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Jeffrey B. Burton's The Keepers is the next installment of the Mace Reid K9 series, featuring golden retriever cadaver dog Vira and her handler, Mason Reid. Mason “Mace” Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection—that is, he trains dogs to hunt for dead bodies. He calls his pack of cadaver dogs The Finders, and his prize pupil is a gol Jeffrey B. Burton's The Keepers is the next installment of the Mace Reid K9 series, featuring golden retriever cadaver dog Vira and her handler, Mason Reid. Mason “Mace” Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection—that is, he trains dogs to hunt for dead bodies. He calls his pack of cadaver dogs The Finders, and his prize pupil is a golden retriever named Vira. When Mace Reid and Vira are called in to search Washington Park at three o'clock in the morning, what they find has them running for their very lives. The trail of murder and mayhem Mace and CPD Officer Kippy Gimm have been following leads them to uncover treachery and corruption at the highest level, and their discoveries do not bode well for them . . . nor for the Windy City itself. The Keepers is an exciting, fast-paced mystery filled with courageous dogs you'll want to root for.


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Jeffrey B. Burton's The Keepers is the next installment of the Mace Reid K9 series, featuring golden retriever cadaver dog Vira and her handler, Mason Reid. Mason “Mace” Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection—that is, he trains dogs to hunt for dead bodies. He calls his pack of cadaver dogs The Finders, and his prize pupil is a gol Jeffrey B. Burton's The Keepers is the next installment of the Mace Reid K9 series, featuring golden retriever cadaver dog Vira and her handler, Mason Reid. Mason “Mace” Reid lives on the outskirts of Chicago and specializes in human remains detection—that is, he trains dogs to hunt for dead bodies. He calls his pack of cadaver dogs The Finders, and his prize pupil is a golden retriever named Vira. When Mace Reid and Vira are called in to search Washington Park at three o'clock in the morning, what they find has them running for their very lives. The trail of murder and mayhem Mace and CPD Officer Kippy Gimm have been following leads them to uncover treachery and corruption at the highest level, and their discoveries do not bode well for them . . . nor for the Windy City itself. The Keepers is an exciting, fast-paced mystery filled with courageous dogs you'll want to root for.

