MYSTERY

The Finders

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Mace Reid K-9, Bk. 1). Jun. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9781250244536. $26.99. M
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Officer Kippy Gimm rescues a golden retriever puppy from death by carbon monoxide poisoning, but it’s Mace Reid, a dog trainer, who discovers the dog’s abilities. Vira has an uncanny ability to find bodies, but then she attacks a man in a crowd watching at a crime scene. Mace is desperate to save the young dog after the order to kill her, so he breaks into the house where Vira’s victim lives. He’s able to rescue a woman imprisoned there and save Vira from death, but he’s attacked, and his would-be killer dies. It takes several attempts on Mace’s life before he and Kippy realize that Mace has unwittingly made himself the target of another killer. Now, the dog trainer is a witness and a participant in the search for a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for years. But it’s Vira’s ability to scent a killer that will send Officer Gimm and Mace Reid into a final confrontation.
VERDICT This action-packed series debut will entice fans of Margaret Mizushima and Paula Munier’s K-9 mysteries. The latest from the author of the Drew Cady FBI mysteries is an intense, graphic serial killer novel with a likable, aw-shucks hero and a remarkable dog. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/19.]

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