Sunday, December 4, 2022

Four K-9 thrillers that defy the dangers of the wilderness

Sara Driscoll is the pen name of Jen J. Danna and Ann Vanderlaan, authors of the Abbott and Lowell Forensic Mysteries. Danna is an infectious disease researcher at a cutting edge Canadian university near Toronto, but loves to spend her free time writing the thrilling and mysterious. Vanderlaan lives in western North Carolina with five rescued pit bulls, including Kane, now a certified therapy dog. She also trains with Kane for competitive nose work.

[Coffee with a Canine: M. Ann Vanderlaan & her dogsThe Page 69 Test: Lone WolfThe Page 69 Test: Storm RisingThe Page 69 Test: No Man's LandThe Page 69 Test: Leave No Trace]

Their new novel is Still Waters.

At CrimeReads they tagged four "K-9 thrillers which tackle the treachery of the wilderness head on," including:
Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima

Timber Creek Colorado Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mattie Cobb and her K-9, Robo, are assigned a new case when a decomposing foot is found in a charred boot high up on Redstone Ridge, a rugged mountain wilderness accessible only on horseback. Using the boot and human remains as a scent sample, Robo tracks down the rest of the charred body, buried in a shallow grave on the ridge. As they scout the area, looking for clues, they discover additional graves, all with burned bodies, but now skeletonized with decades of age. They must be related, but how? In Burning Ridge, Mizushima vibrantly shows the beauty and the danger of such a remote location, one populated mainly by bighorn sheep, but used as a dumping ground because of its isolation from mankind. Additionally, the terror of an out-of-control forest fire only reinforces the concept that man will never be in control of nature, no matter how hard he tries.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Coffee with a Canine: Margaret Mizushima & Hannah, Bertie, Lily and Tess.

Coffee with a Canine: Margaret Mizushima & Hannah.

My Book, The Movie: Burning Ridge.

The Page 69 Test: Burning Ridge.

--Marshal Zeringue