Review of Blind Search

Blind Search
Mercy & Elvis Mystery, Book #2
Paula Munier
5+ Stars


Former Army MP Mercy Carr and her retired bomb-sniffing dog Elvis are back in Blind Search, the sequel to the page-turning, critically acclaimed A Borrowing of Bones

It’s October, hunting season in the Green Mountains–and the Vermont wilderness has never been more beautiful or more dangerous. Especially for nine-year-old Henry, who’s lost in the woods. Again. Only this time he sees something terrible. When a young woman is found shot through the heart with a fatal arrow, Mercy thinks that something is murder. But Henry, a math genius whose autism often silences him when he should speak up most, is not talking.

Now there’s a murderer hiding among the hunters in the forest–and Mercy and Elvis must team up with their crime-solving friends, game warden Troy Warner and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear, to find the killer–before the killer finds Henry. When an early season blizzard hits the mountains, cutting them off from the rest of the world, the race is on to solve the crime, apprehend the murderer, and keep the boy safe until the snowplows get through.

Inspired by the true search-and-rescue case of an autistic boy who got lost in the Vermont wilderness, Paula Munier’s mystery is a compelling roller coaster ride through the worst of winter–and human nature. (Goodreads)



Search and Rescue books are one of my favorite genres to read, and this book and series are as good as any that I have read. I have always been fascinated with this subject and I am always looking for good books revolving around this. I am happy to say that I found a great series in the Mercy and Elvis series.

The characters are well wounded and well developed. Mercy is a no-nonsense type of woman, she is tough as nails and she has a keen sense of right and wrong. But she also has a soft side, which we see when she is interacting with her grandmother, Patience, and Elvis. Then we see a caring loving Mercy.

Elvis and Susie Bear, Troy’s search and rescue dog, are such an integral part of the book. They know when they have a job to do, and they are eagerly looking forward to doing that job. But they also love to act like dogs, and they enjoy spending time with each other and any human they can find.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place. The mystery was well plotted and had me riveted until I found out who the culprit was.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.