30 review for The Keepers

  1. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    The Keepers by Jeffrey B. Burton is the second book in the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series. Sometimes second books in a series can be a let-down, but that is not the case here. Burton has increased the potency in this novel and managed to seamlessly combine an amateur sleuth mystery with a police procedural that also highlights relationships between dogs and people. Mason (Mace) Reid lives outside of Chicago and trains dogs with various end goals such as obedience and missing persons tracking, as we The Keepers by Jeffrey B. Burton is the second book in the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series. Sometimes second books in a series can be a let-down, but that is not the case here. Burton has increased the potency in this novel and managed to seamlessly combine an amateur sleuth mystery with a police procedural that also highlights relationships between dogs and people. Mason (Mace) Reid lives outside of Chicago and trains dogs with various end goals such as obedience and missing persons tracking, as well as searching for drugs and explosives. However, his specialty is training dogs in human remains detection (HRD or cadaver dogs). He is often called in to help the Chicago Police Department and local sheriff’s departments. Little did he know that when he and his golden retriever, Vira, are called in to search Washington Park that their lives are about to change. Vira seems to have an uncanny ability that borders on the paranormal in her ability to locate not just the dead bodies, but also their murderers. Mace is a compelling and well-developed character with flaws that have led to a divorce and a job change. It was great to see some of the secondary characters show up again in this book and gain some depth. Additionally, the canines have been well-developed and their personalities came through as the story progress. They aren’t just an afterthought, but play important roles in the series. It was also great to see the relationship between Mace and Kippy develop. The writing style is engaging, but also has an intensity to it that kept me turning the pages. At the same time, there were moments of humor that elevated the book and made Mace and his dogs come to life for me. This story is complicated and has multiple subplots, but it’s never confusing. The overall plot was clever and kept me engrossed in the tale. Its twists and turns led to a dramatic conclusion. Like in book one, the bonds between Mace and his five dogs are the highlights of the book. Themes include murder, corruption, trust, and relationships between dogs and people as well as between people. Overall, this was an entertaining novel and a great addition to the series. I look forward to the next book and I want to read this author’s FBI Special Agent Drew Cady mystery series starting with The Chessman. If you enjoy books where special animals play a role in a mixed genre novel, then this may be the next series for you. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books and Jeffrey B. Burton for an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for June 29, 2021. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    3.5 stars In this second book in the 'Mace Reid K-9 Mystery Series', cadaver dog trainer Mace Reid gets involved in a dangerous case. The novel works fine as a standalone. ***** Chicago resident Mason Reid (Mace) trains cadaver dogs to search for human remains. Most of Mace's work involves helping the Chicago Police Department or local sheriffs' departments look for missing people who are presumed dead. Mace's most accomplished cadaver dog is a golden retriever named Vira, who "takes the art of huma 3.5 stars In this second book in the 'Mace Reid K-9 Mystery Series', cadaver dog trainer Mace Reid gets involved in a dangerous case. The novel works fine as a standalone. ***** Chicago resident Mason Reid (Mace) trains cadaver dogs to search for human remains. Most of Mace's work involves helping the Chicago Police Department or local sheriffs' departments look for missing people who are presumed dead. Mace's most accomplished cadaver dog is a golden retriever named Vira, who "takes the art of human remains detection to the next level.....the Sherlock Holmes level." When Vira visits a crime scene she attempts to "perform some kind of forensic analysis on the various smells and odors - the scent DNA - and decipher their meaning." In other words, Vira can eke out the smell of the murderer, and when she's successful, has a kind of shaking seizure. For the most part, Mace keeps Vira's ability secret, knowing people will scoff at him. Mace's other cadaver dogs are German shepherd Sue; collies Delta Dawn and Maggie May; and newbie bloodhound Bill, a puppy who's learning the ropes. Bill is cute, but he seeks out the stinkiest gunk to roll around in - like squirrel poop and old puke - and has his own private 'car wash.' As the story opens, Mace and his golden retriever Vira are called to the apartment of an aging rock star named Jonny Whiting, whose head has been bashed in with a guitar. Vira does her Sherlock Holmes thing, and Mace and Vira help Officer Kippy Gimm and her partner Officer Dave Wabiszewki (Wabs) solve the case. Mace and Kippy have a social relationship as well, but they're 'just friends'.....to Mace's regret. 😏 After nabbing the Whiting murderer, Mace, Vira, Kippy, and Wabs get involved in another case. This one focuses on the murder of Special Prosecutor Peter Feist, who's been trying to root out corruption in Chicago. The Feist inquiry has tendrils that extend to Chicago mobsters and nefarious government officials, which makes things VERY dangerous for the investigative team. The bad guys are exceptionally capable foes, and there's plenty of intrigue and action in the book. On the lighter side, the death and destruction are occasionally lightened by Mace's humorous quips, which add a fun element to the story. I enjoyed this entertaining thriller, and look forward to future books in the series. Thanks to Netgalley, Jeffrey Burton, and Minotaur Books for a copy of the book. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    First of all, I am extending my thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced digital copy of this book in return for an honest review. I love the gorgeous, eye-catching cover art. I was introduced to Mace and his cadaver dogs in the first book in the series,' The Finders'. Mace lives alone near Chicago with his pack of 5 dogs. He has a grim but fascinating job of training cadaver dogs. This book works well as a stand-alone. The first book told how he and policewoman, Kimmy, rescue First of all, I am extending my thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the advanced digital copy of this book in return for an honest review. I love the gorgeous, eye-catching cover art. I was introduced to Mace and his cadaver dogs in the first book in the series,' The Finders'. Mace lives alone near Chicago with his pack of 5 dogs. He has a grim but fascinating job of training cadaver dogs. This book works well as a stand-alone. The first book told how he and policewoman, Kimmy, rescued Vira, a Golden Retriever from near death, and how Vira became his prize student. The work of these dogs is to find dead bodies. The training is discussed again in this book. Cadaver dogs learn to associate the various stages a body undergoes after death by their highly proficient sense of smell. From the beginning, Vira learned so quickly to find dead bodies that she was considered a prodigy. Beyond that, Vira is thought to have special talents bordering on the paranormal. It is possible that her sense receptors can zero in and identify traces of DNA left behind on a victim by the murderer, and react when in the killer's vicinity. I am unsure if this is a unique ability that some time will be confirmed by science or a fictional device used to propel the stories. Veri also makes an effective attack dog. The book features two criminal cases. The first is the murder of an ageing rock star, battered to death with his guitar. After the perpetrator was identified by Veri, he confessed. This saved Mace and Kim from trying to explain the dog's special powers to the police. The next case was a longer and more complicated one, and one I found too complex to be entirely compelling. The head of the Special Prosecutor Bureau is found brutally murdered and then one of his contacts is killed. It involved a conspiracy between the Superintendant of Police and his dishonest followers, along with the head of the Chicago mob, his sadistic, psychopathic son, and some politicians and businessmen. The Police Superintendant has a huge, brutal man who serves as his chauffer and enforcer. He threatens Mace, as well as two police officers, Kimmy and Wabs, who are investigating the murders. They are set up to look guilty with sums of illegal cash, drugs and even a dead body planted in their homes. Mace and Kimmy must flee for their lives and go into hiding with three of the dogs. After a savage confrontation, there are injuries and arrests are made. Members of the conspiracy who remain alive face many years in prison. The charges involve murder, corruption, conspiracy, bribery and racketeering. Recommended to anyone interested in the training and work of police dogs.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    The Keepers, by Jeffrey B. Burton, is the 2nd book in his fast-paced mystery series (Mace Reid K-9 Mystery) featuring dog handler Mace Reid and golden retriever cadaver dog Vira. A compelling mystery with many twists and turns involving Chicago City politics, mobsters and murder. I love the courageous specialized search dogs! I look forward to the next book in the series. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review. The Keepers, by Jeffrey B. Burton, is the 2nd book in his fast-paced mystery series (Mace Reid K-9 Mystery) featuring dog handler Mace Reid and golden retriever cadaver dog Vira. A compelling mystery with many twists and turns involving Chicago City politics, mobsters and murder. I love the courageous specialized search dogs! I look forward to the next book in the series. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    Mason (Mace) Reid is back again with his team of Human Remains Detection (HRD) dogs. This time, Mace and his partner, Kippy Gimm must prove that there is police and government corruption at the highest level. But can they do it? They are being framed for several murders and are on the run. One thing going for Mace and Kippy is Vira’s special ability to sniff out DNA and determine the culprits. At least Mace and Kippy know the “who” in the “whodunnit.” But now they must connect all the dots and pr Mason (Mace) Reid is back again with his team of Human Remains Detection (HRD) dogs. This time, Mace and his partner, Kippy Gimm must prove that there is police and government corruption at the highest level. But can they do it? They are being framed for several murders and are on the run. One thing going for Mace and Kippy is Vira’s special ability to sniff out DNA and determine the culprits. At least Mace and Kippy know the “who” in the “whodunnit.” But now they must connect all the dots and prove beyond a reasonable doubt that government officials, the police department, and the mob are all in cahoots and that they are the real perpetrators in the ghastly murders The Keepers is the second installment of the Mace Reid series and it did not disappoint. Although the plot didn’t really involve human remains detection, it was still an interesting read with some twists. The characters are mostly carryovers from Burton’s first installment, The Finders. So in order to get the full flavor of the main actors, it is best that the reader start with the first novel in the series. Although I liked the government corruption angle of the story, I would have preferred that the plot involve more of the dogs’ abilities and human remains detection to determine the perpetrators. Overall, a pretty exciting novel but I didn’t find it as good as Burton’s first — The Finders. Four rousing stars. I received a digital ARC from Minotaur Books through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mallory

