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Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery (Hardcover)

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Finalist for “Best Mystery,” RT Reviewer’s Choice Award
An RT Book Reviews “Top Pick”
Finalist for “Best Mystery,” Colorado Book Award

When the daughter of Mattie’s on-again, off-again love interest disappears, she and her K-9 partner race to find the missing girl—before it’s too late.

Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past.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.

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

Praise For…

2018 Silver Falchion Award Finalist
TopShelf Indie Award Nominee

“Suspenseful [and] meticulously detailed . . . [A] rewarding, small-town police procedural.”
Publishers Weekly

“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

“After exploring her heroine’s history in Stalking Ground (2016), Mizushima presents a fresh mystery in which the heroine’s motivations may reveal even more about her background.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Mizushima’s best mystery yet! . . . Hunting Hour is suspenseful and engaging, keeping readers on edge the entire way through this third Timber Creek K-9 Mystery.”
RT Book Reviews, Top Pick

“A compelling story peopled with full-dimensional characters about whom you grow to care deeply.”
Deadly Pleasures
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683312772
ISBN-10: 1683312775
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: August 8th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery