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Standing Dead (A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #8) (Hardcover)

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From critically acclaimed, master thriller author Margaret Mizushima, comes the eighth installment of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 mysteries.

“Tense and satisfying,” (JA Jance) Standing Dead is the perfect read for fans of CJ Box and Longmire.

Deputy Mattie Cobb and her sister, Julia, travel to Mexico to visit their mother, but when they arrive, they discover that she and her husband have vanished without a trace. Back in Timber Creek, Mattie finds a chilling note on her front door telling her to look for “him” among the standing dead up in the high country.
The sheriff’s department springs into action and sends a team to the mountains, where Mattie’s K-9 partner, Robo, makes a grisly discovery—a body tied to a dead pine tree. Mattie is shocked when she realizes she knows the dead man. And then another note arrives, warning that Mattie’s mother is in desperate straits. In a last-ditch gambit, Mattie must go deep undercover into a killer’s lair to save her mother—or die trying.

About the Author

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. She serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member of Northern Colorado Writers, Sisters in Crime, Pikes Peak Writers, and Women Writing the West. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. She can be found on Facebook/AuthorMargaretMizushima, Twitter @margmizu, Instagram at margmizu, and her website at

Praise For…

Praise for Standing Dead:
“Deputy Mattie Wray has changed her name, but she’s the same dedicated, gutsy officer who loves her family, her friends, her job, and her K-9 partner Robo with all her heart.”
—Pamela Beason, award-winning author of the Sam Westin Wilderness Mysteries
“In Standing Dead, the eighth installment of the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, Deputy and K-9 handler Mattie Cobb plunges into a deadly game of cat and mouse with an unknown killer. While struggling to recover memories repressed from a childhood riddled with violence, Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo chase leads through the Colorado mountains as danger draws closer and closer to home. A thrilling mystery with heart that will leave you wanting more.” 
—Amy Rivers, award-winning author of Complicit and All the Broken People

Praise for the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries:

“Tense and satisfying.” 
—J.A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series

“I can’t wait for the next adventure from these dynamic partnerships.”
—Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of the Manuelito, Chee, Leaphorn mysteries

“Both the human and animal characters feel authentic.”
The Washington Times
"Mizushima has a gift when it comes to crafting immersive settings."
—Associated Press

"Memorable characters, rugged setting, and a page-turning mystery. Brilliant!"
—Bruce Robert Coffin, award-winning author of the Detective Byron Mysteries

"Mizushima has created an authentic dual-purpose K-9 character while weaving together a captivating mystery that will keep the reader guessing. A must-read for all dog and mystery lovers.”
—Kathleen Donnelly, K-9 handler for Sherlock Hounds and mystery author

Hanging Falls is an exceptional mystery, with stunning descriptions, authentic characters, and numerous revelations in store for the thoughtful, engaging Mattie Cobb. Margaret Mizushima has a powerful gift for creating suspense; the adventures of Mattie and her K9 partner Robo are absolutely riveting. 
—Cynthia Kuhn, author of the Agatha-award-winning Lila Maclean Academic mysteries
“Robo’s brilliance is matched only by Mizushima’s own keen intelligence as she weaves a complex tale of family love and conflict set deep in the Colorado mountains.” 
—Scott Graham, National Outdoor Award-winning author of Arches Enemy

"Will tug the heartstrings of every dog lover."
—Booklist starred review
“Winning heroine…A realistic view of how a K-9 team works, treating Robo as an important character, but never stooping to anthropomorphism."
—Publishers Weekly starred review

"The tension and drama of this series installment will satisfy fans of K-9 partners and solid police procedurals."
Library Journal, starred review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781639102440
ISBN-10: 1639102442
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery