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Easy Targets When Chief Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, are called to search. But it’s mid-October and a dark snowstorm is brewing over the high country. And they’re already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard. While Brody hikes Easy Targets When Chief Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, are called to search. But it’s mid-October and a dark snowstorm is brewing over the high country. And they’re already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard. While Brody hikes down to bring back the forensics team, and veterinarian Cole Walker gathers supplies to protect them from the storm, Mattie and Robo find themselves alone, guarding the gravesite overnight in the early winter. And it’s only the first in a series of long, dark nights. As their investigation develops, Mattie, Robo, Brody and Cole find themselves in the middle of the killer’s stalking ground—where the hunters have just become the hunted.


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Easy Targets When Chief Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, are called to search. But it’s mid-October and a dark snowstorm is brewing over the high country. And they’re already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard. While Brody hikes Easy Targets When Chief Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, are called to search. But it’s mid-October and a dark snowstorm is brewing over the high country. And they’re already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard. While Brody hikes down to bring back the forensics team, and veterinarian Cole Walker gathers supplies to protect them from the storm, Mattie and Robo find themselves alone, guarding the gravesite overnight in the early winter. And it’s only the first in a series of long, dark nights. As their investigation develops, Mattie, Robo, Brody and Cole find themselves in the middle of the killer’s stalking ground—where the hunters have just become the hunted.

30 review for Stalking Ground

  1. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    The second in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series! Another exciting crime thriller, fraught with tension and danger! I love this series! Although she doubted Robo needed it, she took the scent article from her utility belt to refresh his memory. As they neared the spot where they would leave the trail, she wanted him to remember the reason they'd come up here was to look for Adrienne. As they breached another steep rise, Robo came to a sudden halt. He paused with his ears pricked forward, nose u The second in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series! Another exciting crime thriller, fraught with tension and danger! I love this series! Although she doubted Robo needed it, she took the scent article from her utility belt to refresh his memory. As they neared the spot where they would leave the trail, she wanted him to remember the reason they'd come up here was to look for Adrienne. As they breached another steep rise, Robo came to a sudden halt. He paused with his ears pricked forward, nose up, sniffing the wind. When Mattie drew up beside him, he turned to look into her eyes. He shifted, stood at attention, and looked down into a draw off to the west. She recognized the stance: Full Alert. Robo darted toward a large pile of rocks. He pinned his ears as he approached—hunkered and slinked up, poking his nose into a crack in the mound. Mattie hurried toward him as he turned. He made eye contact... and he sat. Robo's signal to indicate a find. She felt her chest tighten, unable to catch her breath. She could read Robo's distress in the tightness around his eyes. His two-day search for the missing woman had come to an end. This must be Adrienne's grave. ****** Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima is the second book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. The first book, Killing Trail, was a thrilling beginning to what has proved to be an exciting new series for me and this one was no exception. The storyline is engaging and realistic, with a fast pace that had me unwilling to put it down until the very end. While this book wasn't quite as good as the first as I had an inkling about who the killer was early on, it didn't distract me from enjoying the tension and excitement of the story from beginning to end. As the clues to the crime emerge the danger and apprehension raised my heart rate higher and higher with each step Mattie and Robo come to catching the killer! The setting is a small town close to Denver Colorado which is smack dab in between my home in New Mexico and my family's cabin in Centennial, Wyoming and Margaret Mizushima paints the scenery perfectly! A strong 4.5★'s! After reading the first book back in March of this year, I saved the next three until now so I could read them back to back while at our family cabin in Wyoming. And so.... here I am at the base of the Snowy Mountain Range, the stream gurgling in my ears, shimmering in the late summer sun and aspen leaves dancing in the crisp breeze. I'm starting the next in the series, Hunting Hour right now!