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Blind Search: A Mercy Carr Mystery

(Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #2)

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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  194 ratings  ·  59 reviews
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
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Published November 5th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Juli
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lisa Gardner
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series! Great characters, especially the search dogs. Compelling plot.
Janet Newport
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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.
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Joy Smith
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Debbie
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cheryl
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elizabeth
As good as the first in the series.
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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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Lynn
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Annette
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2019
This is the second book in the series and it was as good as the first one! The story started off with a bang and I had a hard time putting it down. I really liked the characters especially the dogs. I thought it was very descriptive, I felt like I was in the forest and the snow with them. I really enjoyed the book! Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the early copy
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
BLIND SEARCH is the second book in Paula Munier’s mystery series starring former Army MP Mercy Carr and her retired bomb-sniffing dog, Elvis.

When Elvis comes across the body of a female in the forest, Mercy secures the scene. The dead woman was a guest of Daniel Feinberg, a local billionaire who owns much of the land in this mountainous area of Vermont. The only witness to the killing is Henry, the young son of one of Feinberg's employees, Ethan Jenkins. Henry, who is autistic and loves math,
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Susan Campton
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hello my Fellow Book Dragons on this snowy November Evening. A special thank you out there to all our Veteran Book Dragons. Thank you for serving your country so well, for protecting our freedoms, may we never take for granted that we can sit and read in peace because you fought for us, served to keep our peace, that you sometime, somewhere did your bit and for that we thank you. Bless you. In honor of you, our Gem this evening is a beautiful Poppy Red. Look how it sparkles and shines. If you ...more
Ed
#2 in the Mercy Carr and Elvis series. This 2019 series entry by author Paula Munier still needs work. Ex-Army MP and Afghan vet Mercy and Vermont Game Warden Troy obviously make a perfect couple who have feelings for each other. Despite her grandmother and his boss telling the pair that everyone in town is aware of the obvious attraction, the author thinks it necessary to drag the chaste association into a third book still awaiting a first date. As for the plot, with crimes and motives ...more
Jennifer Ritter
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blind Search is the second book in Paula Munier’s Mercy Carr Mystery series. Retired Army MP Mercy Carr is drawn in to a murder investigation after following her Belgian Malinois Elvis, also retired Army, into the woods as he chases a lost arrow. What Elvis finds instead is the body of a beautifully dressed archer. Mercy cordons off the area and calls in the local authorities. Mercy’s billionaire neighbor Daniel Feinberg and his hunting party appear and identify the woman as a late comer to ...more
Susan
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in this series, A Borrowing of Bones and couldn't wait to read Blind Search. It was worth the wait. Marcy and Elvis make a wonderful team and when paired with Troy, a game warden and his dog Susie Bear, they are simply awesome. First off, Blind Search can be read as a stand alone but, to get the most out of Mercy's story treat yourself to reading them in order. That way you get the full depth of the bond these two have. If you love dogs, don't miss reading this series.
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Jan Ball
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth the Wait

Paula Munier is a recent discovery. I fell in love with her main characters Mercy, Elvis, Troy, and Susie Bear in her first book. Munier weaves an attention grabbing mystery for those of us enthralled with the genre. Most appealing to me is the way she illuminates the strengths and flaws of the human condition through her characters actions and reactions. Each individual is a separate mystery who unfolds bit by bit.
Henry and Robin were my favorite new characters and Yolanda is a
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Jaymie
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dense sequel in this terrific series with excellent characters, both human and canine.

There's a LOT going on here! It made for a twisty mystery. This feels more like a David Rosenfelt/Andy Carpenter mystery where you have to work through most of the book to get all the details you need to figure out what is going on rather than a cozy where you often have all the players and pieces, you just have to weigh the evidence to figure out the culprit. It took most of the book to figure out what was
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Myarn
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind Search by Paula Munier. 4.5 stars

Mercy Carr Mystery #2' a follow up to last year's "A Borrowing of Bones".

