The Dead Season (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Series #6)

The Dead Season (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Series #6)

by Donna Ball


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Praise for the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery Series

"An exciting, original and suspense-laden whodunit... A simply fabulous mystery starring a likeable, dedicated heroine..."
--Midwest Book Review

"A delightful protagonist...a well-crafted mystery."
--Romantic Times

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

Book Six in the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery Series

January is known as the dead season in the small Smoky mountain community of Hanover County, North Carolina. For dog trainer and wilderness expert Raine Stockton, who hasn't had a client in six month, this season has been deader than most. When the New Day Wilderness Program for Troubled Teens offers her a job leading a group of students on a winter camping expedition as part of their rehabilitation program, Raine jumps at the chance-- particularly since it means she will be able to take her golden retriever, Cisco, with her.

But something is not right at New Day, and Raine and Cisco soon find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, suspicion and sabotage. As the group moves deeper into the wilderness beneath steadily worsening weather, Raine begins to fear she and Cisco may soon find themselves trapped on the mountainside... with a killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977329649
Publisher: Blue Merle Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2012
Series: Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Series , #6
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 635,768
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(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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The Dead Season 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Raine accepts a last minute job offer to work as a staff survival specialist on a 10 day hike with a group of juvenile delinquents who have been sent to the camp by their parents. The staff includes the camp rigid camp owner Paul Evans, his wife Rachel who resents everything Raine does, and Heather who evidently wants to get rid of Raine and whose presence presents questions from the start. The purpose of the hike is to teacher the kids to think and to work as a team. Despite being told not to interfere with the "therapy" Raine can not approve of some of the tactics of the camp leaders. Conflicts about among the campers and between the campers and the staff members, and then the weather becomes the greatest enemy of all or does it. A dark secret overshadows the experience and changes everyone involve forever. Although we only get a quick visit from most of the regulars for whom I have come to care greatly, Cisco gets to go on the hike and of course contributes his share to the story.
Dogpatchmom More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Donna Ball that I read. The book was well written and the story made sense. It kept me on the edge of my seat because of some of the dangers and the outcome was a surprise. Of course, it didn't hurt that I love dogs and enjoy reading books that dogs feature in. I have since read another of her books, am currently reading a third and have a forth waiting for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a love of dogs and also show dogs. It is a delight to read about the work done with Cisco for search and rescue as well as training for shows and the mystery, romance best books ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rrad all five books in a week
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Mystery_Rdr More than 1 year ago
Anyone who's read the Raine Stockton series, by author Donna Ball, knows how much Raine's dogs mean to her. Anyone who's been owned by a dog knows how much they mean to us. So Ball's second paragraph citing Raine's concern about the whereabouts and well-being of her beloved Golden Retriever, search and rescue dog Cisco, pulls the reader into the story. Because Raine's in a police car adds more interest to the opening paragraphs intrigue. The Dead Season, Ball's latest in the series that follows Raine Stockton - dog trainer and search and rescue specialist - and her SAR dog Cisco is a real good read in this book. The North Carolina mountains, where the story is set, are beautiful but hazardous in winter. Raine and Cisco have gone on many a search and rescue mission, so Raine knows and respects the wilderness. In this story, Raine is hired to teach search and rescue and survival techniques to a group of teenagers on a wilderness hike in mid-winter. The teens are residents are New Day, an Outward Bound-type of juvenile rehabilitation center. Raine is the first person to admit that she and children don't always get along but the promise of a $2,000 salary for the 10 days soon has her packing camping gear for Cisco and herself. Paul Evans, the Director of New Day, was a man who had to be in control. He didn't accept Raine's suggestions (each person should pack their own equipment; every pack should have basic survival gear; all members of the group should stay together) and he really wasn't thrilled with Raine bringing along Cisco. When Evans falls onto a rock outcrop none of the teens want to assist Raine to get the badly injured man moved - frankly, they hope he dies there. But as the blizzard increases Raine moves him down the rock face and into a gully, sets up his tent, treats Evans' injuries, and closes him into the tent for the night. She and Cisco dive into her tent and her sleeping bag and batten down for the night. The plot has psychology, murder and great information on survival in a blizzard. The tension mounts through an in-the-present interrogation by the police of Raine, and alternating chapters of her memory detailing the events of the 72 hours that led up to the murder of Evans. The ending is a blockbuster! This is the best, yet, in the Raine Stockton series and not one to be missed. You don't need the prior books to enjoy this one (though you'll get the others if you haven't read them yet). Donna Ball knows her terrain, dogs, and the psychology of people. This was a fast, can't put down until finished read.