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Jo Beth Siddon is a bloodhound trainer with a special talent for harrowing search-and-rescue missions, and a bad habit for mouthing off to deputies who refuse to take orders from a woman.She has seen her share of trouble: moonshiners poking guns at her head, crooked cops, and an abusive ex-husband with a terrible temper. Then she's suspected of murder and finds herself treJo Beth Siddon is a bloodhound trainer with a special talent for harrowing search-and-rescue missions, and a bad habit for mouthing off to deputies who refuse to take orders from a woman.She has seen her share of trouble: moonshiners poking guns at her head, crooked cops, and an abusive ex-husband with a terrible temper. Then she's suspected of murder and finds herself treading a quagmire as thick and treacherous as the Okefenokee Swamp. If she can't prove her innocence, she might lose not only the thriving business she loves, but the freedom and independence she's fought for all her life....

Title : Death in Bloodhound Red
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ISBN : 9780061010255
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 544 Pages
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Death in Bloodhound Red Reviews

  • Lori Whitwam
    2019-02-19 23:09

    I read this book shortly after it came out, and it inspired me to do something I never do... write to an author. I found that Virginia Lanier was in her 60s and had written this book at age 62. She had recently retired, along with her husband Hoss. They weren't in great health. She read a book and threw it on the table, declaring she could write better. Hoss said, "So do it." She had a million excuses. No education, couldn't spell, didn't have anywhere to write. Hoss bought her a dictionary, a used desk, and a typewriter, and four months later she had the 600-page manuscript for "Red," the first in the Bloodhound mystery series. Virginia and I became "pen pals." She was never online, so I did her website and Yahoo group. She wrote several more books in the series, before passing away shortly after her beloved husband.This book is unique. Her heroine, JoBeth Sidden, owns a bloodhound kennel. Having escaped from a horribly abusive marriage to a "good ol' boy," she's making it on her own, raising and training bloodhounds and doing search and rescue for her local law enforcement. She's a feminist who frequently rubs the "boys" the wrong way. Sweet on the inside, though, JoBeth would do ANYTHING for her friends or her dogs. This gets her indicted for murder, though, when Bubba (the ex-husband with a fondness for lead-filled baseball bats) gets out of jail and is beaten nearly to death, and JoBeth can't provide an alibi without divulging information that could be harmful to a friend. She also gets a mysterious inheritance, goes on some exciting searches, and frets over the extensive security measures she's put into place in and around her home.This book is fascinating, fast-paced, and a glimpse into a world that those who have never lived in the rural southeast couldn't imagine. Virginia was a dear friend, and is greatly missed.

  • Gloria
    2019-02-20 18:17

    The only single thing I can say against this book is that it is unnecessarily long at 461 pgs.Now for the good stuff... Virginia Lanier did not begin writing this series until she was in her 60s, after working decades in the deep South during the years of Civil Rights and good ole boy attitudes. In this, her excellent debut mystery about an outspoken amateur female detective who leads bloodhound searches for all types of missing persons, her love for and her regret about the American South emerge.There are lots of insights into Georgia's backwoods culture, beautiful descriptions of the land, great information on training dogs to find missing children/prisoners/tourists, and nice inclusions of humor and even a touch of romance. This is an excellent, fast-paced mystery with multiple story lines that many will enjoy.

  • Jen
    2019-02-11 17:11

    I am about to finish this one, and what a page-turner! At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The heroine is a bit too feminist and ball-breaking for me, plus her smoking habit makes me feel like I can't breathe. The book is well-written, however, and I can see where the constant attention to detail is necessary. I mean, if you raised and trained bloodhounds for things like search & rescue, tracking, drug sniffing and arson detection, of course you would pay attention to detail. Much like the book is loaded with such things, it also circles and backtracks- full of asides, flashbacks, anecdotal stories and information. Metaphoric of a hound on a trail? Why not? It was frustrating, at first, but once you get used to the style, it all makes sense. Meanwhile, I had nothing much to do this weekend, and although I kept closing the book and going off to do other things, I found myself returning to read more. I was annoyed last night when my husband finally decided it was time for bed and I was a mere 20-something pages away from finishing.

