Hunter Down

Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series Book 12

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
291 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2016
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Author Biography

The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California's Medical School at Davis, near Sacramento in Northern California. Jerry, a two-time winner of The Indie Book of the Day Award, writes “tweener” mystery books (tough mystery stories that follow the cozy conventions of no graphic sex and no cussing) that are fast moving and entertain the reader. Several of the books introduce the readers to South America, a region where he has lived and worked that is a long way from home for most English speakers. He and his wife Elaine lived previously in Salta, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. Jerry selects the most interesting South American locations he found for Roger and Suzanne to visit while solving miscellaneous murders. Montevideo, Salta, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Iguazu Falls are also characters in these books, and the novels portray these places as vivid and real. Jerry and Elaine breed prize-winning German shorthaired pointer dogs; Elaine also provides technical advice for Jerry’s dog-related novels like The Deadly Dog Show and Hunter Down, as well as editing for all of the books.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

Hunter Down from the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series is written by Jerold Last. While participating in a hunt test with her dog Romeo at a club, Suzanne, who has the unfortunate knack for discovering bodies, finds the body of Don Leone. The victim was an unpopular realtor with many enemies. Roger is asked by his friend, Sergeant Hightower in the local Sheriff’s Department, to assist in solving the murder and the victim’s widow also requests his help. Roger soon has his hands full following leads, while trying to understand how a hunt test works, and hires a former FBI agent to assist his investigation. The hunt tests keep Suzanne busy, but she makes a very valuable contribution to the case that has the Sheriff’s Department baffled.

Dog lovers will like reading Hunter Down by Jerold Last. The plot mainly focuses on hunt tests and provides in-depth information about the types of dogs that are used and how these entertaining tests are performed. It is not only the dogs who have to learn new tricks, but their owners too. The murder investigation is very suspenseful, mostly due to the fact that Roger and his team often find leads or do their planning during a hunt or over one of the tempting meals, which are often described. The story is moderately paced and very nicely written, and the cover illustration is very attractive and appropriate. Hunter Down is Book 12 from the Roger and Suzanne Mystery Series and I enjoyed reading it.