On a rugged Colorado mountain ridge, Mattie Cobb and her police dog partner Robo make a grisly discovery—and become the targets of a ruthless killer.
Colorado’s Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave on the ridge, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime—and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man.
Joined by local veterinarian Cole Walker, the pair scours the mountaintop for evidence and makes another gruesome discovery: the skeletonized remains of two adults and a child. And then, the unthinkable happens. Could Mattie become the next victim in the murderer’s deadly game?
A deranged killer torments Mattie with a litany of dark secrets that call into question her very identity. As a towering blaze races across the ridge, Cole and Robo search desperately for her—but time is running out in Margaret Mizushima’s fourth spine-tingling Timber Creek K-9 mystery, Burning Ridge.
**Best Books of 2018 List, King’s River Life Magazine**
**Bronze Award, Foreword INDIES Best Book of the Year Awards, mystery**
**Finalist, Colorado Book Awards, mystery**
**Silver Award, IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, mystery**
**Winner, Next Generation Indie Book of the Year Awards, action-adventure**
**Winner, Colorado Authors League Awards, E-book fiction**
**Finalist, Silver Falchion Awards, procedural**
**Finalist, Willa Award, contemporary fiction**
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PRAISE FOR BURNING RIDGE:
“Mizushima boldly emphasizes her heroine’s history, connecting Mattie’s past with her current case and forcing Mattie to take a leap and share her story with colleagues and friends in order to catch the killer. The development of an extensive backstory over a multibook arch pays off.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“The writing is strong, the mystery is well developed, and this book, in particular, takes us deep into Mattie’s personal life, opening up new doors into her past… Fans of Alex Kava’s Ryder Creed series should find the Cobb series very much to their liking.”
“Books like Burning Ridge make me appreciate the series format so much, because…characters become so real, they feel like friends. Mizushima’s sleight of hand as a genre writer (she’s particularly adept at red herrings) only makes this fine series that much more enjoyable. I’m very much looking forward to my next encounter with Mattie Cobb.”
– Mystery Scene
“An intense mystery that emphasizes the abilities of Robo and his partnership with Mattie. Combining a police procedural with Mattie’s personal story creates an anxiety-inducing novel that will remind readers of Nevada Barr’s books.”
– Library Journal
“A fast-paced and engrossing police procedural.”
– Crimespree Magazine
“Another original, deftly crafted and simply riveting mystery by Margaret Mizushima.”
– Midwest Book Review
“Burning Ridge is a suspenseful story, and Mattie is an engaging character. So is her K-9 partner Robo, who is front and center in the Timber Creek mysteries.”
– The Denver Post
“Burning Ridge is a well-told, solid mystery peppered with fascinating details of K-9 police work.”
– Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine