Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Blind Search by Paula Munier

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Blind Search by Paula Munier

Series: Mercy and Elvis Mysteries #2

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: November 5

Genre: Mystery, Working Dogs

Synopsis: It’s October, hunting season in the Green Mountains—and the Vermont wilderness has never been more beautiful or more dangerous. Especially for nine-year-old Henry, who’s lost in the woods. Again. Only this time he sees something terrible. When a young woman is found shot through the heart with a fatal arrow, Mercy thinks that something is murder. But Henry, a math genius whose autism often silences him when he should speak up most, is not talking.

Now there’s a murderer hiding among the hunters in the forest—and Mercy and Elvis must team up with their crime-solving friends, game warden Troy Warner and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear, to find the killer—before the killer finds Henry. When an early season blizzard hits the mountains, cutting them off from the rest of the world, the race is on to solve the crime, apprehend the murderer, and keep the boy safe until the snowplows get through.

Inspired by the true search-and-rescue case of an autistic boy who got lost in the Vermont wilderness, Paula Munier’s mystery is a compelling roller coaster ride through the worst of winter—and human nature. 

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It’s fitting that my first Can’t-Wait-Wednesday in several months is a mystery about a working dog. Reading mysteries with working dogs in them are just about my favorite type of book right now!

I read the first Mercy and Elvis book (A Borrowing of Bones) last year and really enjoyed it. I love the cover of this book!

Review: A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

A Borrowing of Bones by Paula MunierA Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

Series: Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #1

Genre: Mystery

Setting: Vermont

Source: Hardcover book, Library

Publishing Date: 2018

352 pages

Synopsis: First in a gripping new mystery series about a retired MP and her bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wilderness.

My thoughts

I liked this book so much! The dogs in the book are great. I am so enjoying reading so many books about dogs. They are wonderful animals! I also thought the author did a great job with the military portions of the story. Both Mercy and Elvis (her Belgian Malinois) are Army veterans. She was an MP in the Army and Elvis was a bomb sniffing dog. His human partner was Mercy’s fiance who was killed by a sniper while out on patrol. Mercy promised him she would take care of Elvis and she was finally able to adopt him when Elvis retired.

A baby in the wilderness

Both Mercy and Elvis are still suffering from the aftermath of Afghanistan and she has closed herself off from other people. Mercy does take Elvis on a walk almost every day in a Vermont wilderness near their home. Usually they see a few people on the trail, but it’s the Fourth of July weekend so she expects to see more people on the trail. However, she doesn’t expect Elvis to find a baby or to alert for explosives. Thus, starts a mystery! Who left a baby in the woods? Are there explosives where Elvis alerted? She isn’t an MP any longer, but it’s hard for Mercy and Elvis to stay away from this case especially when the baby disappears from the hospital.

Troy and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear

When she calls in the discovery of the baby, Troy Warner a game warden answers the call. He has a part Labrador Retriever and part Newfoundland search-and-rescue dog (Susie Bear) with him. When Mercy shows Troy where they found the baby both Elvis and Susie Bear search for any further clues about who left the baby. The dogs don’t find clues to the baby, but they do find a shallow grave with bones in it. Lots of mysteries in this forest!

Mercy and Troy team up–sometimes with mixed results

Mercy and Troy plus their dogs team up on several occasions to search for more clues. However, this case belongs to the state police and the detective in charge doesn’t take kindly to either Mercy or Troy investigating the case. That was probably the weakest part of the story for me—that Mercy continues to investigate. I did understand why she did so. She had discovered the baby plus a dead body plus she doesn’t have any confidence in the state police detective. She drags Troy into several of the investigations which endangers his job. That’s not good for either one of them.

At any rate, I enjoyed this book a lot. Elvis and Susie Bear are wonderful dogs and Mercy is a great character. I’m looking forward to more books in this series and want to read more about the dogs, Mercy and Troy. I’m hoping Mercy gets a job in law enforcement so she has good reason to investigate crimes and mysteries!

My Rating: B

Have you read any books by this author?

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

a borrowing of bones by paula munierA Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

Series: Mercy Carr #1

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: September 11

Genre: Mystery

352 pages

Synopsis: First in a gripping new mystery series about a retired MP and her bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wilderness.

It may be the Fourth of July weekend, but for retired soldiers Mercy Carr and Belgian Malinois Elvis, it’s just another walk in the remote Lye Brook Wilderness—until the former bomb-sniffing dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones. U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search-and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy’s 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Vermont safe on potentially the most incendiary Independence Day since the American Revolution.

A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists and real details about search-and-rescue dog training that Paula learned through the training of her own dog. With its canine sidekicks and rich, dramatic story, this debut will be a must-have for mystery fans. 

