"The Lost" By Jeffrey B. Burton: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

When billionaire Kenneth J. Druckman reports a home invasion, the police find him injured. His wife and five-year old daughter have been kidnapped. The ransom call is the usual—a large sum of money, come alone, don’t involve the police. A series of texts send him to multiple locations to make sure he’s not being followed. It also prevents the police from being on hand to catch the kidnapper.

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The police call in Mason, aka Mace, Reid and his HRD dog (human remains detection) Vira (short for Elvira) to see if Vira can track the kidnappers. Instead, Vira does what she’s been trained to do—she finds the body of Druckman’s wife. There’s no sign of the little girl but instead of following a scent out of the woods, Vira turns back to the mansion, right back to Druckman. Is it possible this was all a sham? To what end?

With the help of Detective Kippy Gimm, now Mace’s girlfriend (I know, he can’t believe it either), Mace and Vira are hot on the trail to find the child.

To say more would give away parts of the plot. It’s better to issue a warning—before you start the book, set aside time to read cover to cover, have snacks on hand, and block out any distractions. The fast pace will carry you from page to page, anxious to see what happens next. Mace’s relationship with Kippy provides great one-liners, but for out and out humor, it’s the dogs who deliver. They’re named for song titles—Sue is a male German shepherd, Delta Dawn and Maggie the short-haired farm collies, Vira a golden, and Billy Joe a bloodhound. Sue loves to watch television when he’s not being the fun police. He likes things orderly. Delta Dawn and Maggie prank Mace as often as possible. Vira has special talents even Mace can’t explain. And Billy Joe? His motto is ‘I’ll roll in anything.’

A thriller’s pacing, humor so you can catch your breath, a great mystery, and dogs. What more could you ask for? Save yourself time and get all three books at once.

This is a for sure entry on my Best of 2022 list. 


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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. It impressive that "The Lost" By Jeffrey B. Burton is praised by William Kent Krueger,

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  2. Sounds like a great combination of mystery and fun. Count me in. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  3. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  4. Love the cover. Would really enjoy reading the book.

  5. Love the cover. Would really like to read the book.

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  7. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham

  8. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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