MYSTERY

Hanging Falls

Crooked Lane. (Timber Creek K-9, Bk. 6). Sept. 2020. 282p. ISBN 9781643854458. $26.99. M
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The recent storms and raging waters in Colorado’s high country make it difficult for Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9 patrol dog, Robo, when they find a body in the river. The young man bears whip marks, and the sheriff’s department even has a suspect when a camper is caught spying on Mattie and the team. They have to release him, but Mattie feels responsible when the camper is also murdered. Suspicion falls on two groups. One includes a new farrier in the region. The other group is a fundamentalist religious sect that recently moved to the area. Mattie’s attention is split between the investigation and her upcoming visit with her newly discovered sister and grandmother. Kidnapped at age two with her mother and brother, Mattie has never known other family or the secrets of her past. While there’s a great deal of tension, much of the emotional tension stems from the overarching series theme of family.
VERDICT Crime fiction fans or readers who appreciate K-9 mysteries will easily catch on to the latest series entry (after Tracking Game). Readers who follow Mattie and Robo will be eager for the updated story line.

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