Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 1

Synopsis: When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, life-long resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town.

With the help of Cole Walker, local veterinarian and a single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her hometown holds. And the key may be Cole’s daughter, who knows more than she’s saying.

The murder was just the beginning, and if Mattie isn’t careful, she and Robo could be next. Suspenseful and smart, Killing Trail is a gripping read that will have readers clamoring for more Mattie and Robo for years to come. Fans of Nevada Barr and C.J. Box will love this explosive debut.

Review: I didn’t know about this novel at all, but just before starting it, I saw a review from my friend Anne, who had had a good time with it so I was all the more curious to get into the story!

We discover Mattie and Robo her police dog. The young woman has been working for the police for 7 years, but this is the first time she is working with a dog. This is a first for her, and yet she will be immersed in her very first investigation! Something suspicious is happening in the woods, and when she discovers a young girl’s body, as well as her gunshot wounded dog, she knows that nothing will be simple. What happened? What is going on? Is there a drug trade in the city?

Mattie will try to find out what’s going on in her tiny little town. Teaming up with a new cop, but also working with the city’s charming veterinarian, she will study and investigate the residents, understand what they are hiding.

I really liked the relationship between Mattie and Robo. We can see perfectly well that she loves the dog very much. I also greatly appreciated the interactions between the young woman and the veterinarian. He has his own worries, and if he tries to be there for his daughters, he knows that his work takes up a lot of his time. He is one of the characters I loved, as well as his daughters and I hope they will also be present in the future!

It was a nice first volume and I’m curious to read more!

11 thoughts on “Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

  1. I read the first 4 books in this series in something like a week. I really enjoyed them. Now the next one is out in September. If you liked this, the next 3 are similar in style. Mattie and Robo continue to build their skills and their circle of friends. I’m so glad you liked it too!

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