The Hiding Place – Paula Munier

Mercy Carr & her retired military K-9 Elvis return for their best adventure yet, as Mercy unwittingly gains an old missing persons’ case to look into. Many years ago, Mercy’s ‘Grandpa Red’, then the local Sheriff, was killed by a man bent on revenge after his wife left him.  His then partner, now on his own deathbed, asks to see Mercy, and gifts her with the files of a case he was never able to solve, imploring Mercy to “find her”. He is referring to the young Bethie Kilgore, who disappeared along with her abusive husband, with no trace of the couple ever found, aside from a postcard sent from Vegas all those years ago.  

Meanwhile, Vermont Game Warden Troy Warner stops by Mercy’s home to notify her that her grandfather’s killer, George Rucker, has escaped from prison and disappeared, and they have good reason to believe that Mercy’s grandmother may be in danger. And if that’s not enough, Mercy receives a visit from a young soldier, Wesley Hallett, who claims that Elvis was once his military service dog, and he seems determined to have him back. 

As Mercy begins to dig into the old case files, she her grandmother are injured in an unexpected attack, and an intruder attempts to steal the old case files from Mercy’s home, thwarted only by Elvis’ quick response. Now Mercy must put aside her fears of losing Elvis, and her personal differences with Troy, as he and the lovable Susie Bear, his search-and-rescue K-9, work to  keep her grandmother out of harms’ way, and try to discover the fate of a woman who has been missing for over 20 years…

This is the third book in the Mercy & Elvis series and all I can say is that I LOVE them! Set in the beautiful northeastern state of Vermont, the story – the whole series – is fast paced and engaging, the protagonists, both 2 legged and 4, are loveable, relatable and flawed, and you’ll be flipping pages well into the night like I was!  Great, GREAT series!!  

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.  Do you love to read?? Visit and start reviewing books today!!