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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 ti 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.


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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 ti 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.

30 review for Blind Search

  1. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    I have a very soft spot in my heart for books that involve K-9 officers. I'm not sure how I missed book 1 of this series, but I jumped at the chance to read a review copy of book 2! So glad I did...I can tell this series is going to quickly become one of my favorites! Mercy Carr is a former Army MP. Her fuzzy sidekick, Elvis, is a retired bomb sniffing dog. They team up with local game warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue dog to investigate a killing. A young autistic boy was lost in the I have a very soft spot in my heart for books that involve K-9 officers. I'm not sure how I missed book 1 of this series, but I jumped at the chance to read a review copy of book 2! So glad I did...I can tell this series is going to quickly become one of my favorites! Mercy Carr is a former Army MP. Her fuzzy sidekick, Elvis, is a retired bomb sniffing dog. They team up with local game warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue dog to investigate a killing. A young autistic boy was lost in the woods and may have witnessed the murder. Someone is after the boy now, too. So, the two dogs....and their two people....have to team up to protect the boy and catch a killer. A reader could jump into this second book without reading the first story. There are enough clues to the characters, relationships and background stories to fill in any gaps. But, I am going to backtrack and read book one, then re-read this one. I want to get the whole picture! In fact, I have the first book, A Borrowing of Bones, waiting for me at the library. The investigation moved along at a nice pace, with plenty of clues, suspects, twists and action. There are also some secrets, past relationships and a bit of drama in the character development. I like the setting in Vermont. And several of the side characters are just awesome! Henry is an awesome character. I hope he shows up in later stories! All in all, a very entertaining reading experience. Well-written, suspenseful and engrossing! It definitely kept my attention from start to finish. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from St Martin's Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I really enjoyed A Borrowing of Bones and was interested where Munier would go with the series. This time, a woman is killed in the forest during hunting season. Was it murder? And what did a young boy, somewhere on the spectrum, see when he was out there? Every time Elvis and Susie Bear are in the scene, they steal it. Luckily, they’re there to help young Henry. I found I was smiling a lot while listening to this, as they comforted him. We see the beginning of some romantic thoughts in this sec I really enjoyed A Borrowing of Bones and was interested where Munier would go with the series. This time, a woman is killed in the forest during hunting season. Was it murder? And what did a young boy, somewhere on the spectrum, see when he was out there? Every time Elvis and Susie Bear are in the scene, they steal it. Luckily, they’re there to help young Henry. I found I was smiling a lot while listening to this, as they comforted him. We see the beginning of some romantic thoughts in this second book. This was an enjoyable audiobook. It moves at a good, steady pace, in a straight forward motion and it's easy to keep track of all the characters and plot lines. There are multiple storylines and quite a few possible culprits. I wasn’t crazy about the ending as it was totally unbelievable. For that reason, I've only rated it 3 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Gardner

    Love this series! Great characters, especially the search dogs. Compelling plot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this arc. I have read A Borrowing of Bones -- the 1st Mercy & Elvis book and enjoyed it. I looked forward to this read as well. I love dog stories (they don't need walking like my dogs do), and Elvis is very much a character and real part of these stories. As is Susie Bear... Mercy and Troy are likeable as well, but it's the older gals in this story that stole the show for me, Patience & Lillian. Blind Search very much felt like one almost all the wa Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this arc. I have read A Borrowing of Bones -- the 1st Mercy & Elvis book and enjoyed it. I looked forward to this read as well. I love dog stories (they don't need walking like my dogs do), and Elvis is very much a character and real part of these stories. As is Susie Bear... Mercy and Troy are likeable as well, but it's the older gals in this story that stole the show for me, Patience & Lillian. Blind Search very much felt like one almost all the way through -- a complex collection of crimes to be figured out. It moved at a fast pace, slowed down only by a couple of snow storms (snow?? in Vermont?, who knew) Several new characters were added into Northshire and I'd like to see more of them in future books. I'd also like to see more in-depth character development and fewer details of clothing, furniture, high-end automobiles, etc. 3.5 stars rounded up.

