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The Hiding Place

(Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #3)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  46 reviews
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 b ...more
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Published March 30th 2021 by Minotaur Books
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Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Military veteran Mercy and her Malinois Elvis, also a combat vet, visit a dying deputy sheriff who gives them information on a cold case that has haunted him. She and Troy, a Vermont game warden who works with a search and rescue dog named Susie Bear, find themselves involved with several cases which may be related to the cold case: a murder, an escaped prisoner, and an explosion which injures Mercy's grandma, veterinarian Patience. The icy winter landscape of a Vermont winter is admirably portr ...more
Judy Lesley
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Mercy Carr and her dog Elvis are both military vets who have a talent for solving mysteries since they returned to Vermont at the end of their duty. Now Mercy is looking into a cold case and someone is trying to take Elvis away from her.

The environs of Vermont in winter are well described and it was easy to become involved in the location of this story. There is a death in the first part of the story that seems to be almost forgotten for a long period of time because of all the effort Mercy is
Sue Em
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Excellent addition to a top-notch series, maybe even the best one. One caveat, while this can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, for the full enjoyment read the first two books. You won't be sorry. Mercy Carr and her dog, Elvis, are both returned vets suffering from PTSD, who act with law enforcement in helping to solve cases. Their relationship serves as the core of the series. In this book, long buried secrets bubble up when Mercy and her grandmother find a pipe bomb that explodes at the fro ...more
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Hiding Place by Paula Munier—Must Love Dogs

The Hiding Place by Paula Munier is the third installment in the Mercy Carr Mystery series. I haven’t read the first two books in the series, but when I started seeing this novel popping up on the crime fiction websites I visit regularly, the buzz intrigued me, so I requested a copy to discover for myself what all the excitement was about.

The granddaughter of a former sheriff, Mercy Carr, pays a visit to her late grandfather’s dying deputy, August
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a favorite new series. The books feature Mercy Carr and her military dog, Elvis, who have come home to Vermont to nurse their wounds (and their PTSD) after losing the love of both their lives, Martinez, in Afghanistan. Both have reacclimated to a degree, though Mercy has a hard time with trust and tends to hold herself back when it comes to relationships. While Mercy is slightly on the outs with her perhaps boyfriend, game warden Troy, her life is a full one. She’s taken in a teenage mot ...more
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I don’t know the last time a mystery made me sob, but Paula Munier managed it with The Hiding Place. The third Mercy Carr mystery is a compelling, emotional story; emotional for both Mercy and the reader.

Military veteran Mercy Carr had a falling out with Vermont game warden Troy Warner, so they’re not currently working together on investigations. She and her dog, Elvis, answer a dying man’s request for a visit. August Pitts was a deputy when Mercy’s grandfather was sheriff, and she blames him fo
Mar 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Readers always ask, about later installments in a series, "Can this be read as a standalone?" In the case of Paula Munier's The Hiding Place, case, I wouldn't recommend it.

What the book has going for it: It's a good example of romantic suspense, with a strong sense of place (the Green Mountains of Vermont -- in winter!!); characters who are distinct and well-developed -- both human and canine; and a well-paced mystery with a lot of threads skillfully knotted up at the end.

Still, I struggled with
Jennifer Ritter
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Hiding Place is the third book in Paula Munier’s Mercy Carr Mystery series. In this story, retired US Army military police officer Mercy Carr and her also retired K9 explosive detection Malinois Elvis find themselves in the crosshairs of an unknown threat after a visit to see dying former Sheriff August Pitts. Pitts was supposed to have been the deputy backup to her grandfather, Sheriff Red O’Sullivan, the night a crazed man, George Rucker, shot and killed him. On this visit, Pitts gives Mer ...more
Stanley McShane
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Read my full review on Rosepoint Publishing.

The third in the series examines parallel storylines involving Mercy’s grandfather’s deputy, the man responsible for her grandfather’s death escape from prison, and the prior owner/handler of Elvis seeking to retrieve him.

Mercy had a falling out with Troy Warner who has a search and rescue dog and Book 3 catches up the reasons for the break. Still, they are involved in the suspicious death of a game employee.