    This is the second book in this K-9 cadaver dog series about Mason Reid and his dogs and I will be keeping an eye out for future volumes. Mason and his team of dogs don’t wear a badge but when he adopted Vira he signed up for a little more than just finding bodies. Vira has a special talent - when she sniffs someone recently murdered she also catches the scent for the killer. This gives Mason the often difficult job of figuring how to prove the bad guy Vira points out did it. This story containe This is the second book in this K-9 cadaver dog series about Mason Reid and his dogs and I will be keeping an eye out for future volumes. Mason and his team of dogs don’t wear a badge but when he adopted Vira he signed up for a little more than just finding bodies. Vira has a special talent - when she sniffs someone recently murdered she also catches the scent for the killer. This gives Mason the often difficult job of figuring how to prove the bad guy Vira points out did it. This story containers a side story type murder that they solve and a bigger more complicated story. Both were interesting and I love how you get chapters from the bad guys’ perspectives as I always enjoy that kind of a glimpse into the eyes of evil.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    I love mysteries about cats and dogs, so I was excited to find and read "The Finders," the debut book in this series, last summer. I was no less excited to find this one - and even happier when, once again, I got a pre-release copy of the book to read and review (thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley). Like the first, there's plenty of nail-biting action, both on the part of the pooches and their very likable trainer, Mason "Mace" Reid. Needless to say, though, the dogs pretty much have a corne I love mysteries about cats and dogs, so I was excited to find and read "The Finders," the debut book in this series, last summer. I was no less excited to find this one - and even happier when, once again, I got a pre-release copy of the book to read and review (thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley). Like the first, there's plenty of nail-biting action, both on the part of the pooches and their very likable trainer, Mason "Mace" Reid. Needless to say, though, the dogs pretty much have a corner on the lovable end - any country music fan like me would be hard-pressed to resist pups with names like Delta Dawn, Elvira and Sue (yes, the latter is a boy). They all live near Chicago, and the dogs are in demand, largely by the Chicago Police Department, for their expertise in sniffing out human remains. As this story opens, a call from the previous summer sends Mace and a couple of his best canines to a major downtown fire, where the dogs nose out a body. Subsequent investigation determines the fire to be arson and that the dead guy, a lawyer, bit the dust before he turned up as a crispy critter (i.e., he was murdered). Back to the present, Mace's not-yet-but-hoped-for main squeeze, police officer Kippy Gimm, calls him in to help with the murder of a local musician who, shall we say, was musically challenged and lost. Then Mace and the dogs seek and find an even more prominent - and spectacularly dead - local district attorney. That, in turn, leads to suspicions of nefarious connections that reach to the highest levels of government (hey, this is Chicago, after all). But whoever the someone or someones are behind the murder, it's pretty clear an in-depth investigation won't be welcome. Mace and Kippy soon learn that the hard way, though - putting them and the dogs in mortal danger, on the run and smack dab in the middle of an episode of "Who Do You Trust?" For sure, this one barked right up my tree, and I'm sure it will be a hit with other readers as well. Good job!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    'Sweet Home Chicago!' I really enjoy this mystery series set in Chicago, featuring Mason Reid and his team of cadaver-sniffing dogs. This particular mystery delves into the corrupt Chicago Way which is designed to keep the worker bee populace subservient. Mace's most talented dog, Vira, unwittingly lands him smack in the middle of this corruption and the powers that be are none too happy. Mace finds himself threatened and his friends endangered. But when they go after his dogs--watch out! This is 'Sweet Home Chicago!' I really enjoy this mystery series set in Chicago, featuring Mason Reid and his team of cadaver-sniffing dogs. This particular mystery delves into the corrupt Chicago Way which is designed to keep the worker bee populace subservient. Mace's most talented dog, Vira, unwittingly lands him smack in the middle of this corruption and the powers that be are none too happy. Mace finds himself threatened and his friends endangered. But when they go after his dogs--watch out! This is not just a cutesy dog story--there is murder and creepy bad guys and evil doers galore! The action is so intense in some parts, I actually had to close the Kindle and walk away for a bit, lol. If you are a dog lover, you'll understand what I mean. Mace's dogs have as much personality as any of the human characters do, which is saying a lot. Such loyalty and bravery! But I should also mention that there is a little touch of awkward romance which brings some lightness to the story. Can't wait to see what happens between Mace and Officer Kippy in future books. I received an arc of this new mystery from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks for the opportunity.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    The Keepers By Jeffrey B Burton I loved the first book in the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery Series and when I saw this book available I knew I had to read it! I flew through the first book and the second installment in the series reminded me just how much I enjoyed reading this series and the emotional connection Mason (Mace) Reid had with his cadaver dogs as he helps out with the local Sheriff's Department or the Chicago Police. I was so happy to revisit Vira - so special in the ability to track but also The Keepers By Jeffrey B Burton I loved the first book in the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery Series and when I saw this book available I knew I had to read it! I flew through the first book and the second installment in the series reminded me just how much I enjoyed reading this series and the emotional connection Mason (Mace) Reid had with his cadaver dogs as he helps out with the local Sheriff's Department or the Chicago Police. I was so happy to revisit Vira - so special in the ability to track but also with a sixth sense in determining the killers as well. I just loved getting back into the mystery world of this K-9 series. Burton writes another emotionally thrilling novel that is so engaging I just could not put this book down. I highly recommend this book and series. This was another winner!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lou Jacobs

    This is not some cutesy doggie story. But, a tale of three murders. World renown rocker Jonny Whting's crumpled body with smashed in skull and missing eye lies sprawled on the kitchen floor of his posh condominium. While his famous guitar lies in ruins next to his destroyed and decomposing body. David Siskin, real estate investor from Minneapolis, lies on the floor of the Chicago office of the Investment Group .... his body crushed, almost unrecognizable with compound fractures in all his limbs This is not some cutesy doggie story. But, a tale of three murders. World renown rocker Jonny Whting's crumpled body with smashed in skull and missing eye lies sprawled on the kitchen floor of his posh condominium. While his famous guitar lies in ruins next to his destroyed and decomposing body. David Siskin, real estate investor from Minneapolis, lies on the floor of the Chicago office of the Investment Group .... his body crushed, almost unrecognizable with compound fractures in all his limbs ... bones hideously protruding through the skin. And, lastly .... Special Prosecutor Peter Feist's neck was not only broken, but his head was facing the wrong direction. All portend ongoing high stakes corruption at the highest level. Linking to the ongoing murder investigations is the presence of Mace Reid and his band of humans remains detection (HRD) dogs. Mace's precious golden retriever, Vira, has savant style skills. Her skill set is heightened by her ability to forensically retain the almost DNA-like scent of perpetrators ... by merely sniffing the corpse. Jeffrey Burton effortlessly spins a convoluted narrative laced with wit and guile, escalating to a satisfying denouement. Along the ride, a myriad of threads are laid down in tantalizing details to ultimately culminate in a complex web. Burton provides a compelling storyline infused with suspense and aided by characters with complex motivations that leads to an entertaining and enjoyable read, This second book in the series is a much more complete and complex mystery and can certainly be read as a standalone. Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for providing an Uncorrected Proof in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.5 I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book, but that is because a corruption plot is not as interesting as a serial killer plot to me. I’m also grading down because the author used an offensive term in the first book, (which was at the near end of the book, did nothing to further the plot so in my opinion was totally unnecessary) and the author did the exact same thing in this book at the exact same point in the book, but used a different offensive term. I don’t get it. With that said, I s 3.5 I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first book, but that is because a corruption plot is not as interesting as a serial killer plot to me. I’m also grading down because the author used an offensive term in the first book, (which was at the near end of the book, did nothing to further the plot so in my opinion was totally unnecessary) and the author did the exact same thing in this book at the exact same point in the book, but used a different offensive term. I don’t get it. With that said, I still plan to continue with the series, because I love the idea of a Golden Retriever as a pivotal character and her handler. I love learning about how dogs are used in police investigations and the background on the different training, etc. While I really wish the author would stop using offensive words at the tail end of his books, I don't think it warrants never reading them again. Since I mention my dissatisfaction with him including these words in his writing, I am hoping that will do enough for anyone who considers reading this series. I may expand upon this review, but I’m not sure yet. Thanks to St. Martins Press, Sara Beth Harding and the author for a print review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Review Date: 06/13/2021 Publication Date: 06/29/2021