  5. 5 out of 5

    farmwifetwo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really don't like Mercy. The entire plot is based on poor police work and amazing intuition. Only Mercy knows that there's a child missing and even then they find him within a very short period of time. Nobody else noticed the marks in the snow and of course they never said a word about it, just took off and found him. Mercy goes through everyone's rooms and belongings which the regular police cannot do and magically figures out the case. The police man is a self-absorbed character, just to ma I really don't like Mercy. The entire plot is based on poor police work and amazing intuition. Only Mercy knows that there's a child missing and even then they find him within a very short period of time. Nobody else noticed the marks in the snow and of course they never said a word about it, just took off and found him. Mercy goes through everyone's rooms and belongings which the regular police cannot do and magically figures out the case. The police man is a self-absorbed character, just to make Mercy look like a hero. Then... the very childish ending. IMO, there has never even been a first date..... yet she's ticked that he didn't tell her that he's simply separated??? In today's world... this is shocking??? Did she ask, nope just threw a teenager hissy and walked out. The premise is excellent, the secondary characters interesting, the execution.... not so much.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    I enjoyed Paula Munier's first K-9 book featuring Mercy, Afghanistan veteran and she bought over a bomb search dog, Elvis back to the States. The characters are farther define. I had been looking for the next book, it doesn't disappoint and it held my attention. It is the first day of hunting season in Vernon and Henry, an autistic boy sees a murder committed and as he fled the scene he becomes lost. Mercy and the Game Warden, Troy and their dogs search for Henry who does not speak after he is lo I enjoyed Paula Munier's first K-9 book featuring Mercy, Afghanistan veteran and she bought over a bomb search dog, Elvis back to the States. The characters are farther define. I had been looking for the next book, it doesn't disappoint and it held my attention. It is the first day of hunting season in Vernon and Henry, an autistic boy sees a murder committed and as he fled the scene he becomes lost. Mercy and the Game Warden, Troy and their dogs search for Henry who does not speak after he is located. An unseasonably winter storm occurs to make actions more difficult. Elvis and Suzie Bear develop a relatIon with Henry. The twists and turns this book takes will keep you awake until you finished it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Top-notch mystery/thriller. In the second of this excellent series, Mercy Carr and Elvis, her dog, have settled back in Vermont dealing with PTSD and their mutual loss during their last tour in Afghanistan. A woman is murdered in the woods by a bow and arrow, and a small boy, autistic, goes missing in the woods wearing only his batman pjs. Twists aplenty and wonderfully drawn characters. Highly recommended!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.   I LOVED Borrowing of Bones which was the first book in the Mercy & Elvis Mysteries series.  I was thrilled to see a new installment was coming out soon and to be able to read it.   I love the mysteries and also the working dogs in the story. Mercy has left the military and lost her fiance who was Elvis' partner in K9 This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.   I LOVED Borrowing of Bones which was the first book in the Mercy & Elvis Mysteries series.  I was thrilled to see a new installment was coming out soon and to be able to read it.   I love the mysteries and also the working dogs in the story. Mercy has left the military and lost her fiance who was Elvis' partner in K9 work.  They are both dealing with their grief and making a new life.  Mercy was an MP and is a key to investigations in the series. Blind Search was somewhat different than Borrowing of Bones.  Mercy worked more on her own than with the game warden, Troy, and the dogs were also less in the plot.  Troy and the dogs were still involved but not as much.  The romance also was brought up by other characters but they spent almost no time together and it didn't progress.  Mercy works for Daniel, again really,  and the whole have vs. have-not is on display quite a bit. I enjoyed the continued world building and character development.  I love the townspeople and Henry and hope we continue to see them in future books. There were some exciting new additions to the local community. Some of the bad guys, and Harrington, seem to be just black, with no shades of gray. I'd prefer them more complex when they are in multiple books. I hope the rich vs. ordinary thing is just part of Mercy's settling between her parent's/ Daniel's world and the regular folks, being able to include both aspects in her life.  She may not be able to change the way her parents want to control her but find a compromise where she doesn't have to shut them out of her life. Then again, they may not be salvageable. I look forward to more. I hope the dogs will be even more involved, actually working. Of course, the people development is also important. But I love the dogs!

