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Burning ridge : a Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
ISBN:
9781683317784
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Crooked Lane Books, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
280 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Sequel to: Hunting hour.
Summary:
"Colorado's Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave on the ridge, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime--and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man. Joined by local veterinarian Cole Walker, the pair scours the mountaintop for evidence and makes another gruesome discovery: the skeletonized remains of two adults and a child. And then, the unthinkable happens. Could Mattie become the next victim in the murderer's deadly game? A deranged killer torments Mattie with a litany of dark secrets that call into question her very identity. As a towering blaze races across the ridge, Cole and Robo search desperately for her--but time is running out in Margaret Mizushima's fourth spine-tingling Timber Creek K-9 mystery"--Publisher.
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Best Books of 2018, Kings River Life

Featuring Mattie Cobb and her K-9 police dog partner Robo, Burning Ridge by critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima is just the treat for fans of Alex Kava.

On a rugged Colorado mountain ridge, Mattie Cobb and her police dog partner Robo make a grisly discovery--and become the targets of a ruthless killer.

Colorado's Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave on the ridge, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime--and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man.

Joined by local veterinarian Cole Walker, the pair scours the mountaintop for evidence and makes another gruesome discovery: the skeletonized remains of two adults and a child. And then, the unthinkable happens. Could Mattie become the next victim in the murderer's deadly game?

A deranged killer torments Mattie with a litany of dark secrets that call into question her very identity. As a towering blaze races across the ridge, Cole and Robo search desperately for her--but time is running out in Margaret Mizushima's fourth spine-tingling Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Burning Ridge .


Author Notes

Margaret Mizushima is an American author. She was born in Kansas, and was raised on cattle ranches in Texas and Colorado. She is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Speech Pathology. After college, she worked as a speech pathologist in a hospital, and later started her own rehabilitation agency. Eventually she sold her business, and began to study fiction writing. With her interest in crime fiction and crime documentaries, she focused her efforts on mystery writing. She writes the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, which includes Killing Trail, Stalking Ground, and Hunting Hour. She also wrote the short story, Hay Hook. It was published in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2014 anthology.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

When veterinarian Cole Walker and his two young daughters go for a trail ride in Mizushima's agreeable fourth Timber Creek K-9 mystery (after 2017's Hunting Hour), they make a gruesome discovery: a man's charred boot with a decomposing foot still in it. Deputy Mattie Cobb of the Timber Creek, Colo., sheriff's office and her canine partner, Robo, go looking for the rest of the body. Once they find it, the victim turns out to have a personal link to Mattie's own troubled past. She and her brother were separated as small children after their father went to prison for assaulting their mother, who later abandoned them. Mattie's interactions with her colleagues and friends, particularly with Cole, to whom she's romantically attracted, ring true. Robo, meanwhile, comes across as a real dog without any of the anthropomorphic characteristics that many genre authors impose upon animals. Readers will be fascinated to learn how search dogs are trained and to see one in action. Mizushima delivers a sufficiently complicated plot, well-developed interpersonal relationships, awe-inspiring landscape descriptions, and some excruciatingly vivid action. Agent: Terrie Wolf, AKA Literary Management. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

In the fourth Timber Creek K-9 mystery, officer Mattie Cobb and her canine sidekick, the endearing Robo, team up with veterinarian Cole Walker to stop a serial killer. Mattie and Cole have been unofficial partners since the first book in the series, Killing Trail (2015), and by now they're comfortable with each other, comfortable enough to be exploring, gently, the idea of romance. But that might have to take a back seat for now; it turns out that one of the bodies found on a Colorado mountain ridge is that of Mattie's estranged brother. The writing is strong, the mystery is well developed, and this book, in particular, takes us deep into Mattie's personal life, opening up new doors into her past. Although the the series is linked by its continuing characters, each installment can be read as a stand-alone. Fans of Alex Kava's Ryder Creed series should find the Cobb series very much to their liking.--David Pitt Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

When veterinarian Cole Walker's dog finds a boot with a foot in it, Timber Creek, CO, deputy Mattie Cobb worries that Walker's two daughters, who were on the scene, will be traumatized. As a former foster child, Mattie struggles with trusting people. She does trust her K-9 cop partner Robo though, and the two are able to find the rest of the victim. The names tattooed on the man's body hit home for Mattie. Could it be her missing brother Willie, whom she hasn't seen in 25 years? While Mattie and Robo work the case, they unearth additional clues, but another link to her family forces her to abandon the formal investigation. Someone wants Mattie and Robo taken out permanently, and Cole joins forces with the sheriff's department when Robo is attacked and Mattie vanishes. VERDICT Mizushima's latest (after Hunting Hour) is an intense mystery that emphasizes the abilities of Robo and his partnership with Mattie. Combining a police procedural with Mattie's personal story creates an anxiety-inducing novel that will remind readers of Nevada Barr's books.-Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.