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Blind Search

(Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #2)

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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
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Hardcover, 340 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Juli
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Liz
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio

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
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Lisa Gardner
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this series! Great characters, especially the search dogs. Compelling plot.
Janet Newport
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, netgalley
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
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Betty
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sue Em
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!
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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
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JoAn
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library-book
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 ...more
Val
Sep 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Joy Smith
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Matthew
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
CHM
May 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jill
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Debbie
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
"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
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Cheryl
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Elizabeth
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
As good as the first in the series.
Chris Conley
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Terrific story. Mercy is a strong heroine who doesn’t realize she is heroic. Elvis is wonderful.
Cora
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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E
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
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Lynne Marshall
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-suspense
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 ...more
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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
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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? ...more
Mary Brown
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Megan Johnson
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lynn
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Lisa Malmquist
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Colleendearborn
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoy this series about a retired MP and her military dog. Can’t wait for the next one.
Sydney Young
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I enjoyed this one even better that the first.
Sharon Ward
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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PAULA MUNIER is the author of the bestselling Plot Perfect, The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings, Writing with Quiet Hands, and the acclaimed memoir Fixing Freddie. The first novel in her mystery series, A BORROWING OF BONES (Minotaur, 2018) was inspired by the hero working dogs she met through Mission K9 Rescue, her own Newfoundland-retriever-mix rescue Bear, and her lifelong passion for crime fictio ...more

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