Review of The Finders

The Finders
Mace Reid K-9 Mysteries, Book #1
Jeffrey B Burton
5 Stars

51163725. sx318 sy475 Synopsis:

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. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed. Mace trains dogs for all sorts of jobs, but his specialty is training dogs to hunt for dead bodies. He has adopted a new dog named Vira and she has an uncanny ability and is very good at her job. He has other dogs too and they all have distinct personalities and have jobs to do. I enjoyed reading about all of the dogs and how they all got along. Mace teams up with Chicago police officer Kippy Gimm to figure out the serial killer that has been creating havoc.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The author’s descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and pulled me along at a breakneck speed. There was plenty of suspense contained in this book and I found myself hesitating to keep reading at times because I was afraid what would happen. I was very surprised who the killer ended up being, and that was great.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. And if you love animals you will definitely want to read this one. I am looking forward to reading the next book when it is released.

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