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 Riverbed 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 Riverbed’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.
This is my first book by K T Lee and I hadn’t read the previous book in this series but I will be going back and picking it up now, this is the second book in the series, but I can call confirm you can read as a stand-alone as I hadn’t read the first but I wasn’t lost at all. This is an independent story of the previous book.
An Ear For Trouble is a fantastic read, so well written, it’s got a lovely gentle pace to it, but it doesn’t grip you any less than a fast paced book, the authors writing style is as easy going as her pace and it sinks it claws into you were you find you won’t want to put the book down even to go get a brew !
Her characters are well written fully developed and three dimensional, you really love them as much as I imagine the author did creating them, I really found myself attached to Elise more than I expected. Obviously from the synopsis you’re aware this story centres around dogs, I loved this, they are central to the story as it should be, but I’m a huge animal lover with 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 budgies etc…. So I think I may be biased but I loved that about the story.
I loved all the twists and turns in this story, it’s always a bit disappointing if I can predict the plot all the way through and this I definitely didn’t. If you want a read that will have you begging for more, with suspense, mystery and dogs, oh and some romance obviously too, can’t forget that, then this is the book for you, it definitely was for me
Thanks to K T Lee and Rachel’s Random Resources for a free copy in return for an honest and voluntary review, all opinions are my own and freely given.
About the Author
K.T. Lee is a writer, mom, and engineer who grew up on a steady diet of books from a wide variety of genres. She’s the author of multiple books, including those in the Riverbend K-9 Series and The Calculated Series.
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