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Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima is the 4th book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series. I will admit I was late coming into the amazing series. I started with this book because there was a note that it would be “just the treat for fans of Alex Kava”. I’ve been a fan of Alex Kava’s book for years so I wanted to give this book a try. And of course the fact that one of the main characters, Robo, is a German Shepherd was the tipping point for me to delve into this story. Having enjoyed Burning Ridge so much, I am now starting on the other three books in the series so I can learn more about the characters.
Pain from thinking about her dog threatened to overwhelm her, so she shifted focus back to the breathing lessions that her friend Rainbow had taught her.
Cole Walker, a local veterinarian, is on a horseback ride with his 2 daughters in Colorado’s Redstone Ridge. They stop to enjoy the scenic wilderness when their dog comes back with an unusual find, a boot with a burned foot inside. After taking his daughters back down the mountain to safety he teams up with the police, and officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are part of the investigation to see if they could find the rest of the body. Little does Mattie know how personal this case is going to become to her.
The relationship between Mattie and Robo is fascinating, and it reaches a cliff-hanger when the two are separated as a result of this case. I will admit that I was really happy to have my German Shepherd laying beside me as I read this part of the book. She looked up at me a couple of times while I was reading to see if I was ever going to put the book down. Since I couldn’t put it down until I knew what was going to happen between Mattie and Robo, my dog was content to let me pet her through the tough parts and give her a hug when the story reached a part that I could take a break.
If you love a good mystery, this book is for you. If you love the connection between dogs and humans (and also horses and humans!) this book is for you. And if you just want to start a great new series, I hope that you give Margaret Mizushima’s books a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Disclosure: Thank you to Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.
You can purchase your own copy of Burning Ridge here: https://www.amazon.com/Burning-Ridge-Timber-Creek-Mystery-ebook/dp/B078LZ5M9S/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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