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Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima/ Review by Sheila Sobel

A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

By Margaret Mizushima

Crooked Lane Books | $25.99
August 8, 2017

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A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Review by Sheila Sobel

Timber Creek, Colorado sounds like an idyllic place to live, but Officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 dog, Robo, know better. When called in to help locate a missing junior high student, Mattie and Robo are on the hunt. The hunt comes to a tragic end when the young girl is found dead not far from the high school. When the secret life of the murdered girl is exposed, the list of suspects grows, including the girl’s father and several teen-aged boys. When a second girl goes missing the job becomes much harder and more personal. The missing girl is Sophie, the youngest daughter of Timber Creek’s vet and Mattie’s love-interest, Cole Walker.

Mattie is forced to quell her own life struggles to focus on finding Sophie. She widens her suspect pool to include a rancher who has gone off his meds, a group of campers who are registered sex-offenders and a kind, but odd feed-store clerk. Mattie’s and Robo’s skills are put to the test again as the clock ticks down and the trail goes cold.

In Hunting Hour, book three in the A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, Margaret Mizushima leads the reader on an edge-of-your-seat chase through the darkness of an otherwise tranquil town in Colorado. If you are new to the A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, you have books one and two, Killing Trail and Stalking Ground, to look forward to while waiting for the release of book four, Burning Ridge, on September 11, 2018.

After thirty-three years and seventy films (including Harry Potter, The Matrix trilogy and Batman, The Dark Knight), Sheila stepped away from the film business to complete her Young Adult novel. Her debut novel, Color Blind, won the 2017 Killer Nashville Reader’s Choice Award for Best Fiction YA and was a Finalist for the 2017 Silver Falchion Award for Best Fiction YA. Sheila was also nominated for the 2016 Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing through UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Sheila is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Women in Film. She lives in Beverly Hills with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.