Hanging Falls (Hardcover)

A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

By Margaret Mizushima

Crooked Lane Books, 9781643854458, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (9/24/2020)
MP3 CD (9/24/2020)

List Price: 26.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

Murder stalks the rugged Colorado high country--and sends Mattie Cobb on a quest to uncover the darkest secrets from her past in the sixth gripping installment of Margaret Mizushima's Timber Creek K-9 mysteries

A deluge has flooded the high ground near Hanging Falls--but heavy rains aren't the only menace descending on Timber Creek. While on a scouting mission to pinpoint trail damage, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. Robo catches human scent, which leads to an enigmatic forest-dweller who quickly becomes suspect number one.

With help from veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie identifies the victim, and discovers an odd religious cult whose dress and manners harken back to the 19th century. As the list of suspects grows, an unexpected visit from members of Mattie's long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood as they help Mattie piece together details of the fateful night when she was abducted at age two.

The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine--but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.


About the Author

Margaret Mizushima has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehab agency. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. Her fiction has won contest awards, and her short story "Hayhook" was published in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2014 anthology, Crossing Colfax. She enjoys reading, yoga, and hiking, and lives with her husband on a small ranch in Colorado where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.


Praise For Hanging Falls: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Praise for Hanging Falls:
“[A] solid sixth outing...Fascinating information about the training and handling of police dogs.”
Publishers Weekly

"An imperfect heroine and her beloved canine sidekick: What’s not to like?"
—Kirkus Reviews

“Rich in human interest and guaranteed to delight every dog lover, especially fans of Robert Crais’s K-9 Maggie, and Paula Munier’s bomb-sniffing Elvis.”
Booklist

“Readers who follow Mattie and Robo will be eager for the updated story line.”
Library Journal

“Another solid chapter in the K-9 series with twists and turns that you won’t see coming.”
Red Carpet Crash

Hanging Falls is an exceptional mystery, with stunning descriptions, authentic characters, and numerous revelations in store for the thoughtful, engaging Mattie Cobb. Margaret Mizushima has a powerful gift for creating suspense; the adventures of Mattie and her K9 partner Robo are absolutely riveting. 
—Cynthia Kuhn, author of the Agatha-award-winning Lila Maclean Academic mysteries

Praise for the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries:
“Both the human and animal characters feel authentic.”
The Washington Times
 
"Mizushima has a gift when it comes to crafting immersive settings."
—Associated Press
 
“I can’t wait for the next adventure from these dynamic partnerships.”
—Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of the Manuelito, Chee, Leaphorn mysteries
 
“Robo’s brilliance is matched only by Mizushima’s own keen intelligence as she weaves a complex tale of family love and conflict set deep in the Colorado mountains.” 
—Scott Graham, National Outdoor Award-winning author of Arches Enemy
 
"As always, Mizushima’s knowledge and attention to detail shine through."
—Barbara Nickless, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Ambush
 
“Combining a police procedural with Mattie’s personal story creates an anxiety-inducing novel that will remind readers of Nevada Barr’s books.”
—Library Journal

"Fans who miss Virginia Lanier’s 'Bloodhound' series, and readers who relish strong female characters and procedurals with a strong sense of place will want to get better acquainted with Mattie and Robo."
Library Journal
 
"Will tug the heartstrings of every dog lover."
—Booklist starred review
 
“Winning heroine…A realistic view of how a K-9 team works, treating Robo as an important character, but never stooping to anthropomorphism."
—Publishers Weekly starred review
 
"Mizushima does an excellent job of developing [Mattie and Robo] as characters, allowing readers to feel a personal connection to them both."
—RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
 
“Heart-pounding action and strong, three dimensional characters."
David Thurlo, co-author of the critically acclaimed Ella Clah, Copper Canyon, and Charlie Henry mysteries.
 
“With plenty of outdoor action, comparing Margaret Mizushima to Nevada Barr and C.J. Box is apt.”
Mark Stevens, author of the award-winning Trapline and Lake of Fire