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A deadly secret is buried in the Colorado high country--and murder is only the beginning in the seventh gripping installment of Margaret Mizushima's Timber Creek K-9 mysteries. He was suspect number one--the man who tried to kill Deputy Mattie Cobb and may have killed her father thirty years earlier. But when Mattie and cold case detective Jim Hauck reach the Colorado s A deadly secret is buried in the Colorado high country--and murder is only the beginning in the seventh gripping installment of Margaret Mizushima's Timber Creek K-9 mysteries. He was suspect number one--the man who tried to kill Deputy Mattie Cobb and may have killed her father thirty years earlier. But when Mattie and cold case detective Jim Hauck reach the Colorado state prison where they will finally get to interview him, he's found dead in his cell. There's only one clue: a map leading to Timber Creek and rugged Redstone Ridge. Though she usually works with veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie's K-9 partner Robo has just sired a litter of pups, who require special, time-consuming care at Cole's clinic. Left to explore the map's clue without him, Mattie and Robo journey into the burned forest surrounding Redstone Ridge. But before they can finish their search they're called to help investigate the death of a young woman found in a campground filled with elk hunters. Identification of the deceased points to her having recently given birth, but the infant is nowhere to be found. As a deadly storm descends upon the mountains, covering everything with a layer of ice and snow, Mattie and her team search for the missing newborn. The storm batters the area, taking its toll on the team and forcing the sheriff to call in reinforcements. When new evidence surfaces, they decide that finding the woman's killer will lead them to her baby, making them even more desperate to solve the case. Then Cole goes missing, stranded alone in the high country with a person that Mattie now suspects is the mastermind behind several murders, including her father's. She and Robo take to the trail to find Cole--but the killer has a cold-blooded plan that threatens them all.


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A deadly secret is buried in the Colorado high country--and murder is only the beginning in the seventh gripping installment of Margaret Mizushima's Timber Creek K-9 mysteries. He was suspect number one--the man who tried to kill Deputy Mattie Cobb and may have killed her father thirty years earlier. But when Mattie and cold case detective Jim Hauck reach the Colorado s A deadly secret is buried in the Colorado high country--and murder is only the beginning in the seventh gripping installment of Margaret Mizushima's Timber Creek K-9 mysteries. He was suspect number one--the man who tried to kill Deputy Mattie Cobb and may have killed her father thirty years earlier. But when Mattie and cold case detective Jim Hauck reach the Colorado state prison where they will finally get to interview him, he's found dead in his cell. There's only one clue: a map leading to Timber Creek and rugged Redstone Ridge. Though she usually works with veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie's K-9 partner Robo has just sired a litter of pups, who require special, time-consuming care at Cole's clinic. Left to explore the map's clue without him, Mattie and Robo journey into the burned forest surrounding Redstone Ridge. But before they can finish their search they're called to help investigate the death of a young woman found in a campground filled with elk hunters. Identification of the deceased points to her having recently given birth, but the infant is nowhere to be found. As a deadly storm descends upon the mountains, covering everything with a layer of ice and snow, Mattie and her team search for the missing newborn. The storm batters the area, taking its toll on the team and forcing the sheriff to call in reinforcements. When new evidence surfaces, they decide that finding the woman's killer will lead them to her baby, making them even more desperate to solve the case. Then Cole goes missing, stranded alone in the high country with a person that Mattie now suspects is the mastermind behind several murders, including her father's. She and Robo take to the trail to find Cole--but the killer has a cold-blooded plan that threatens them all.

30 review for Striking Range

  1. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima is the seventh book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. This has become one of my favorite police procedural series. The author brings plenty of suspense and action to a story featuring Deputy Mattie Cobb and her canine partner, Robo. It is set in and around the small town of Timber Creek in the mountains of Colorado. While this is the seventh book in the series, enough background to events and people allows this book to work well as a standalone novel Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima is the seventh book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. This has become one of my favorite police procedural series. The author brings plenty of suspense and action to a story featuring Deputy Mattie Cobb and her canine partner, Robo. It is set in and around the small town of Timber Creek in the mountains of Colorado. While this is the seventh book in the series, enough background to events and people allows this book to work well as a standalone novel. In this one Mattie is meeting California Detective Jim Hauck at a Colorado prison. They plan to interview John Cobb, the man who tried to kill Mattie a few months ago and may have killed her father 30 years ago. However, when the guards go to get John, he is dead in his cell. A map is found featuring areas around Mattie’s home town. Not long after Mattie and Detective Hauck arrive in Timber Creek, a young woman is found dead and Mattie and her team need to search for her newborn baby as well as the killer, in addition to solving the mystery of the map. Mattie, Robo, and the other members of the sheriff’s department begin investigations that have a lot of twists and turns and some red herrings. As usual, Maggie’s boyfriend, veterinarian Cole Walker, helps with the investigation when he’s not dealing with his practice. The characters are appealing and Maggie shows some growth with her friendship with Stella. The writing is compelling, engaging and entertaining. The plot clever plot is intriguing and very realistic. Information about the different types of police dogs added another dimension to the book. Multiple plot lines kept me thoroughly engaged and turning the pages. I was immediately drawn into the investigations and the lives of Mattie, Robo, Cole, and several residents of Timber Creek. I believe the fact that the author and her husband run a veterinary clinic and live on a small ranch in Colorado helped with the realism of the events and visualization of the area. Themes include police investigations, murder, veterinary procedures, family relationships and dynamics, how the past affects current actions and thoughts, changing relationships and more. There are some serious themes in this novel that I won’t reveal due to spoilers. This is the third book that I have read about Mattie, Robo and Cole. They seem like old friends, and I can’t wait to read the other books in this series. If you are a dog lover or just enjoy an engaging and suspenseful mystery, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books, Margaret Mizushima and Net Galley for a digital ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for September 7, 2021. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This is a great series for those that want dogs involved in their mysteries. This is the 7th book in the series but can work as a standalone as Mizushima gives plenty of background. Mattie Cobb is the detective and dog handler for the Timber Creek, CO sheriff’s department. This time, the case she’s investigating is personal. She was scheduled to question a man in prison who tried to kill her and was possibly involved in the death of her father. But that morning, he died of a drug overdose right This is a great series for those that want dogs involved in their mysteries. This is the 7th book in the series but can work as a standalone as Mizushima gives plenty of background. Mattie Cobb is the detective and dog handler for the Timber Creek, CO sheriff’s department. This time, the case she’s investigating is personal. She was scheduled to question a man in prison who tried to kill her and was possibly involved in the death of her father. But that morning, he died of a drug overdose right before the interview. Meanwhile, her beau, veterinarian Cole Walker has just helped deliver a litter of puppies that Robo sired. The reader gets a great bird’s eye view of a dog’s C section. Mattie soon gets drawn into the search for a missing pregnant woman. This series is perfect for those that want to learn more about how dogs and handlers work together. It always fascinates me and there’s always something new to learn. It’s scary to think that drug handlers and dogs are also now so at risk because of fentanyl. The story itself was fast and entertaining. Mizushima does a great job of painting scenes that are easy to envision. I was caught off guard by the ending. I can only hope there are lots more books to come in this series. My thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pat (currently not accepting new friend requests)

