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  • Killing Trail

  • A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Margaret Mizushima
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (273 ratings)

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Killing Trail

By: Margaret Mizushima
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
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Summary

When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, lifelong resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town.

With the help of Cole Walker, a local veterinarian and single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her town holds. And the key may be Cole's daughter, who knows more than she's saying. The murder was just the beginning, and if Mattie isn't careful, she and Robo could be next.

Suspenseful and smart, Killing Trail is an explosive debut that will have listeners clamoring for more Mattie and Robo for years to come.

©2015 Margaret Mizushima (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Good listen

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I was going to. It kept my attention and I finished it in two days. The relationship with Robo (the police dog) was lovely. I'm moving straight onto the next book because I can't wait to hear more about them.

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Excellent in all respects

Had no great expectations but now looking for others
Great story with great narration, a real easy listen

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Extremely boring

Nice narration and concept but so boring I didn’t even finish it. I threw in the towel with an hour left…

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Not my cup of tea

I didn't enjoy the book mostly because of the narrator. Her voice irritated me to no end, it sounded so childish and silly most of the time. The story wasn't great either, It felt like it was written by an amateur but again, it could be the narration that gave me that impression.

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Good mystery, great dog

Although there were elements of the mystery which could be guessed overall the story hung together really well. Both the dog and his handler are good characters with a good degree of development in this book but enough openings for the promise of more to come.

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Brilliant!

Thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic book!
I hope there are more! I’ve not read this author before, so I will watch out for more!

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Great story solid mystery, and a dog!

Yeah I really enjoyed this book, Nancy Wu's performance is fantastic and the story is great with a solid mystery. The setup is good and the characters are interesting, I am interested to hear the next book to see how relationships grow.

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Good book. Like the relationship between Maddie and the Dog. Worth a listen. Looking firearms to the next book.

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Great story, good character development and investiture but I felt the narrator was a bit ‘flat’.

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Wrong narrator

The wrong narrator was chosen for this. It’s a good book that kept me engaged but it was read in the way a child’s fairytale would be read. It lacked the feeling of suspense where needed because it was read so… “gently”

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  • GSDNH
  • 14-10-16

For GSD or any dog-lover as well as crime fans

Love the relationship between K-9 Robo and his handler Cobb. Author definitely understands the male German Shepherd. Excellent character development, mystery part was OK. Learning how a K-9 works was fascinating. I really enjoyed this and will continue on to the next one. Some complained about narrator's pacing. I listened at 1.25 speed, which is my usual speed, and she sounded find to me.

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  • MidwestGeek
  • 08-02-17

Not bad for a first novel, but shallow mystery.

I really couldn't decide what I thought about the protagonist, Mattie Cobb, but the dog is the real hero. On the one hand, Mattie is supposedly a tough lady and clearly trying to be a dedicated officer. She seems to relate well enough to children and other women, but acts like a young teenager around men instead of a woman in her early 30's. She is portrayed as having trust issues, but in fact, she behaves as if all her feelings about men are new to her. The dialog is equally immature; it sounds more like a young adult novel. As to her K9 training, we are told repeatedly how, in training, she learned to trust her dog's signals, but she repeatedly discounts his reactions and overlooks the obvious. She must know that dogs have 100 times more nasal sensors per unit area than humans, and that a large dog will also have a much larger olfactory area. They can also hear frequencies beyond human range.

Then there is the sophisticated female lead detective, who has a split personality--sometimes friendly and supportive, other times playing games and jerking Mattie around. Despite having trust issues, Mattie spills her guts to her. It all seems so contrived.

The only character I really liked was the old Sheriff.

As a mystery, the villain is fairly obvious early on. The main question in my mind was who were his collaborators? Of course, Mattie doesn't realize what's going on until much later.

The author does seem to know much about dogs and police training, although Robo seems to be a genius dog. If I didn't like dogs, I might not have finished the book.

Nancy Wu does a good job giving voice to the various characters.

I might give the second book in the series a try if others think it is better than the first.

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  • Samantha
  • 11-09-16

Fun but a bit cliched

I enjoyed the novelty of a crime novel with a dog since I am a dog lover, but the book was quite full of stereotypes and cliches. Enjoyable but nothing spectacular.

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  • Melanie V. Simon
  • 25-09-16

Needs a stronger heroine

Good characters, but main character agonizes over everything and her lack of confidence is annoying and boring. Too many cliche situations (cell phone left in the car, flashlight batteries failing) make her seem stupid as well.

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  • Rusty
  • 03-08-16

Fell in Love with Robo

When I saw that this was a debut novel, I had low expectations but couldn't resist a K-9 story. I was surprised and amazed how much I enjoyed the characters and the plot.

Mattie was engaging, smart and extremely likable and of course Robo stole my heart. I am already looking forward to the next book.

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  • Aleeta R. Hall
  • 12-10-16

Flat Lined

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The ever present "attitude" among the characters was off-putting. Not ever one is an enemy or a person of interest. There should have been more cohesion between a few of the police officers just to create a team affect.

What was most disappointing about Margaret Mizushima’s story?

This story left me flat. I was hopeful the characters would eventually break out of the predictable plodding pace...but alas, it was not to be. The only thing that kept me listening was the police dog. Sorry Robo - I will be turning this book back in and will not be following the series.

How could the performance have been better?

I am not a fan of a female narrator. This book was full of female characters so it was appropriate to have a female voice.

What character would you cut from Killing Trail?

The female crime inspector detective - unnecessarily antagonistic towards everyone!

Any additional comments?

You can't take a muzzle off a dog twice in the same paragraph....just sayin'

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  • Dawn
  • 24-07-16

Exciting first book in new series

When I read the description and read the main characters were a female officer and a K9, I was intrigued. The story was very well written and the narration spot on. I highly recommend this book and hope to have a second in the series soon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-16

Killing Trail, Timber Creek Book 1

This book was very well written and narrated. Nevertheless I rated the Story with 4 stars because it was sprinkled with what I consider to be category 1 profanity. That is, there were no f-bombs but their favorite four letter word was "s", with a few "sobs" thrown in. The overall story and narration out weighed that distraction, hence my overall rating is 5 stars.

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  • HollyColorado
  • 26-12-16

Good premise disappointing story

What would have made Killing Trail better?

A better editor could improve the writing and make the characters more believable.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The premise of the crime and the inclusion of the dogs makes it very interesting. The only word I can think of for the story/characters is dumb.

Did Nancy Wu do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Okay reader.

Any additional comments?

Wish it were better written.

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  • Cyndee
  • 20-11-16

Loved it!!

Terrific, complex characters and great storyline. Love dogs and a good mystery! I've already purchased Book 2!!!

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