Finalist for “Best Mystery,” RT Reviewer’s Choice Award
An RT Book Reviews “Top Pick”
Finalist for “Best Mystery,” Colorado Book Award
When the daughter of Mattie’s on-again, off-again love interest disappears, she and her K-9 partner race to find the missing girl—before it’s too late.
Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past.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 everything—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 and 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 heart-pounding third installment in Margaret Mizushima’s exhilarating Timber Creek K-9 mysteries.
In Mizushima's suspenseful, meticulously detailed third mystery set in Timber Creek, Colo. (after 2016's Stalking Ground), Deputy Mattie Cobb is working with a therapist to process the complex emotions engendered by a recent case when she receives a call to go to the junior high school. There she meets the parents of student Candace Banks, who suffers from asthma and has gone missing without her inhaler. Mattie and her police service dog, Robo, to whom she feels closer than any person, search the wooded hill area behind the school and discover Candace lying dead in the brush. Scrapes on the girl's face and hands suggest foul play. Mattie suspects Candace's abusive father, who has a drug and gambling problem, but her investigative team can't find any solid evidence against him. Mizushima offers a compassionate portrait of Mattie, who has distanced herself from her colleagues and her budding romantic interest, veterinarian Cole Walker, in this rewarding small-town police procedural.)