    I always love getting a new Margaret Mizushima book. This is book 7 in the wonderful Timber Creek K-9 mystery series and each book has been delightful. In previous books Deputy Mattie Cobb from the Timber Creek police department learned that Harold Cobb was not her real father. She and her mother and brother had been kidnapped by Harold and John Cobb and Mattie believes that one of the Cobb’s killed her real father Douglas Wray. Harold Cobb died years ago but she is about to visit John Cobb in pr I always love getting a new Margaret Mizushima book. This is book 7 in the wonderful Timber Creek K-9 mystery series and each book has been delightful. In previous books Deputy Mattie Cobb from the Timber Creek police department learned that Harold Cobb was not her real father. She and her mother and brother had been kidnapped by Harold and John Cobb and Mattie believes that one of the Cobb’s killed her real father Douglas Wray. Harold Cobb died years ago but she is about to visit John Cobb in prison to see if he will tell her anything. Along with Mattie is cold case Detective Jim Hauck from Sam Diego who has undertaken to look into her father’s death. But when they arrive at the prison they are too late. John Cobb is dead and it looks like an opioid overdose. They do get to look in his cell and find a book about the Timber Creek area with a few trails marked with an X. Mattie and Hauck are keen to investigate those spots with Mattie’s K-9 partner, Robo. At one location Robo alerts them to a find and they dig up a bag of drugs. Then Mattie is called away to investigate a dead body found in a camping area. Mattie recognises the girl as Tonya Greenfield whom she had met at Cole Walker’s vet clinic the day before. Tonya had been very pregnant then but it appears that she had given birth since then. But where is the baby? It all starts to look quite suspicious when Mattie learns that both John Cobb and Tonya died of fentanyl poisoning. Could there be a possible link? It seems highly unlikely. And yet the bag of drugs found also turns out to be fentanyl. Hmmm! The plot soon thickens when the police learn that other teenage mums who had just given birth have disappeared in the surrounding area in recent times. Who or what is the connection? In these books Robo is often the star of the show! He is a wonderful well trained German shepherd and in this book he becomes a daddy! But soon he and his human partner, Mattie, are in the thick of it again as the other Xs on Cobb’s map need to be investigated and it is soon apparent there is a viper in the nest and one of Mattie’s nearest and dearest is in grave danger. These wonderful characters have become like family and it’s always great to catch up and see how they’re going. You might think these stories are a little on the cosy side but there is always plenty of action, danger and outdoor adventure. And of course lots of doggie heroics. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! Thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the much appreciated ARC which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linden

    Mattie and a cold case detective from San Diego are going to the penitentiary to interview a man that Mattie thinks might have information on her father's murder. they are shocked when the man is murdered before they can speak to him, but he has a map in his cell with horribly familiar locations. When a body is found, Mattie is shocked when she recognizes the victim. They start to see a pattern of women who have recently delivered babies who have gone missing, along with their infants. The autho Mattie and a cold case detective from San Diego are going to the penitentiary to interview a man that Mattie thinks might have information on her father's murder. they are shocked when the man is murdered before they can speak to him, but he has a map in his cell with horribly familiar locations. When a body is found, Mattie is shocked when she recognizes the victim. They start to see a pattern of women who have recently delivered babies who have gone missing, along with their infants. The author is great at building suspense, and in creating a twisty plot in which Robo, Mattie's K9 partner, plays an integral role. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    The Timber Creek K-9 series is one of my favorites! I love the setting, the characters and the plots! I have yet to be disappointed with this series. Striking Range is the 7th book in the series. The plot is fast-paced with lots of twists and sub-plots. Entertaining as usual! Mattie travels to question a suspect in a Colorado prison, but the prisoner dies leaving some mysterious clues in his cell. Add in a missing pregnant woman, puppies and a blizzard -- it all adds up to the usual great Timber The Timber Creek K-9 series is one of my favorites! I love the setting, the characters and the plots! I have yet to be disappointed with this series. Striking Range is the 7th book in the series. The plot is fast-paced with lots of twists and sub-plots. Entertaining as usual! Mattie travels to question a suspect in a Colorado prison, but the prisoner dies leaving some mysterious clues in his cell. Add in a missing pregnant woman, puppies and a blizzard -- it all adds up to the usual great Timber Creek K-9 story! This newest book is one of my favorites in the series so far! The action was non-stop and I couldn't stop reading! I am eagerly awaiting the next book. **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** 10/2/2021 - I waited for the end of this new book until the audio came out. Then I started all over and listened to the full story again! The audio is just under 10 hours long and narrated by Nancy Wu. Excellent listening experience as usual!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laur

