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Margaret Mizushima Books In Order

Publication Order of Timber Creek K-9 Mystery Books

Killing Trail (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stalking Ground (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunting Hour (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Margaret Mizushima is a popular American author, who likes to write mystery, thriller, suspense, and crime fiction books. She is particularly well known for writing the Timber Creek K-9 book series. This series features the chief protagonists as Deputy Matt Cob, Robo, and Cole Walker. The first book of this series, Killing Trail, received a nomination for the Reviewer’s Choice award in the category of the Best Debut Mystery. Even the second book was a finalist for the Colorado Book prize in 2017. Apart from the full length novels of this series, author Mizushima has also penned a short story called Hay Book. It was published in the anthology called Crossing Colfax of the Fiction Writers of Rocky Mountain. Author Mizushima obtained her master’s degree in the subject of speech technology and started practicing in a hospital as well as in the rehabilitation center of her own. Currently, she helps her husband in getting along with the family’s veterinary clinic. Mizushima also assists in looking after their cattle herd called Angus. Along with writing mystery books, she is fond of hiking and reading books. Mizushima resides on a little ranch located in Colorado. There, she often gets involved with her loving husband in raising their 2 daughters and multiple animals. Author Mizushima was born in Kansas. She was brought up on the cattle ranches in Colorado and Texas. Mizushima’s childhood summer days were either spent in herding cows on a horseback or sitting under a tree and reading a book borrowed from the library.

During her high school year, author Mizushima volunteered to treat a child having cerebral palsy by teaching the lessons designed by the language/speech therapist of her school. Following this, she developed a great interest in the boy, who was quite intelligent and had good motor skills. Later, author Mizushima went on to pursue a degree in the field of Speech Pathology. Mizushima earned this degree from the University of Colorado State. Eventually, Mizushima got married to a veterinarian and was blessed with a couple of beautiful daughters. Before taking up writing as a career, author Mizushima worked in the acute care ward of a hospital as speech therapist. After some years, she established her own rehabilitation agency with assistance from her husband. After selling the company, author Mizushami started studying the arts and crafts of writing fiction. It turned out to be a wondrous world for her as her decision brought a tremendous success in her life and career. Comparatively, she was previously involved mainly in the science of language, communication, and speech disorders. With her introduction into the writing world, Mizushami can effectively focus on the artistic creativity with the help of language. Mizushima is also able to use her vast experience in the field of speech therapy for creating likeable characters that seem to be making the readers joyful while reading about their stories. Author Mizushami believes that since she is an avid reader of crime fiction and an equally passionate watcher of crime documentaries, and because of this mystery turned out to be an easy thing to handle for her. While developing the idea for the books of Timber Creek K9 mysteries, Mizushami was helped by her better half. Also, the premise for the series’ first book was an outcome of a conversation that Mizushami had with one of her clients. The author says that her primary characters, Robo, Cole Walker, and Mattie Cobb, are the product of her imagination. Currently, Mizushima stays with 3 pet dogs and one cat in her house in Colorado. In her spare times, author Mizushami likes to engage herself in hiking and yoga, and a little bit of reading. She likes to hear from her fans about her stories. Their straightforward reviews help her to make important changes in her future works so that they can attract a wider range of audience.

The Timber Creek K-9 series written by Margaret Mizushima is comprised of 3 books in total, which were released between the years 2015 and 2017. The debut novel of this highly successful series is entitled ‘Killing Trail’. It was released by the Crooked Lane publication in the year 2015. At the start of the book’s story, it is shown that a young girl is discovered dead near the mountains just outside of the Timber Creek. As the whole of the small town in Colorado gets rocked by this shocking event, life long resident Officer named Mattie Cobb is asked to investigate the case. She has a partner in the form of a K9 police dog named Robo. Also, Mattie Cobb takes help from a local veterinarian named Cole Walker. This single father of child and the K-9 police team start tracking down the killer before the life of another innocent victim is wasted. However, the more Cobb investigates the murder case, the more she gets close to the reality that her hometown has many secrets. Also, the key to all the secrets and the case lies with the daughter of Cole Walker. It seems that she is aware of a lot more than what she says. Later, it is learned that the murder of the girl was just the beginning of a terrible thing. Mattie Cobb needs to be careful as she proceeds further or else she and Robo might end up becoming the next targets of the killer. The book is full of suspense and appears to be a gripping story that keeps the readers engaged till the very last page.

The next installment of the series is called ‘Stalking Ground’. This book was also published by the Crooked Lane publishers in 2016. At the beginning of the story of this book, it is depicted that the sweetheart of Deputy Ken Brody goes missing near Timber Creek and Mattie Cobb is once again called for tracking down the missing person along with her intelligent partner, Robo. The country is experiencing a thick snow storm as it is October’s winter season. Cobb is late to locate Ken’s sweetheart and the dead body is recovered after the storm gets broken, causing the snow to come down hard. Ken Brody travels down to bring the team of forensics and Cole Walker helps in gathering the supplies to get through the storm. Cobb & Robo are alone as they guard the gravesite. As the investigation progresses further, Robo, Cole, Brody, and Cobb find themselves at the center of the stalking ground of the killer. There doesn’t seem to be a way out unless they hunt down the predator first. This book too appears to be an engrossing read and is filled with excitement, heart, and tension. The critics praise this excellent book by saying that it will make the readers intrigued till the very end.

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