Standing Dead (A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #8) (Hardcover)

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Standing Dead (A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #8) (Hardcover)

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From critically acclaimed, master thriller author Margaret Mizushima, comes the eighth installment of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 mysteries.

“Tense and satisfying,” (JA Jance) Standing Dead is the perfect read for fans of CJ Box and Longmire.

Deputy Mattie Cobb and her sister, Julia, travel to Mexico to visit their mother, but when they arrive, they discover that she and her husband have vanished without a trace. Back in Timber Creek, Mattie finds a chilling note on her front door telling her to look for “him” among the standing dead up in the high country.
The sheriff’s department springs into action and sends a team to the mountains, where Mattie’s K-9 partner, Robo, makes a grisly discovery—a body tied to a dead pine tree. Mattie is shocked when she realizes she knows the dead man. And then another note arrives, warning that Mattie’s mother is in desperate straits. In a last-ditch gambit, Mattie must go deep undercover into a killer’s lair to save her mother—or die trying.
Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. She serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member of Northern Colorado Writers, Sisters in Crime, Pikes Peak Writers, and Women Writing the West. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. She can be found on Facebook/AuthorMargaretMizushima, Twitter @margmizu, Instagram at margmizu, and her website at
Product Details ISBN: 9781639102440
ISBN-10: 1639102442
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
Praise for Standing Dead:
“[Will] captivate readers, new and old, and keep them engaged in the complex mystery.”
Kirkus Reviews

Standing Dead is a roller coaster of tension from the first page—I literally couldn't put it down. Mizushima gives us wonderfully drawn characters along with a cracking good plot and realistic law enforcement details. A highlight for me is the protagonist's relationship with Robo, her K-9 partner. Highly recommended.”
—Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of A Killing Of Innocents

“Instantly immersive, constantly surprising, and totally compelling. The talented Margaret Mizushima has an unfailing sense of place, a keen eye for character, and a true gift for storytelling. Standing Dead is at once chilling and heartbreaking, as Mizushima gives her iconic characters (both with two legs and four) a shocking secret—and then a daunting task with the highest of stakes. Such a terrific mystery!”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

“Deputy Mattie Wray has changed her name, but she’s the same dedicated, gutsy officer who loves her family, her friends, her job, and her K-9 partner Robo with all her heart.”
—Pamela Beason, award-winning author of the Sam Westin Wilderness Mysteries
“A thrilling mystery with heart that will leave you wanting more.” 
—Amy Rivers, award-winning author of Complicit and All the Broken People

“It is a rare pleasure to discover a book in which the author's skill with her craft is so fluently meshed with her deep knowledge of the story's subject and terrain. Margaret Mizushima has created exactly that kind of mystery novel with Standing Dead. . . Thought-provoking and timely. Highly Recommended.”   
—Baron R. Birtcher, award-winning author of Fistful Of Rain

Praise for the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries:

“Tense and satisfying.” 
—J.A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series

“I can’t wait for the next adventure from these dynamic partnerships.”
—Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author of the Manuelito, Chee, Leaphorn mysteries

“Both the human and animal characters feel authentic.”
The Washington Times
"Mizushima has a gift when it comes to crafting immersive settings."
—Associated Press

"Will tug the heartstrings of every dog lover."
—Booklist starred review
“Winning heroine…A realistic view of how a K-9 team works, treating Robo as an important character, but never stooping to anthropomorphism."
—Publishers Weekly starred review

"The tension and drama of this series installment will satisfy fans of K-9 partners and solid police procedurals."
Library Journal, starred review