    Deputy Mattie Cobb and cold-case detective Jim Hauck arrive at the Colorado state prison where they intend to interview the man who kidnapped and tried to burn her alive years ago, Mattie believes this suspect is also responsible for killing her father 30 yrs ago. But, when they to go to interview him, he's found dead in his cell. In the cell with him, a mysterious map leading to Timber Creek and Redstone Ridge. Following the map, Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo journey into the burned forest sur Deputy Mattie Cobb and cold-case detective Jim Hauck arrive at the Colorado state prison where they intend to interview the man who kidnapped and tried to burn her alive years ago, Mattie believes this suspect is also responsible for killing her father 30 yrs ago. But, when they to go to interview him, he's found dead in his cell. In the cell with him, a mysterious map leading to Timber Creek and Redstone Ridge. Following the map, Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo journey into the burned forest surrounding Redstone Ridge (this is where the former con tried to kill her, but in his quest to do that, instead accidentally started a forest fire when embers escaped into the air). However, before they can finish their search, they're called to help investigate the death of a young woman found in a campground. Evidence points to her having recently given birth, but the infant is nowhere to be found. A deadly storm is approaching - time is of the essence. When new evidence surfaces, they decide that finding the woman's killer will lead them to the missing baby, The closer they get to solving crimes, the more the cold-blooded killer has them all targets for the kill, including her K-9 partner, Robo. (Dang it! Now I’m really mad! Don’t hurt the dog, Dirtbag!) While I enjoyed the story overall, (mostly because I’m a sucker for K-9 police dogs and Robo was so cool), the storyline and plot were fairly predictable early on. At other times, small details/events were unrealistic, (For instance: A traffic stop where marijuana is detected and the driver is only given a WARNING for going 30 mph over speed limit …. Yeah, no- that ain’t gonna happen….) on the positive side, I loved reading about the handling, training, and unique bond with her K-9 partner. Narration by Nancy Wu was simple and routine with a pleasant voice, but lacked overall modulation, enthusiasm, pitch and variety. Nevertheless, if you prefer to listen to a book, she was easy to understand. I appreciate this opportunity to explore the writing of author Margaret Mizushima, and was kindly provided an advanced digital audio production of the book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. 3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is another good book in this K-9 Mystery series. Just when Deputy Mattie is poised to question the man she thinks murdered her father, he's discovered dead in his jail cell. Mattie finds a map of Timber Creek in his cell marked with Xs in several spots on the mountains. She and San Diego cold case detective Jim Hauck head back to Timber Creek to investigate. Before they can finish their search, Mattie and her K-9 Robo are called 4 stars You can read all of my reviews at Nerd Girl Loves Books. This is another good book in this K-9 Mystery series. Just when Deputy Mattie is poised to question the man she thinks murdered her father, he's discovered dead in his jail cell. Mattie finds a map of Timber Creek in his cell marked with Xs in several spots on the mountains. She and San Diego cold case detective Jim Hauck head back to Timber Creek to investigate. Before they can finish their search, Mattie and her K-9 Robo are called away to investigate the death of a young pregnant girl. The girl had recently given birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. As the search intensifies, a big winter storm sets in, making a desperate search more difficult. As typical in most mysteries, things get way worse before they get better, but Mattie and Robo keep plugging away, following the evidence until answers are found. I really enjoy this mystery series. Even 7 books in, I still enjoy reading about Mattie and her partner Robo. Mattie's character is finally starting to let people into her life and although she faced incredible hardship early in life, she hasn't allowed it to turn her bitter or cruel. She still believes most people are inherently good and is confidant enough in her and her partner's abilities to trust her judgment and instincts. While she's nobodies fool, Mattie still allows her humanity to guide her. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books. All opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Enjoyable! These K-9 handler novels are some of my favorite cozy mysteries. I'm a fan of Mattie, Robo & Cole. Wish I didn't have to wait so long to hear what comes next in their lives! Enjoyable! These K-9 handler novels are some of my favorite cozy mysteries. I'm a fan of Mattie, Robo & Cole. Wish I didn't have to wait so long to hear what comes next in their lives!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Deputy Mattie Cobb’s and Robo’s partnership continues to evolve. I must confess; I wasn’t sure how the author would be able to add another interesting case of crime in a remote area of Colorado, but she did. As with the other stories in this series, I enjoyed the law officer’s relationship with her intelligent canine partner. Besides following through with a good amount of suspense, Mattie, and the veterinarian, Cole Walker, continued with some sparks. The time they spent together was treasured. Deputy Mattie Cobb’s and Robo’s partnership continues to evolve. I must confess; I wasn’t sure how the author would be able to add another interesting case of crime in a remote area of Colorado, but she did. As with the other stories in this series, I enjoyed the law officer’s relationship with her intelligent canine partner. Besides following through with a good amount of suspense, Mattie, and the veterinarian, Cole Walker, continued with some sparks. The time they spent together was treasured. Their love for each other was solid; I enjoyed watching everything between this couple unfold. Striking Range was action packed, compelling and well-written. I only wish I had #8 to read! I am looking forward to more mysteries from Ms. Mizushima. Thank you to Net Galley, Crooked Lane Books and Margaret Mizushima for a digital ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I really enjoy the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series and each book brings another wonderful crime/mystery to solve. There is so much going on in this book. This one opens with Mattie meeting California Detective Jim Hauck at a Colorado prison. They plan to interview John Cobb, the man Mattie thought was her father as well as the man who tried to kill Mattie a few months ago. They are trying to find out if he killed her real father 30 years ago, but when they get to the prison, he is dead, with a m I really enjoy the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series and each book brings another wonderful crime/mystery to solve. There is so much going on in this book. This one opens with Mattie meeting California Detective Jim Hauck at a Colorado prison. They plan to interview John Cobb, the man Mattie thought was her father as well as the man who tried to kill Mattie a few months ago. They are trying to find out if he killed her real father 30 years ago, but when they get to the prison, he is dead, with a map in his cell. Mattie returns home to see where the map leads, but before they can investigate, they find a young woman dead, a women who had recently given birth, but there is no baby found. They now have to solve the mystery of the map, find a killer and find the baby. I really like the characters in this series. Mattie is a fantastic detective and her K-9 partner, Robo is very talented. In this book, they call in various other K-9s all with various jobs and talents. I found that very interesting. There was a lot of tracking going on in this one. The plot was very well-developed and I liked how the different sub-plots were interwoven into the story. There were clues dropped along the way, but they were subtle, lots of red herrings and several twists that made this one difficult to figure out. I enjoyed the reveal of the criminals and how they were subdued and eventually arrested. Another great police procedural/detective/crime thriller. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Nancy Wu. She has narrated the previous books I have listened to in this series and is the voice of Mattie Cobb to me. Wu does an excellent job of bringing the story and characters to life. She has a pleasant voice and gives personality to the characters. If you enjoy stories starring animals, police procedurals or crime thrillers, I recommend you pick this one up in either book or audiobook format.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This novel was set in the beautiful, mountainous landscapes of Colorado. A solid, mystery-suspense that did not disappoint. Well rounded, fully developed characters with action catching drama that held my attention until the end. A dog lovers dream with well explained details to explain the training and workings behind a K-9 unit team. I really enjoyed the small town feel with a family closeness that had just a touch of romance. Plot driven with believable twist, I highly recommend this one to a This novel was set in the beautiful, mountainous landscapes of Colorado. A solid, mystery-suspense that did not disappoint. Well rounded, fully developed characters with action catching drama that held my attention until the end. A dog lovers dream with well explained details to explain the training and workings behind a K-9 unit team. I really enjoyed the small town feel with a family closeness that had just a touch of romance. Plot driven with believable twist, I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves a good mystery. This was book #7 but can totally be read as a stand-alone. I chose to listen to this book on audio and the narrator was excellent with a fun 9 hours and 45 minutes of easy listening. Thanks Dreamscape Media via Netgalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    Another great entry in the series. These books continue to entertain and have interesting mysteries, as well as a continuing storyline thread that makes you want to keep returning book after book. I'm so invested in all of these characters -- furry ones included -- and I love the fact this this author doesn't take an extra 200 pages of unnecessary filler to get to the meat and potatoes of the plot! If you enjoy mystery/crime stories that aren't outlandish and are realistic yet interesting, and yo Another great entry in the series. These books continue to entertain and have interesting mysteries, as well as a continuing storyline thread that makes you want to keep returning book after book. I'm so invested in all of these characters -- furry ones included -- and I love the fact this this author doesn't take an extra 200 pages of unnecessary filler to get to the meat and potatoes of the plot! If you enjoy mystery/crime stories that aren't outlandish and are realistic yet interesting, and you like dogs, this is a wonderful series. I have yet to be disappointed in one of these books, though I have enjoyed some more than others. Anxiously awaiting what's next for Mattie, Robo, and company!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deb Crills