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I really like books about dogs especially working dogs–whether search-and-rescue, military or police dogs. I like to read about their interactions with humans plus the amazing work they do. And I love a good mystery! I really want to read this book!

Review: Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan

Suddenly Last Summer
Suddenly Last Summer

 

Suddenly Last Summer
by Sarah Morgan
Series: O’Neil Brothers, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin HQN, 2014
E-book, Purchased
384 pages
Grade: B
Synopsis: Fiery French chef Élise Philippe is having a seriously bad day. Not only have the opening day plans for her beloved café fallen apart, but Sean O’Neil is back in town, and looking more delectable than ever. Last summer, they shared an electrifying night together…and the memories have Élise really struggling to stick to her one-night-only rule! Her head knows that eventually Sean will be leaving, so all she can do is try to ignore her heart before she spontaneously combusts with lust.

Being back in Vermont—even temporarily—is surgeon Sean O’Neil’s worst nightmare. For Sean, returning home to the Snow Crystal Resort means being forced to confront the reasons and the guilt he feels about rejecting his family’s rural lifestyle years ago. But discovering that Élise has settled in Vermont and still sets his blood racing is a very welcome distraction! Thinking he can persuade her into a replay of last summer is tempting, but remembering how good they are together is going to make walking away more difficult than he could imagine…

More often than not, he saw a family as stifling, whereas in fact it was a cocoon. Not a straightjacket, but a protection. He’d always had that, it had always been there, even when he hadn’t noticed, or wanted it.

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“What she means is you are truly terrible at cooking.” Élise poured coffee into mugs and set them on the table. “What? Why are you all looking at me?”

Brenna grinned. “Because you don’t know the meaning of the word tact.”

“I speak the truth so none of us is poisoned….”

Cheers

  • The O’Neil Brothers series celebrates family–the love, the anger, the belonging, the fear for our loved ones, the friendships. Sure, it’s idealized, but the family isn’t perfect either. They have problems to work out and don’t always do the best communicating.
  • I like Élise and Sean. Neither wants a relationship (for different reasons), but there’s mutual attraction (which they fight against at first). They get to know each other better and they become friends.
  • Élise and Sean must learn to trust each other and Élise especially must bury the ghosts of the past.
  • I like the humor and comradery found between so many of the characters.
  • I like the cooking Élise does in the book. Not too much detail, just enough. I wish I could cook some of her dishes!
  • A nice summer read.

Jeers

  • I was bored sometimes in the early part of the book. I think this is just me…I’m not reading much romance these days and even less contemporary romance.

And a few thoughts

  • The third book in the series–Maybe This Christmas–comes out on November 1 of this year. I look forward to this one since I love Snow Crystal in winter and at Christmas!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Review: Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan

sleigh-bells-in-the-snowSleigh Bells in the Snow
by Sarah Morgan
Series: O’Neil Brothers #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin HQN, 2013
e-book, purchased
384 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year. 

Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus. 

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

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“I remember the first time I met the O’Neils. It was like being buried by an avalanche. There were twelve of them sitting in the kitchen the night Michael brought me home. Twelve not counting animals, all talking at once and not one of them stopping to listen to another, although somehow they seemed to manage to hear what was said anyway. I just wasn’t used to it. I’m guessing you’re not used to it, either. You’re used to order and shiny meeting rooms and suited executions. We’re nothing like your usual clients–I’m sure of that.”  –Elizabeth O’Neil

What I like about this book:

  • The O’Neil family reminded me of my husband’s family! He has four brothers and sisters and the first time I met them all was at Thanksgiving. I come from a small family (one brother and parents). We were also pretty quiet. When I sat down at the table to eat breakfast with them that first day they all spoke at once…they all reached for the same piece of toast…and I was completely charmed. Of course, like any family they aren’t perfect, but I fell in love with them just like I fell in love with my future husband!
  • The O’Neil family for all their warmth and charm aren’t perfect either!
  • Kayla figures she’s safe from Christmas by working for a client, but the O’Neil family make sure she finds Christmas again.
  • Kayla must discover what’s really important and have the courage to pursue it. Jackson has to learn he can’t take things for granted. They both have to learn how to communicate.
  • I love the Vermont setting. It’s the dream of winter and Christmas brought to life.
  • This time of year…the cold weather, the possibility of snow, bright blue skies, sunshine and cold brisk days, baking cookies, the anticipation of Christmas and spending it with my family.
  • I so enjoy reading Christmas and holiday books this time of year!

What I don’t like:

  • I admit the book is predictable and I’m never in any doubt how it will end. The book might not work as well in a different setting or for people who don’t enjoy holiday stories.

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My thoughts: 

I liked this book a lot. Because the O’Neil family reminded me so much of my husband’s family I enjoyed this book more, I think!

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it?