Author: Jeffrey B. Burton
Rating: ✶✶✶/5 stars
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.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my opinion that this was an enjoyable read that I, for the most part, enjoyed.
This was good.
The mystery moved along at a good clip and it was an easy read. Vira, the main dog in question, was awesome -as were the other dogs. I’ve owned a German Shephard and a Maltipoo and am definitely a dog person. So I enjoyed all the dog references and the descriptions of their antics.
That being said, Vira’s “gift” was a still a little stretch for me. I had such a meh feeling about it. I felt like the story would have been just as strong without it. Another issue I had was how much time was spent in the mind of the killer. I didn’t like it. While it created tension – it just wasn’t a place I enjoyed being. Creeped me out a bit.
BUT it was an enjoyable read otherwise and I recommend it!