cover image Blind Search: A Mercy and Elvis Mystery

Blind Search: A Mercy and Elvis Mystery

Paula Munier. Minotaur, $26.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-15305-0

The murder of architect Alice de Clare, who was found on the estate of Vermont billionaire Daniel Feinberg with an arrow through her heart, propels Munier’s appealing sequel to 2018’s A Borrowing of Bones. Daniel hires former military MP Mercy Carr and her bomb-sniffing Belgian shepherd, Elvis, to investigate. Mercy’s love interest, game warden Troy Warner, and his search and rescue dog, Susie Bear, lend a hand. They’re aided by nine-year-old math whiz Henry Jenkins, a possible witness, whose father was in love with Alice. The killer could be among the well-heeled hunting party that Daniel is hosting, whose entwined histories date back to the early 1980s, and as Mercy teases out their secrets, she also explores her growing attraction to Troy. The hunting party’s overly complex interpersonal relationships often bog down the action, but Munier’s affection for the dogs she depicts, as well as Henry’s sweet bond with them, will warm hearts. Readers will look forward to the irresistible Mercy and Elvis’s next adventure. (Nov.)