Mercy and Elvis are back in The Hiding Place, the most enthralling entry yet in USA Today bestselling Paula Munier's award-winning Mercy Carr mystery series. When the man who killed her grandfather breaks out of prison and comes after her grandmother, Mercy must unearth the long-buried scandals that threaten to tear her family apart. And she may have to do it without her beloved canine partner Elvis, if his former handler has his way….
Some people take their secrets with them to the grave. Others leave them behind on their deathbeds, riddles for the survivors to solve.
When her late grandfather’s dying deputy calls Mercy to his side, she and Elvis inherit the cold case that haunted him—and may have killed him. But finding Beth Kilgore 20 years after she disappeared is more than a lost cause. It’s a Pandora’s box releasing a rain of evil on the very people Mercy and Elvis hold most dear.
The timing couldn’t be worse when the man who murdered her grandfather escapes from prison and a fellow Army vet turns up claiming that Elvis is his dog, not hers. With her grandmother Patience gone missing, and Elvis’s future uncertain, Mercy faces the prospect of losing her most treasured allies, the only ones she believes truly love and understand her.
She needs help, and that means forgiving Vermont Game Warden Troy Warner long enough to enlist his aid. With time running out for Patience, Mercy and Elvis must team up with Troy and his search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear to unravel the secrets of the past and save her grandmother—before it’s too late.
Once again, Paula Munier crafts a terrific mystery thriller filled with intrigue, action, resilient characters, the mountains of Vermont, and two amazing dogs.
In Munier's gripping third mystery featuring former military MP Mercy Carr and her sniffer dog, Elvis (after 2020's Blind Search), George Rucker, who murdered Mercy's grandfather, Sheriff Red O'Sullivan, has escaped from a Vermont prison, and the authorities are afraid he may be coming after Red's widow. Meanwhile, Red's former deputy, August Pitts, is dying. August asks to speak with Mercy about the case that was worrying her grandfather just before his murder: a woman's disappearance in 1999. To complicate matters, a young wildlife biologist and filmmaker from the University of Vermont has been found dead in the snowy woods, naked except for his socks. Are these seemingly disparate cases connected in some way? With Elvis at her side, Mercy pursues her suspects through the dangerously frigid countryside, occasionally accepting the help of game warden Troy Warner and his dog, Susie Bear. Munier combines a complex plot with well-defined characters, both human and canine, as she keeps readers guessing. This action- and emotion-packed novel will hold a special appeal for dog lovers.
Dogs are my favorite people
This book is sooo good, especially if you believe dogs are really 4 legged people. My 2 4-legged kids are not brave search and rescue dogs but the love that exists between characters in this book really hits home. Have already purchased the next book after having finished reading the first three.
I like when the resolution is not on the very last page of the book. Just love the characters and setting.
In THE HIDING PLACE, interesting characters, a compelling mystery, and an abundance of animals make for an enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to future books in this series.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.