  9. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Blind Search by Paula Munier was another complicated mystery with characters who are beginning to be favorites. Mercy and Elvis are great partners and I enjoyed watching both of them begin to come out of their shells. Mercy has opened her home to a teen and her baby that she helped rescue in the previous book and she is training Elvis in Search and Rescue. This story is packed with more than one mystery to solve, a child who is very special, twists that take the reader back into the past to unde Blind Search by Paula Munier was another complicated mystery with characters who are beginning to be favorites. Mercy and Elvis are great partners and I enjoyed watching both of them begin to come out of their shells. Mercy has opened her home to a teen and her baby that she helped rescue in the previous book and she is training Elvis in Search and Rescue. This story is packed with more than one mystery to solve, a child who is very special, twists that take the reader back into the past to understand the characters' dynamics and a touch of romance that has a long and rocky road to go because a "lie of omission is still a lie". It will be interesting to see where Ms. Munier takes us on the next adventure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Val

    Sadly, my love for Elvis (and for the little boy, Henry) wasn't enough to save this book for me. I liked the first ¾ of the book but the last ¼ was ridiculous. I felt as though Mercy had become a magician, pulling plot solutions out of her hat. It was so convoluted and improbable! I'm disappointed. Sadly, my love for Elvis (and for the little boy, Henry) wasn't enough to save this book for me. I liked the first ¾ of the book but the last ¼ was ridiculous. I felt as though Mercy had become a magician, pulling plot solutions out of her hat. It was so convoluted and improbable! I'm disappointed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joy Smith

    Intriguing mystery with a good Vermont winter background. Interesting and likable characters--mostly--and fun repartee. With a complicated group of suspects. What? Who? But disappointing ending. Some sort of cliff hanger? I am not as interested now.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I enjoyed the first book but this was too convoluted and unbelievable. The dogs are great, my main reason for reading and so was Henry. However, the editing was horrible (too vs. two, many missing articles, etc.) and the author’s research is lacking: moose and elk are not the same animal; no one hunts deer with a .22 and if they did it would bounce off its hide not kill it; owners and trainers of sophisticated working dogs would never feed their animals so much people food. And finally, Mercy’s I enjoyed the first book but this was too convoluted and unbelievable. The dogs are great, my main reason for reading and so was Henry. However, the editing was horrible (too vs. two, many missing articles, etc.) and the author’s research is lacking: moose and elk are not the same animal; no one hunts deer with a .22 and if they did it would bounce off its hide not kill it; owners and trainers of sophisticated working dogs would never feed their animals so much people food. And finally, Mercy’s tantrum at the end is a slap in the face to any intelligent female. How can someone be so smart and immature at the same time?