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    When a fellow deputy's girlfriend disappears, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, are on the case. Turns out, it's a lot more complicated and dangerous than a missing person's case.... I love this series. The characters are engaging. The setting in Colorado is perfect. I like Mizushima's writing style. Mattie is an intelligent and skilled main character, but with flaws and past demons to work through just like everyone else. She's dealing with pent up emotions from a shattered childhood and de When a fellow deputy's girlfriend disappears, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, are on the case. Turns out, it's a lot more complicated and dangerous than a missing person's case.... I love this series. The characters are engaging. The setting in Colorado is perfect. I like Mizushima's writing style. Mattie is an intelligent and skilled main character, but with flaws and past demons to work through just like everyone else. She's dealing with pent up emotions from a shattered childhood and dealing with it the best she can. Her relationship with her furry partner is perfect. Robo knows his training and Mattie watches out for him. Makes for a great story! There is a new book in this series coming out soon, so I'm listening to all four books in this series before jumping into the new one. Stalking Ground is the 2nd book in the series. The first book, Killing Trail, was excellent. There is more character development (a look into Mattie's past, strengthening of relationships with her co-workers Brody, Stella and Rainbow, and further bonding between Mattie & Robo, the vet becomes a major character, etc) in this second book. The secondary elements in the story kept my interest just as much as the crime-related plot. The character development added to the story without taking away from the main investigation. I listened to the audio book (Blackstone Publishing) version of this story. The audio is just over 9 hours long and narrated by Nancy Wu. Wu reads at a steady pace and does an excellent job of reading/voice acting. Excellent listening experience! Another great book in this series! I'm moving on to book 3, Hunting Hour.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This is the second book in the Mattie Cobb series. The best part of this series is the relationship between Mattie and Robo, her GSD K9 dog. Mizushima gets that relationship exactly right. I swear, when she's talking about Robo’s expressions and actions, I can picture them perfectly. This is an interesting plot premise. A massage therapist from the new health resort is found murdered. She also happens to be the girlfriend of the other detective on the force. Most of the characters from the first This is the second book in the Mattie Cobb series. The best part of this series is the relationship between Mattie and Robo, her GSD K9 dog. Mizushima gets that relationship exactly right. I swear, when she's talking about Robo’s expressions and actions, I can picture them perfectly. This is an interesting plot premise. A massage therapist from the new health resort is found murdered. She also happens to be the girlfriend of the other detective on the force. Most of the characters from the first book have returned, including Stella who I really like. You can figure out pretty early on who the murderer is, but that didn't dampen my enjoyment of the book. You start to learn more about Maddie herself. Repressed memories come to the forefront when she hears from her brother for the first time in years. I keep waiting to see if a romantic relationship with develop with Cole, the local veterinarian. And I give Mizushima credit, she understands the fun of raising teenagers perfectly. Overall, another fun read that I can recommend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    On a scale from 1~10, with 1 being Benji and 10 being Roscoe the Australian Cattle Dog, Stalking Ground is around a 5. You could never accuse it of gritty realism, but it's entertaining enough. On a scale from 1~10, with 1 being Benji and 10 being Roscoe the Australian Cattle Dog, Stalking Ground is around a 5. You could never accuse it of gritty realism, but it's entertaining enough.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yodamom

    More dead bodies, more mystery, some shocking revelations. Better than book one but it still feels like the author is holding back, being safe in her writing. The characters are so well balanced, such thin before they act types, they are boring. I keep waiting for one of them to just take a chance, but then plan everything out, thinking it through before. Even the bad guys are sterilized feeling, no foul language, no outlandish behaviors they are so civil. I already bought book 3 so I'm giving i More dead bodies, more mystery, some shocking revelations. Better than book one but it still feels like the author is holding back, being safe in her writing. The characters are so well balanced, such thin before they act types, they are boring. I keep waiting for one of them to just take a chance, but then plan everything out, thinking it through before. Even the bad guys are sterilized feeling, no foul language, no outlandish behaviors they are so civil. I already bought book 3 so I'm giving it another go to pick up.