Book Review: Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima on tour with Great Escapes
Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima
Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Mystery/Police Procedurals/Woman Sleuths 3rd in Series Crooked Lane Books (August 8, 2017) Hardcover: 320 pages ISBN-13: 978-1683312772 E-Book ASIN: B06XWFGDY5
Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead on Smoker’s Hill behind the high school, and Mattie must head to the Walker home to break the bad news. But that’s only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing—and this time it’s one of Cole’s daughters.
Knowing that each hour a child remains missing lessens the probability of finding her alive, Mattie and Robo lead the hunt while Cole and community volunteers join in to search everywhere. To no avail. It seems that someone has snatched all trace of the Walker girl from their midst, including her scent. Grasping at straws, Mattie and Robo follow a phoned-in tip into the dense forest, where they hope to find a trace of the girl’s scent and to rescue her alive. But when Robo does catch her scent, it leads them to information that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case.
Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down the kidnapper before they’re too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima’s exhilarating mystery series.
About the Author
Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries, which includes Killing Trail (Crooked Lane Books, 2015) nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice award for best first mystery, Stalking Ground (Crooked Lane Books, 2016) a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards mystery category, and Hunting Hour (Crooked Lane Books, 2017). She has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.
This is the first book that I have read by this author, and the first book in the series. I had no problem following along. I really like the relationship between Mattie and her K-9 Robo. I loved this book. I loved the twists and turns this book took you on. The characters are well developed and the story is well written. I will be going back and reading the other books in the series.
I received a copy of this book through the Great Escapes blogging program, all opinions are my own.