This was an engrossing mystery starring Mercy Carr and her dog, Elvis. In the first book we are introduced to all the main characters. Mercy Carr, a vet who has left the military after two tours in Afghanistan. Her dog, Elvis who is trained to find explosives. A game warden, Troy Warner and his dog partner, Susie Bear. The mystery was pretty good, but the story focused on providing
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Kathleen Gray
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mercy and her valiant k-9 Elvis find themselves deeply involved in the hunt for a killer when a hunting party on her wealthy neighbor Daniel's estate goes badly wrong and one of the guests is shot and killed by an arrow. Mercy and Elvis, along with game warden Troy and his dog Susie Bear then find 9 year old Henry, an autistic boy who has seen something- what they aren't sure about but they know it was something. All of the guests for the weekend, who were there to make decisions about a ski ...more
Darcy
This book had a lot of twists and turns. There was something about Henry that made me root for him, that despite being a little boy with issues, despite what he saw he was doing good with Mercy and Elvis and Susie Bear to help him find his center. It also helped that his Nana found ways to help Henry cater to his strengths and as time when on so did Mercy and Troy.

Since the last book I have been rooting for Mercy and Troy as a couple, thought it might happen in this book until Troy’s past and
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Linden
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mercy Carr is a veteran with a military working dog, a Belgian Malinois named Elvis. She has lost her fiance, and is trying to make a life for herself in her Vermont hometown. A local landowner has organized a hunting party of wealthy individuals, and someone is killed with a crossbow. Is the murderer one of the party, or perhaps some poachers, or gun runners? Did an autistic child witness the murder, and is someone trying to make sure he doesn't reveal any secrets? Mercy, and Troy, a game ...more
Kristy
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a great start to the series, this second book was a bit of a disappointment for two main reasons: 1) it feels like it might turn in to more of a romance series than a mystery series and 2) there was a major plot hole. Big focus on discovering that Lea had gotten pregnant in high school and went away to have the baby/give it up for adoption, but Margaret also got pregnant in high school, got married and had/kept the baby. Nobody thought this wasn’t a weird coincidence, and that there might ...more
Karen
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is great for me. Female protagonist, dog side-kick, and read by Kathleen McInerney.
Trifecta!
Mercy and Elvis are retired veterans from the war in Afghanistan living a, not so, quiet life in Vermont along with the guy she would love to be her main squeeze, Troy, and his search and rescue to Susie Bear. Troy is a game warden and the 4 friends hunt down bad guys.
This story is a about an autistic child who witnesses a murder and it is up to Mery and Elvis to keep him safe while they solve
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MELISSA
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A busy murder mystery with multiple suspects from all walks of life kept me busy following all the red herrings. As with the previous book in this series, I happily involved myself with the wonderful dogs that took part in most of the heroine's and hero's adventures. I look forward to more Mercy and Elvis and Troy and SusieBear and the rest of the crew in more detective work. BTW, I listened to this on Audible with Kathleen McInerny narrating.
Donna
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!
Blind Search is a terrific mystery. Mercy & Elvis are back and entangled in another murder mystery and keeping a special little boy safe. This story takes place in Vermont in the autumn and the location is as much a part of the story as the suspects. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to more adventures with Mercy & Elvis.
Eileen Goudge
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful and tricky, this second book in the Mercy Carr mystery series is a worthy followup to the first book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Love the main characters both human and canine. The autistic boy is well drawn and entirely believable. The plot has many twists and turns before arriving at an ultimately satisfying conclusion. The setting of rural Vermont is so beautifully depicted I was there in my mind. Already looking forward to the next book in the series!
Ann
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good!! It is full of action, suspense and a mystery to solve. It is well written and holds your attention from the first page until the last.. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. Thank you St. Martin's Press Minotaur Books via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
Anne Egbert
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with reading a book and liking it when it first comes out...Now I have a long wait to find out what comes next for Troy, Susie Bear, Mercy and Elvis. This was based on a real case of a missing autistic boy in the woods of Vermont. I am sure it was not as complicated as the case of missing Henry and two murders by arrow. Fun series
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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 ...more

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