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Tracking Game: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Release Date: November 12, 2019

Two brutal murders, a menacing band of poachers, and a fearsome creature on the loose in the mountains plunge Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo into a sinister vortex.

An explosion outside a community dance sends Mattie Cobb and Cole Walker reeling into the night, where they discover a burning van and beside it the body of outfitter Nate Fletcher. But the explosion didn’t kill Nate–it was two gunshots to the heart.

The investigation leads them to the home of rancher Doyle Redman, whose daughter is Nate’s widow, and the object of one of their suspect’s affection. But before they can make an arrest, they receive an emergency call from a man who’s been shot in the mountains. Mattie and Robo rush to the scene, only to be confronted by the ominous growl of a wild predator.

As new players emerge on the scene, Mattie begins to understand the true danger that’s enveloping Timber Creek. They journey into the cold, misty mountains to track the animal–but discover something even more deadly in Tracking Game, the fifth installment in Margaret Mizushima’s Timber Creek K-9 mysteries.

*Named Top Pick for November 2019 by Library Reads*

*Colorado Book Award finalist for mystery*

*Willa Award finalist, contemporary fiction*



“Mattie and her K-9 Robo are back, and they make a team to be reckoned with…A fascinating mystery in a rugged landscape…I can’t wait for the next adventure from these dynamic partnerships.”
—Anne Hillerman, New York Times bestselling author of the Manuelito, Chee, Leaphorn mysteries

“Mizushima’s take on small-town policing feels authentic and series fans will be thrilled to see Cole and Mattie getting closer.”
Publishers Weekly

“Whether one likes stories about conflict or relationships, there’s something for everybody in Mizushima’s fine novel.”

Part family drama, part animal-infused mystery, part ongoing exploration of the troubled heroine’s psyche.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Mizushima has a gift when it comes to crafting immersive settings...She also makes both the human and animal characters feel authentic.”
Associated Press

Compelling and twisty… Fans of Western mysteries as well as those featuring dogs will enjoy this latest entry in the series.”
Library Journal

“Tracking Game [is] Margaret Mizushima’s most compelling Timber Creek K-9 mystery yet.”
—Scott Graham, National Outdoor Award-winning author of Arches Enemy

“Tracking Game crackles with high tension, a fascinating plot, and a new development in the ongoing mystery of Mattie Cobb’s family background.”
—Pat Stoltey, author of Colorado Book Award finalist Wishing Caswell Dead

“A thrilling mystery with terrific twists and a wonderful cast of characters…I couldn’t put this book down!
—Barbara Nickless, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Ambush