  13. 4 out of 5

    CHM

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Deducted 2 stars; 1 star for editing. I'll normally give a pass to these, but this book had too many for me. I got fed up with the multiple editing errors when the new character Yolanda is named before the MC, or anyone else in the story, even meets her and is introduced. 1 star for the killer of Alice and the bizzare ending. Unbelievable killer, thrown in almost as an afterthought, and then what do I say about the temper tantrum MC throws... How about - I stayed up for that?? Not sure I'll contin Deducted 2 stars; 1 star for editing. I'll normally give a pass to these, but this book had too many for me. I got fed up with the multiple editing errors when the new character Yolanda is named before the MC, or anyone else in the story, even meets her and is introduced. 1 star for the killer of Alice and the bizzare ending. Unbelievable killer, thrown in almost as an afterthought, and then what do I say about the temper tantrum MC throws... How about - I stayed up for that?? Not sure I'll continue with the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I really like the niche genre of game warden mysteries. One can learn so much about the natural resources in a state from these books. This particular series takes place in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Although it is the second in the “Mercy Carr Series,” I hadn’t read the first, but the author ably fills readers in on all we need to know. Mercy Carr is a former Army MP who served in Afghanistan. Her fiancé was killed there, and Mercy brought his bomb-sniffing dog Elvis back with her to the St I really like the niche genre of game warden mysteries. One can learn so much about the natural resources in a state from these books. This particular series takes place in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Although it is the second in the “Mercy Carr Series,” I hadn’t read the first, but the author ably fills readers in on all we need to know. Mercy Carr is a former Army MP who served in Afghanistan. Her fiancé was killed there, and Mercy brought his bomb-sniffing dog Elvis back with her to the States. In the previous book, Mercy and Elvis helped solve a crime with Troy Warner, a Vermont game warden, and his dog Susie Bear. Susie Bear is an air-scent tracker - that is, a dog that specializes in blind searches. This book begins in the woods when Henry Jenkins, 9, an autistic child, becomes traumatized after seeing a murder. He hid in a remote abandoned cabin. Mercy and Troy found Henry when they set out to investigate that same murder, and Elvis and Susie Bear helped calm the child and get him back to his father, Ethan. Unfortunately, Ethan is one of the suspects in the murder, since the body is that of his girlfriend, Alice, an architect working in the area. Other suspects include the members of the hunting party of which Ethan was a part. All of them were guests of Daniel Feinberg, a billionaire who owned most of the forest in the area. Although Mercy would not ordinarily have been part of the effort to locate the murderer, Daniel hired her to help. He saw that Troy had his hands full with poachers, and no one liked or respected the Vermont State Police detective, Kai Harrington, put in charge of the case. Much of the plot revolves around Henry, who is unable to say what he witnessed. Henry also needs to be protected; the murderer obviously has an interest in eliminating anyone who saw the crime. Another plot strand concerns the growing attraction between Mercy and Troy, but Troy has some baggage Mercy doesn’t know about. Evaluation: This is an engaging story with appealing characters. The author does a good job portraying Henry’s autism, with detail and compassion. The fact that the search takes place in a blinding blizzard - adding another meaning to the title - with dangerous poachers out roaming the woods, adds tension and urgency to the story. I definitely want to follow up with this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Blind Search" is a mystery/suspense novel. It's the second book in a series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this novel didn't spoil the whodunit of the previous novel. The characters were engaging, complex, and acted in realistic ways. The mystery was complex since things were happening at the same time which may or may not have been connected: two murders, illegal hunting, gun smuggling, and more. Mercy and her talented service dog, Elvis, were hired by h "Blind Search" is a mystery/suspense novel. It's the second book in a series. You don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one, and this novel didn't spoil the whodunit of the previous novel. The characters were engaging, complex, and acted in realistic ways. The mystery was complex since things were happening at the same time which may or may not have been connected: two murders, illegal hunting, gun smuggling, and more. Mercy and her talented service dog, Elvis, were hired by her billionaire neighbor to track down clues and protect their only witness, an autistic boy who isn't talking about what he saw. She worked with U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue dog since he had the right to investigate and arrest when it came to several of their leads. The suspense remained high since several people were after the boy and other suspects simply didn't want to get caught doing other illegal activities. There was occasional use of bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to people who enjoy canine mysteries and suspense. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Love this series - the people and the dogs I just finished re-reading the first book in this series A BORROWING OF BONES and I'm glad I had this book ready to dive into next. I really encourage people to read the first book before this one. You will miss a lot of background and a great book if you don't. Retired military MP Mercy Carr and her bomb searching dog Elvis are back along with Vermont Fish and Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue dog Susie Bear. They end up getting involved i Love this series - the people and the dogs I just finished re-reading the first book in this series A BORROWING OF BONES and I'm glad I had this book ready to dive into next. I really encourage people to read the first book before this one. You will miss a lot of background and a great book if you don't. Retired military MP Mercy Carr and her bomb searching dog Elvis are back along with Vermont Fish and Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue dog Susie Bear. They end up getting involved in a billionaire's hunting party (it's now Autumn and hunting season in Vermont), murder, a lost autistic boy, poaching, and a whole different cast of characters. I loved the dogs, as always. I wish our dogs were half as smart. I loved Henry's story. He is autistic and he's never lost - people just can't find him. This was a mystery that kept me guessing and I liked that. It ended on a bit of a cliffhanger so at least I know the author plans more books in this excellent series. I just hope we don't have to wait too long to read it. I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers and dog lovers and anyone that enjoys a well-written book. I received this book from Minotaur Books through Edelweiss and Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    As good as the first in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chris Conley