    Love it! Always a joy to read about Mattie and Robo. Love these characters and the non-stop action and page turning that Margaret creates. Can’t wait for the next one!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    Although Striking Range is the seventh Timber Creek K-9 mystery, the backstory that Margaret Mizushima presents is so smoothly done that new readers will be able to pick up the storyline, and it just serves as a gentle reminder for those of us who read Hanging Falls a year ago. Deputy Mattie Cobb’s background, along with her friends and co-workers, are introduced beautifully. Even Robo, Mattie’s K-9 partner in the Timber Creek, Colorado sheriff’s department, has a backstory. Mattie is meeting wit Although Striking Range is the seventh Timber Creek K-9 mystery, the backstory that Margaret Mizushima presents is so smoothly done that new readers will be able to pick up the storyline, and it just serves as a gentle reminder for those of us who read Hanging Falls a year ago. Deputy Mattie Cobb’s background, along with her friends and co-workers, are introduced beautifully. Even Robo, Mattie’s K-9 partner in the Timber Creek, Colorado sheriff’s department, has a backstory. Mattie is meeting with Jim Hauck, a cold-case detective from San Diego, to interview an inmate at a state prison in Colorado. John Cobb is the remaining brother of two who kidnapped Mattie, her brother and mother when Mattie was only two. For years, she thought Cobb’s brother, Harold was her father. Now, she’s in the process of reclaiming her original last name, Wray, but she has questions for John Cobb. He’s in prison after killing her brother, and trying to kill her. But, before Mattie and Hauck can interview the man, he’s found dead in his cell. He left behind what could be a clue, though, a marked map leading to Timber Creek and Redstone Ridge. Usually, Robo and Mattie would climb the mountains accompanied by Cole Walker, the local veterinarian, Mattie’s boyfriend, and a member of the sheriff’s posse. But, Cole’s stuck at the clinic following the complicated birth of a litter of puppies. So, Mattie, Robo, Hauck, and another local member of the posse head into the mountains, hoping to beat a blizzard. Just after they find one of John Cobb’s hiding places, Mattie is called back. A body has been found, a young mother who just gave birth. And, somewhere in the midst of the snowstorm is a missing newborn. At times while reading this series, I grew a little tired of the ongoing storyline of Mattie’s unknown past and family. However, this time, Mizushima is more skillful in incorporating that story with the current investigation. Now, the tension is ratcheted up as Mattie and Cole, along with various members of the sheriff’s department, confront a killer with no remorse. Mizushima does an excellent job in weaving together several cases, the cold case involving Mattie’s family, and the search for a killer and kidnapper. She also excels in uniting a small, tight-knit sheriff’s department. Although she’s still searching for answers, it’s a pleasure to see how Mattie’s found family; Robo, Cole, Cole’s family, and the sheriff’s department, have become the family Mattie needed and never had.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Missi Martin (Stockwell)

