Title: The Finders
Author: Jeffery B. Burton
Series: Mace Reid K-9 Mystery #1
Publisher: Minotaur
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Pages: 288
Book Source: Hardcover

“Mason “Mace” Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection. He trains dogs to hunt for the dead. Reid’s coming off a taxing year—mourning the death of a beloved springer spaniel as well as the dissolution of his marriage. He adopts a rescue dog with a mysterious past—a golden retriever named Vira. And when Reid begins training Vira as a cadaver dog, he comes to realize just how special the newest addition to his family truly is…

Suddenly, Reid and his prize pupil find themselves hurled into a taxing murder case, which will push them to their very limits. Paired with determined Chicago Police Officer Kippy Gimm, Mace must put all his trust in Vira’s abilities to thwart a serial killer who has now set his sights on Mace himself.:” – Amazon

Kim’s Review

A lot of books are being made into movies, some are good and some are not… but I need The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton to be made into a movie since the book was excellent and I think it could be transformed into a really great movie too!

Right off, I want to mention the animal violence. It fit into the story, but I am never one for animal violence… kill all the people you want though. But luckily it was more towards the beginning so I wasn’t as in love with all the dogs yet… but every time I knew it was coming up, I would put the book down and whine to my husband how people are cruel and don’t hurt the animals!
The reason I’m telling you this is to make you aware of the violence and how I hate it, but to also let you know that it really did add to the story. And it shouldn’t deter you from reading The Finders.

Burton gives Mason’s dogs Vira, Sue, and the twins each such unique personalities and they were the stars of the book. While I loved Vira and Sue, the twins and their gaslighting of Mason really amused me. You can really tell Mace, and the author, have a deep love for their canine companions.

The information given in regards to how dogs are trained and how they work to detect dead bodies was really interesting and added a terrific layer to The Finders. The first part of the book laid down background information on the very well developed characters, but it was the last 100 pages or so that were a whirlwind of action with lots of twists and a really demented serial killer. And talking about serial killers, there is a twist with that in the book to that added yet another disturbing layer.

The Finders was a fast read because it was so good and I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. I am looking forward to more in the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series, and highly recommend it!

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