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hobart

    ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S THE KEEPERS ABOUT? While at a police station wrapping up a case he'd helped Chicago Police to wrap up, Mace and his golden retriever, Vira, are brought along on an urgent call, the man in charge of the State Attorney's Special Prosecution Office went missing at a park around midnight. It doesn't take long for Vira to find his body. Not long after that, while Mace is waiting to be sent home, Vira's almost impossi ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S THE KEEPERS ABOUT? While at a police station wrapping up a case he'd helped Chicago Police to wrap up, Mace and his golden retriever, Vira, are brought along on an urgent call, the man in charge of the State Attorney's Special Prosecution Office went missing at a park around midnight. It doesn't take long for Vira to find his body. Not long after that, while Mace is waiting to be sent home, Vira's almost impossible/might-as-well-be-supernatural abilities give Mace a reason to believe that he knows the Attorney's killer. And Mace regrets that instantly—the man responsible isn't anyone Mace, or his police friends, want to cross. But they have no choice—which leads to them being on the run, fighting some of the more powerful men in Chicago just to survive, much less get anywhere to finding his killer. RETURNING CHARACTERS In The Finders, there were two uniformed officers and two police detectives involved with Mace and the investigation. This time out, it's pretty much just the two uniformed officers—Kippy Gimm and her partner Dave Wabiszewski. It's not often (at least not often enough) that non-detective officers get the focus, and it's a refreshing change of pace. Also, while readers had enough exposure to all the police characters to be satisfied, it's nicer this time to not have your attention split and the reader can really get to know these characters better and form a closer emotional bond. If memory serves, we met Kippy before we met Mace last year, but we didn't get that much time with Wabs. It's good to have that changed. OHH, A NEW DOG Mace has added another dog to his pack, a three-month-old bloodhound named Billie Joe. Billie Joe isn't good for much more than comic relief at the moment, but I'm sure within a book or two, Mace'll have him trained enough that he can carry his own weight. In the meantime, he's fun to chuckle at. There's an extended comedic break at the beginning of Chapter 21 that is great on its own—but it comes at just the right time in the book to give a little breather as the tension mounts and just before it shifts into a new gear. It's just Mace talking to his dogs, pretty much the same way that anyone with pets has done regularly. I could rea 3-4 more of those each book and it wouldn't get tired. In the meantime, I'll just reread that scene occasionally. THE KILLER That's not really the best heading for this section, because there are a few killers running through these pages—and as some are acting on orders from others, who really gets that label? Anyway, I wanted to say a little about the individual who is immediately responsible for most of the deaths in the book—this isn't a spoiler really, we meet him in Chapter 1. He is large, frightening, brutal, and efficient. He's also a very chatty guy who has a lot to say about the English language. This side of Justified's Boyd Crowder, you're not going to find a criminal as chatty as this guy. I enjoyed his little talks about English idioms more than I should have. If this guy isn't one of your favorite baddies of the year, you should rethink things. Best of all? He's not a serial killer. I was a little afraid that after The FInders this series would be Mace and His Dogs vs. Various Serial Killers. Now that it's clear that Mace and the dogs will be dealing with a variety of criminals, I'm a bit more positive about the series as a whole. SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT THE KEEPERS? At the same time I was reading this, I was listening to an audiobook (nonfiction) about Capone and Ness during Prohibition. Listening to a thoroughly researched account of corruption in Chicago politics while reading a novel about corrupt Chicago officials, really makes the fictional feel more reality-based. I'm not saying everyone needs to go out and grab a book about Capone and Ness to fully appreciate this, I'm just saying being reminded that things may not have changed that much in almost a century adds a little something to the experience. I loved this, I really did. I remembered liking last year's debut, I remembered most of the bigger plot points, the dogs, and so on—and remembered really enjoying the book. In less than one chapter of Mace's first-person narration, I remembered just how much I like him and his voice. I kicked myself for forgetting that part—Mace is a great protagonist for this alone. When I wrote about The Finders last year, I said: It's possible that I'm rating this a little higher than it deserves. If I was being entirely objective, I'd probably take off a half or maybe a full star from my rating. But this isn't an objective piece, or an objective rating—this is about how much I enjoyed this, how it appealed to me, entertained me and made me want to read on. For that, it scored really high for me. I'm not saying that this year—this is a superior novel that I enjoyed as much, if not more—I was again entertained and couldn't wait to find out what happened. I'm giving this the same rating without apology or disclaimer. It was tense, it was funny, it was horrifying (on a couple of occasions), and my jaw hit the floor a few times. I still can't believe a few of the choices that Burton made, even with a few days' worth of thought. He does some risky things, swinging for the fences with this—and they absolutely worked. You don't need to have read The Finders to appreciate The Keepers for what it is—great Crime Fiction with a strong central protagonist, some great supporting characters, and a fantastic opponent. Oh, yeah, and a bunch of great dogs. More than enough reasons to take this recommendation and run to your nearest library/bookseller with it Disclaimer: I received this eARC from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for this post—thanks to both for this.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    The Keepers by Jeffrey B. Burton is the second book in The Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series. I absolutely loved the first book, The Finders, so as soon as I saw that the next installment was here, I knew I had to read it. And boy did it live up to my expectations. After establishing a history and foundation in the first book, this one starts off from the go. As before, we get plenty of suspense, mystery, intrigue, and complex plots to solve right along with Mace, Vira the amazing GR (his prize pupil The Keepers by Jeffrey B. Burton is the second book in The Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series. I absolutely loved the first book, The Finders, so as soon as I saw that the next installment was here, I knew I had to read it. And boy did it live up to my expectations. After establishing a history and foundation in the first book, this one starts off from the go. As before, we get plenty of suspense, mystery, intrigue, and complex plots to solve right along with Mace, Vira the amazing GR (his prize pupil in his team of search/cadaver canines), and Officer Kippy Gimm, amongst others. I loved the plot twists, the sharp edges, and the conclusion. I especially enjoy reading about the tight bonds of the highly-trained working dogs and their owner/handler. Nothing is more exciting then that. This book, and series, has everything that a murder/mystery and police procedural book enthusiast could ask for. This book is a great addition to this awesome series. It just keeps getting better. I cannot wait until I can hang out with the team again! Excellent. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press for this wonderful ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 6/29/21.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Mace Reid trains and works with cadaver dogs. Neither he nor his family of dogs wear a badge nor police protective gear and they work alongside Chicago PD, not for it. It is not vital to have read the first in series. Here the bodies have been brutally destroyed both before and after death and there is no doubt in the reader's mind about who the murderer is, only about who hired him, but that is also revealed. Far reaching corruption is discovered at the root of it all, but the threats to Mace, Mace Reid trains and works with cadaver dogs. Neither he nor his family of dogs wear a badge nor police protective gear and they work alongside Chicago PD, not for it. It is not vital to have read the first in series. Here the bodies have been brutally destroyed both before and after death and there is no doubt in the reader's mind about who the murderer is, only about who hired him, but that is also revealed. Far reaching corruption is discovered at the root of it all, but the threats to Mace, his dogs, and the CPD officers he works with are just too scary. Lots of suspense, plot twists, and more. Good work! I requested and received a free ebook copy from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you! If anyone is interested in a nonfiction view of cadaver dogs try No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators by Steve Jackson (print January 1, 2002, audio May 04, 2015)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Brouwer

    Viras fluffy little soul just grips me and warms my heart... then terrifies me. I love this series so much. The incorporation of dogs into a suspense and murder story. Yes please! Nothing could be better in my world. This book is very well written with endearing characters that you get attached to. I was sad when I go to the last page because I had to say goodbye to this band of characters till the next book. It was fast paced and suspenseful and outright scary at times. This book needs to go wa Viras fluffy little soul just grips me and warms my heart... then terrifies me. I love this series so much. The incorporation of dogs into a suspense and murder story. Yes please! Nothing could be better in my world. This book is very well written with endearing characters that you get attached to. I was sad when I go to the last page because I had to say goodbye to this band of characters till the next book. It was fast paced and suspenseful and outright scary at times. This book needs to go way up there on your must read list.

