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Burning Ridge–searching for family

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Burning Ridge

by Margaret Mizushima

Burning RidgeThe action starts in Burning Ridge in the first chapter where readers also get filled in on the series background and meet some of the characters. From a rough and tumble bar fight, this novel moves on to a bright and sunny horseback ride for Cole, the local veterinarian, and his daughters in the Colorado mountains. The family ride turns dark and the mystery begins.

Margaret Mizushima has written a K-9 police procedural. No cozy mystery, this work of fiction looks at an evil-plotting mind plagued by excesses of greed. Main characters Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo find themselves in danger as she tries to solve a horrific crime that turns personal. Many are involved in finding the murderer, and there are a variety of suspects. Get ready for a surprise ending. In the process of the investigation, Mattie discovers parts of her past that she never knew as well as secrets buried deep in her psyche. She learns to accept help and to expand her ideas of what constitutes a family.

Burning Ridge is a page turner as are the other books in this fast moving series. It contains lots of information about K-9 officers shared in a non-didactic fashion.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Crooked Lane Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery, Thriller

Notes: 1. This is #4 in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series. It is good as a standalone, but be aware that each book reveals a little more about Mattie’s past as she comes to grips with it.

2. This contains more upsetting violence than I usually read, but it is within the acceptable boundary for me. Everyone is different so be aware that it contains some torture.

Publication:   September 11, 2018—Crooked Lane Books

Memorable Lines:

An occasional clump of young aspen shot up toward the cloudless blue sky. Spring leaves, bright green and as yet unblemished by summer dryness, quivered at the ends of branches, their spade-like shape seeming to catch even the slightest of breezes. “Look at the aspen leaves, girls. They’re dancing.”

Robo lay on his cushion, his eyes pinned on her every move. She’d learned from experience that her emotions went straight to her dog.

“Life can be full of regrets if you focus on them. We make decisions for whatever reasons we have in the moment, not because we have some superhuman vision of what will happen in the future.”


  1. I think that many of search and rescue books have some torture and there seems to be a number of them now. That seems to be the theme occurring now.

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  2. lghiggins says:

    I would think search and rescue could be just as exciting without torture—lost hikers, etc.


  3. carhicks says:

    Wonderful review Linda. I am really looking forward to reading this one. I like the last quote you highlighted. So happy that you have warned us that this is not a cozy, there are uncomfortable scenes in it.

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  4. Great review! And I always love feedback about books in the middle of a series. So often, I find myself pulled towards such a book, but I don’t know how my reading of it will be impacted by not having reading the earlier books! Fortunately, this is only #4, so at least I don’t have 20 books to catch up to it. 🙂

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    • lghiggins says:

      I’m glad that helps. It’s something I always want to know about a book from a series also. I agree on a series that has so many books. It seems too overwhelming to begin. I started this one with #3, but recently bought #1; I haven’t read it yet but I am looking forward to it. (So many books, so little time! 😄)

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