The Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. Now, I will have to look for the first book in the series.
What I liked:
-Mattie Cobb and her K-9 police dog Robo (hard not to fall in love with Robo)
-the setting in the small Colorado mountain town of Timber Creek
-the character of Cole Walker, local veterinarian, who is trying his best to raise two daughters as a single father
Maybe the villain was a little too obvious, and there are perhaps too many domestic issues for one novel, but the author's ability to generate the connection between Mattie and Robo feels so right--not overly sentimental or saccharine--that I find myself eager to continue this series.
I have a friend who has trained many search and rescue dogs, and my admiration both for Beth and for her ability to work with these remarkable animals may be one reason I enjoyed the book so much.
Read in Aug.; blog review scheduled for Sept. 4.
NetGalley/Crooked Lane Books
Mystery/Crime. Sept. 13, 2016. Print length: 320 pages.