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Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima
Series: Timber Creek K9 Mystery
on November 12, 2019
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Two brutal murders, a menacing band of poachers, and a fearsome creature on the loose in the mountains plunge Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo into a sinister vortex.
An explosion outside a community dance sends Mattie Cobb and Cole Walker reeling into the night, where they discover a burning van and beside it the body of outfitter Nate Fletcher. But the explosion didn't kill Nate--it was two gunshots to the heart.
The investigation leads them to the home of rancher Doyle Redman, whose daughter is Nate's widow, and the object of one of their suspect's affection. But before they can make an arrest, they receive an emergency call from a man who's been shot in the mountains. Mattie and Robo rush to the scene, only to be confronted by the ominous growl of a wild predator.
As new players emerge on the scene, Mattie begins to understand the true danger that's enveloping Timber Creek. They journey into the cold, misty mountains to track the animal--but discover something even more deadly in Tracking Game, the fifth installment in Margaret Mizushima's Timber Creek K-9 mysteries.
I found this Timber Creek K-9 series when I was looking at K9 series for the Series on Saturday meme. I started by reading the first book and liked it so much I went right on reading and then requested Tracking Game.
Mattie is part of a law enforcement team in a smallish town in Colorado. Robo, her K9 partner, is trained in scent tracking and detection, so he can handle tracking the lost in search and rescue, as well as hunting the bad guy. They also do sweeps for drugs, explosives and other contraband. I really enjoy the actual working with the K9 parts of the story.
There is murder to solve and the evidence is either lacking or doesn’t make sense. But Stella and Mattie, along with Brody and the rest of the team, keep working for information. Mattie and Robo were in a few tight spots out in the wild. I love a good mystery and eventually it is solved.
There are also the personal aspects of Mattie’s life and the relationship she is building with Cole, the veterinarian. His daughters and sister, and parents are more pieces in the picture. It’s great to see Mattie’s progress in having a real relationship and the wonderful parenting Cole does.
I would read this series in order because of the world-building and relationships, and Mattie’s self development. The books are so enjoyable; it won’t be difficult. I’m ready for more.
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