I always love getting a new Margaret Mizushima book. This is book 7 in the wonderful Timber Creek K-9 mystery series and each book has been delightful.
In previous books Deputy Mattie Cobb from the Timber Creek police department learned that Harold Cobb was not her real father. She and her mother and brother had been kidnapped by Harold and John Cobb and Mattie believes that one of the Cobb’s killed her real father Douglas Wray. Harold Cobb died years ago but she is about to visit John Cobb in prison to see if he will tell her anything. Along with Mattie is cold case Detective Jim Hauck from Sam Diego who has undertaken to look into her father’s death. But when they arrive at the prison they are too late. John Cobb is dead and it looks like an opioid overdose. They do get to look in his cell and find a book about the Timber Creek area with a few trails marked with an X. Mattie and Hauck are keen to investigate those spots with Mattie’s K-9 partner, Robo.
At one location Robo alerts them to a find and they dig up a bag of drugs. Then Mattie is called away to investigate a dead body found in a camping area. Mattie recognises the girl as Tonya Greenfield whom she had met at Cole Walker’s vet clinic the day before. Tonya had been very pregnant then but it appears that she had given birth since then. But where is the baby? It all starts to look quite suspicious when Mattie learns that both John Cobb and Tonya died of fentanyl poisoning. Could there be a possible link? It seems highly unlikely. And yet the bag of drugs found also turns out to be fentanyl. Hmmm! The plot soon thickens when the police learn that other teenage mums who had just given birth have disappeared in the surrounding area in recent times. Who or what is the connection?
In these books Robo is often the star of the show! He is a wonderful well trained German shepherd and in this book he becomes a daddy! But soon he and his human partner, Mattie, are in the thick of it again as the other Xs on Cobb’s map need to be investigated and it is soon apparent there is a viper in the nest and one of Mattie’s nearest and dearest is in grave danger.
These wonderful characters have become like family and it’s always great to catch up and see how they’re going. You might think these stories are a little on the cosy side but there is always plenty of action, danger and outdoor adventure. And of course lots of doggie heroics. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! Thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the much appreciated ARC which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.
Striking Range: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
©2021 Margaret Mizushima (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 46 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 September 2021|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
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Robo does it againReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2021
I just love this series of Mattie and Robo, this time it is dirty cops, drugs and baby trafficking with murdered mothers. Cole nearly gets killed but we know folks that Robo, Mattie's K9 partner saves the day. And a fitting ending to this book is a hum dinger! Recommended.
A perfect woman-dog partnershipReviewed in Canada on 18 September 2021
This is the 7th book in a spell binding series that follows a young female police officer and her dog (K-9 team) in the Colorado mountains as they solve murder mysteries and capture criminals. These books are captivating and full of action as well as human drama and hard to put down. I highly recommend them for both young adults and us older ones alike, especially if you love dogs.
Love this series.Reviewed in the United States on 8 September 2021
I have read the entire series. I really like the characters. The author has made them come alive for me. I like that Mattie is such a strong lead character. She's had a pretty bad life in the past and she's put in a lot of work to make herself better and mentally stronger. She's very serious about doing the best job she can as a deputy. Unlike some other books I've read, there is no hot and bothered "sizzling" between Mattie and any of the males she works with...or anywhere else in this series. Mattie has a romantic relationship, but it's based on love and respect and not on a tight uniform (I hate when I want to read a thrilling mystery and I get heaving bosoms instead). I really like Robo and the relationship he and Mattie have. Neither of them would hesitate to put their own life on the line for the other. When I opened this book, I swore that this time I was going to take my time and make the book last. Well, that didn't happen. I guess I will be pre-ordering again. And then I wait.
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Larry David Wilson
Robo and Mattie Cobb back on the caseReviewed in the United States on 18 September 2021
Every once in a while, during my reading of this seventh entry in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series, Striking Range, I have to arise from my reading chair and do a happy dance. For other fans of this series, I am referring to mimicking the prancing about Robo, the K-9 wonder dog, does when he becomes excited about the prospect of working on a case. His partner, sheriff’s deputy Mattie Cobb is the human protagonist in this splendid series of mystery novels that I have followed since its beginning in 2015. Robo is not only Mattie’s partner, he is her best friend. Well, at least her canine best friend. Mattie actually has a guy in her life, Timber Creek veterinarian, Dr. Cole Walker. Their relationship has been simmering for some time now, but has now moved from the back burner to one at the front of the stove. Nonetheless, the good doctor has two children, Angie and Sophie, so the romance has to take a back seat to the parental duties. Besides both Mattie and Cole have jobs that involve long hours, so there is only so much time to pursue love in the Colorado Rockies. This time around, a young postpartum woman is found dead in a camping area, so the hunt is on to find her killer and the baby she was last seen carrying. There is also a parallel plotline that reaches its denouement in the mountains above the campground. This novel and the entire series is highly recommended for readers who like mysteries, police procedurals, stories that deal with humankind’s best friend, with a spritzing of romance. If you become interested in this series, start at the beginning and read the seven novels in sequence, because you will get more out of any of the novels in the series as a result. So, here I am again, having to sit back and wait for the author Margaret Mizushima to crank out the next entry in the series.
DisappointingReviewed in the United States on 9 September 2021
Too many coincidences, too many red herrings and too much details about animal surgery. Too many trails for Robo to follow. Worse, the fate of a central character is left hanging at the end of the book. Obviously the author expects her faithful readers to wait another year or so for the next installment. Not sure they all will.
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