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    Reading Margaret Mizushima's first book, Killing Trail, hooked me on her characters and the setting. I thought her debut had a couple of minor glitches, but looked forward to her second book. I am thrilled to say that Stalking Ground addresses almost all those points I noticed in the first, and in addition is an even stronger, tighter, more thrilling read. Mattie's relationship with her K-9 partner Robo is a very important part of the book (and the series)-- and not just because of the mysteries Reading Margaret Mizushima's first book, Killing Trail, hooked me on her characters and the setting. I thought her debut had a couple of minor glitches, but looked forward to her second book. I am thrilled to say that Stalking Ground addresses almost all those points I noticed in the first, and in addition is an even stronger, tighter, more thrilling read. Mattie's relationship with her K-9 partner Robo is a very important part of the book (and the series)-- and not just because of the mysteries they solve. A training session for the two of them in Denver is worked seamlessly into the narrative, and later on Mizushima introduces us to another canine character, Bruno the Doberman Pinscher. It's fascinating to learn about the lives of working dogs like Robo. These Timber Creek K-9 mysteries are a character-rich environment, which may not be preferable to those who prefer mystery to that "relationship nonsense," but I love it. Mattie and Robo aren't the only two in town; we also are privileged to watch busy veterinarian Cole Walker on his rounds, as he volunteers for search and rescue, and-- most importantly-- how he and his daughters adjust to a very difficult divorce in which his wife left the family. This adjustment period isn't going smoothly because Mizushima's characters are very human and make their share of mistakes. Cole and Mattie are obviously being paired off (slowly), and it will be an interesting relationship to watch develop. Mattie has her own demons, and her own dreams of family that may, or may not, come true. Once again, Mizushima has written some wonderful action sequences high up in those Colorado Rockies, especially the scene involving Cole. There's just one little thing to dull the bright shine of Stalking Ground: it was still all too simple for me to deduce who- and where-dunit. All that needed to be divulged were a few specifics. However, with the characters and setting this author has created, this is a minor quibble indeed, and I'm certainly looking forward to book number three.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    This book was definitely more in the 3-1/2 stars zone, but I'm rounding up to 4 simply because I love the characters of Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo! This is the second book in the series and I will definitely continue with the third, because I enjoyed the first two so much. These are easy reading, perfect length stories to hold your interest for the "light" mysteries they are. Honestly, I guessed where this book was going pretty much from the beginning, but I enjoyed the journey to the end of This book was definitely more in the 3-1/2 stars zone, but I'm rounding up to 4 simply because I love the characters of Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo! This is the second book in the series and I will definitely continue with the third, because I enjoyed the first two so much. These are easy reading, perfect length stories to hold your interest for the "light" mysteries they are. Honestly, I guessed where this book was going pretty much from the beginning, but I enjoyed the journey to the end of the story, so I didn't even care about that. I liked that ALL of the characters -- including veterinarian Cole Walker and his daughters and deputy Brody (who was a pretty big jerk in book 1) -- have grown and evolved since the last book. This series is entertaining and a nice change of pace from a lot of the "darker" mystery/thriller books that I read. Looking forward to book #3!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The second book continues the story of Mattie Cobb and Kobo, the K-9 dog. A missing person case Deputy Ken Brody's girl friend is missing. The team begins to search for her but there are almost no clues of where she might be. An anonymous phone sends into the high country where they find the body. It is late and Brody leaves to bring the CSI team and supplies. Mattie and Kobo stayed with the body. An early snow fall arrives and the night is cold and long. The description is so accurate you are r The second book continues the story of Mattie Cobb and Kobo, the K-9 dog. A missing person case Deputy Ken Brody's girl friend is missing. The team begins to search for her but there are almost no clues of where she might be. An anonymous phone sends into the high country where they find the body. It is late and Brody leaves to bring the CSI team and supplies. Mattie and Kobo stayed with the body. An early snow fall arrives and the night is cold and long. The description is so accurate you are right there with Mattie and Kobo. Dr. Walker leaves at once to take food, tents and other supplies. He arrives in time to help Mattie. I was engrossed that I read it in one sitting. The sheriff officers find the clue to the answer and headed to arrest the killer, only to learn Dr Walker has not returned from a visit to the ranch. The next book in the series will be published August 8 THE HUNTING HOUR.I HIGHLY recommend this book and series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    LInda L

