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Dogged Pursuit
by Tracy Carter View author's profile page

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The debut book in the Veronica Kildare K-9 Mystery series opens with escalating suspense and intensifies into a resilient fight for survival. With its engaging combination of canine and human personalities, thrilling plot, and gorgeous Colorado backdrop, "Dogged Pursuit" will appeal to dog lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, and mystery lovers alike.

"When the star expert witness in a high-profile murder case goes missing, dog trainer Veronica Kildare and her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Leda, are on the case. With a gorgeous setting in the Colorado wilderness; a relatable protagonist with a troubled past; crisp, clear writing; and a deftly handled twist near the end, Tracy Carter's mystery, Dogged Pursuit, is a debut to watch for."—CONNIE BERRY, USA Today best-selling and Agatha-nominated author of The Kate Hamilton Mysteries.


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Veronica Kildare cannot believe her luck—being shot at, again, by the bad guys. The sound, the feel of the bullet, and the hatred resonate for more than just the transitory moment of impact. She has relocated to a new state, but brutality has rampaged into this life as well. As the survivor of a senseless act of violence in her former life, Veronica struggles to recover from the lingering physical and emotional scars by working as a dog handler near Boulder, Colorado. Empowered by her intense bond with her search and rescue and drug detection dog, Leda, she finally begins to shake off the pain of her past.

Then Veronica is drawn into the puzzling search for a scientist who has vanished near Rocky Mountain National Park. Dr. Randy Jeffers has inexplicably disappeared on the eve of his testimony in the high profile murder trial of a pro basketball player and the police are baffled. As Veronica and Leda traverse rugged Roosevelt National Forest in a desperate search testing the limits of their abilities, it is not initially clear who has targeted Dr. Jeffers, or why. But it becomes shockingly obvious that someone will stop at nothing to silence him forever. The kidnappers with murder on their mind have guns, but Veronica has Leda and her own blossoming resilience as her weapons in their struggle for survival.

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About the author


Tracy Carter graduated from the University of Glasgow, Scotland with a Master's degree in History. Her lengthy career as a legal assistant has included stints at international law firms and Prosecutors' offices, followed by jobs as the Horse Identifier at two thoroughbred racetracks – all while training dogs in obedience and rally. She lives near Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and Llewellin Setter (aka the diva).
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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

Language:English

Series title:A Veronica Kildare K-9 Mystery

Series Number:1

Pages:326

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781667834542


Overview


The debut book in the Veronica Kildare K-9 Mystery series opens with escalating suspense and intensifies into a resilient fight for survival. With its engaging combination of canine and human personalities, thrilling plot, and gorgeous Colorado backdrop, "Dogged Pursuit" will appeal to dog lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, and mystery lovers alike.

"When the star expert witness in a high-profile murder case goes missing, dog trainer Veronica Kildare and her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Leda, are on the case. With a gorgeous setting in the Colorado wilderness; a relatable protagonist with a troubled past; crisp, clear writing; and a deftly handled twist near the end, Tracy Carter's mystery, Dogged Pursuit, is a debut to watch for."—CONNIE BERRY, USA Today best-selling and Agatha-nominated author of The Kate Hamilton Mysteries.


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Description


Veronica Kildare cannot believe her luck—being shot at, again, by the bad guys. The sound, the feel of the bullet, and the hatred resonate for more than just the transitory moment of impact. She has relocated to a new state, but brutality has rampaged into this life as well. As the survivor of a senseless act of violence in her former life, Veronica struggles to recover from the lingering physical and emotional scars by working as a dog handler near Boulder, Colorado. Empowered by her intense bond with her search and rescue and drug detection dog, Leda, she finally begins to shake off the pain of her past.

Then Veronica is drawn into the puzzling search for a scientist who has vanished near Rocky Mountain National Park. Dr. Randy Jeffers has inexplicably disappeared on the eve of his testimony in the high profile murder trial of a pro basketball player and the police are baffled. As Veronica and Leda traverse rugged Roosevelt National Forest in a desperate search testing the limits of their abilities, it is not initially clear who has targeted Dr. Jeffers, or why. But it becomes shockingly obvious that someone will stop at nothing to silence him forever. The kidnappers with murder on their mind have guns, but Veronica has Leda and her own blossoming resilience as her weapons in their struggle for survival.

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About the author


Tracy Carter graduated from the University of Glasgow, Scotland with a Master's degree in History. Her lengthy career as a legal assistant has included stints at international law firms and Prosecutors' offices, followed by jobs as the Horse Identifier at two thoroughbred racetracks – all while training dogs in obedience and rally. She lives near Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and Llewellin Setter (aka the diva).
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Arthur
A Mystery Must Read What a tremendous debut novel in the Veronica Kildare K-9 Mystery Series! The characters have heart and tenacity and the dogs are absolutely wonderful and essential to the action. The plot is full of twists and turns with shocking revelations and heart pounding suspense. Any lover of dogs and the outdoors will surely enjoy this mystery set in the beautiful Colorado wilderness. I can't wait for the second book in the series! Read more
Leslie
Dogged Pursuit I’ve been waiting for the combination of a great mystery story and an authentic portrayal of working dogs and dog training. Tracy Carter’s debut novel successfully puts this all together. Dog trainer Veronica Kildare and her working dog Leda are truly partners in life as well as in solving the central mystery of a missing scientist in the Colorado Rockies. The characters of Veronica, Leda (yes, Leda is a character of her own) , her father Bob, the Donovan family and Michael, a new young helper from the city of Denver are all fully developed and are friends that you will want to spend time with. The setting is the outstanding scenery surrounding Boulder, Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park. You can actually picture yourself in the mountains hiking the trails. The mystery itself has enough complexity, suspense and action to keep you guessing and rooting for Veronica and Leda to succeed. As a dog lover I enjoyed the realistic relationship that Veronica and Leda share, the insights into the capabilities of trained working dogs and the training tips for all of us learning to communicate with our own companion dogs. Tracy Carter has a compelling writing style and is now on my “watch” list. If you are a fan of Margaret Mizushima and Paula Munier then this book is for you. I am very excited to read her next book in this series. Read more
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