Murder stalks the rugged Colorado high country--and sends Mattie Cobb on a quest to uncover the darkest secrets from her past in the sixth gripping installment of Margaret Mizushima's Timber Creek K-9 mysteriesA deluge has flooded the high ground near Hanging Falls--but heavy rains aren't the only menace descending on Timber Creek. While on a scouting mission to pinpoint trail damage, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. Robo catches human scent, which leads to an enigmatic forest-dweller who quickly becomes suspect number one.
With help from veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie identifies the victim, and discovers an odd religious cult whose dress and manners harken back to the 19th century. As the list of suspects grows, an unexpected visit from members of Mattie's long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood as they help Mattie piece together details of the fateful night when she was abducted at age two.
The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine--but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers. (Summary via Goodreads)
Captivating is too basic a word to describe Hanging Falls by Margaret Mizushima. Hanging Falls is the sixth book in her Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series and it is so mezmerizing !! Readers will find it hard to put it down as it will fascinate and lure you in !!!
Even though this is only the second book in this series that I have read I am still a huge fan !! There is so much going on in this series that readers may think that they will be lost however Mizushima has a way with words and she gets readers up to date and caught up in the story by the time you've read the first chapter.
Readers will fall in love with main character Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner, immediately. Mattie is a Deputy in Timber Creek Colorado and her partner is Robo, a trained German Shepherd. The two are quite a team and very popular in their town. Mattie is also dating the local veterinarian Cole Walker. Cole is pretty busy with his clinic as well as raising his two daughters and Mattie is busy with work and she recently reconnected with her sister and grandmother but when the two get together their love and devotion is quite evident.
Right before Mattie is scheduled to take some vacation so that she can visit her sister and grandmother and get reaquainted with them (her family life is something we are learning about with her every installment of this series), she is on a hike with her friend, Glenna, in Hanging Falls and they come across a dead body floating in the water. So Mattie postpones her travel plans so that she and Robo can work the case. Little do they know that this case is going to take them down a crazy path !!
There is so much more that I could tell you about this book, this series, and this great story.....but that is only going to prolong you from going and picking up your own copy and getting lost in this amazing story. Like I said I have only read 2 of the 6 books in this series and I really would have liked to have read all of them and who knows maybe I will read them, however, you do not have to read them all or in order. You will immediately get lost in the book as soon as you start reading. Believe me ...... you will want to thank me but you will not want to stop reading to do so !!!
Review by Missi M.