  • Candice
    2019-02-16 22:13

    What a ride! Jo Beth is sassy, brassy, & classy. What a great female lead. The book is well-written and had a fast paced and didn't slow down. Had to make myself put it down a few times in order to sleep.The author definitely did her research on Bloodhounds. As an owner of one of these slobbering, lovable, clumsy dogs she hit it on the "nose" with her descriptions. I loved all the entwining stories and mysteries and that a woman stood up to that "good ole boy" attitude that is so prevalent here in the South. Can't wait to read more.

  • Liz
    2019-01-22 17:17

    Very fun read. Takes place in my neighborhood in SE Georgia and the working bloodhound stuff was interesting. I didn't care for the protagonist's Stephanie-Plum-like need to describe her clothes and makeup and her ability to attract all the hunky men but the book was still very fun. And although I read all the Stephanie Plum books, I much prefer JoBeth Siddon, who knows how to crawl around in the swamp and isn't as quick to need the help of some hunky guy to save her from her own mistakes.

  • Janell
    2019-02-12 20:22

    I liked the story.. I hated the nitty gritty detail. I don't care about five minutes of furniture shopping or her desire for a specific kind of jam on toast... just tell the story. I know that seems mighty whambamthankyoumaam of me but truly, she did wander more than just a tad. That being said, I liked the overall plot, loved the characters, and have continued on in the series.

  • Donna
    2019-02-12 17:14

    First book in this series I have read. Not good enough to read another. The main character is just too much of a ball-breaking, in-your-face woman. I am a strong feminist but I found her obnoxious.

  • Morgan Stansell
    2019-02-14 22:11

    Greatest series ever. I first read these when I was in fourth grade (backwards, of course) and then several times after that. Most important series of my life after Harry Potter.

  • Becca
    2019-02-08 19:31

    Terrible writing and the longest book in creation. I had to finish it because I hoped it would get better. NEVER again with this author The tedious detail included make me want to shoot myself.

  • Jeanne
    2019-02-11 17:18

    My library has just one copy of this left in its collection and I'm glad I found it! The sense of place was intriguing and so well permeated characterization and plot. I don't know anyone like Jo Beth and we'd never be friends, but I could understand even if I couldn't relate. Frankly, I think I like her better in 2017 than I would have in the 90s. Fortunately my library has at least one copy of the remaining series, so the plan is to give it a wee rest and then continue on.

  • Rose
    2019-02-14 20:31

    A nice mystery with cool fellers, jerkwad characters--male and female--and bloodhounds! Stayed up entirely too late last night so I could finish it. If you like older mysteries (this book was published in 1995) then I highly recommend this one. The characters have flaws and those flaws are acknowledged without the author being overboard about them. Much more to my preference than some current authors offerings.

  • Miki
    2019-01-22 22:22

    I think everyone knows or has met someone who can talk a mile a minute, without ever seeming to take a breath. This book is the inanimaye version if such a person. The writer believes in never using one word when 50 - or 100 - will do.There were detailed descriptions of every single feeling, person, animal, building and piece of scenery, every meal and item of clothing. Comments were embellished with memories, which would lead to anecdotes about things that had nothing to do with the current situation.There were side thoughts that went on for pages before veering back to the story. There was constant commentary. On EVERYTHING. There were tips on how to clean a house! In a mystery with bloodhounds! I got tired of trying to keep up.

  • Nicole
    2019-01-23 00:12

    Very interesting with a crime to solve using her blood hounds. Totally different world than i live in. She is a no nonsense gal that can talk anyone into place with words not always very feminine. She owns and runs a blood hound breeding compound and then trains them to sniff out drugs as well as for search and rescue in the Okefenokee swamp. She does all this with the fear that her ex is going to come after her. There are Language issues though. But, I am obviously not a saint becasue I read most of her books. I bit like the patricia cornwell series.

  • Kristen
    2019-01-24 17:12

    I've started to read this series a few years ago and haven't finished the series since. There's one more book left I need to read next year to read the whole series. This is a great mystery featuring Jo Beth Sidden, who's a search and rescue dog handler, who searches for missing people, does drug sweeps, and sniffs out the bad guys. Jo Beth also has troubles of her own with a violent ex-husband and a few people who want her heart, as she runs, breeds and trains her own bloodhounds. If you love a good mystery with dogs, this one is good for you.

