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Product Details

  • Series: Bloodhound
  • Mass Market Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061090662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061090660
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

If Elizabeth Dole raised bloodhounds, she'd probably be a lot like Jo Beth Sidden, the heroine of Virginia Lanier's terrific series. That is to say, Jo Beth lacks a little in the warmth and empathy department, but she's very smart, very tough, and precisely the person you'd want if you were an Air Force colonel trying to locate a missing plane. "Planetrailing" isn't Jo Beth's usual bowl of grits; neither is searching for a lost cat that belongs to a crusty Southern matriarch who's even tougher than she is. But Jo Beth and her bloodhounds have the nose for sniffing out lost causes. Unfortunately, the wealthy Alyce Cancannon soon turns up dead--and Jo Beth is hired to find the murderer.

There are 10 possible suspects, and in the process of running the killer among them to ground, Jo Beth is attacked by an alligator, kidnapped by a man she had romantic designs on, and put on trial for her own life. Meanwhile, the imminent birth of 10 new bloodhounds adds to the tension!

This fifth Bloodhound adventure is somewhat melancholy, owing to the protagonist's contained emotionality and sometimes unlikable personality. But Jo Beth grows on the reader from one book to the next. And as usual, Lanier serves up a full helping of fascinating information about dog breeding, handling, training, and what can only be called "canine forensics." --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Bloodhound trainer Jo Beth Sidden is feisty, driven and relentlessly independent. Her fifth, spirited outing (after Blind Bloodhound Justice), set in southeast Georgia, shows that though these characteristics may cost Jo Beth some friends, they do solve mysteries. This time Jo Beth sets off at a dizzying pace to clear up the murder of a domineering billionaire, Alyce Cancannon, who once called Jo Beth in to locate her beloved cat. Suspects include 10 relatives and the family pilot. Jo Beth is aided by a pricey D.C. detective agency hired by the Cancannon lawyers, but before she can delve into the case she must, with the aid of her irrepressible, personable bloodhounds, find a missing plane, identify a stalker and search for drugs. She must also oversee her domain of 57 dogs, 17 puppies and a catAall the while keeping an eye out for her ex-spouse, who has vowed to beat her to death. The deus-ex-machina finale is a disappointment, yet the novel is witty and brisk and so lovingly detailed with the fine qualities of bloodhounds that even the most avid dog-hater will be brought to heel. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Interesting characters and well written.
J. T. Perry
Lanier's stories give you insite to what a bloodhounds are really like.
Rosalie Kimmerly
This one I've read twice since it was published.
J.Flynn

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book at least as much as the earlier ones in the Bloodhound series. Virginia Lanier provides a realistic tour of the nearly mystical abilities of the bloodhound and keeps the characters busy at the same time. JoBeth is balancing ten bloodhound pups, ten murder suspects, the nasty Bubba and her business all at one time. No wonder she's short-tempered. The astonishing information on the scent machine is true--I've seen it in action. She weaves the facts and the fictional characters together in an exciting story that has humidity and 'gators crawling out of the book's covers. A great read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Albert K. Culbreath on July 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"Ten Little Bloodhounds" sends us off on several almost simultaneous trails, any one of which would make the book well worth reading. As with previous works in the JoBeth-Bloundhound series, I couldn't put the book down. I especially liked the irony of searching for the cat with the dog who was kicked out of the man-hunt-drug-sniffing work because he would trail critters. I guess EVERY dog has his day. The intensity of individual search missions did not seem quite as great as in most of the other books, but the intensity of strain on friendships caused by JoBeth's hard-headedness and meddling in her close friends lives is greater than ever. This strain is more the focus of TLB. JoBeth is more nosier (sic) and more bossier (sic) than ever. Sometimes you want to slap her, but you can't help but love her. Bubba's meaner'n ever, and has help, as if he needed it. In light of the flurry of an ending, I can't wait to see what happens to JoBeth next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "marxd" on August 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Virginia Lanier's books (date of review 8/7/00). All five are full of excitement and suspense as well as romance and humor.
Being a dog lover myself, I was fascinated by the nuances of caring for, training, and working with bloodhounds.
I just finished her last book in the series and I will sorely miss Jo Beth and her adventures into the swamp with her magnificent dogs. I am eagerly awaiting the next one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "mcmarcy" on May 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
While I not sure JoBeth and I would be best buddies, I can see why she is so prickly. I too live down here with those "Southern Boys" So well woven, all the plot lines and sub plots. 10 suspects, ala Madam A.... Skillfully put together and never boring. I never saw the "Villians" or the ending coming! As always wonderful Bloodhounds and lore. I want my own BobbyLee!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GypsyAnn on January 9, 2007
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I have read all of Ms Lanier's books regarding bloodhounds. They are so entertaining and gives me an idea of what the world of raising bloodhounds is. I am anxiously awaiting another book from her and would like to know when she has a new one out. Reading is so relaxing for me. And I like books that have a little mystery involved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in one sitting. I love JoBeth and all her extended family.This series is one of the best of this genre. It is set in the south, has a great plot, a strong female lead, mystery, and dogs. What more could we ask for? I know! Please Ms. Lanier write faster!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fairportfan on August 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Jo Beth is starting to get on my nerves -- she doesn't seem to realise just how closely her own surface personality resembles that of the rich old lady she doesn't like (but whose cat she finds, anyway).
I have enjoyed this series up till now, and i liked this one enough to go on to the next one (assuming there is one), but some things just don't wear well -- the way in which all the Good Ole Boys Jo Beth has to work with look upon her as rather amusing, somewhat uppity and a little dim when she tries to enlighten them (while undoubtedly true-to-life everywhere, and more so in the backwoods South -- and check my hometown before you send me "What do you know about it?" e-mails) is starting to sound like a broken record.
Jo Beth's running inability to relate easily with those around her -- even those she loves and respects -- is also getting old, and comes to a head in this book that almost had me ready to quit reading the series.
As usual, the "main" storyline is anything but -- the murder of the old lady is the book's selling point, but it's really secondary to the other storylines, crises and general hugger-mugger Jo Beth's life seems to abound with. Among the more interesting elements are a couple of searches for types of things Jo Beth has never asked her dogs to find before, some rather intense interaction with the denizens of the swamps, and a few nicely-drawn vignettes of the dogs in action.
But the unmasking of the old lady's murderer is both by-the-numbers drudge work not at all involving the dogs and not very interesting.
Add in a deus-ex-machina last-minute solution to major plot elements that comes out of left field, and you get the weakest entry in the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Sausser on April 22, 2000
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Ms. Lanier is a very good story teller. She weaves several plot lines through this story and makes it work. I like the main character, Jo Beth Sidden. She is tough and prickly on the outside and mush on the inside. She rubs a lot of people the wrong way but stands up and accepts the consequences. The dogs, however, are the true stars in this series and Ms. Lanier is at her best when writing about them. This book would have benefited from a better proof reading. There were quite a few errors throughout the book, but they really didn't detract from the story. Actually, it became rather fun looking for them. Like a treasure hunt. I enjoyed reading this book very much and look forward to the next installment in this series.
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