    Normally when you read a cozy mystery and there are animals involved, they are cute, cuddly, and if they help solve the case, it is mostly by accident or luck. However, in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series by Margaret Mizushima, the animal character is one of the main characters and even though Robo is cute and cuddly, he is trained to bring down the bad guys. Robo is a German shepherd and well trained in the field and works specifically with his partner, Deputy Mattie Cobb in the K-9 departme Normally when you read a cozy mystery and there are animals involved, they are cute, cuddly, and if they help solve the case, it is mostly by accident or luck. However, in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series by Margaret Mizushima, the animal character is one of the main characters and even though Robo is cute and cuddly, he is trained to bring down the bad guys. Robo is a German shepherd and well trained in the field and works specifically with his partner, Deputy Mattie Cobb in the K-9 department in Timber Creek County in Colorado. In Striking Range, the seventh book in this series, the story starts with Mattie visiting another jail where she is meeting another detective, Detective Hauck, who specializes in cold cases and they are going to interview John Cobb who killed Mattie's brother and tried to kill her. They are hoping to get some answers from him regarding Mattie's fathers death which happened thirty years ago. Unfortunately before they can interview the inmate, he is found dead in his cell and the case of death looks to be a drug overdose. This provides more questions than answers and sends Mattie, Robo, Detective Hauck, and her department in Timber Creek up the mountain where she was held hostage but escaped...... While the group is imvestigating the site where Mattie was held looking for answers, they also have a dead body found in a campground in town. It is identified as a pregnant woman that was just at Mattie's boyfriend's animal clinic but she is no longer pregnant at the campsite. Mattie, Robo and another detective Stella are racing the clock trying to solve her murder and find the baby......little do they know the web they are about to walk into. Mizushima has such a talent in drawing the reader into the story immediately and keeping you focused on everything going on until you reach the end of the book and can breathe again. I highly recommend this series and know that you will instantly fall in love with everything and everyone involved.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima is the seventh book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. I don't know how I have missed this series before now. Thoroughly enjoyed Mattie, Robo, Cole, Stella and the other members of the teams, both human and canine. The background information about the relationships between the recurring characters was well incorporated without being confusing. Well crafted mystery, fast paced, action packed, and with vivid descriptions made for a very enjoyable read. Wil Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima is the seventh book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. I don't know how I have missed this series before now. Thoroughly enjoyed Mattie, Robo, Cole, Stella and the other members of the teams, both human and canine. The background information about the relationships between the recurring characters was well incorporated without being confusing. Well crafted mystery, fast paced, action packed, and with vivid descriptions made for a very enjoyable read. Will be looking for the backlist of Ms Mizuschima's K-9 Mystery Series set in Timber Creek and of course future books also. Thank you to the publisher, author, and NetGalley for the opportunity to preview the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    This is the first book I have read in the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries. It has a very interesting plot with lots of twists and turns and a few surprises. The relationship between Mattie and Robo is remarkable and proves how intelligent these animals are. Set in the Colorado mountains I could feel the chill with the descriptions of the weather! This is a police procedural with a lot of heart. The local veterinarian Cole, and his family add the romance to this entertaining story. I’m hooked and will This is the first book I have read in the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries. It has a very interesting plot with lots of twists and turns and a few surprises. The relationship between Mattie and Robo is remarkable and proves how intelligent these animals are. Set in the Colorado mountains I could feel the chill with the descriptions of the weather! This is a police procedural with a lot of heart. The local veterinarian Cole, and his family add the romance to this entertaining story. I’m hooked and will be reading more!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda A.

    The Plot This was a story with such an exciting plot and, sadly, events that may or could occur. If I could give a rating of 4.5, I would simply because I guessed the culprit(s) early in the novel. But I love how the characters have continued to evolve such that the reader cares about them. I will eagerly await the next book in this K-9 series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aleana Harris

    Deputy Mattie is finally going to interview the man John Cobb who tried to kill her and may have been involved with the murder of her birth father. Although she relieve to finally get answers and is safe from him it’s short lived when in time for the interview John is found dead in his cell. As they investigate his death there only one clue a map that has Mattie and K-9 Robo leading them to part of a forest surrounding Redstone Ridge. As they start to get into investigating to try find why John Deputy Mattie is finally going to interview the man John Cobb who tried to kill her and may have been involved with the murder of her birth father. Although she relieve to finally get answers and is safe from him it’s short lived when in time for the interview John is found dead in his cell. As they investigate his death there only one clue a map that has Mattie and K-9 Robo leading them to part of a forest surrounding Redstone Ridge. As they start to get into investigating to try find why John had this map they are called back when a young woman is found and her infant baby is missing as they race to try find the baby Mattie starts to wonder wether what she was investigating before this may be connected but she has more things to worry about when Cole goes missing as she and her team are stretch to limit will she able to stop the killing plan before it’s to late. This was great twist and turns mystery with a strong female lead. I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    I always look forward to a Mattie & Robo adventure! And this one did not disappoint!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This series just gets better and better. Definitely a few twists I didn't see coming. I was also in a reading slump before starting this book. Revisiting these characters brought me out of it. This series just gets better and better. Definitely a few twists I didn't see coming. I was also in a reading slump before starting this book. Revisiting these characters brought me out of it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wally Wood

