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Publisher's Summary

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 that 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.

©2020 Jeffrey B. Burton (P)2020 Vibrance Press

Critic Reviews

"I was cheering for Vira the golden retriever from start to finish and you will be, too. The Finders gets its hooks into you and doesn't let go." (Spencer Quinn, author of the New York Times best-selling Chet and Bernie series)

"When Chicago dog trainer Mace Reid rescues a fearless golden retriever named Elvira - Vira for short - he doesn’t know he’s just saved the best cadaver dog ever. But the clever K-9 proves her mettle when she and Reid join forces with police officer Kippy Gimm to take down a serial killer whose next victim may be Reid himself. The first in a new series, The Finders boasts a compelling roller-coaster ride of a plot, but ultimately the star of the show is Vira, a fierce beauty of a canine that dog lovers will find impossible to resist." (Paula Munier, USA Today best-selling author of A Borrowing of Bones)

"Sharp, determined and intuitive, Vira the golden retriever is the Sherlock Holmes of cadaver dogs." (Neil S. Plakcy, author of the Golden Retriever mystery series)

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Too many f- bombs

Unnecessary bad language to an otherwise good story. I would not recommend this author because of that.

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Almost a very good book

I found a lot to like about "Finders". Great premise, vivid characters (especially the villain), and solid writing. Mace would have been more likable if he weren't so dimwitted. Good thing for him the dogs were smart.

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Prepare for... nothing. No Surprises here

Here's another potential good story gone weak. Jeffrey makes the common mistake that more suspense makes for a better book. We need the suspense, the conflict; but it needs to be plausible. And suspense needs to be suspenseful. This isn't. Every situation that happens is obvious. The dogs make it interesting if you're a dog lover like me. But not even his star Golden Retriever can rescue this weak storyline.
You won't we surprised by any of the events to the point they become absurd, insulting your intelligence. Then you'll do what I did and stop listening and delete the book.

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Excellent!!!!

I was swept I to the story from start to finish. The reader was engaging too

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Good Old Fashioned Mystery with Great Dogs

Likable characters
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Will buy next book in this series and explore other books by writer and narrator! I am a dog trainer, and found this book to be compassionate, accurate and made feel all warm inside. The feelings he has toward his dogs mirrors exactly the way my heart swells with love for my dog(S) and the incredible bond I have with them! Great job!

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The Finders is a surprisingly entertaining cozy mystery with engaging characters. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to others in this series.

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Love this !!!

This a great book for dog lovers , as a retired SAR dog handler. This could not have been a better book. Wish there where sequels! Funny , and was a interesting mystery.loved the voice for the book I feel it went perfectly!

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Good story

I enjoy stories that have dogs in them. The characters are interesting and the narrator excellent. There is a ton of snark in it which saves it from being too heavy since it deals with catching a serial killer.

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A complete pleasure to read

the narrator did a great job, I loved the story and the characters. I've never read anything by this author before but will be looking for other books by him.

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More please, and hurry.

Superior story, excellent narration, great involvement of the dogs in the story and the plot, human characters were well developed and very likeable. The next book is out in June, and I can't wait.

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great storyline and dogs

a murder story that keeps you gripped till the end and you go from laughing to shock at the same time . makes you wonder what your own dog is really thinking looking forward to more