As a veteran herself, Mercy is still work
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mercy and her four legged partner, Elvis are back to untangle a new mystery that starts out with a very cold case. As soon as she takes custody of the old case files she also adds Sunny to her life. Sunny is the beloved Golden Retriever owned by the dying man who asked her to take the files.....and his dog.
The case involves a missing woman last seen long ago at the library. Then she simply vanished. Involving her late grandfather, her grandmother, Patience and the rest of her extended family, Me
Marcy Graybill
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read the book for an honest review.
Mercy is called to the bedside of her Grandfather's former deputy. He's dying and he want her to look into the case that haunted him. Beth Kilgore disappeared 20 years ago never to be heard from again. Mercy takes the case files and at his request his Golden Retriever as well. When her Grandfather's murderer escapes from prison, Mercy has even more reason to look into the case because she's sure there's a connection be
Kathleen Gray
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mercy gets more than she ever expected when she visits with a dying man who served as her grandfather Red's deputy sheriff. For one thing, there's Sunny the dog and for another there are boxes of documents related to the case of a missing woman- Beth. Mercy's dog Elvis, a vet, is cross trained on explosives and bodies, which comes in handy in this complex mystery which sees several threads involving things than happened years ago. Mercy and her grandmother Patience are injured when someone leave ...more
Grace Koshida
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mercy Carr gets plenty of bad news to start off the latest book. George Rucker, who murdered Mercy's grandfather Sheriff Red O’Sullivan, has escaped from prison. Rucker stated that he is coming after Red’s widow and Mercy's beloved grandmother Patience. Meanwhile, former deputy August Pitts is dying. Pitts and Mercy's grandfather were haunted with a cold case about a young woman named Beth who disappeared in 1999. Pitts gives Mercy his notes and case files and begs her to find the girl. Mercy al ...more
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Set in gorgeous Vermont, The Hiding Place is the third in the Mercy Carr series and is my favourite so far as it is the most...arresting. Mercy is an Afghanistan veteran with her precious dog, Elvis, also a highly-trained war veteran. The author reveals glimpses into the realities of PTSD from the unique veteran perspective.

Mercy, along with her grandmother who is a veterinarian and Game Warden Troy Warner investigate a cold case two decades old. The case involves missing Beth, a young woman ma
Anne - Books of My Heart
Mar 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coyer, 7arcs, 2021
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 have really enjoyed this  Mercy & Elvis Mysteries series.  The first two books seemed quite different from each other to me.   The first had her working with the game warden Troy and their dogs, as well as both Mercy & Elvis trying to recover from the grief after losing Martinez.  I loved all the dog work and search
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
"The Hiding Place" is a mystery/suspense novel. It's the third 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 novels.

The characters were engaging, complex, and acted in realistic ways. I cared about what happened to them. The mystery was complex since the cold case, the recent murder, and the attack on Mercy's grandmother may or may not be connected. Mercy and her talented service dog, Elvis, tracked d
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I really liked this book. Somehow I managed to miss the second book in the series so I didn't get references to events that had occurred in that book, but I like this series well enough that I will go back and read the second book. With that said, these books can be read as a standalone. I thought the author did a great job with the setting, in the mountains of Vermont. Her descriptions of the landscape as well as the homes that were key locations in the book were excellent - I had a cl ...more
Sharon Grow
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mercy Carr survived her time as a military police officer in Afghanistan, but her fiancé did not. She was able to bring his K9 Elvis home and now they work together, each needing the other. Mercy learns that the man who killed her grandfather, years ago, has escaped from prison and the family is on high alert. Her grandfather’s former deputy is dying and asks Mercy to “find the girl” and gives her the cold case files. When a returning veteran arrives claiming that Elvis is his K9, he tries to co ...more
If you like reading a mystery where dogs play a big part, than the Mercy and Elvis series is for you.

