Double Dog Dare (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Series #8)

Double Dog Dare (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Series #8)

by Donna Ball


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For dog trainer and search-and-rescue volunteer Raine Stockton the last few months have been marked by murder, danger, and betrayal. A luxury vacation to the Caribbean resort island of St. Bart's sounds like the perfect antidote for stress, particularly since it includes three of her favorite traveling companions: boyfriend Miles, his daughter Melanie, and Raine's happy-go-lucky golden retriever Cisco. But even in paradise, trouble finds them.
An American actress has suffered a fatal diving accident, and someone close to Miles appears to have been involved. As more and more people from Miles's past surface, he and Raine are drawn reluctantly into a murder investigation. Raine, far more comfortable in her native North Carolina mountains than in this foreign culture surrounded by the baffling behavior of the rich and famous, is at a distinct disadvantage. But Raine faces her worst fears when someone she loves goes missing, and she is forced to navigate unfamiliar terrain in an alien land to track down a killer. And this time, even Cisco can't help her.

"There can't be too many golden retrievers in mystery fiction for my taste." -- Deadly Pleasures

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985774844
Publisher: Blue Merle Publishing
Publication date: 12/11/2013
Series: Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Series , #8
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 653,755
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Donna Ball is the author of over a hundred novels under several different pseudonyms in a variety of genres that include romance, mystery, suspense, paranormal, western adventure, historical and women's fiction. Recent popular series include the Ladybug Farm series by Berkley Books and the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series. Donna is an avid dog lover and her dogs have won numerous titles for agility, obedience and canine musical freestyle. She lives in a restored Victorian Barn in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains with a variety of four-footed companions.

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Double Dog Dare 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed all of Donna Ball's Raine Stockton dog mysteries. They are fast reads and the characters are fun and interesting.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
I love this series, and Double Dog Dare is no exception!  The last year has been really rough emotionally for Reine, so Miles talks her into taking an island vacation with them.  While taking Cisco and Melanie are a requirement for her full enjoyment, she does not expect his mother to be there, or one of his exes.  Miles has always been pretty quiet about his life, but Susan is really not what Reine would  have expected.  Naturally, excitement, danger, and death go where Reine goes, and on this trip the danger comes terrifyingly close to home. Fans of the series will be thrilled, and new readers would enjoy the story but would feel the immediate need to go back and follow her history.  I read the series out of order and enjoyed it greatly but appreciated it even more the first time I went back and read all the books in order.  I recommend starting from the beginning.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars:  Overall  4 Narration:  5 Story 4  The first I have read from this author, I was expecting a cozy mystery with some doggie highlights. What I didn’t expect was to find myself engaged early on and finding the intersection of mystery and romance working really well for me. In addition, the dog-training  tidbits, especially the well-intentioned attempts gone wrong, were entertaining and amusing. Raine is the heroine of the story, and she is in need of a vacation. Her love interest, Miles has spirited her off to St. Bart’s for a much needed break amongst the rich and famous: a huge change from her quiet life in the Smoky Mountains.  Not long after they arrive,  there is a murder, and Raine being her curious self has to investigate.  The contrast of her more simple approach to life with the more bourgeois atitudes of the other vacationers and residents was a nice inset – the grass isn’t always greener, despite Miles’ glam  attempts to spirit her away.  Cisco is a lovely Golden, and very typical of the breed: friendly, goofy and often prone to selective obedience. I couldn’t help but picture  that ‘golden smile’ as he meandered through the plot, even when he was bad.  Adding in his own daughter and mother, Miles’  showed a side of men that is often lacking in the fiction I read: the nurturing / caring side. It was an interesting subplot to show  their interactions and relationships in a unique way, even adding a dash of drama for young Melanie.  Narration for this story is provided by Donna Postel: utilizing pitch and tone changes she deftly moved between characters, accents and story presentation that keeps listeners engaged and easily able to distinguish characters and emotions.  Without over-acting or over-reach in the emotional moments, she presented the story beautifully.  A fairly straightforward mystery, some foreshadowing hinted at things to come, without overwhelming the moments in the present,  and it was fun discovering Raine’s process as she solved the story. Plenty of background information on the characters was provided, in a way that was not overwhelming but allowed me to feel comfortable early on, and I did not feel as if there were major gaps in understanding characters or story.  Fans of cozy mysteries, a touch of romance with their mysteries and those who enjoy dogs who are a part of the character’s lives in  ways that are honest and true to real life will enjoy this audiobook.  I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the narrator via AudioBook Blast for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated  for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Now I plan to get more books in this series.
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BB_LaBone More than 1 year ago
This was the first Raine Stockton dog mystery I read but it worked to read it as a stand-alone because the context and relationships between the characters were clear. Much of the attraction of the book is being inside Raine's head, and since she wasn't the most appealing character to me, I didn't enjoy the book as much (hence the 3-star rating.) But it's a short and enjoyable read, and who wouldn't want to go on a week-long luxury vacation to an island paradise with a rich, good-looking guy -- especially when you get to bring your dog?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raine is a dog trainer, which plays into this mystery. It certainly is important in this particular mystery. Have not read her previous books, but will now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More of a fairy tale, small town meets big town and money, it is a fun story and great characters and well worth the read.
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