    One traditional suggestion writers hear is, “Write what you know.” And that’s where Margaret Mizushima started. She lives on a small ranch in Colorado, has been married to her veterinarian husband almost forty years. When she decided to write a series, which became the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries, “I knew that one of the characters needed to be a vet. In real life, however, vets may solve medical mysteries, but rarely (or perhaps I should say almost never) are they involved in murder mysteries. I One traditional suggestion writers hear is, “Write what you know.” And that’s where Margaret Mizushima started. She lives on a small ranch in Colorado, has been married to her veterinarian husband almost forty years. When she decided to write a series, which became the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries, “I knew that one of the characters needed to be a vet. In real life, however, vets may solve medical mysteries, but rarely (or perhaps I should say almost never) are they involved in murder mysteries. I decided that a veterinarian and a K-9 handler could make an interesting crime fighting duo—trio if you count the dog, and dogs should always be counted.” Deputy Mattie Cobb, her German shepherd partner Robo, and veterinarian Cole Walker have now been involved in seven police procedurals in the Colorado high country, the latest being Striking Range. It opens with two exciting chapters. Mattie and San Diego cold case detective Jim Hauck visit a Colorado prison to interview the man who tried to kill Mattie in an earlier book and who may have killed her father thirty years earlier. When Mattie and Jim Hauck reach the Colorado state prison where they will finally get to interview him, he’s found freshly dead in his cell. There’s one clue: a map leading to Timber Creek and rugged Redstone Ridge. Mattie and Hauck photograph the map with their cell phones. (Quibbles: What kind of prison needs an interview room with an adjoining viewing room and recording equipment? Would staff be locked inside the room during a prison lockdown? From the outside, yes, with instructions to stay put; but locked inside, no. Finally, no one—not a CO, lawyer, detective, visitor—brings a cell phone into prison. But perhaps they do things differently in Colorado and these pettifogging notes do not diminish the book's enjoyment.) While Mattie is visiting prison, Cole is delivering a litter of pups Robo has just sired. The description of the canine c-section is as exciting as anything in the book. Left to explore the map’s clue without him, Mattie, Robo, Hauck, and a local rancher journey into the burned forest surrounding Redstone Ridge. But before they can finish their search, however, they’re called to help investigate the death of a young woman found in a campground filled with elk hunters. Identification of the deceased points to her having recently given birth, but the infant is nowhere to be found. As a deadly storm descends upon the mountains, covering everything with a layer of ice and snow, Mattie and her team search for the missing newborn. The storm batters the area, taking its toll on the team and forcing the sheriff to call in reinforcements. When new evidence surfaces that this is not the only baby to vanish under suspicious circumstances, they decide that finding the woman’s killer will lead them to her baby, making them even more desperate to solve the case. Then Cole goes missing, stranded alone in the high country with a person that Mattie now suspects is the mastermind behind several murders, including her father’s. She and Robo take to the trail to find Cole–but the killer has a cold-blooded plan that threatens them all. Among the book’s many pleasures: —Robo. He’s a character. He may not be much of a conversationalist, but he communicates clearly. —The landscape. Mizushima’s descriptions of the high country and small-town life make me want to go there. —The dogs and their handlers. Robo eventually is not alone, but is joined by K-9 dogs trained to search for drugs, or cadavers, or explosives. —The relationship between Mattie and Cole and the other characters. Mattie respects and is respected by her boss, the Sheriff, and she works well with a detective who, unlike Mattie, is not native to Timber Creek. —Finally, Mizushima creatively avoids the cliché of the villain threatening to kill the female cop in the last few pages of the book. You do not have to have read the earlier Timber Creek K-9 mysteries to enjoy Striking Range, however it will improve your pleasure if you do read Burning Ridge first. (I reviewed it here.) In fact, the series is entertaining enough, you might start with Killing Trail to see how Mizushima has been able to build and sustain this world and the people in it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui

    In Margaret Mizushima's Striking Range (Crooked Lane Books 2021), Timber Creek Deputy Mattie Cobb is headed to Colorado State prison to interrogate an inmate who might have critical information related to the thirty-two-year-old-cold case of her father's death but when she arrives there, he's found murdered in his cell. She and her K-9 partner, Robo, are assigned to investigate it with another cold case detective, Jim Hauck. Unrelated to this case, a young nine-month pregnant girl is found dead In Margaret Mizushima's Striking Range (Crooked Lane Books 2021), Timber Creek Deputy Mattie Cobb is headed to Colorado State prison to interrogate an inmate who might have critical information related to the thirty-two-year-old-cold case of her father's death but when she arrives there, he's found murdered in his cell. She and her K-9 partner, Robo, are assigned to investigate it with another cold case detective, Jim Hauck. Unrelated to this case, a young nine-month pregnant girl is found dead and without her baby. No one knows if the baby is alive or died in child birth so Mattie and Robo need to track the infant down while there's still time. This is the seventh in the fast-moving, dramatic, and dog-centric Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. This one has a particularly good opening line: "Today Deputy Mattie Cobb could interrogate the man who had once tried to kill her." Deputy Mattie Cobb has exactly my attitude toward dogs. She respects them, considers them best friends, and would never choose her life over theirs. Here are a few lines I loved: "...weighed in at around one hundred pounds. This high-energy male shepherd was her constant companion, not only her partner but also her best friend." "Talking to Robo always settled her nerves, so she explained to him what was going to happen next." "Her German shepherd partner, Robo, heaved himself up from his cushion where he’d been sleeping and dropped his shoulders into a long stretch. His pink tongue curled and his sharp teeth glistened as he yawned until his throat squeaked." What annoyed me in this story, unlike earlier books in the series, is that it spotlights the too-oft repeated fiction plot of a family member killed long ago that weighs so on the main character that they obsess over it and/or must find out the truth. I liked this plot line the first ten times I read it but now, I want something more creative out of writers. I was happy that within the first chapters, she moved on to a different plotline.  Margaret Mizushima has a good voice that pulls me in as a reader and does a nice job of developing the plot at the right pace. But, in this story, I think if not for Robo, her working dog partner, it would have been a bit bland. Hearing how he tracks criminals and prepares himself for his job is fascinating and never gets old.  Other than that, in this particular book, I didn't find enough creativity or clever plot twists to carry a Robo-free story. Still, it's a good read and worthy of 4/5.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Deputy Mattie Cobb is finally going to get answers from the man in prison that is responsible for the death of her father. Upon arrival at Colorado state prison, the closure she needs is ripped from underneath her as the killer is found dead in his cell. The only clue she has is a map that is discovered in the dead man’s sparce belongings. Hopefully the answers she seeks will be brought to light. With the help of her canine partner, Robo, she will be part of the search team looking for evidence i Deputy Mattie Cobb is finally going to get answers from the man in prison that is responsible for the death of her father. Upon arrival at Colorado state prison, the closure she needs is ripped from underneath her as the killer is found dead in his cell. The only clue she has is a map that is discovered in the dead man’s sparce belongings. Hopefully the answers she seeks will be brought to light. With the help of her canine partner, Robo, she will be part of the search team looking for evidence in the long-ago crime. The weather is against them but even worse, something sinister awaits them on Redstone Ridge. When Cole, the local veterinarian who is Mattie’s boyfriend goes missing in a storm, Mattie is determined to find him at any cost. Unfortunately, that means putting herself and her beloved dog in grave danger. Striking Range is the sixth book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. I have been fortunate enough to read every book in the series and I have loved each and every one of them. The characters are fully developed and the plots are solid. It is interesting to learn about K-9 dogs, how they train and work. The added storyline of Cole’s vet practice also adds depth to the novel. This particularly comes to light in the latest book because Robo becomes a father. I highly recommend Striking Range as well as the rest of this series. The plots are solid, the characters interesting and the action is page-turning. Each of the books in this series is written as a stand-along novel, so you can read them in any order. I enjoyed each of them, especially the ending of Striking Range – but I’m not telling you what happens – that is for you to discover when you read it. Margaret Mizushima is an award-winning author – she was awarded the 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers of America. Her award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries are internationally published, which is no surprise to her fans. The realism in her writing comes from her own experiences. She is married to a veterinarian and was raised on cattle ranches in Colorado and Texas. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from publicist Maryglenn McCombs in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I love continuing with Timber Creek K-9 series which is really one of the best for actually including a K9 and its duties in the story.  The author also does well with the police investigations in this remote area.  I also enjoy all the personal relationships which have grown throughout the series.  I would read this This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart   Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I love continuing with Timber Creek K-9 series which is really one of the best for actually including a K9 and its duties in the story.  The author also does well with the police investigations in this remote area.  I also enjoy all the personal relationships which have grown throughout the series.  I would read this series in order because of the growth in both Mattie's personal and professional life. In Striking Range, Mattie moves forward with investigating her past.  Her biological father was murdered and she is trying to solve the case.  She goes to interview someone in prison who knew him at that time, along with a cold case detective, Hauck.  The prisoner is dead when they arrive.  Hauck comes back to town with her to search the prisoner's marked places they find in a map in his cell. Cole is busy with Sassy having puppies, fathered by Robo.  A new client, Tonya,  comes in with her aunt and her border collie.  So he doesn't go into the mountain for the search and only lends his horses.  The search finds drugs but a storm comes up before they can complete all the searching.  Then Tonya, who was 9 moths pregnant,  turns up dead and no longer pregnant. With multiple cases and searches happening, things are fast and suspenseful. They are also exhausting for Mattie and the others in law enforcement and for Cole with his work. Robo's trainer comes to town with a team of dogs / handlers trained in different types of work and they are very busy. There are dogs for cadaver work, narcotics, gunpowder and explosives who all have successful searches.  I guessed at the main bad guy very early but not the extent of his evil.  Mattie and Cole both face close calls. I appreciate all the details about the dog searches and work, as well as the police investigative interviews, data searches and evidence evaluations.   The addition of the personal relationships gives another layer.  Angie has her first crush / boyfriend.  Mattie has her Mama T, her sister and her grandmother. I really enjoy everything about these books and look forward to more!  

