Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery (Hardcover)
Best Books of 2018, Kings River Life
Winner, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, action-adventure
Winner, Colorado Authors League Awards, Ebook Fiction
Silver Award, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, mystery
Bronze Award, Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards, mystery
Featuring Mattie Cobb and her K-9 police dog partner Robo, Burning Ridge by critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima is just the treat for fans of Alex Kava.
On a rugged Colorado mountain ridge, Mattie Cobb and her police dog partner Robo make a grisly discovery—and become the targets of a ruthless killer.
Colorado’s Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave on the ridge, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime—and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man.
Joined by local veterinarian Cole Walker, the pair scours the mountaintop for evidence and makes another gruesome discovery: the skeletonized remains of two adults and a child. And then, the unthinkable happens. Could Mattie become the next victim in the murderer’s deadly game?
A deranged killer torments Mattie with a litany of dark secrets that call into question her very identity. As a towering blaze races across the ridge, Cole and Robo search desperately for her—but time is running out in Margaret Mizushima’s fourth spine-tingling Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Burning Ridge.
About the Author
Margaret Mizushima is the author of the critically acclaimed Timber Creek K-9 mysteries. Her first novel, Killing Trail, was named Debut Mystery of the Month by Library Journal and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee. She balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. They live on a small ranch in Colorado where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. This is her fourth mystery.
Finalist, Colorado Book Awards, mystery
Finalist, Willa Literary Awards from Women Writing the West, contemporary fiction
Finalist, Silver Falchion Awards, police procedurals
Praise for Burning Ridge:
“Mizushima delivers a sufficiently complicated plot, well-developed interpersonal relationships, awe-inspiring landscape descriptions, and some excruciatingly vivid action.”
“Mizushima boldly emphasizes her heroine’s history, connecting Mattie’s past with her current case and forcing Mattie to take a leap and share her story with colleagues and friends in order to catch the killer. The development of an extensive backstory over a multibook arch pays off.”
"An intense mystery that emphasizes the abilities of Robo and his partnership with Mattie. Combining a police procedural with Mattie’s personal story creates an anxiety-inducing novel that will remind readers of Nevada Barr’s books."
"Burning Ridge is a well-told, solid mystery peppered with fascinating details of K-9 police work.”
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“The Mattie-Robo pairing makes these stories appealing to both mystery lovers and animal lovers. This volume tightens the screws on them, showing more of their strengths and vulnerabilities.”
—Reviewing the Evidence
"Books like Burning Bridge make me appreciate the series format so much, because...characters become so real, they feel like friends. Mizushima’s sleight of hand as a genre writer (she’s particularly adept at red herrings) only makes this fine series that much more enjoyable. I’m very much looking forward to my next encounter with Mattie Cobb."
“A fast-paced and engrossing police procedural.”
“Another original, deftly crafted and simply riveting mystery by Margaret Mizushima.”
—Midwest Book Review
“[Mizushima] has created some very memorable and interesting people...Highly recommended.”
Praise for Hunting Hour:
RT Reviewers’ Choice Award finalist for Best Mystery
Colorado Book Award finalist for Best Mystery
“Suspenseful [and] meticulously detailed...[A] rewarding, small-town police procedural.”
"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."
“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.”
"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."