  16. 5 out of 5

    3 no 7

    When people ask Mason “Mace” Reid what he does for a living, they just do not understand why he trains dogs to hunt for the dead. Reid trains “human remains detection” dogs for the Chicago Police Department. He also testifies in court, so by necessity, he keeps detailed records of what he sees, what his dogs find, and everything of interest that happens along the way. Reid is casual, lighthearted, and informative as he talks to readers, but mostly he talks to himself and to his dogs. Alternating When people ask Mason “Mace” Reid what he does for a living, they just do not understand why he trains dogs to hunt for the dead. Reid trains “human remains detection” dogs for the Chicago Police Department. He also testifies in court, so by necessity, he keeps detailed records of what he sees, what his dogs find, and everything of interest that happens along the way. Reid is casual, lighthearted, and informative as he talks to readers, but mostly he talks to himself and to his dogs. Alternating chapters present events and situations from other perspectives, giving a different view to the whole investigation and bringing out unsavory details that Reid does not yet know. Readers get to know Reid and his procedures well, but readers really get to know the dogs; they are what he talks about the most. He does, however, have some significant personal issues. His ex-wife is engaged to a man Reid describes as a “Ken” doll. His past relationship with a fellow cop is on hold due to his own lack of commitment to her; their relationship, both with each other and with the dogs, evolves as the story progresses. The focus of the story is, of course, the dogs and their intuition -- what they find or do not find. The pace is steady, and the dogs prove their ability to find what people cannot. However, a dog’s identification alone does not a conviction make, so there is much to be done to prove the identity of the killer. Reid’s life becomes complicated, and the situation deteriorates into politics at its nastiest. “The Keepers” is a captivating story with humor, comedy, and crime. I received a review copy of “The Keepers” from Jeffrey B. Burton, St. Martin’s Press, and Minotaur Books. It has a complex story, believable characters, and, of course, the dogs. “The Keepers” is the second book in the “Mace Reid K-9 Mystery” series. I recommend that new readers go back and read the first book in the series, “The Finders.” I really liked the first book better.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    If you read the first book of this series, “The Finders”, then you’ve already fallen in love with Mace and his crime-fighting cop friend Kippy Gimm. if you haven’t, it’s fine to read this book first but you’ll definitely want to go back and read the first book for further background history. Mace Reid doesn’t have much self-esteem although he’s strong-willed, hard-headed, and has a HUGE heart of gold for his four-legged best friends. His good friend and cop, Kippy Gimm, knows how special Mace is If you read the first book of this series, “The Finders”, then you’ve already fallen in love with Mace and his crime-fighting cop friend Kippy Gimm. if you haven’t, it’s fine to read this book first but you’ll definitely want to go back and read the first book for further background history. Mace Reid doesn’t have much self-esteem although he’s strong-willed, hard-headed, and has a HUGE heart of gold for his four-legged best friends. His good friend and cop, Kippy Gimm, knows how special Mace is, but doesn’t want to get into a complicated relationship with anyone at this early point in her career. Too bad for Mace because he can’t help but trip over himself whenever he’s in the company of the most enthralling woman he’s ever met. So these two get thrown together through a quick series of horrible events at the hands of a powerful crime lord. Cordov Woods, an eager and villainous employee of the crime lord, wants to end Mace’s career and the lives of his extremely intelligent and somewhat clairvoyant dogs, especially his Golden Retriever, Vira. So begins the violent but at times hilariously funny struggle of Mace as he attempts to impress Kippy with his magnetism while keeping himself and his dogs alive. The plot, characters, tidbits of humor, and underlying evil mix together to make this a quick and enjoyable crime novel made specifically for dog lovers. I can’t wait for the next installment to see what happens next! Sincere thanks to NetGalley and St, Martin’s Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The publishing date is June 29, 2021.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Darn it all to heck, Jeffrey B. Burton for making me cry while reading The Keepers. And once you read it, you’ll know the part I’m talking about! Another fantastic book in the Mace Reid K-9 Mysteries, although I did miss the unique personalities of the dogs. They were still in The Keepers, but seemed to be a bit more in The Finders, and this was one aspect of the book that I really enjoyed. Burton kept the story going at a steady clip and masterfully intertwined the various plot lines. I was tryin Darn it all to heck, Jeffrey B. Burton for making me cry while reading The Keepers. And once you read it, you’ll know the part I’m talking about! Another fantastic book in the Mace Reid K-9 Mysteries, although I did miss the unique personalities of the dogs. They were still in The Keepers, but seemed to be a bit more in The Finders, and this was one aspect of the book that I really enjoyed. Burton kept the story going at a steady clip and masterfully intertwined the various plot lines. I was trying to piece together one murder with what was going on and Burton went in a different direction then what I was thinking, so that was fun. Burton’s characters are very well written and he’s not afraid to get down and dirty with them, even going to a place some writers are hesitant to go. And after that moment, it instantly made me excited to see how it would progress in book three. Yea, vague, but no spoilers, and you should read The Finders before The Keepers, if you haven’t already to really get behind the bit I was surprised happened. Besides writing excellent characters, Burton is able to make the city of Chicago into one of the characters too. The reader learns so much about the broad and intricate details of the Windy City, which adds another fascinating layer to the story. If you’re looking for a quick read with lots of twists and turns and adorable dogs, definitely check out The Keepers… after you read The Finders. ;)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    The Keepers. By Jeffrey B Burton. This is the 2nd in this series and I have Enjoyed both books the 1st one got me hooked on his writing. I found the 1st one on netgally by accident. It was a good accident.. Mace is a cadaver Dog Trainer and Dog Lover... [I Love that..] His Dogs are Special.. Vira is a Beautiful Golden retriever. She can smell Dead Body's. She smells a murders scent. And There's Murder going on in the Windy city of Chicago. there's lots of - corruption going on. In Chicago. Mace - The Keepers. By Jeffrey B Burton. This is the 2nd in this series and I have Enjoyed both books the 1st one got me hooked on his writing. I found the 1st one on netgally by accident. It was a good accident.. Mace is a cadaver Dog Trainer and Dog Lover... [I Love that..] His Dogs are Special.. Vira is a Beautiful Golden retriever. She can smell Dead Body's. She smells a murders scent. And There's Murder going on in the Windy city of Chicago. there's lots of - corruption going on. In Chicago. Mace - Vira .. and officer kippy have some work to do. This is a wonderful Book. But to be Honest.. Book 1 the Finders. Is my Favorite. Hoping this author writes another book in this series. Thank you Jeffrey B Burton For These Great books. I do Love vier ..

