Hiding Place
by Munier, Paula






"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 beloved canine partner Elvis, if his former handler has his way.... Some people take their secrets with them to the grave. Others leave them behind on their deathbeds, riddles for the survivors to solve. When her late grandfather's dying deputy calls Mercy to his side, she and Elvis inherit the cold case that haunted him-and may have killed him. But finding Beth Kilgore 20 years after she disappeared is more than a lost cause. It's a Pandora's box releasing a rain of evil on the very people Mercy and Elvis hold most dear. The timing couldn't be worse when the man who murdered her grandfather escapes from prison and a fellow Army vet turns up claiming that Elvis is his dog, not hers. With her grandmother Patience gone missing, and Elvis's future uncertain, Mercy faces the prospect of losing her most treasured allies, the only ones she believes truly love and understand her. She needs help, and that means forgiving Vermont Game Warden Troy Warner long enough to enlist his aid. With time running out for Patience, Mercy and Elvis must team up with Troy and his search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear to unravel the secrets of the past and save her grandmother-before it's too late. Once again, Paula Munier crafts a terrific mystery thriller filled with intrigue, action, resilient characters, the mountains of Vermont, and two amazing dogs"-





PAULA MUNIER is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Mercy and Elvis mysteries. A Borrowing of Bones, the first in the series, was nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and named the Dogwise Book of the Year. Blind Search was inspired by the real-life rescue of a little boy with autism who got lost in the woods. Paula credits the hero dogs of Mission K9 Rescue, her own rescue dogs Bear, Bliss, and Blondie-a Malinois mix as loyal and smart as Elvis-and a lifelong passion for crime fiction as her series' major influences. She's also written three popular books on writing: Plot Perfect, The Writer's Guide to Beginnings, and Writing with Quiet Hands, as well as Fixing Freddie and Happier Every Day. She lives in New Hampshire with her family, the dogs, and a torbie tabby named Ursula.





This third Mercy Carr mystery (following Blind Search, 2019) finds Mercy more settled: Brodie, the teenager whom Mercy took in earlier in the series, has made a cozy family with her partner and new baby, and Mercy continues to enjoy the proximity of her steadfast grandmother, Patience, if not the problems of dealing with her persnickety mother, Grace. Then army veteran Wesley Hallet shows up; he's the former handler of Elvis, Mercy's ex-military dog, and he wants Elvis back. Readers might expect the Hallmark treatment, wherein Mercy and Hallet's dislike thaws and they (and Elvis) live happily ever after, but no. There's soon an attack on Patience's home, the man who killed Mercy's grandfather escapes from jail, and a young man's body is found in the woods. Add a will-they-won't-they romance between Mercy and Vermont game warden Troy, and the mysteries and thrilling chases compound, culminating in a lengthy, frightening scene that will keep readers gripped. Munier unobtrusively paints vivid pictures of both rural Vermont and family life as her exciting story unfolds. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





This third Mercy Carr mystery (following Blind Search, 2019) finds Mercy more settled: Brodie, the teenager whom Mercy took in earlier in the series, has made a cozy family with her partner and new baby, and Mercy continues to enjoy the proximity of her steadfast grandmother, Patience, if not the problems of dealing with her persnickety mother, Grace. Then army veteran Wesley Hallet shows up; he's the former handler of Elvis, Mercy's ex-military dog, and he wants Elvis back. Readers might expect the Hallmark treatment, wherein Mercy and Hallet's dislike thaws and they (and Elvis) live happily ever after, but no. There's soon an attack on Patience's home, the man who killed Mercy's grandfather escapes from jail, and a young man's body is found in the woods. Add a will-they-won't-they romance between Mercy and Vermont game warden Troy, and the mysteries and thrilling chases compound, culminating in a lengthy, frightening scene that will keep readers gripped. Munier unobtrusively paints vivid pictures of both rural Vermont and family life as her exciting story unfolds. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





A case from the past creates trouble for the family of a murdered sheriff. Mercy Carr returned from Afghanistan broken in spirit after the death of her fiance but determined to rebuild her life. She and game warden Troy Warner had formed a deep attachment, but it was marred by the sudden return of the wife Mercy thought he'd divorced. When Mercy and Elvis, her retired bomb dog, visit August Pitt, her late grandfather Red's dying deputy, he begs her to find someone named Beth Kilgore, giving her boxes filled with the files of a long-cold case. Back home, Troy and his tracking dog, Susie Bear, find the body of a missing wildlife biologist. Blindsided when Elvis' original handler wants the dog back, Mercy refuses, but the man doesn't give up. The next blow is the prison escape of George Rucker, the real estate developer who killed Red. After her grandmother's house is bombed, Mercy and Troy investigate the bombing and take over Pitt's hunt for Beth. A search of Rucker's remote unsold properties reveals a skeleton in a barrel. The kidnapping of Mercy's grandmother results in a frantic search, dangerous interactions in frozen woods with unknown killers, and the realization that those old cases are very much tied to the present. Another exciting, complex, dog-centric mystery that explores the heroine's inner strength and power to love. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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