    Terrific story. Mercy is a strong heroine who doesn’t realize she is heroic. Elvis is wonderful.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cora

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1. Very poor editing. Nobody caught that the word “too” was used instead of “two” even though the word “also” was a couple of words further along in the sentence. Oh, and here’s a quote for you: “Elkhounds... ... originally bred by Vikings, were arguably the fiercest bear-hunting dogs in the world. Not to mention wild boar and the elk that graced their name—-known here on this continent as moose.” No. Elk and Moose are NOT THE SAME ANIMAL no matter what continent they are on. 2. The Shakespeare q 1. Very poor editing. Nobody caught that the word “too” was used instead of “two” even though the word “also” was a couple of words further along in the sentence. Oh, and here’s a quote for you: “Elkhounds... ... originally bred by Vikings, were arguably the fiercest bear-hunting dogs in the world. Not to mention wild boar and the elk that graced their name—-known here on this continent as moose.” No. Elk and Moose are NOT THE SAME ANIMAL no matter what continent they are on. 2. The Shakespeare quotations Mercy is always spouting just seem out of place, kind of shoehorned in because the author wants them there, not because they make sense in the story. 3. What absolute honking ridiculousness was the solution to this mystery?! The most unbelievable wackiness I may have ever read. 4. Butlers and two adult children borne of accidental pregnancies and poachers and gun-runners and billionaires and an ex-army squatter and an autistic child and a giant aggressive black bear all running around in the same patch of woods in southern Vermont all at the same time? Yikes. Not to mention all the crimes being committed! Arson, murder, the aforementioned poaching and gun-running, blackmail... 5. Troy and Mercy grin at each other a lot. Nothing else happens, despite the author telling us every now and then that they want it to. Oh, and Mercy’s reaction to finding out that Troy is still technically married (to a cartoonish evil seductress, apparently) is to yell at him, not let him explain, then run off and roar loudly at a bear (really!). Okay, now I’m making myself laugh. I actually enjoyed parts of it. The middle section with Mercy and Elvis taking care of Henry and getting chased by the SUV on the dirt road, and the arson attempt was exciting, but the last 50 pages was just too wackadoo and the story needs a lot of work to be believable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    E

    I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one in this series, though it was still interesting enough to keep reading. Troy and his Newfie-Lab mix Susie Bear (ugh, hate that name) are absent much more than in the first book, which disappoints me, and while Feinberg plays a larger role in this book than in the last book, he still comes across as a very flat character. He’s rich, smart, even compassionate, but he just seems like he is made of molded rubber rather than flesh and bone. Both of t I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one in this series, though it was still interesting enough to keep reading. Troy and his Newfie-Lab mix Susie Bear (ugh, hate that name) are absent much more than in the first book, which disappoints me, and while Feinberg plays a larger role in this book than in the last book, he still comes across as a very flat character. He’s rich, smart, even compassionate, but he just seems like he is made of molded rubber rather than flesh and bone. Both of these first two books excel in the author’s ability to write strong canine characters without making them cutesy or anthropomorphized. But, as a dog lover—and a reader—I am troubled by the lack of verisimilitude in the dogs’ diets: in both books they are constantly fed human food like pizza, pot roast, fully dressed burgers w buns, French fries, French toast. No dogs should eat like that, but search and rescue dogs are highly trained, extreme athletes who go on difficult, demanding missions, often trekking through woods for hours or even days, and who have complex nutritional needs which couldn’t possibly be fulfilled by a constant diet of people food. This may seem like a fussy complaint to folks who don’t live with dogs, but it troubles me also as a reader who would like to put faith in the constructed world upon which this narrative is based, but who keeps being reminded of its artifice by elements like this.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Marshall

