Hunting Hour (Timber Creek K-9 Series #3)

Hunting Hour (Timber Creek K-9 Series #3)

by Margaret Mizushima


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RT Reviewers' Choice Award finalist for Best Mystery
Colorado Book Award finalist for Best Mystery
2018 Silver Falchion Award Finalist
TopShelf Indie Award Nominee

Critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima is back with her most thrilling read yet.

Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past. When she and her K-9 partner, Robo, get called to track a missing junior high student, they find the girl dead on Smoker’s Hill behind the high school, and Mattie must head to the Walker home to break the bad news. But that’s only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing—and this time it’s one of Cole’s daughters.

Knowing that each hour a child remains missing lessens the probability of finding her alive, Mattie and Robo lead the hunt while Cole and community volunteers join in to search everything—to no avail. It seems that someone has snatched all trace of the Walker girl from their midst, including her scent. Grasping at straws, Mattie and Robo follow a phoned-in tip into the dense forest, where they hope to find a trace of the girl and rescue her alive. But when Robo does catch her scent, it leads them to information that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case.

Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down the kidnapper before they’re too late in Hunting Hour, the heart-pounding third installment in Margaret Mizushima’s exhilarating Timber Creek K-9 mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538452356
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Series: Timber Creek K-9 Series , #3
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries, which includes Killing Trail (Crooked Lane Books, 2015) nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice award for best first mystery, Stalking Ground (Crooked Lane Books, 2016) a finalist in the Colorado Book Awards mystery category, and Hunting Hour (Crooked Lane Books, 2017). She has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. She can be found on Facebook/Author Margaret Mizushima, on Twitter @margmizu, and on her website at

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Hunting Hour (Timber Creek K-9 Series #3) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Hunting Hour is the phenomenal third offering in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series that far exceeded my expectations. The mystery is breathtaking! It can be read as a standalone or in the series. The characters, action, and plot together are a synergistic success! Mattie is a deputy and K-9 officer with the Timber Creek sheriff’s office. Her partner is Robo, a well-trained dog and friend, able to sniff out drugs and people. Mattie has begun dealing with devastating repressed memories of her past; she lacks sleep and has lost weight. Those she works for are concerned as is Rainbow, a friend and the office receptionist. The memories Mattie fights lead her to withdraw from friendships, especially single father and veterinarian Cole. They had been growing close, but she backed off without explanation. This absorbing story hits the ground running with Mattie and Robo searching for Candace, a missing 13-year-old; her asthma inhaler is at home and she hasn’t been seen since classes let out. Her mother works two jobs while her father, with a hair-trigger temper, arrives home late from the mine. He is enraged to find Mattie, Robo, and Stella, the detective, searching Candace’s room. The clues they find are shocking; finding the girl’s body was even worse. Mattie visited Cole so his daughters could learn about Candace from their father. His daughters adore Mattie, and she them. The next search, less than 48 hours later, is heartbreaking. Cole was late getting back to meet Sophie, his 8-year-old daughter, at the bus stop. She wasn’t at home or anywhere else checked. Mattie and Robo went to work immediately with Robo tracing where Sophie got off the bus to tire tracks where a vehicle had turned around. It is feared that the same person who killed Candace has taken Sophie. Mattie is fully three-dimensional. I like her; she pushes past her own demons to hunt relentlessly for the girls. She and Robo are a force to be reckoned with as they are closely bonded. Other characters are defined as their roles require. I like Cole, an honest, hardworking man who loves his children and the animals he has learned to help. Cole and his daughters have come through hard times in the past year and are working their way through, the girls retaining their sweet personalities. One thing I enjoyed is how familiar the author is with police service dogs and their abilities. Even details of differences between German shepherds and bloodhounds explain part of the story. I appreciated how the author demonstrated how Stella treats with dignity the person suffering from a mental disorder. While there are a couple things her descriptions could indicate, I hadn’t guessed the reason for the behavior. This fabulous novel considers the human element of law enforcement along with the urgency of situations and making fast decisions. There are surprising plot twists, especially as they continued to change the search for Sophie. I immediately had empathy for Mattie and for Cole based on how well their circumstances were written. My attention was riveted from the first chapter, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! The bad guy wasn’t easily evident, as I was still partially surprised. The conclusion was satisfying and I hope to visit Timber Creek again soon. I highly recommend this novel, especially to those who appreciate K-9 officers and their partners. From a grateful heart: I received this eBook from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.