Review: Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima. Crooked Lane Books

Book Description (from NetGalley)

Deputy Mattie Cobb is in a dark place and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to work on issues from her past.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

My Review:

This book is the third in a series featuring deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo. It is not a happy story, involving the death of one teenage girl, while another is missing. Mattie herself is troubled by past issues, causing her to isolate herself from Cole Walker and their developing relationship.


The story is edgy, presented in a present-time scenario that leaves us as troubled as Mattie herself. But the shining hero of the story is the intrepid Robo and the other splendid canines enlisted in the hunt for the missing girl.


The author shows us a lot about how trained dogs go about their important tasks, and how their officer partners learn to work with them. The book held my attention from beginning to end.

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