Release Date: September 8, 2020
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 mysteries
A 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.
**IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in Mystery & Thriller**
**Colorado Authors League Finalist in Mystery**
**WILLA Literary Award by Women Writing the West, Winner in Contemporary Fiction**
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PRAISE FOR HANGING FALLS:
“An imperfect heroine and her beloved canine sidekick: What’s not to like?”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Hanging Falls is an exceptional mystery, with stunning descriptions, authentic characters, and numerous revelations in store for the thoughtful, engaging Mattie Cobb. Margaret Mizushima has a powerful gift for creating suspense; the adventures of Mattie and her K9 partner Robo are absolutely riveting.”
– Cynthia Kuhn, author of the Agatha-award-winning Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries
“[A] solid sixth outing…Fascinating information about the training and handling of police dogs.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Rich in human interest and guaranteed to delight every dog lover, especially fans of Robert Crais’s K-9 Maggie”
“Readers who follow Mattie and Robo will be eager for the updated story line.”