• Stalking Ground

  • A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Mizushima
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5,268 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The next thrilling installment in the Timber Creek K-9 mysteries.

When Deputy Ken Brody's sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called to search. But it's mid-October and a dark snow storm is brewing over the high country. And they're already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard.

While Brody hikes down to bring back the forensics team and veterinarian Cole Walker gathers supplies to protect them from the storm, Mattie and Robo find themselves alone, guarding the gravesite overnight in the dead of the early winter. And that's only the first long, dark night in a series of them, because as their investigation develops, Mattie, Robo, Brody, and Cole find themselves in the middle of the killer's stalking ground - where the hunters become the hunted.

An engrossing listen filled with tension, excitement, and heart, Stalking Ground, the second in Margaret Mizushima's lauded debut series, will send a chill down every listener's spine.

©2016 Margaret Mizushima (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Like an adult Nancy Drew series

This series is shaping up like an adult Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys where wholesome characters solve mysteries. That’s not to say they haven’t been through some stuff: divorce and child abuse. But so far, they are on the other side and doing well. The Law of Economy of Characters dictates who the killer is here, but the K9 detection and veterinary care stuff is well-done and interesting. When you want a detective series that’s not gruesome or course, features many strong female characters, and includes animals as integral to the action, this one is good. Bechdel test: Pass. Grade: B+

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Master audible user

Over 1000 books. First 5 star. This series is warm, harsh reality and fun.READ IT!!!!

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definitely a reread

Loved this book. Can't wait for the next one. This is a reread definitely. Loved it!!

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Wonderful Book

What drew me to this novel was the aspect of a setting in a small Colorado mountain town, a good dog story, and a mystery to be solve by a small law enforcement group. All that was here, and it was enjoyable reading. I had not read the author's first book, but this novel didn't suffer for the lack of background knowledge.

The characters are dealing with personal problems - Cole, the town vet, is struggling after his wife up and left, causing a divorce, and leaving him with two teenage girls (complete with all the difficulties of that age). Our protagonist, Mattie Cobb, a deputy who is accompanied by her K-9 friend, Robo, has family problems dating back to childhood, and flashbacks of abuse loom from time to time. Deputy Brody's girlfriend disappears and is found murdered - and not just murdered - shot in the back with an arrow, as if she had been tracked. Add to this a remote horse stables that trains racehorses, and needs the services of the vet, and you have the people around which the novel revolves.

The novel is a bit short on mystery and suspense until it kicks into gear more than halfway through - and it becomes a page-turner in the last chapters. There's some super writing toward the end - descriptions of escape and tracking exude realism...and the reader is transported to this mountainous scene.

This is the beginning of a good series - a good setting, interesting characters and it's always nice to have a dog like Robo around. I'd like to see and feel more about the interaction between Mattie and Robo. He could be a great comfort to her while she tussles with inner chaos. In the next episode of this saga, I hope both Mattie and Cole will sit down with that counselor at the high school and discuss their individual problems. And, who knows, they may even find that they are a comfort to each other. We left them enjoying a freshly baked apple pie!

Nancy Wu was excellent with the delivery of the story

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In love

Wonderful characters , suspense , and a k-9 that's precious and romance . Well written . Great series ! I mean great !

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Leaves me wanting a book 3 pronto

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I already have. Awesome characters and story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stalking Ground?

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What about Nancy Wu’s performance did you like?

Everything

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The phone call from Mattie's Brother.

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Still good

This is the second book in the series. It's not as good as the first one but it's still a good story.

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Great Read

This was a wonderful read to follow-up the first book. There's lots of story, action, dog characters a plenty. Ms. Wu did a very nice job in the performance. It was well written and kept my interest engaged from start to finish. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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timber creek k9 series book 2 as good as book 1

this series is a soft mystery thriller, but I love the characters and story line already; can't wait to see if the 3rd book is out, narrator is very good, trying to get her Irish brouge down But getting , an enjoyable read

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Excellent!!

We have really enjoyed the first two books in this series!
Can't wait to start on the next one!
The narrator is excellent!

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  • Trish
  • 08-02-21

Awful accents

I can cope with the formulaic plot but the narrator can’t do accents which makes it very irritating.

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  • T. B.
  • 05-28-22

brilliant

Great story line really enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series

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  • BlakWulf
  • 04-29-22

Another great story

This is a great series. Not too dark. Great characters. Fab dog speak! You're going to enjoy it.

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  • Cassy
  • 03-30-22

Couldn't finish

Such an annoying voice couldn't carry on listening....I did try but just not happening.

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  • Hope nebbeling
  • 02-15-22

So easy to listen too

These books are so easy to listen too while you go about your business!A bit like watching The Waltons 😃

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  • Christine Bradford
  • 02-03-22

Another stunner by Mizoshima

Finished this in one reading - interspersed with eating.
My family is threatening to hide my iPhone because Audible is getting much more attention than they are
This book was wonderful. The characters so believable and Nancy Wu’s reading just wonderful.
More and more like this please please

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  • S. E. North
  • 12-31-21

Great series

Because this was part of the audible plus collection I wasn’t sure what it would be like! But I loved it and will listen to more in the series.

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  • Lesley Orchard
  • 11-19-21

Absolutely ideal book for audio

This is the second in the series I have listened to. Was not expecting too much for the first as it was free. Was very pleasantly surprised that they were both so good.

They are extremely well witten. This is explained by the author's background in communication.There is no slang or inappropriate language, no purple prose or unnecessary lengthy descriptions.

The plots are by no means original but the characters and the setting give them a new lease of life.

The storylines are well organised and integrated so I never found myself questioning why something was happening.
There are red herrings that Agatha Christie would be proud of! I really felt engaged.

Living in Devon in the UK, I found the references to the setting in Colorado sometimes very familiar but also new and interesting.



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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-22

Another great tale

Brilliant little mysteries from the K9 series. interesting and easy to follow from start to finish. Beautifully narrated and written.
Not too deep.. just right.

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  • alan riles
  • 08-13-22

This series has me hooked!

More of the vet, horses this time, and the deputy Mattie and her dog Robo, tracking down in winter in the mountains the murderer of a police colleague's girlfriend.
Vivid setting, and nicely evolving storyline, perfect light listening, and starting to hint at the unhappy childhood of Mattie inhibiting her potential happiness in the present (with the vet obviously, so let's hope we don't descend into cliche and stereotype!). Just finished no. 3 so still hooked!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-22

Easy Listening

This is the second book in the series I’ve listened to. Thoroughly enjoy the adventures of Robo, his handler Mattie Cobb and the rugged Colorado mountain setting. The narrator is great.

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  • Aylish Stewart
  • 07-11-22

Easy to listen to, entertaining

I am enjoying this series, and will continue with it. I like the interactions with Robo the K9 dog, and also the kids.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

Mystery in the Mountains

Loved this book. Great story 👏 👌 👍 You can feel yourself being right there with everyone.