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda McHugh

    4.5 Stars I love sinking my teeth into a new series. I read The Finders earlier this year, and while it wasn't my favorite, I was a fan of Burton's writing style, and was happy to be approved for the second installment of the Mace Reid K-9 series. Recovering from the events of Book 1, Mace is focused on training and taking care of his dogs. He's got a solid friendship-maybe-more working with CPD Officer Kippy Gimm, and he's settling into his routine, when a late-night call brings him to Washingto 4.5 Stars I love sinking my teeth into a new series. I read The Finders earlier this year, and while it wasn't my favorite, I was a fan of Burton's writing style, and was happy to be approved for the second installment of the Mace Reid K-9 series. Recovering from the events of Book 1, Mace is focused on training and taking care of his dogs. He's got a solid friendship-maybe-more working with CPD Officer Kippy Gimm, and he's settling into his routine, when a late-night call brings him to Washington Park. What he finds there is more than a body, and soon Mace, Kippy, and the dogs become entangled in a ring of corruption and murder that threatens to bring the city of Chicago to the ground--and put them six feet under. I really enjoyed this book. To start, this was a fast-paced yet literary read. I am a sucker for allusions, and I was not disappointed by Burton's references to other illustrious works, a feat that added depth to his characters and their motivations. I wanted a little more in terms of active dialogue (as opposed to explanatory prose), but it was cinematic and riveting in its entirety. Mace's voice was engaging and dynamic. Where I was a little put off by his behavior in the debut--he often struck me as much older and borderline offensive--I found him to be much more well-rounded and accessible this time around. I appreciated his gritty humor and sarcasm. His conversational tone felt authentic and brought strategic comedic relief to some tense situations. I pictured him more as a Gerard Butler or a Bosch, a little rough around the edges, but lovable, complex, and caring. I also appreciated his relationship with his dogs. Where animals are often seen as throw-away characters--used more to propel the plot of the protagonist than actual characters in their own right--here, we see them as smart, intuitive, and brave. They're given respect by not only Mace, but by the people he holds closest in life. They talk to them, account for their safety, and I genuinely loved to see that. My dog basically thinks he's a person, and I think any animal-loving reader is really going to relate to this aspect. His burgeoning relationship with Kippy Gimm and Wabs, too, felt much more successful here. They have a mutual respect, a friendship, and it was nice to see them looking out for each other rather than leaving their feelings surface-deep and abstract. Overall, The Keepers is an exciting, gripping, gritty crime thriller. I'd recommend for fans of The Wire, Bosch, or anyone who'd love to see cadaver dogs front and center of a suspense. Big thanks to Minotaur and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacqui

    The leading man in Jeffrey Burton's The Keepers (Minotaur Books 2021), second in the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series, is Mason Reid. He is an irreverent plain spoken former cop whose tough as nails attitude cost him a marriage, a few jobs, and at least one girlfriend. But all is forgiven because he loves his four HRD (human remains detection) dogs. They are mostly hired by Chicago PD to hunt out dead bodies. The star of the series, though, isn't Reid. It's Vira, a golden retriever pup who has the e The leading man in Jeffrey Burton's The Keepers (Minotaur Books 2021), second in the Mace Reid K-9 Mystery series, is Mason Reid. He is an irreverent plain spoken former cop whose tough as nails attitude cost him a marriage, a few jobs, and at least one girlfriend. But all is forgiven because he loves his four HRD (human remains detection) dogs. They are mostly hired by Chicago PD to hunt out dead bodies. The star of the series, though, isn't Reid. It's Vira, a golden retriever pup who has the extraordinary ability to smell the DNA left by killers on a dead body. Then, when it shows up on someone else, she goes into a sort of seizure--the sure sign that Mace is facing the murderer. That's not only an unusual ability. It’s never heard of. In this story, Vira and Mace are called on to help solve the murder of an aging rocker. Vira like most working dogs I know loves her job so finding the murderer proves easy enough and opens them up to another murder, this of a high powered figure in Chicago policing, this one leading someplace no one and mostly not Mason want it to go. But, they must follow the evidence and that's what gets Mason and Vira into a whole lot of trouble. Burton has a friendly easy going way of writing. You feel like he’s talking to you, telling an interesting story, not relaying life-and-death events. And, he has a great sense of humor. Look at these: "Yeah, I know—whenever I tell folks what I do for a living, they think I slept through Career Day in high school." "Vira’s just Vira—a canine savant and the LeBron James of cadaver dogs, that’s all."  "...Bill [one of Mason's HRD dogs] came scampering back to me, tail spinning like a ceiling fan." This book had some slow spots that I don't remember in the first (see my review of The Finders) but nothing to dissuade me from reading the next in the series. BTW, the final couple of scenes--they are to die for.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I did read The Finders of the Mace Reid K-9 series and was so excited to see that the Jeffrey Burton has continued the series with The Keepers and it's another mystery that will leave you awestruck. Mace, Vira, and Officer Kippy Grimm are at it again but this time it is with a trail that leads to a murder in Washington Park and the result This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I did read The Finders of the Mace Reid K-9 series and was so excited to see that the Jeffrey Burton has continued the series with The Keepers and it's another mystery that will leave you awestruck. Mace, Vira, and Officer Kippy Grimm are at it again but this time it is with a trail that leads to a murder in Washington Park and the results not only leave them at risk but the entire city of Chicago. All will stop at nothing to solve this murder even if it means putting the team and their own lives at risk. I absolutely could not get enough of this book and I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. We will consider adding this title to our Adult Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tina Wright

    I love this series! As I mentioned in my review of The Finders, Jeffrey B. Burton does an extraordinary job of fleshing out the personalities of his canine characters, and integrates them into these suspense plot lines in a way that is both believable and exciting. Our human heroes, Mace and Kippy, are equally easy to root for, and I was delighted with the growth in their personal relationship in this second installment. Finally, the plot itself held my attention, especially the exciting climax. I love this series! As I mentioned in my review of The Finders, Jeffrey B. Burton does an extraordinary job of fleshing out the personalities of his canine characters, and integrates them into these suspense plot lines in a way that is both believable and exciting. Our human heroes, Mace and Kippy, are equally easy to root for, and I was delighted with the growth in their personal relationship in this second installment. Finally, the plot itself held my attention, especially the exciting climax. I enjoy Burton’s breezy writing style, and I have only one complaint about Mace: He really needs to start voting. ; ) My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Faith Hurst-Bilinski

