read about! I enjoyed police officer, Kippy Gimm, very much too.

The storyline was intense and fast-paced. The mystery was complex and had more than one facet. I'm looking forward to seeing what will be next for Mace, his team of dogs, and Kippy.
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"The Finders" is the first book in the new Mace Ried K-9 Mystery series, and it did not disappoint.  Mace Reid is a trainer of dogs, specializing in the training of HRD (Human Remains Detection), or cadaver, dogs.    In "The Finders", Mace gets called in by the Chicago Police Department on a case involving a serial killer that going after young women in the area.  While Reid is out is out on a search for a body believed to have been discarded by the serial killer, with one of his new HRD dogs, a young golden retriever named Vira, Vira goes after a man in the crowd of onlookers, leading Mace to eventually identify the young man that his dog attacked as the killer.  However, once he is eventually arrested and jailed, Mace suddenly finds himself to be that target of another killer.

"The Finders" is a fast-paced thriller, and I found it hard to put down!  While it does detail a little bit of the training that goes into turning a dog into a working cadaver dog, I am hoping that future books in the series will continue to provide more of that information, because its definitely interesting.  Mace obviously has a special relationship with his 4 dogs, whom he affectionately refers to throughout the book as "the kids", and after the attack on the young man, who later is identified as the serial killer, he especially becomes interested in whether Vira is able to sense more then just the scent of death, as she almost appears to Mace, as well as the female police officer who found Vira as a puppy, to have almost a clairvoyant ability to her.  I am definitely interested in reading more in this series!

Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press, and Minotaur Books, for providing me with an advanced copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.  "The Finder" is scheduled to be release on June 30, 2020.
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This is an excellent start to what looks to be a great series. There is a lot to like about this one. It has mystery, a serial killer, dogs, a bit of romance, and the perfect dose of humor. Mace is an interesting character. Vira is the star of this one though. I also found Kippy to be a strong female character. I look forward to seeing more character development as the series progresses, but this story gives a great start. The mystery surrounding the killer is full of twists that kept me engaged and wondering. I found the dog training to be well handled. It is written in a way that is interesting without being too much. This is my first book by this author and I really liked the writing style. It will keep me coming back for more.
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