  26. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Striking Range is the 7th Timber Creek K-9 mystery by Margaret Mizushima. Released 7th Sept 2021 by Crooked Lane Books, it's 280 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. This is a series procedural with well established characters and a rural small town police department integrating (more or less) successfully with area and national task forces. This is an ensemble returning cast and a solid western mystery. The central playe Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Striking Range is the 7th Timber Creek K-9 mystery by Margaret Mizushima. Released 7th Sept 2021 by Crooked Lane Books, it's 280 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. This is a series procedural with well established characters and a rural small town police department integrating (more or less) successfully with area and national task forces. This is an ensemble returning cast and a solid western mystery. The central players have a long and varied history together. There are familial and generational connections (and not always in a positive manner). Despite being the 7th book in this series, the author is a technically adept writer and sufficient backstory is written in to provide readers enough backstory without info-dumping. I was unfamiliar with the series previously though I believe I might've read one or two of the author's earlier works, and I had no trouble following along. There were some dangling threads on a couple of the plot points, but overall it's a well written and engaging mystery. I could've done without the strong romance subplot, but I appreciate that there are many readers who really enjoy mystery with a healthy romance angle. There is some potentially triggering content for some readers including opioid use and overdose, kidnapping, and human trafficking. The unabridged audiobook has a run time of 9 hours, 47 minutes and is capably narrated by Nancy Wu. She does a good job of bringing characters of varying ages to life (from children to adults) and both men and women and managing to keep them distinct and identifiable. Production and sound quality are high throughout. Four stars for both print and audiobook versions. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima is a riveting mystery that takes place in rural Colorado. Although this newest release is the seventh installment in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. Hoping to finally solve her father’s murder, K-9 Deputy Mattie Cobb teams up with San Diego cold case Detective Jim Hauck to question prisoner John Cobb. But when they arrive at the prison, they discover he died that morning. Disappointed, Mattie and her K-9 partner R 4.5 stars. Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima is a riveting mystery that takes place in rural Colorado. Although this newest release is the seventh installment in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, it can be read as a standalone. Hoping to finally solve her father’s murder, K-9 Deputy Mattie Cobb teams up with San Diego cold case Detective Jim Hauck to question prisoner John Cobb. But when they arrive at the prison, they discover he died that morning. Disappointed, Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo head back to Timber Creek to gear up to follow the only lead they find in his cell. Jim joins them as they return to Redstone Ridge where they search the cave where John held her prisoner. Robo leads them to a surprising discovery along with other possible crime scenes. Before they can finish their hunt for more evidence, Mattie joins the investigation when a body is found at a local campground. After a long night without much sleep, Mattie and Detective Stella LoSasso work together on the current case.  They are not making much progress but Stella discovers information that is absolutely chilling. They also locate the victim’s car which partially solves a troubling incident but also leads to more questions. Tirelessly tracking down each new lead, Mattie, Stella and Robo find an unlikely suspect who gives them valuable new evidence. But will they find their new suspect before someone that Mattie loves finds themselves in a dangerous situation? Striking Range is a fast-moving mystery with a captivating storyline and atmospheric setting. Mattie is a dedicated deputy who will not rest until this latest case is resolved. Her relationship with local veterinarian Cole Walker continues to evolve and he remains an integral part of the volunteer force. Mattie’s friendship with Stella deepens as they work together on the current case. The continuing story arc about Mattie’s past simmers in the background as she puts all her effort into their current investigation. With a shocking plot twist, Margaret Mizushima brings this latest addition to the fantastic Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series to a nerve-wracking conclusion.