Set in the mountains of Vermont, two war vets, Mercy and her canine partner Elvis, return home to do some detective work. Mercy’s grandfather’s former deputy asks for her help to solve a 20 year old cold case on his dying bed. She enlists the aid of the local game warden and his search and rescue dog, Susie Bear. Little do they know that the cold case ties in with another crime that will put Merc
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd installment, but the first one I've read. Didn't feel lost, as the author did mention a few flashbacks along the way to help understand tensions. The story is centered around Mercy, a veteran who has a military trained dog named Elvis. She has an on and off relationship with game warden Troy, who has his own service dog Susie Bear (she is huge!). When a murder and a bomb attack on her grandmother occurs, a cold case of 20 years is brought forth. Time is running short as Mercy and ...more
Jessica Woods
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Hiding Place is the third Mercy Carr novel and can be read by itself but Mercy and Elvis rock so why not read them all. Mercy and Elvis are back and on the trail of another case. A dying deputy, who served under Mercy's murdered father, wants Mercy to take on the cold case of a missing woman. Mercy and Elvis seem to be on attack from all sides as they uncover more than one body. Plus, Mercy's grandmother Patience seems to be under threat from an escaped convict and Elvis's former handler wan ...more
Cathy Cole
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paula Munier's Mercy Carr series gets stronger with each book. In this third entry, The Hiding Place, much of the mystery and the action concern Mercy's relationships with all the people in her life. A great deal of tension also comes from Hallet, the Army veteran who is determined to take Elvis away from Mercy. Readers of the series will know how important woman and dog are to each other, so I have to admit that I was often more concerned with deducing how Hallet could be convinced to leave wel ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mercy (ex-military MP) and Elvis (her Malinois ex-bomb sniffer dog) have helped each other with the return to civilian life and the loss of Martinez, Mercy's finance and Elvis's handler. Elvis's original trainer shows up and wants to take Elvis back with him to enjoy a peaceful, less hazardous life than he has with Mercy. This hangs over Mercy while she is dealing with a bomb left for her grandmother, a kidnapping, a cold case left her by her grandfather, and more. The mystery was great, the set ...more
Roxanne Spencer
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mercy Carr has been avoiding her disastrous love life, and, if not excited by the summons to see her grandfather's old deputy, at least intrigued by it. She finds a dying man who gives her his cold case files on a missing woman and his dog, and Mercy is dragged into a case that her grandfather couldn't solve. Add in the complication of Elvis' former handler showing up to claim custody and a pipe bomb at her grandmother's house, and Mercy is forced to reach out to Troy Warner, the game warden she ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Addition to This Terrific Series

Paula Munier always satisfies! If you like dog books these search & rescue novels are just the ticket. Wish I could meet Elvis and Susie Bear but reading about their adventures is almost as good. I have enjoyed other books in this genre but am always excited to see a new Elvis book coming out!! The ending is always complete and detailed without even a whiff of cliffhanger. If you decide to try them, start with #1, A Borrowing of Bones.
Emilie Davis
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each book gets better and better!

This is a wonderful story that included mayhem, greed, love and compassion. Mercy is still getting over the bombshell she encountered at the end of the last book and Elvis is still her constant companion. Into this mix add Elvis’ former handler who also was a friend of Mercy’s dead beloved, Martinez. Make sure that you have a few hankies close because you will need them! This was a well developed storyline that kept you turning the pages! I am looking forward to
Brenda Freeman
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hate it when a book makes me cry, but the ending is a happy one. Mercy and Elvis are once again involved in a case. This time it’s a cold case her grandfather never solved. Escaped murderer, past missing cases never solved, murder in the woods, kidnappings. There is never a dull moment in the third book in the series.
Rita Pochard
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth waiting for

Thank you Paula Munier for this wonderful book. Whether you like mysteries, dog stories, or just a good story, this book is for you. The twists and turns kept me guessing. Seeing Mercy work through the story and the relationships was great. I'll be looking forward to the next chapter.
Teri Griffis
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Superbly written mystery with twists and turns like no other. Mercy may lose everything she has left but she trudges on like a good soldier. You may scream, you may cry but you will definitely cheer for the underdog. Munier will keep you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover.
Smart dogs

I love reading about the rescue dogs and the handlers who love them and care for them. It brought me to tears when I thought Melody was going to lose her special friend. I can' t wait to read another book in this 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 fictio ...more

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