My home laptop computer died in June. It's dead, dead, dead. I started looking for a replacement but haven't been motivated to actually get a new one. After the initial withdrawal symptoms subsided and I could no longer waste hours playing Free-cell (18,000 games on that computer) and surfing the internet, I started reading books...books that were written by folks here in Northern Colorado.

I found these gems while picking up fly spray for my horses at Mountain Vet Supply in Fort Collins. I recommend them to dog lovers who enjoy well-written stories.

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima is the first in the series of Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Mizushima is married to a veterinarian and they live by Wellington. Her work tells the story of Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo. It's set in a small fictional Colorado town and honestly, I couldn't put it down...but I did to start the next in the series. Stalking Ground picks up with Mattie and Robo on a new murder case and Hunting Hour continues the bond between the officer and her German shepherd.

I look forward to the 4th book, Burning Ridge. Guess I'll make a trip to the vet supply store for another fun romp in Timber Creek.

ALSO...Finding James Herriot is by local Loveland author Michael Suit, DVM.  This story starts with a newly graduated veterinarian at CSU and follows his journey to a small practice in Birdie, Oklahoma. With his cast of mostly loveable characters, we feel like we're part of the tiny community.

So, it's not too late for summer reads and as far as my computer goes, meh... I can always use my husband's while he's reading.