Winner: WILLA Literary Award for Fiction, Contemporary Fiction Silver Award: IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Mystery Finalist: Colorado Authors League, Mystery
Reunite with Officer Mattie Cobb and her canine companion, Robo, in the sixth gripping installment of the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries—“guaranteed to delight every dog lover” (Booklist) Murder stalks the rugged Colorado high country—and sends Mattie Cobb on a quest to uncover the darkest secrets from her past.
A deluge has flooded the high ground near Hanging Falls—but heavy rains aren’t the only menace descending on Timber Creek. While on a scouting mission to pinpoint trail damage, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. Robo catches human scent, which leads to an enigmatic forest-dweller who quickly becomes suspect number one.
With help from veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie identifies the victim, and discovers an odd religious cult whose dress and manners harken back to the 19th century. As the list of suspects grows, an unexpected visit from members of Mattie’s long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood as they help Mattie piece together details of the fateful night when she was abducted at age two.
The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine—but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.
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 www.margaretmizushima.com.
Praise for Hanging Falls: “[A] solid sixth outing...Fascinating information about the training and handling of police dogs.” —Publishers Weekly
“An imperfect heroine and her beloved canine sidekick: What’s not to like?” —Kirkus Reviews
“Rich in human interest and guaranteed to delight every dog lover, especially fans of Robert Crais’s K-9 Maggie, and Paula Munier’s bomb-sniffing Elvis.” —Booklist
“Readers who follow Mattie and Robo will be eager for the updated story line.” —Library Journal
“Full of twists and turns, the reader will be hard-pressed to leave it alone until the final page.” —North Forty News
“Coherent and reliable and easy to read, meanwhile delivering complex murder cases and interrelationships.” —New York Journal of Books
“A beautifully scripted and inherently riveting mystery.” —Midwest Book Review
“Another solid chapter in the K-9 series with twists and turns that you won’t see coming.” —Red Carpet Crash
“Captivating...Mizushima has a way with words.” —Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
“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 Praise for the Timber Creek K-9 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
“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
“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
“As always, Mizushima’s knowledge and attention to detail shine through.” —Barbara Nickless, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Ambush
“Combining a police procedural with Mattie’s personal story creates an anxiety-inducing novel that will remind readers of Nevada Barr’s books.” —Library Journal
“Fans who miss Virginia Lanier’s 'Bloodhound' series, and readers who relish strong female characters and procedurals with a strong sense of place will want to get better acquainted with Mattie and Robo.” —Library Journal
“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
“Mizushima does an excellent job of developing [Mattie and Robo] as characters, allowing readers to feel a personal connection to them both.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“Heart-pounding action and strong, three dimensional characters.” —David Thurlo, co-author of the Ella Clah, Copper Canyon, and Charlie Henry mysteries
“With plenty of outdoor action, comparing Margaret Mizushima to Nevada Barr and C.J. Box is apt.” —Mark Stevens, author of the award-winning Trapline and Lake of Fire