  28. 5 out of 5

    J.R.

    Deputy Mattie Cobb finally is about to have an opportunity to interview the man who attempted to kill her and is believed to have murdered her father 30 years earlier. But, as she and cold-case detective Jim Hauck await the arrival of the suspect in an observation room in the prison where he's held, John Cobb is found dead in his cell. Cobb, who had kidnapped Mattie and her brother in the aftermath of the decades-earlier incident and given her his surname, left behind an intriguing clue in his ce Deputy Mattie Cobb finally is about to have an opportunity to interview the man who attempted to kill her and is believed to have murdered her father 30 years earlier. But, as she and cold-case detective Jim Hauck await the arrival of the suspect in an observation room in the prison where he's held, John Cobb is found dead in his cell. Cobb, who had kidnapped Mattie and her brother in the aftermath of the decades-earlier incident and given her his surname, left behind an intriguing clue in his cell--a map of the rugged Redstone Ridge in the mountains high above Timber Creek marked with a series of X marks. What could they mean? Mattie is eager to explore the site with her K9 partner Robo and they soon uncover a cache of drugs and a dead body. Before they can complete their search of the wilderness area Mattie and Robo are called to help investigate the death of a young woman who had recently given birth. The infant is missing and a deadly ice and snow storm handicaps searchers and puts the child at risk. While Mattie and her team are uncovering increasing evidence of a baby-trafficking ring Cole Walker, her veterinarian boyfriend, is assisting other volunteers who are continuing the search on Redstone Ridge. When Cole goes missing, Mattie and Robo return to the mountain where the killer targets them all with deadly intentions. One of the pleasures of reading a series is a reader gets to know and care about the characters and their goals. Mizushima skillfully maintains reader interest in Mattie's quest to understand her family history and in her developing relationship with Cole. We're as anxious to solve the mystery of Mattie's checkered past as she is and our empathy makes us want her relationship with Cole to succeed. It doesn't hurt that she adds puzzling crimes and solid detective work to the mix. And there's also the bonus of information on the training and handling of police dogs and the skills of veterinary work.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    This seventh book in the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries finds Mattie getting closer to discovering who murdered her father some thirty years earlier. She's working with Jim Hauck who is a cold case detective from San Diego. Together they are planning to interview John Cobb in prison because he has ties to that long-ago murder along with more recent attempts to murder Mattie. But they arrive at the prison just in time to learn that Cobb has been found dead in his cell of a drug overdose. The only rem This seventh book in the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries finds Mattie getting closer to discovering who murdered her father some thirty years earlier. She's working with Jim Hauck who is a cold case detective from San Diego. Together they are planning to interview John Cobb in prison because he has ties to that long-ago murder along with more recent attempts to murder Mattie. But they arrive at the prison just in time to learn that Cobb has been found dead in his cell of a drug overdose. The only remaining clue is a guide book to Colorado hiking trails with some dog-eared pages. One of them with some suspicious Xs. Mattie is determined to check out the trail even though one of the Xs indicates the location where Cobb tried to murder her. She and her canine partner Robo take off into the mountains along with Detective Hauck to see what they can find. They discover a lot. Possible body dumps, buried drugs, and buried explosives. All spotted by Robo but a Colorado blizzard moves in before they can explore more. Then Mattie is called to a campground filled with elk hunters because a body has been discovered. It is the body of a young woman Mattie met at Cole Walker's veterinary clinic when she was visiting some puppies sired by Robo. But that young woman was pregnant and this one has only recently given birth before dying of a drug overdose. The hunt is on to find her baby and discover what happened. This was another fast-paced and action-filled adventure for Mattie and her K-9 Robo which shows their close relationship. There is also Mattie's own growing relationship with Cole. Mattie is getting more comfortable with human relationships after a very difficult childhood. Fans of the series won't want to miss this exciting installment. New readers will also enjoy the story for its action.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    Time can certainly fly when you're reading an exciting series filled with characters that you've grown to love. It's hard for me to believe that this Timber Creek K-9 series is already on book seven. Readers have been following Mattie Cobb's professional life as a police officer and K-9 handler as well as her training of Robo and her dealing with the emotional baggage of her personal life. We've also had much the same journey with veterinarian Cole Walker as he's dealt with divorce, raising two Time can certainly fly when you're reading an exciting series filled with characters that you've grown to love. It's hard for me to believe that this Timber Creek K-9 series is already on book seven. Readers have been following Mattie Cobb's professional life as a police officer and K-9 handler as well as her training of Robo and her dealing with the emotional baggage of her personal life. We've also had much the same journey with veterinarian Cole Walker as he's dealt with divorce, raising two young daughters, and his busy practice. Mizushima does an excellent job of showing readers just what is involved in being a K-9 handler and keeping working dogs like Robo in top form. The relationship between Mattie and Robo is one of the reasons why I enjoy this series. I'm not one to care for much romance in my mysteries, but somehow this author manages to continue to develop a relationship between Mattie and Cole that brings real depth to both characters (and doesn't make me want to roll my eyes). Actually, it's been known to make me smile. Even though I found the bad guy to be rather easily guessed, I still enjoyed the journey to this person's unmasking. I like watching the Timber Creek sheriff's department work together to get things done, and Striking Range wouldn't be another strong story in this series without an exciting chase/search/rescue high in the mountains. If you're a reader who enjoys reading strong mysteries involving working dogs, the great outdoors, and an intelligent cast, you need to read Margaret Mizushima's Timber Creek K-9 series. You can read Striking Range as a standalone, but if you love character development, I'd advise you to start with the first book, Killing Trail-- and I won't be at all surprised if you then join me in my annual visit to the Colorado Rockies. (Review courtesy of the publisher and Net Galley)

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