Friday, Late August

Deputy Mattie Lu Cobb liked her new partner. In fact, she was quite taken with him. She enjoyed being with him, some­thing she’d found lacking with previous partners, and they seemed compatible. She hoped she could learn to trust him.

She wondered what trust would feel like.

Pulling her cruiser up to a stop sign, Mattie stole a quick glance. Born in Russia, he was a handsome guy: straight black hair, intense brown eyes, and white teeth that flashed when he grinned. Large and muscular, strong and rugged, he was the only one in the department who could outrun her in a cross-country foot race.

In addition to all that, he could sniff out a missing person.

He was Timber Creek County’s new police service dog, a German shepherd named Robo. Together, Mattie and Robo made up the first K-9 unit ever mobilized in the small town of Timber Creek, Colorado. “


A first class police procedure featuring a K- 9 dog. Drugs are making a headway into the small town of Timber Creek, Colorado. Money was raised to add a K-9 dog to the police. A contest of physical strength among the force to see who would be his handler.  Mattie Cobb is nervous as this is Kobo, the German shepherd she trained for 14 weeks the first case. A large pool of blood found in a hunting cabin. Much to her dismay, Kobo wants to go off the grid. Mattie follows Kobo and he finds another dog, Belle. It was all Mattie could do to prevent a dog fight. When she gets control again, she finds Belle has dug up the body of a dead girl and was protecting her. The focus now was to identify the girl. Mattie meets the local veterinarian and his family. The details of the veterinarian treatment of the dog are fascinating and detailed. The dog was being used as a ‘mule’ to transport drugs.

The characters are developed in depth, descriptions accurate and the training and how a K-9 works are fantastic. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

“Thursday, Mid-October

 A bead of sweat rolled down Deputy Mattie Cobb’s face beneath the plastic guard on her helmet. She tilted her head to keep the sweat from going into her eyes and caught a glimpse of the sky. Not a cloud in sight. It was unseasonably warm for October in Denver—much warmer than in Timber Creek, where forest and meadow soaked up the sun’s rays. Here, the rays hit pavement and bent back upon themselve.”

The second book continues the story of Mattie Cobb and Kobo, the K-9 dog. A missing person case Deputy Ken Brody’s girl friend is missing. The team begins to search for her but there are almost no clues of where she might be. An anonymous phone sends into the high country where they find the body. It is late and Brody leaves to bring the CSI team and supplies. Mattie and Kobo stayed with the body. An early snow fall arrives and the night is cold and long. The description is so accurate you are right there with Mattie and Kobo.
Dr. Walker leaves at once to take food, tents and other supplies. He arrives in time to help Mattie. I was engrossed that I read it in one sitting. The sheriff officers find the clue to the answer and headed to arrest the killer, only to learn Dr Walker has not returned from a visit to the ranch.


An outstanding police procedure featuring K-9 dog, Robo and his handler,  Deputy Mattie Cobb. The information on Robo's training is educational and how a police department broaches a missing person is enlightening. This is the third book in the series and a new author for me. The story switches between Mattie and Robo with a veterinarian, Doctor Cole Walker. The sheriff officers all are well developed. The backstory intrigued me and I will be reading the previous books before too long.
Mattie and Robo are asked to find a missing teenager who did not return home from school. They follow normal procedures and when they find the girl she is dead. Robo's activities are great as he continues to aid in the solution. Before the killer is found one of Cole Walker's daughters is missing. The twists and turns this story will keep the pages moving. The use of how the K-9 dogs are used, in this case, is extremely informative. I highly recommend this book.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Crooked Lane Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

PUBLISHER Crooked Lane Books



"On a rugged Colorado mountain ridge, Mattie Cobb and her police dog partner Robo make a grisly discovery—and become the targets of a ruthless killer.
Colorado’s Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave on the ridge, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime—and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man."

About bettylouise31 Member of NetGalley and Edelweiss Senior Citizen and been reading and sharing my thoughts on books most of my life. I read for my pleasure. I have been married for over 60 years. We have a Bengal Cat, Kato. Interests include reading, dogs, cats, gardening, knitting, crocheting. I have a strong interest in North American native plants. A word on my reviews. Books review are from my public library, brought, many from Netgalley, a few from Edelweiss, occasionally from an author or from friends. The opinions are my own. I represent no publisher, author or any other source​. My reviews can be found on Amazon, Tumblr, Goodreads, Google+, and Twitter. I have no Facebook account. Thanks for reading my blog.
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  1. Happy Friday!😎

    My first line comes from a book I will be reading soon, Oh My Stars by Sally Kilpatrick.

    And it came to pass in those days, that a decree went out from my mother that I would be playing the Virgin Mary in the Dollar General drive-through Nativity whether I liked it or not.

    Haha! I love those first lines and can’t wait to read this book!

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚

  2. nashpredsfan27 says:

    Happy Friday!

    I just started “Nice to Come Home To” by Liz Flaherty. The first line is: Why didn’t you ever come back here?

    Wishing you a great weekend with plenty of hours to enjoy a good book!

  3. hszott says:

    Happy Friday!


    I’m reading Catch-22 by Joseph Heller right now, so here’s the first line: “It was love at first sight.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book

  4. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Love is Patient by Lila Diller:

    “I flipped through the pages of the bridal magazine yet again, from one dogeared page to the next, dreaming and desiring.”

  5. On my blog this week I am featuring “Saving Truth” by Abdu Murray, Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World. Since I am still currently reading this book, I will share the first two lines from Chapter 4. “History’s most influential person expressly binds freedom to the limits of truth. “You will know the truth,” Jesus says, “and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)” May your weekend be a refreshing one for you.

  6. carhicks says:

    I requested and received the latest one. I will have to see if I can find the rest at the library. They sound great.

  7. bellesmoma16 says:

    Over on my blog, I’m showcasing the first line from Carolyn Miller’s new novel, Miss Serena’s Secret. It’s SO good. I’m almost finished with the book, so here I will share the first line of chapter 26.

    “I cannot help you.”

    A bit blunt and harsh! Lol.
    I hope you’re having an awesome weekend filled with great reading time. 😀❤📚

  8. Yes, I so enjoy this author! I read the Hunting Hour and have Burning Ridge to read and review soon. Really looking forward to it. Love dog stories anyway, and these are exceptional, I think.

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