Review: The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton

The Finders by Jeffrey Burton

Synopsis and Details:

What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted?

Jeffrey B. Burton’s The Finders marks the beginning of a fast-paced new mystery series featuring a heroic golden retriever cadaver dog named Vira and her handler, Mason Reid.

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.

Series: Mace Reid K-9 Mystery #1  |  Genres: Contemporary, Mystery  |  Release Date: June 30, 2020  |  Publisher: Minotaur Books  | Pages: 288  |  ISBN: 978-1250244536  |  ASIN: B0818NVFT7  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Finders is the first book in the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series and honestly, do you see that cover – how could anyone resist that cover?? Adorableness aside, there is a solid and suspenseful whodunit that lends itself more to the thriller side of a mystery. The narration includes the point of view from the antagonist and I always love that in a story. I like to understand the motivations of all characters involved. I truly enjoyed this story thoroughly. It is a solid start to a series that I know I absolutely want to continue.

Mason “Mace” Reid is a likable character who grew on me as the story progressed. He was completely dedicated to his dogs, sincere, and not afraid to point out his missteps and poke fun at them. I laughed out loud at much of his self-reflected commentary. He was also just a bit fragile as his marriage to his high school sweetheart had recently ended and he was navigating situations that were very new to him. His rescuing of Vira inadvertently brought Chicago Police Officer Kippy Gimm into his life and although they weren’t partners necessarily, they did work well together and were both instrumental with the investigation taking place.

The dogs included in The Finders were adorable! I enjoyed them all. Of course, Vira held center stage but not far behind was Sue, a male German Shepard, who held his own in several tough situations. I loved that Vira had an almost paranormal olfactory system that allowed her to sense things that were just about unbelievable. Very fun to imagine! Although, there was one situation where Vira acted aggressive in a manner that was just unbelievable as well as inexcusable. A trained dog just wouldn’t have reacted the way described but that would be my only complaint on Vira. Overall though, The Finders was an action-packed mystery with all the twists and turns needed to satisfy any mystery lover plus furry sidekicks that gave as good as they got!

*Thank you to St. Martin’s Press & NetGalley for this eARC of The Finders*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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About the Author:

Author Jeffrey B. Burton
Photo Credit: Cindy Archer-Burton

Jeffrey B. Burton was born in Long Beach, California, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received his BA in Journalism at the University of Minnesota. Novels in Burton’s Agent Drew Cady mystery series include: THE CHESSMAN, THE LYNCHPIN, and THE EULOGIST.

His short stories have appeared in dozens of magazines. Jeff is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Horror Writers Association.

He lives in St. Paul with his wife, an irate Pomeranian named Lucy, and a goofball of a Beagle named Milo.

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