    The book cover was the first point of interest for me, then the setting, and the search and rescue element made me choose this book. I wasn't riveted, but I became engrossed in the story and the murder mystery. As with any community based story, there were a lot of characters to keep track of, but I managed. This was probably because I have not read book one in this series. I loved prime-number-counting Henry, and Mercy is an extremely likable protagonist. I rooted for her and Troy to step thing The book cover was the first point of interest for me, then the setting, and the search and rescue element made me choose this book. I wasn't riveted, but I became engrossed in the story and the murder mystery. As with any community based story, there were a lot of characters to keep track of, but I managed. This was probably because I have not read book one in this series. I loved prime-number-counting Henry, and Mercy is an extremely likable protagonist. I rooted for her and Troy to step things up a notch. As I mentioned, as one of the "leaf peepers" the author referred to in this story, I connected with the Vermont setting and really enjoyed it. It was fun to have the trope of super rich person hosting a group of privileged people in his home where not one, but two of the guests wind up dead. Dead in an untraditional way with bows and arrows. I enjoyed how Mercy pieced together the clues and finally, with this readers expected "great flare" announced why the people were killed and by whom. A good surprise and one that made sense. I also enjoyed the amount of time spent describing two very important characters in this book - Elvis and Susie Bear - the rescue dogs. Though I did worry about the amount of human food they were fed. Pizza! This was a unique story told in a good solid way, and I'm glad I read this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Elvis the Belgian Malinois is a retired US army MP with two tours in Afghanistan behind him, just like his human partner, Mercy. Susie Bear, the beautiful Newfoundland dog is a search and rescue specialist working with her Fish and Wildlife warden, Troy. The good natured bazillionaire with the magnificent compound in Vermont has a group of old friends out for legal hunting on his property, but it turns out very badly with the first murder. Even worse, the murder was witnessed by a young boy who Elvis the Belgian Malinois is a retired US army MP with two tours in Afghanistan behind him, just like his human partner, Mercy. Susie Bear, the beautiful Newfoundland dog is a search and rescue specialist working with her Fish and Wildlife warden, Troy. The good natured bazillionaire with the magnificent compound in Vermont has a group of old friends out for legal hunting on his property, but it turns out very badly with the first murder. Even worse, the murder was witnessed by a young boy who has enough problems of his own and becomes targeted by persons unknown. Thankfully, he has both protectors enjoying and guarding him while their partners go about doing the detecting. Lots of plot twists and red herrings to keep things crazy! A good read that grabbed me by the brain and wouldn't let go until finished! I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    Blind Search was the second book in the Mercy and Elvis series and I so badly want to love this series. I like all the characters but I just can't seem to love the stories. Maybe this story was meh for me because of all the family drama taking place with the suspects. I am never a fan of that kind of drama. Not sure if I will be continuing in this series? Blind Search was the second book in the Mercy and Elvis series and I so badly want to love this series. I like all the characters but I just can't seem to love the stories. Maybe this story was meh for me because of all the family drama taking place with the suspects. I am never a fan of that kind of drama. Not sure if I will be continuing in this series?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Blind Search Mercy & Elvis Mystery, Book #2 Paula Munier 5+ Stars Synopsis: 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 fo Blind Search Mercy & Elvis Mystery, Book #2 Paula Munier 5+ Stars Synopsis: 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) Review: 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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Megan Johnson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was just as great as the first one. I hope there will be more in this series I love Mercy and Elvis. Troy and Susie Bear. Patience and Henry and his grandmother Lillian Jenkins. This story was so interesting all the way through it hooked me from the very beginning. I knew that Ethan did not kill Alice de Claire. This book was crazy Lea and Blake being Alice De Claire mom and dad. She found out because Lea left her a rose that was an Alpenrose which was Lea Person when unscrambled. So A This book was just as great as the first one. I hope there will be more in this series I love Mercy and Elvis. Troy and Susie Bear. Patience and Henry and his grandmother Lillian Jenkins. This story was so interesting all the way through it hooked me from the very beginning. I knew that Ethan did not kill Alice de Claire. This book was crazy Lea and Blake being Alice De Claire mom and dad. She found out because Lea left her a rose that was an Alpenrose which was Lea Person when unscrambled. So Alice decided to redecorate Blake and Katherines home to get close to who she thought was her mom. William Montgomery was really the stable boys child at Elliot school Richard Wilcox ( Daniel Feinbergs butler George) Casper Farrow knew about it and he killed Richard and hid his body under the stable floor and then black mailed Katherine but Katherine got tired and Casper was going to tell Blake so Katherine killed Casper. And Katherine had William kill Alice because she didn't want her to get the Montgomery fortune. The poachers were after Henry because he had found there traps. When Katherine took Henry I was on the edge of my seat it was a wild ride but Mercy and Elvis took care of it. Yolanda was a suspicious character to me but she turned out to be a good person and helped Henry twice when he was in trouble. I loved that Ethan (Williams dad) ended up with her. I was so happy to see Henry get a dog in the end that was so sweet and he named her robin. Him batman her robin. They made a great match. I hated the end when Madeline Troys wife showed up and ruined Mercy and troys slow dance. I was really hoping to see Mercy and troy get together. And when Mercy roared at the bear in the end I just thought wow this women is so strong and independent she doesn't need a man. Still inside I am secretly hoping there is another book in the series and Mercy and Troy end up together. He did file the papers for the divorce Mercy. All in all like I said before this book was so good I hope there is more Mercy and Elvis to come.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I enjoyed the first book in the series so I was eager to continue with Mercy and Elvis in the second book. There are other synopsis of the book so I will write about what I like about the series. First of all the characters-Mercy, Elvis (bomb sniffing canine), Suzie Bear (search and rescue canine) Troy(game warden) and all the other wonderful characters in Mercy's life. They are strong and interesting. Henry, a young boy, plays a major role in the plot. I enjoy the scenes with the dogs the most a I enjoyed the first book in the series so I was eager to continue with Mercy and Elvis in the second book. There are other synopsis of the book so I will write about what I like about the series. First of all the characters-Mercy, Elvis (bomb sniffing canine), Suzie Bear (search and rescue canine) Troy(game warden) and all the other wonderful characters in Mercy's life. They are strong and interesting. Henry, a young boy, plays a major role in the plot. I enjoy the scenes with the dogs the most and they are main characters in the book. There were a lot of threads plus events from the past being looked at on so with all the characters and themes it was a bit confusing. Vermont was a terrific location. The reader even goes through a blizzard with the characters. We go along for searches in the Vermont woods. I would love to go to The Vermonter for one of Lilian's hamburger: great characters, wonderful location, of course the dogs! Only downside for me was all the threads and how they came together at the end. It was maybe a little too complicated and perhaps a little unbelievable.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Malmquist

