Bloodhound trainer-extraordinaire Jo Beth Siddens life seems to be on a pretty even track. While awaiting the birth of a new batch of puppies, Jo Beth is summoned by the reclusive mega-millionaire Mrs. Alyce Cancannonher beloved cat Amelia has disappeared and she wants to hire Jo Beths dogs to find the missing feline. Jo Beth refuses, explaining her dogs track people, not animals.

Luckily for Mrs. Cancannon, one of Jo Beths dogs, Ivanhoe, failed training because he wouldnt stop chasing cats. When Jo Beth locates the missing Amelia, she realizes someones playing a vicious game with the millionaire. Jo Beth warns the arrogant woman that someone may mean her harm.

Those words turn out to be prophetic, as shortly thereafter Mrs. Cancannon is murdered. But Mrs. Cancannon left peculiar instructions: if her death is due to murder, her attorneys are to hire Jo Beth to find the killer. With a woman as rich and nasty as Mrs. Cancannon, there is no shortage of suspects. Jo Beth has her work cut out for her.

Virginia Lanier is a truly special and unique addition to the suspense genre. Her wonderful characters and vivid descriptions make rural Georgia and all its residents come alive. If you havent yet tried this terrific series, heres your chance. (Aug., 288 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published July 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith