Thursday, September 22, 2016

STALKING GROUND by Margaret Mizushima

Margaret Mizushima's new book Stalking Ground: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery is a different kind of police procedural. One of the main characters is Robo, K-9 Officer Mattie Cobb's police dog. Mizushima fills the book with action.

Stalking Ground opens with an exciting scene. Then Mattie, Robo, and the whole Timber Creek, Colorado, sheriff's department begin the search for Deputy Ken Brody's girlfriend. She has disappeared without a trace.

We see the dog at work and learn about his training.

Veterinarian Cole Walker helps the police. In his own practice, he struggles to find the nature of the strange illness in a valuable black purebred race horse.

The recently divorced Cole and the single Mattie become closer. Both face complicating family histories. Their stories alternate. Both their story lines involve risk, death, and violence.

We see events from several points of view. Readers know what is happening before the characters, looking from their own points of view, do.

As the story lines converge, the danger increases. Mattie, Robo, and Cole are all at risk.

I liked this story. I read it while our Internet was down so my outline is more sketchy than usual.

For me, the characters (including Robo) made Stalking Ground worth reading. 

I learned about this book from Cathy at Kittling: Books. You can learn about a lot of good books at that site.  

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