  • Helen
    2019-02-16 21:22

    The voice in this novel is so authentic I felt as if I was listening to a friend telling me her experiences. Each chapter is packed with action and intriguing discriptions of the Florida swamp country, the inhabitants (human, reptile, insect and mammal) of Jo Beth Sideen's world. I couldn't bear to miss a single sentence by skipping ahead to find out how the book ended as I often do with formula mysteries. This isn't just a novel. It is an experience not to be missed.

  • Lvolk
    2019-01-30 19:16

    This book was really suspenseful and made me laugh too, well, little chuckles here and there. YOu can tell it was written by someone who was from the South or had lived here a long time. The sayings the author used in the story were funny! The personality of the main character was a little different; not predictable. For one thing, her livelihood isn't typical for a female. She's a tough cookie in more ways than one. I liked her.

  • Doug Dams
    2019-02-07 21:23

    This is the first of Virginia's Bloodhound books. I liked the story, the characters and the bloodhounds. The setting of the stories near the Okefenokee swamps also provides an interest to the reader. Being from the midwest, I haven't experienced the swamps. Some of the characters are a bit of a stereotype, but it's not enough to hurt the story. A good story with an amateur sleuth as the central character makes for a good read.

  • Homerun2
    2019-02-12 16:32

    A very different read. Lots of interesting plot twists, nicely paced. A truly unique setting and the parts of the book that dealt with tracking using bloodhounds was fascinating. The prickly heroine was sometimes admirable and sometimes exasperating but definitely one of a kind with a strong and singular voice.

  • Meagan Brantley
    2019-02-11 22:19

    WARNING: SPOILER! I loved this book by the end! As a bloodhound owner the last several chapters were very difficult to read for me. I found myself cradling my Clara after I finished the book. Bloodhounds are so unique and truly magnificent animals--the author does a fabulous job showing their character and courage to the world.

  • Diane
    2019-01-26 18:25

    Very good book. Virginia Lanier did not disapoint in the 2nd book of the Bloodhound series. The tension builds through the story. I love Jo Beth Siddons. She has her flaws but she is a gutsy - go after what you want type gal. She is a bit over defensive with regards to her tracking business and the different police departments but all and all she is a great main character.

  • Sastrugi7
    2019-02-19 22:10

    Juvenile writing style, WAY too much tedious detail - eg. cleaning the house, how she dresses. Obnoxious main character, as bad as the men she ridicules. I would have given this two stars but the story line (when you ignore the immature style) held my interest. This could have been a good story if the author was a better writer, or had a good editor.

  • Leo
    2019-02-08 16:10

    My wife and I love this whole Bloodhound series and have often recommended it to others but have rather lost track since it has been some time since the last one was written and there will be no more.

  • Karen Cowgill
    2019-02-11 22:29

    I liked the book. I love the dogs, but she is just a little too feministic for me. I am all for her rants on how women were treated... it is set awhile back, but I wish she had focused a little more on suspense than political science. This IS worth the read, though.

  • Deanna
    2019-01-27 18:12

    I loved her books. She started wrtign very late in life shen she threw a book across the room and told her husband she could write better. She bought her a typewriter! Love the true life story of someone changing their life so late.

  • Patty
    2019-02-11 21:16

    As characters go Jo Beth Siddens isn't the most sympathetic, and probably won't be among my favorites, but Virginia Lanier tells a good story with just enough plot twists to keep things interesting. And there are dogs.

  • AmyJo
    2019-01-23 16:25

    I re read this book this week because I was waiting for several books from the library but the snow has kept me homebound. I really like this book, I first read in in 2000. Times have changed and they haven't. It was good to re read it.

  • Lori
    2019-02-03 17:31

    I had to bail halfway through. She just was too much. Too confrontational 24/7 and too busy to seem real to me. I was intrigued at first, but then she never really showed any self awareness or took any time for reflection. Seemed like a very well fleshed-out cartoon, not a real girl.

  • Alexandra
    2019-01-30 16:12

    1st in the series.

  • lynn
    2019-01-25 23:22

    These stories are great if you like murder mysteries with some excitement in the investigation. You easily become connected with the main character, her life and her bloodhounds.

  • Gd
    2019-01-26 21:32

    read all of her series ,sadly virginia has passed away,and there will be no more.loved every book she wrote