    Who’s a good dog? Can’t answer that. There are plenty of them. Let’s be honest, all fo the dogs. Maybe I am biased. I have been waiting for this book ever since I put down the last one. I even reread my review of The FInders before starting. Strangely, I am in the same place I was last year. We had just lost our 15 year old dog Lucy. This year, I have just lost Chewbacca to cancer. He would have been 15 in August. We now all just watch his brother Jasper because we can’t take it again. Poor guy. Who’s a good dog? Can’t answer that. There are plenty of them. Let’s be honest, all fo the dogs. Maybe I am biased. I have been waiting for this book ever since I put down the last one. I even reread my review of The FInders before starting. Strangely, I am in the same place I was last year. We had just lost our 15 year old dog Lucy. This year, I have just lost Chewbacca to cancer. He would have been 15 in August. We now all just watch his brother Jasper because we can’t take it again. Poor guy. Good thing he can barely see us staring at him. And there are three more Jack, Sally, and Dr. Finklestein, younger than him. Our youngest is now 7, though. The point is not that you know my dogs. The point is that I cannot stand anything happening to dogs. I shouldn’t be reading anything in which dogs can even be in danger right now. I had to skim anytime any bad guy was anywhere near the dogs. Considering what they do, that was a lot. I don’t think it hampered my enjoyment of the book. Just hit really close to home. Luckily for me the story focused on Mace, Kibby, and Wabs. They are going about their daily duties when they find out, through Vira, that one of the victims Vira found may be linked to something huge. I love how many spokes come out of the center crime in this. There are a lot of people responsible for making a criminal enterprise truly successful. Once again, there was a lot to like in this one. We have the humor and sarcasm in the main characters, especially Mace but starting to come out of Kibby and Wabs. Kibby could be a little rounded out and I’d like to have more time put into that. She’s someone I’d like to know a little more. We do get a really funny scene with Kibby and Mace’s ex-wife that gives a peak. More of that, please! I feel like I know the dogs better than I know Kibby. Maybe the author is a little more like me and prefers to focus on our canine friends. I get that. We are getting to know Mace really well, though. To give the characters something interesting to do, there was a complex but not convoluted plot. People kept getting brought into the story and we got to try to figure out all of the places they fit before it is revealed. One of my favorite parts of reading. One little thing I didn’t care for was the over explanation of common things. You don’t need to tell most people that B and E means breaking and entering. Even if you don’t know, am I the only one who likes it when I need to look something up in a book? Often, the background info is loing but interesting. Now, the hard part. I have to wait for the next installment. It’s hard when you really enjoy the characters and writing style of an author. Thank you to Jeffrey Burton for giving us another dog book. Sorry, another Mace and Kibby book. I need to go and preorder this book now. See more reviews on my blog if ya want: https://readeotw.wordpress.com/

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    When I reviewed Jeffrey B. Burton’s The Finders, I referred to the series debut as an intense, sometimes graphic novel with a remarkable dog. The second book, The Keepers, says “A Mace Reid K-9 Mystery” on the cover. Make no mistake, the cadaver dogs, especially Vira, are the true heroes of the book. Mace Reid has a pack of cadaver dogs, but Elvira (Vira) is special. She not only finds bodies, she somehow identifies traces of the killer. But, it’s not easy for an ordinary man when his dog can ide When I reviewed Jeffrey B. Burton’s The Finders, I referred to the series debut as an intense, sometimes graphic novel with a remarkable dog. The second book, The Keepers, says “A Mace Reid K-9 Mystery” on the cover. Make no mistake, the cadaver dogs, especially Vira, are the true heroes of the book. Mace Reid has a pack of cadaver dogs, but Elvira (Vira) is special. She not only finds bodies, she somehow identifies traces of the killer. But, it’s not easy for an ordinary man when his dog can identify violent killers. However, she and Sue, now a retired German shepherd, saved Mace once. Police officer Kippy Gimm calls Mace to a crime scene where a musician has been violently killed. Although the police keep the murder weapon a secret, Kippy and her partner, Dave Wabiszewski, find the killer who makes no secret of his hatred of the victim. Vira identified the killer, and she and Mace are at the police station watching as the suspect confesses. Mace later regrets that trip to the police station. A police sergeant tags him as the “dog man”, and says he and his dog are needed at Washington Park. Special Prosecutor Peter Feist didn’t come home the night before after asking the police to clear the park at 11:30 PM. It doesn’t take Vira long to find the body. It takes her even less time to alert when two men arrive at the crime scene. And, Mace is smart enough to alert when one man yells at Vira at the park and the other confronts him at Feist’s funeral. After a shocking murder, Kippy and Mace are forced to go on the run, accompanied by three of the dogs. Burton’s book sets a relentless pace as he throws his characters and the dogs into the dirtiest of Chicago politics and a desperate attempt to escape a relentless, powerful killer. The Keepers is a fast-paced novel of Chicago abuse of the bureaucracy. Mace Reid is an ordinary man. He’s no hero. Kippy calls him a lousy liar, and he turns beet red when he’s upset or embarrassed. He’s just a likable man caught up in an explosive situation. But, he and Kippy have to be creative, inspired by their fear and danger. They’re just lucky to have three cadaver dogs on their side. And, one person makes a mistake when he says, “They’re cadaver dogs. Sniffers, not fighters.”

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Abu-Hajar

    After reading The Finders, which is the first book in the series, I couldn't wait to read this one! Mason (Mace) Reid along with his pack of dogs dubbed The Finders are called when a need to locate a deceased body is needed. Mace has a new dog in training, Bill, a rambunctious puppy still in training who besides keeping Mace on his toes, also has the watchful eyes of the other dogs. Bill still finds a way to sneak off and roll in something nasty. Mace gets brought in by Officer Kippy Gimm to a sc After reading The Finders, which is the first book in the series, I couldn't wait to read this one! Mason (Mace) Reid along with his pack of dogs dubbed The Finders are called when a need to locate a deceased body is needed. Mace has a new dog in training, Bill, a rambunctious puppy still in training who besides keeping Mace on his toes, also has the watchful eyes of the other dogs. Bill still finds a way to sneak off and roll in something nasty. Mace gets brought in by Officer Kippy Gimm to a scene where a 911 call came in for a singer, Jonny Whiting. This time Mace is bringing Vira, his special dog, under the assumption it is to look for drugs since Jonny Whiting is already dead. Vira not only can sniff out a deceased body but a killer and because of her uniqueness with the inability to explain Vira's specialty, only a handful of people know about Vira. Mace and Vira tag along with Kippy and her partner, Officer Dave (Wabs) Wabiszewski where one of the places Vira issues her warning alerting Mace to the killer. Mace is invited back to the station to observe the suspect being questioned when he is suddenly requested to bring Vira to a park. Vira finds the body and also, her special senses kick in and when Vira gives Mace her warning growl, he realizes the situation is heavy-duty. Mace can only think of jetting out of Chicago with his dogs until Wabs suggests that Mace and his pack move in with him. Kippy comes up with a plan. They are going to need a better plan! I enjoy this series so much! There are some shocking surprises that have kept me fearing for what would come next. Vira, the wonder dog, takes center stage keeping Mace on his toes where he has to do some quick thinking and of course, the pack watches each other's backs. Even though Mace isn't an officer, I like how Kippy and Wabs pull Mace into the fold knowing that he and his wonder dog can help solve tough cases. The end was bittersweet, but I did like Kippy getting even and the good news that she shares with Mace. Great read! I requested and received an ARC from NetGalley via Minotaur Books and I have voluntarily reviewed this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    WycEd Reader