    A mystery set in the Green Mountains of Vermont. An autistic boy, Henry, is lost out in the woods. Mercy is a PI and ex soldier in the Army. Mercy has her dog, Elvis to help guard and search. A young woman is found shot through the heart with an arrow and Mercy thinks Henry has seen who did it. But Henry is not talking. Meanwhile, the local game warden, Troy and his dog Susie Bear are enlisted to help find the killer as well. There are also Night hunters in the mountains poaching at the same time. Jus A mystery set in the Green Mountains of Vermont. An autistic boy, Henry, is lost out in the woods. Mercy is a PI and ex soldier in the Army. Mercy has her dog, Elvis to help guard and search. A young woman is found shot through the heart with an arrow and Mercy thinks Henry has seen who did it. But Henry is not talking. Meanwhile, the local game warden, Troy and his dog Susie Bear are enlisted to help find the killer as well. There are also Night hunters in the mountains poaching at the same time. Just to make it more interesting, there is a whole house full of possible suspects staying nearby. And a blizzard is bearing down on the area. A new twist on a mystery and the dogs are great characters themselves. Enjoyable!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Colleendearborn

    Really enjoy this series about a retired MP and her military dog. Can’t wait for the next one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Young

    Honestly, I enjoyed this one even better that the first.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Ward

    Another great read! So nice to catch up with Mercy and Elvis, Troy and Susie Bear. And, oh-that ending! Looking forward to the next one.

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