A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
STORY-LINE HUNTING HOUR BY MARGARET MIZUSHIMA:
In Hunting Hour, author Margaret Mizushima, crafted an intriguing intense suspenseful mystery. Deputy 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 to 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.