    I started this book early Sunday and finished it LATE that night -- could not put it down. I am not especially a dog person, but loved Robo. And Bruno. I so hope that Mattie and the vet develop into something, but later books will get into that, I guess. This book was somewhat predictable, the mystery wasn't really scary, but it was just a good read. I am also not a horse person, but worried about their well-being as well as the dogs. I kind of like animals more than a lot of people, so even if I started this book early Sunday and finished it LATE that night -- could not put it down. I am not especially a dog person, but loved Robo. And Bruno. I so hope that Mattie and the vet develop into something, but later books will get into that, I guess. This book was somewhat predictable, the mystery wasn't really scary, but it was just a good read. I am also not a horse person, but worried about their well-being as well as the dogs. I kind of like animals more than a lot of people, so even if it's not one I would want to have around -- I worry. Loved Mattie, Stella, the vet, and even Brody -- wonderful characters, and well developed as the story unfolded. Sorry I missed the first one, but may just go back and see if the library has it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    CatBookMom

    This is nearly 4 stars, so I'm rounding up. Good character development, plausible interactions between them, interesting plot. I'm on hold for the sequel, and I hope there are more to come. I looked for other 'K-9' mysteries, and while there are quite a few that popped up at my OverDrive library, a brief read of a couple showed that there are mostly much more violent, macho books, and then some faith-based ones. I like Mizushima's books: they are lighter mysteries, less gore and macho swagger, bu This is nearly 4 stars, so I'm rounding up. Good character development, plausible interactions between them, interesting plot. I'm on hold for the sequel, and I hope there are more to come. I looked for other 'K-9' mysteries, and while there are quite a few that popped up at my OverDrive library, a brief read of a couple showed that there are mostly much more violent, macho books, and then some faith-based ones. I like Mizushima's books: they are lighter mysteries, less gore and macho swagger, but not exactly what I think of as a 'cozy'. When Mattie and Robo were fighting the cougar, it seemed real enough; Mattie was a careful woman and cop - she knew she'd likely be in the mountains overnight, and she carried woods training, tools, and supplies to deal with that. It was a huge help that her boss was able to send a volunteer on horseback to bring additional supplies, but she would have been able to manage alone.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Stalking Ground is the 2nd book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series and although it can be read as a standalone (it is a new mystery) but I recommend you read the 1st book in the series to understand the relationships and catch up on the character development. Deputy Mattie Cobb is a K-9 officer who works with her partner, Robo. Not only are they partners, but they live together and have a very strong bong. When Deputy, Ken Brody's girlfriend, Adrienne, goes missing, Mattie and Robo are calle Stalking Ground is the 2nd book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series and although it can be read as a standalone (it is a new mystery) but I recommend you read the 1st book in the series to understand the relationships and catch up on the character development. Deputy Mattie Cobb is a K-9 officer who works with her partner, Robo. Not only are they partners, but they live together and have a very strong bong. When Deputy, Ken Brody's girlfriend, Adrienne, goes missing, Mattie and Robo are called in to track her from the location of where her car is found. They eventually find her dead and crudely buried, now the case is to find a murderer. With very little to go one, they start to investigate her past to see if there might be clues as to who wants her dead. There are a few other storylines as well, one with local Veterinarian, Cole dealing with horses that appear to have been drugged, a local man that seems to be having some mental health issues and Mattie dealing with her past. It sounds like a lot, but it all flows well in this story. Will Mattie and Brody find out what happened before someone else is dead or injured? I am enjoying this series. I love the idea of a K-9 team and love the relationship Mattie and Robo have. There are a lot of great secondary characters in this book, including veterinarian and friend Cole and his two daughters who struggle to keep their little family functioning after their mother leaves them. That adds some sense of reality and normalcy to the story. Margaret Mizushima does a great job adding red herrings and twists to the story to keep the reader guessing. There is a small town feel to this story, but not the in your business stuff that can be off putting. Mattie is a great character. She has a lot of baggage to deal with and each book gives us a little more of her background. The storyline is engaging and realistic, with a fast pace that had me reading late into the night. Although I was pretty sure I had the killer figured out early in the book, it didn't distract me from enjoying the tension and excitement of the story. As the clues to the crime emerge the danger and apprehension increases as Mattie, Robo, Cole and Brody come closer catching a killer. I definitely recommend this series to those who love mysteries, especially if you are interested in K-9 teams.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    3.