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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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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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Worst audible book I have ever sampled

Please do not waste your credit on this. Vile profane vulgar awful just awful and crude

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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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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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Excellent!!!!

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

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Small parts of this book are worth reading.

I looked forward to enjoying a mystery featuring an unusual dog and handler, which in part this story was, however half the story was a tedious bloody and perverse view from a sadistic serial killer.
The author seemed to attempt a light hearted dog loving hero such as David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter
An interesting dog trainer with a gifted dog showed promise. To bad the author spent half the book inflicting his sadistic killer on the reader.

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A new "dog lovers" find

I really enjoyed this book. I didn't expect great quality but was hoping for a good story. I got both. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and hoping there will be be many more.

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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