    Check out our full post for THE KEEPERS on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆☆ 4.5 stars M/F Mystery Mace has an amazing pack of dogs that can do a number of jobs for the community, the police, and they are just great to have along with him. When they are called to a police scene, while they aren't super popular with the department, not everyone is so biased against them either. You get to see strange things start to unravel... Kippy Grimm is a diligent, honest, Check out our full post for THE KEEPERS on Wicked Reads. Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆☆ 4.5 stars M/F Mystery Mace has an amazing pack of dogs that can do a number of jobs for the community, the police, and they are just great to have along with him. When they are called to a police scene, while they aren't super popular with the department, not everyone is so biased against them either. You get to see strange things start to unravel... Kippy Grimm is a diligent, honest, and hardworking officer. She wants justice, no matter who is involved. When she and Mace find themselves with a mystery on their hands, Kippy knows that she'll have to ensure everyone survives. Their city is under attack and when those around them can't be trusted, Mace and Kippy, along with the dogs, know they can only survive if they trust each other. You'll be cheering them on, frustrated with the bad guys, and fall more and more in love with Mace's pack of furry friends. I really enjoyed this mystery. It was somewhat predictable, but I didn't think it was annoyingly so. I can't wait for more from this group. Reviewers received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Toni Osborne

    Mace Reid K-9 Mystery book#2 This series features golden retriever cadaver dog Vira and her handler, Mason Reid. In this second installment the duo are called in to search Washington Park in the wee hours of the day, what they find has them running for their lives..... I haven’t read book one and in no ways was it a challenge to start at this point although I admit that book #1 is on my radar. The story stands perfectly well by itself. This is a solid, hard action mystery that grabs from the start Mace Reid K-9 Mystery book#2 This series features golden retriever cadaver dog Vira and her handler, Mason Reid. In this second installment the duo are called in to search Washington Park in the wee hours of the day, what they find has them running for their lives..... I haven’t read book one and in no ways was it a challenge to start at this point although I admit that book #1 is on my radar. The story stands perfectly well by itself. This is a solid, hard action mystery that grabs from the start. It is also a nice combination of an amateur sleuth mystery with a good dose of police procedural. What stands out is the relationship (love) between the handler and his dogs, this shines all through the book. The “Keepers” is very engaging and the author cleverly keeps the intensity to a high level in order to keep us flipping pages. Indeed it kept me engrossed with the many twists and turns that led to a dramatic ending. We have two major criminal cases: one, the murder of a rock star battered to death with his guitar and second the brutal murder of the head of Special Prosecutor Bureau. These cases bring out panoply of shady characters: the head of the Chicago mob, his psychopathic son, crooked politicians and businessmen, police superintendent and multiple other bad guys....but to save the day after a savage confrontation is Mace with his sidekick Kippy and the dogs. Yep.. I rooted for the dogs...:) One plot which was put to bed fairly easily and the second simmered into an explosive boil.....very captivating. The main characters and the support characters including the canine variety are well developed. Mace is not a superman: he drinks some, swears too much and vomits when scared but loves his dogs and his friend, CPD office Kippy Gimm is the perfect ally. I loved that the dogs weren’t just background players. They had a job to do and their training is explored...well-done. I had the opportunity to receive this ARC from St-Martin Press via Netgalley for my thoughts, this is the way I see it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diana Brown

    The Keepers by Jeffrey B. Burton is the 2nd book in the Mace Reid K-9 series. I enjoyed the first in the series and and this one was just as enjoyable. There is something special between K-9 handlers and their dogs, and Mace trains his pack to be cadaver dogs, however Vira he discovered has an extra talent, to track murderers. In The Keepers she is front and center in helping Mace and Kippy with a murder investigation. What I truly love is not just the fast paced mystery, but how much personalit The Keepers by Jeffrey B. Burton is the 2nd book in the Mace Reid K-9 series. I enjoyed the first in the series and and this one was just as enjoyable. There is something special between K-9 handlers and their dogs, and Mace trains his pack to be cadaver dogs, however Vira he discovered has an extra talent, to track murderers. In The Keepers she is front and center in helping Mace and Kippy with a murder investigation. What I truly love is not just the fast paced mystery, but how much personality is given to Mace's dogs -- all named from songs I know and love: Sue (from Boy named Sue), Delta Dawn, Maggie May, Elvira -- even his latest addition, a hilarious puppy, Billie Joe! When Mace Reid and Vira are called in to search Washington Park at three o'clock in the morning, what they find has them running for their very lives. The trail of murder and mayhem Mace and CPD Officer Kippy Gimm have been following leads them to uncover treachery and corruption at the highest level, and their discoveries do not bode well for them . . . nor for the Windy City itself. While this could be read as a stand alone I recommend reading the 1st book, to get know Mace and his pack The finders, and how he and Vira started out -- besides its an excellent read. Warning...there is some violence towards dogs for those who have issues. Thank you Netgalley and St, Martins Press for the chance to read an advance copy!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Mace finds himself in the middle of a frightening and complex conspiracy when his cadaver dog Vira scents on the body of a prosecutor in a Chicago park. He's a dog handler- he's got 5- who works with the police, especially with Kippy and her partner, both of whom appreciate Vira's special ability to capture the scent of a murderer. Kippy, Mace, and the dogs find themselves on the run when it becomes apparent that there's a conspiracy afoot and that someone wants them dead. No spoilers from me bu Mace finds himself in the middle of a frightening and complex conspiracy when his cadaver dog Vira scents on the body of a prosecutor in a Chicago park. He's a dog handler- he's got 5- who works with the police, especially with Kippy and her partner, both of whom appreciate Vira's special ability to capture the scent of a murderer. Kippy, Mace, and the dogs find themselves on the run when it becomes apparent that there's a conspiracy afoot and that someone wants them dead. No spoilers from me but these awesome dogs. There's also a subplot about the murder of a one hit wonder. I like this series - and this is only the second one (fine as a standalone)- for the characters as much as the mystery. And by characters, I include the dogs. Gotta love Bill rolling on everything gross, Sue presiding over things from the couch, and the others. Mace loves the dogs, who ae devoted to him as well. This has a good twisty mystery, it's got great storytelling, and it's a fast paced read. Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book.

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