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    My review is on Goodreads and I not to copy and paste here. I have all three books in this series. It a new outstanding series. Spoiler The scene with mountain lion was accurate that it chills through me. That alone makes book outstanding.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Stalking Ground is the 2nd book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series but this is my first read from Margaret Mizushima. I suggest you read the 1st book in the series before reading this one. Even though you will be fine reading this one first, we are missing the relationship development that existed between the characters. I loved the relationship between Mattie and Robo. It was very exciting reading about the way the K-9 and handler worked as a team. I look forward to reading the first book i Stalking Ground is the 2nd book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series but this is my first read from Margaret Mizushima. I suggest you read the 1st book in the series before reading this one. Even though you will be fine reading this one first, we are missing the relationship development that existed between the characters. I loved the relationship between Mattie and Robo. It was very exciting reading about the way the K-9 and handler worked as a team. I look forward to reading the first book in this series. I would like to thank NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for supplying a copy of Margaret Mizushima's "Stalking Ground" in exchange for a honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Second entry in series of Officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo. This time the girlfriend of a local policeman has gone missing. When Mattie and Robo find her body, they too are in danger. Plot twists and disturbing glimpse into Mattie's childhood memories; series characters, sympathetic and involving, and bad guys easy to identify; strong sense of place, K-9 investigations, and horse racing frame story; inviting, thoughtful, style; suspenseful and menacing tone. Easy reading mystery.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Westminster Library

    The second book in the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series starts with a bang and the action continues throughout the book. Deputy Mattie Cobb has continued her training with her K-9 partner, Robo. Chief Deputy Brody’s fiancée, Adrienne Howard, has disappeared. It is all hands on deck to track her vehicle and find her. This is another exciting and dramatic mystery. Quotes I liked from this book: Mattie Cobb talking to Cole, “But I’m thinking of your kids and how they must feel. Abandonment issues can The second book in the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series starts with a bang and the action continues throughout the book. Deputy Mattie Cobb has continued her training with her K-9 partner, Robo. Chief Deputy Brody’s fiancée, Adrienne Howard, has disappeared. It is all hands on deck to track her vehicle and find her. This is another exciting and dramatic mystery. Quotes I liked from this book: Mattie Cobb talking to Cole, “But I’m thinking of your kids and how they must feel. Abandonment issues can really mess with your head. You’d be smart to get the girls professional help early before real problems start.” Find Stalking Ground at the Westminster Public Library.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo continue their adventures UPDATE: I just re-read this book and the first book in the series KILLING TRAIL. As noted on my updated review on the other book, I enjoyed it more the second time around and upped my rating on it to five stars. I guess it depends on mood or mindset or timing. Sometimes books affect totally different the next time you read them. Of course that goes the opposite way too and at times you find yourself wondering whatever you saw i Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo continue their adventures UPDATE: I just re-read this book and the first book in the series KILLING TRAIL. As noted on my updated review on the other book, I enjoyed it more the second time around and upped my rating on it to five stars. I guess it depends on mood or mindset or timing. Sometimes books affect totally different the next time you read them. Of course that goes the opposite way too and at times you find yourself wondering whatever you saw in a book the first time around. But so far I'm loving this series and I'm off to read the third book in the series coming out August 8, 2017. It's called HUNTING HOUR. This is the second book in the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries. I liked the first book KILLING TRAIL but this book is much better. This series takes place in the imaginary town of Timber Creek, Colorado and I was quite disappointed with the first book (see above update). Colorado is probably my favorite place to be and in the first book I didn't get the feeling of Colorado. The setting felt very generic. This second book was so much better, with much more detailed descriptions of Denver and my beloved aspen-covered mountains. Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo, were right back in the middle of another murder in this offering from author Mizushima. The K-9 sequences felt more real in this story too. We also find out more of Mattie's background. And the whole Sheriff's department worked more cohesively this time around. Veterinarian Cole Walker has a bigger role in this story, along with his family. You could read this book as a standalone but I suggest reading the first book in the series so you have all the background. Bad guys, good guys, family issues, dogs and more dogs, horses - all wrapped up in a mystery well worth reading. I received this book from Crooked Lane Books in exchange for my unbiased review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    STALKING GROUND is the second mystery starring Mattie Cobb and her police dog Robo. This time another deputy's girlfriend goes missing. Robo can't find her scent when her car is located leading law enforcement to believe that there has been foul play. An anonymous tip leads them to the woman's body which confirms foul play and begins their investigation. Mattie is also dealing with family issues. She spent a good part of her life as a foster child and, while she ended up in an excellent foster ho STALKING GROUND is the second mystery starring Mattie Cobb and her police dog Robo. This time another deputy's girlfriend goes missing. Robo can't find her scent when her car is located leading law enforcement to believe that there has been foul play. An anonymous tip leads them to the woman's body which confirms foul play and begins their investigation. Mattie is also dealing with family issues. She spent a good part of her life as a foster child and, while she ended up in an excellent foster home, she is still trying to connect with the brother she hadn't seen since she was a teen. He finally makes contact and drops a bomb during their conversation that makes Mattie reevaluate her childhood memories. Mattie is also in the beginning stages of a relationship with Cole Walker who is the local veterinarian and the divorced father of two girls. Cole and his family are also going through some readjustments after his wife's abandonment of the family and their divorce. He is a busy father who isn't quite certain how to deal with the emotional fallout the daughters, especially the oldest daughter, are suffering. This was an exciting mystery with lots of thrilling parts. It also has a great relationship between Mattie and her dog Robo. I liked that Mattie is starting to make more connections with the humans in her life too.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Val

    I liked this book better than the first one, as it had a more believable plot, and fewer lines that were clunkers. (In my humble opinion.) I love the relationship between Mattie and Robo and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series! :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Bohnert

    I'm really enjoying this K-9 crime fiction series set in Colorado.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Mattie is a deputy sheriff who becomes part of the investigative team when a woman goes missing, and it's not a spoiler to let you know that woman has been murdered since that's right in the blurb (okay, it says body, but then it mentions a killer, so as I said, this is not a spoiler.) I haven't read the first book in this series, but suffice it to say that other members of the team were introduced in the first book because references are made. It's October in Colorado and it snows, so there sig Mattie is a deputy sheriff who becomes part of the investigative team when a woman goes missing, and it's not a spoiler to let you know that woman has been murdered since that's right in the blurb (okay, it says body, but then it mentions a killer, so as I said, this is not a spoiler.) I haven't read the first book in this series, but suffice it to say that other members of the team were introduced in the first book because references are made. It's October in Colorado and it snows, so there significant times when survival outdoors is part of this thriller. At first I wasn't keen on the shorter paragraphs which are not unusual in thrillers to keep the pace moving, but about midway through the book I wasn't noticing them as much any more. I see no point in reading the first (but you may wish to start this series at the beginning), but plan to read the next one to see how I like it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laz the Sailor

    This is a strong 3+ stars, much stronger than the first book. The mystery is better developed with a solid twist. The secondary characters mesh better. The descriptions of the terrain and wildlife are delightful (if scary). Still, some of the interactions and dialog are awkward, and perhaps over-simplified. I anticipate that the next book will be even better. And I'll read it soon.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Another good one and dogs too.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima is another perplexing mystery in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series starring Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo. In this second installment in the series, Mattie and Robo are tasked with the unenviable job of trying to locate Chief Deputy Ken Brody's missing girlfriend, massage therapist Adrienne Howard. Although Adrienne has not be gone for very long, Brody is certain she is the victim of foul play but Mattie cannot help but wonder if she has just left. Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima is another perplexing mystery in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series starring Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, Robo. In this second installment in the series, Mattie and Robo are tasked with the unenviable job of trying to locate Chief Deputy Ken Brody's missing girlfriend, massage therapist Adrienne Howard. Although Adrienne has not be gone for very long, Brody is certain she is the victim of foul play but Mattie cannot help but wonder if she has just left. When the missing woman's car is found, Mattie and Robo try to track her but when Robo cannot find a trace of Adrienne, Mattie fears the worst. After receiving an anonymous tip, Mattie, Robo and Brody are faced with the grim task of searching for Adrienne's body in a remote mountainous area. When they uncover her remains, Mattie sends Brody to bring in the rest of the investigative team while she and Robo guard the burial site and gather evidence. When an early snowstorm hits, local veterinarian Cole Walker, who is also a member of the volunteer mounted patrol, brings them much needed supplies to endure the storm. The next day, Mattie and Robo once again team up with Detective Stella LoSasso as the investigation into Adrienne's murder begins. While Mattie still relates better to her canine partner than people, she is making progress with her co-workers and friends. She enjoys spending time with Cole and his daughters, fifteen year old Angela and eight year old Sophie, but she is little uneasy about some of the feelings she has for Cole. She has a casual friendship with her co-worker, Rainbow but Mattie still remains close to her former foster mother Teresa "Mama T" Lovato. Mattie is estranged from her brother Willie but in recent months, he has been tentatively reaching out to her through Mama T. When he finally works up the courage to call her, she is at first happy to hear from him, but an unexpected revelation brings up unsettling pieces of memories Mattie would rather leave buried. Mattie's professional relationship with Brody is much less contentious but he remains skeptical of Robo's skills and although she thinks he is too close to the case, she agrees to work with him. In the aftermath of their gruesome discovery, Brody goes back to regular patrol duties while Mattie and Stella spearhead the investigation. They discover some puzzling information about Adrienne's past but with few leads, they are not making much progress in locating a suspect or uncovering a motive for her murder. Cole has a professional connection to Adrienne but unfortunately, he is not much help during the investigation. He has a lot going on both professionally and personally so his interactions with Mattie are somewhat limited. She does offer some useful advice for his ongoing issues with his oldest daughter Angela, who is still having troubling adjusting to her mom's abandonment and her parents' divorce. In the midst of the upheaval at home, Cole is spending quite a bit of time on the road as he travels to an isolated ranch to treat an extremely ill horse. Growing concerned over the lack of progress and some very puzzling symptoms and test results, Cole is stunned when he finally learns the truth about the cause of horse's illness. Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima is a gripping addition to the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. The characters are immensely appealing and they continue to grow and evolve as they work on their individual issues. The mystery surrounding Adrienne's murder is quite intriguing and while it is fairly easy to guess who the killer is, the perpetrator's motive remains elusive until the novel's rather dramatic conclusion. A well-written and engaging whodunit that old and new fans of this refreshingly unique series are going to enjoy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    I am loving this series about a CO cop and her K9. Mattie, similar to some UF heroines, has a rough background and she's building this set of unusual friends. The combination of strong woman, police procedural, K9, mystery, family drama and a touch of romance make this great.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    Mizushima blends family drama, police procedural work, and horse racing. I appreciated the fact that Mizushima did her homework and got her racing facts correct. I recently read a mystery where it was painfully obvious that the author knew nothing about horse racing so thank you Ms. Mizushima. Although "Stalking Ground" is the second book in a series, it worked fine as a stand alone. I do wish I had read the first book just so I could better appreciate the nuances but it's not necessary. Mattie l Mizushima blends family drama, police procedural work, and horse racing. I appreciated the fact that Mizushima did her homework and got her racing facts correct. I recently read a mystery where it was painfully obvious that the author knew nothing about horse racing so thank you Ms. Mizushima. Although "Stalking Ground" is the second book in a series, it worked fine as a stand alone. I do wish I had read the first book just so I could better appreciate the nuances but it's not necessary. Mattie loves her work and her canine partner Robo. She relates better to Robo than she does to most humans. She gets a life-changing revelation from her brother during the story and it hits her hard. At the same time, she's dealing with feelings for local veterinarian Cole Walker. Cole is dealing with a divorce and being the primary caregiver for two daughters. His story line is the one with the race horses. He provides some assistance to Mattie and the other police as they search for the missing woman Adrienne and then the search for her killer. The first part of the story, despite