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Hunting Hour By Margaret Mizushima

 

A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Hunting Hour
Hunting Hour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HUNTING HOUR BY MARGARET MIZUSHIMA:

In Hunting Hour, author Margaret Mizushima, crafted an intriguing intense suspenseful mysteryDeputy Sheriff Mattie Cobb and Robo, her K9 partner, work in a small town Sheriff Department.  In earlier books in the series, Mattie formed a relationship with divorced local vet Cole Walker and his children. Cole does not understand why during the last few months, Mattie pulled away from him and his girls.  Unbeknownst to Cole, Mattie began working with a therapist as she tries to sort out her issues stemming from childhood abuse.  

When Candace Bank’s mother reports her missing, Robo and Mattie begin the search at the school which stretches out to Smoker’s Hill; a hang out for local teens;  where Maggie and Robo find Candace’s body.  Although only 13 years old and in junior high, Candace had several inappropriate relationships with male teens at the high school. Did one of them kill Candace?  When Cole’s younger daughter Sophie disappears, Mattie and Robo are back in search mode. Will Mattie and Robo find Sophie before it too late?  Who is stalking the children of this small town?  My book review of Hunting Hour follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT: STARS 4

While Hunting Hour is a crime thriller, it’s also a testament of the versatility of K9 partners, as well as highlighting mental health and family dynamics.  With many suspects, some with mental health issues, and an officer having mental health issues of her own, Mizushima created a solid suspense tale filled with emotion.  As well as, highlighting issues pertinent to today.

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Abbey’s Tale By Katherine McDermott

 

Abbey's Tale by Katherine McDermott
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STORY-LINE ABBEY’S TALE BY KATHERINE McDERMOTT:

In Abbey’s Tale, author Katherine McDermott created a clean sweet romance.  Set in a small fishing village, the community’s tight-knit.  Jeremy McKetcheon, an Irish immigrant, is the light-keeper for the local lighthouse.  Horribly disfigured on one side of his face during the civil war, Jeremy has what we know today as PTSD.  With nightly nightmares and flash backs of the battles, Jeremy hides on the island with his lighthouse duties and wood craving.

Abigail Morrison, aka Abbey, blind from birth lives in the main village with her father who is postmaster.  Abby lives through the wood cravings her father brings from the lighthouse keeper.  Beautiful pieces which expand Abbey’s world.  Pestering her father to meet the carver who so lovingly creates the pieces, journey across the water just before a storm.  As fate would have it, their boat capsizes and Jeremy does his best to save them.  Neither of them knew how a simple trip and an act of rescue would change their lives.   My reviews for romance novel, Abbey’s Tale, follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, let me say, how much I enjoyed this book.  In Abbey’s Tale we find two needy people who come together to save each other.  Jeremy saved Abby from the sea, and Abbey saved him from himself.  Secondly, I loved the fact McDermott gave both of her characters such wonderful personalities and morals.

Jeremy’s guilt ridden and Abbey’s alone in a dark world;  will these two forge a relationship built on caring?  Seen as a recluse in the beginning of book, by the end, Jeremy comes out of his shell and faces the world.  Abbey’s small world of the village, expands as she grows more confident.   Seen by the world as disabled, Jeremy sees only the woman he loves and Abbey sees the man she loves and who holds her heart.

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