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A Brace of Bloodhounds (Jo Beth Sidden "Bloodhound" Mystery #3)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  355 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Hard-boiled Georgia peach Jo Beth Siddon has a nose for trouble that rivals even the olfactory prowess of her beloved bloodhounds. This latest caper has her trying to dig up the dirt on what may be an insidious crime ring's marijuana field. The problem is, one of her friends has unwittingly become involved in their shady dealings, and it's up to Jo Beth to help her out of ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by HarperTorch (first published 1997)
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John Carter
This is my second Bloodhound book, and it’s a reasonable sequel to The House on Bloodhound Lane. Still decent writing and interesting characters; but again I felt the plotting could be tightened a bit. After a bit of analysis, I realized that what I meant by that feeling was that it was a little too much like real life. There isn’t one case here: there are at least three—a kidnapping, a bank robbery, and a corrupt judge, and they overlap some. Plus Jo Beth’s psycho ex shows up to beat a friend o ...more
PROTAGONIST: Jo Beth Sidden, bloodhound owner/tracker
SETTING: Georgia
SERIES: #3 of 6
RATING: 3.25
WHY: It's been several years since I read the earlier 2 books in the series, and I doubt that I will continue further. As always, the information on bloodhounds is fascinating. But the appeal of the protagonist steadily diminished as I read the book. She's bitchy and bossy and I didn't enjoy spending time with her as the focus. There are a lot of sub-plots woven into the book. One involves an abducted
Jobeth Sidden is the owner-operator of a search and rescue business, with numerous bloodhounds, kennels for breeding and raising new pups, a whole slew of rescue teams, and lots of other employees/friends thrown in. Jobeth's excursions often take her into the depths of the Okefenokee Swamp, near her home and business in southern Georgia. The author gives many details of the wildlife, vegetation, and terrain of the swamp during Jobeth's frequent search missions. I also really enjoy the interactio ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Janell marked it as gave-up-on
I really tried to get into this one; but it seems the story line has petered out for me. While I read the first few hundred pages, it was a struggle; I literally had to force myself to read. So, I give up; I say uncle. I can't relate to the main character: she's a major feminist, and while I consider myself to be on the liberal end of things and rather self-assure and femininally aware, I don't get my panties in a twist whenever anyone dares offer to help me carry something in. This made JoBeth ...more
Meagan Brantley
Really enjoyed this. Bobby Lee is a perfect example of a bloodhound. The way the author describes him and the other bloodhounds is just flawless. I can relate so much with my 11 month old bloodhound, Clara. Very fun!
Sounded like a prose text! I was in search of a genre like that what Mary Higgins Clark writes. But this was a disappointment. Couldn't bring myself to reach the 4th chapter even!
Was going ok but find it hard to believe someone who smokes so much can run thru miles of swamp. Also the ending was a little anticlimactic.
Deborah Darsie
Jo Beth Sidden is an interesting character with all kinds of flaws that she often is not aware of them!
She has an affinity with the bloodhounds she breeds & trains for various tasks. She has let them become more important to her than human relationships...who can't relate to that sometimes?

She ran up against one of the local power-brokers in her community in this book, and she won for the underdog again. In the mean-time she helped rescue the child of a friend and one of her friends became
Jeffrey Hammerhead
How can you not like a story that features bloodhounds.
Book #29 read in 2005

I really enjoy this series very much. However, this book was not as good as the first two, in my opinion. There were so many storylines going on at one time, and I felt more time could have been devoted to the immigrant, meth lab story. I am still looking forward to the next in the series.
Dec 31, 2008 Liz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Liz by: Cat
Another fun read in the series. I'm wondering why she keeps reloading six bullets every time she goes out. She so rarely shoots anything and never mentions unloading them... This one includes investigating the judge, a meth lab, an illegitimate birthright, and Jonathan.
Doug Dams
This is another good story in this series. JoBeth is asked to investigate a murder by the victim's daughter. She uses her amateur sleuthing skills, her bloodhounds and her friends to help solve the mystery. The book is a good read and maintains a lively pace.
I really enjoyed the protagonist in this series, and even though I'm not a big dog lover, I found the bloodhound training to be fascinating.
like this series but this book was not a favorite. there. were too many storylines happening.

Yawn. Lost all interest half way thru. Not my thing. Goodness knows I tried.
Never finished it. My husband like it though.
lots of action, of course

They're all really good...
Not as good as I remembered from the first read.
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An author who penned the popular "Bloodhound" series of mystery books and published her first book at age 65.

Her first book, Death in Bloodhound Red, released in April of 1995, was nominated for three literary awards: the Agatha, the Anthony, and the Macavity for the "Best First Mystery Novel in 1995."

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Jo Beth Sidden "Bloodhound" Mystery (7 books)
  • Death in Bloodhound Red (Jo Beth Sidden "Bloodhound" Mystery #1)
  • The House on Bloodhound Lane
  • Blind Bloodhound Justice
  • Ten Little Bloodhounds
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