beginning with a missing person, is slow as Mizushima lays the foundation for the story. There's a lot happening but the action is near the end of the story. The first half or so is extensive police procedural, and family relationships. It's hard-hitting and painful at times, but oh so authentic. Slowly the story picks up until the story lines intersect and the villain begins their hunt. I read a review where the writer said the book couldn't be accused of gritty realism, which made me raise my eyebrows because I had the opposite reaction; I thought the story was both gritty and realistic. "Stalking Ground" drew me in with it's mix of mystery, procedure, character development, and setting. It was layered, rich, clever, and twisty. Late in the story I guessed the killer's identity but it was pretty obvious by then. Mizushima kept me guessing. I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    While training with her K-9 dog Robo, Deputy Mattie Cobb is called back to Timber Creek to search for a missing woman Adrienne. Adrienne is a massage therapist for both humans and horses. Her car is spotted but Robo cannot find a scent, indicating she was not in the car when it was dumped. An anonymous call directs the deputies to a site where Robo finds Adrienne's body. The sheriff, deputies, and detectives must investigate all aspects of her past life to find her killer. I'm a dog lover so I co While training with her K-9 dog Robo, Deputy Mattie Cobb is called back to Timber Creek to search for a missing woman Adrienne. Adrienne is a massage therapist for both humans and horses. Her car is spotted but Robo cannot find a scent, indicating she was not in the car when it was dumped. An anonymous call directs the deputies to a site where Robo finds Adrienne's body. The sheriff, deputies, and detectives must investigate all aspects of her past life to find her killer. I'm a dog lover so I couldn't help but like this book. Although I've never been around a large German Shepherd, the interactions between Mattie and Robo were phenomenal. It's obvious how much she and her dog love and respect each other. I enjoyed reading about Robo following the scent. I also enjoyed descriptions of the snow and rugged terrain they searched. I had great pictures in my mind.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Stalking Ground" is a detective mystery/suspense novel. It's the second in a series. You can follow this book without reading the previous one, and this book didn't spoil the previous mystery. However, I'd recommend reading them in order as the previous novel was also well-written and you'll probably understand the main characters better if you do. I really enjoy the characters in this series. They have depth and complexity. Violent deaths have a realistic impact on them. I liked how Cole's daug "Stalking Ground" is a detective mystery/suspense novel. It's the second in a series. You can follow this book without reading the previous one, and this book didn't spoil the previous mystery. However, I'd recommend reading them in order as the previous novel was also well-written and you'll probably understand the main characters better if you do. I really enjoy the characters in this series. They have depth and complexity. Violent deaths have a realistic impact on them. I liked how Cole's daughters contributed both to the problem (as in, they didn't always cooperate) and the solution (some comments they made). It's fun to see how Mattie and Robo are growing in their bond, and I appreciate that the author did research to make the vet and K9 scenes accurate. Much of the book was suspense--will we find this person in time? will the cougar attack? The murder investigation was interesting and kept me slightly uncertain, but whodunit is unlikely to surprise the reader. There was no sex. There was a fair amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting and suspenseful novel. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tara Ferreira

    First, let me say on won this book on Goodreads. When I received it in the mail I was so excited. Then I realized it was the 2nd book in a series called A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery. So yes, I went out and bought book #1 in the series, then read it. Although yes, Stalking Ground can be a stand-alone-read, I suggest reading the Killing Trail first. Second, you don't have to be from Colorado to visualize the scenery/terrain, own an animal to feel the bond/pain, use a crossbow/gun to feel the power. First, let me say on won this book on Goodreads. When I received it in the mail I was so excited. Then I realized it was the 2nd book in a series called A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery. So yes, I went out and bought book #1 in the series, then read it. Although yes, Stalking Ground can be a stand-alone-read, I suggest reading the Killing Trail first. Second, you don't have to be from Colorado to visualize the scenery/terrain, own an animal to feel the bond/pain, use a crossbow/gun to feel the power. Even after finishing book 1 Killing Trail and first meeting our characters to book 2 Stalking Ground and their further evolution, I love that I can still visualize how the story lines played out in my mind. I highly recommend Stalking Ground and can't wait to see what mystery Mrs. Mizushima brings Mattie, Cole, Brody, Stella and of course my favorite K-9 Robo and friends Belle and Bruno to next.

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