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Hanging Falls–a different sort of community

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Hanging Falls

by Margaret Mizushima

Three story threads are woven together to form the foundation for the plot of Hanging Falls:

  1. Mattie’s reconnection with long lost family members.
  2. Two separate violent murders near Hanging Falls.
  3. An unusual community, the Brothers of Salvation, comprised of a few males and many more women and children.

With a predominant theme of family, it is not surprising that a big part of this K-9 mystery focuses on Mattie’s canine partner, Robo, who is like family to her. Also important is her boyfriend Cole, a veterinarian, and his two daughters. Mattie’s sad past colors her relationships as she struggles to lead a normal life and help others as a deputy.

As always with the books in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series, the information on Robo’s skills and training is fascinating. Mattie and Robo encounter some dangerous situations. Margaret Mizushima’s Hanging Falls is another page turner in a very good series.

I would like to extend my thanks to Netgalley 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

Notes: #6 in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Series, but could be read as a standalone.

Publication:   September 8, 2020—Crooked Lane Books

Memorable Lines:

Their sudden distance had lasted longer than he’d thought it would, and it chafed him like an ill-fitting harness on a workhorse.

Hanging Falls would never be the same to her again. It was like trading a little slice of heaven for a big chunk of hell.

The turgid river roared off to one side, and he hated having it flow downhill at his back, knowing full well that a wall of water could come down the canyon at any moment, sweeping them off the trail into its maelstrom.


  1. This is the best K-9 series that I have read. The next 77. one STRIKING RIDGE release date September

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  2. Thanks Linda, sounds a little scary for wimpy me 🙂

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    • lghiggins says:

      The two deaths occur separately and you don’t read about the actual deaths, but the scenes where they find the bodies were almost too much for me. I plugged through that and was rewarded with a great story. It is one of those times where you have to judge for yourself. I was just listening to Max Lucado talk about what thoughts we allow to “land “ in our minds. There are certain types of books and authors I don’t read because the horrors would linger. In fact, the news can do the same thing—and there are no reviewer warnings on the news.


  3. Carla says:

    Great review Linda. I also love this series and read and enjoyed this book. I have been listening to them and the narrator is so good. I always look forward to seeing what quotes you choose and these three are wonderfully descriptive ones. They evoke such emotion.

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