Elise Butler is a wildlife biologist who enjoys her stable (if somewhat predictable) job in finance at the World Wildlife Trust. However, when the veterinarian at Riverbend Animal Conservation Center goes missing, Elise offers to help the unlucky wildlife Conservation Center get back on its feet. Not only will the job in Riverbend, Indiana let her get back to her roots of working with animals, but it’s also a short drive from her sister’s workplace at Riverbend K-9 Academy, a training center for some
of the FBI’s best explosive detection dogs.
FBI Special Agent Finn Cooper and his canine partner, Sedona, are chasing a well-funded animal trafficking ring. After an injury sidelines Finn from official FBI undercover work, he goes to work at
Riverbend K-9 Academy to stay busy while he recovers…and to investigate his only remaining lead in the animal trafficking case.
Just as Elise begins to settle into life in Riverbend, her sister asks her to help the K-9 Academy by fostering one of their puppies. Finn is eager to keep Elise focused on training Zeke, the enthusiastic German shepherd puppy earmarked to become Riverbend’s first wildlife detection K-9, and keep her well away from his quiet animal trafficking investigation. Zeke quickly proves himself an expert both
at chewing shoes and sniffing out clouded leopards. When Zeke starts finding scents where they don’t belong, Elise and Finn begin to realize that the Conservation Center may be more criminal than
unlucky. And if Elise doesn’t keep her nose out of it, she might be the next target.
An Ear for Trouble is Book 2 in the Riverbend K-9 Series. All books in the Riverbend K-9 Series may be enjoyed as standalone novels or as a series.
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My thoughts: back to Riverbend K9 training school we go! This time we’re with Elise, a wildlife charity’s accountant and biologist who’s trying to help out a struggling zoo, that might be at the heart of an exotic animal smuggling ring.
Determined to help the FBI stop the trafficking, as well as teaching puppy Zeke to stop eating her shoes, she’s quietly digging into the accounts and every day activity of the conservation centre, even though FBI agent Finn worries she’ll get caught.
Obviously any book with animals is automatically better (frequent followers will know my theory) and this one has a lot of them, from K9 trainees to clouded leopards and lots of other creatures. Animals in danger bothers me, as it should anyone, so I’m glad, in fiction at least, there’s lots of people like Elise and Finn looking out for them. A fun and entertaining crime story with a twist of romance and of course lots of puppy kisses.
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