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The Dead Season (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Book 6) Kindle Edition

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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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  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Merle Publishing (December 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084UOQ76
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Donna Ball published her first book in 1982. Since that time she has written over eighty works of commercial fiction under pseudonyms that include Rebecca Flanders, Donna Carlisle, Leigh Bristol, Taylor Brady, and Donna Boyd. She is known for her work in women's fiction and suspense, as well as supernatural fantasy and adventure. Her novels have been translated into well over a dozen languages and have been published in virtually every country in the world. She has appeared on Entertainment Tonight and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and has been featured in such publications as the Detroit Free Press, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and even T.V. Guide. She is the holder of the Storytelling World award, 2001, the Georgia Author of the Year Award, 2000, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards for consecutive years 1991-1996, the Georgia Romance Writer's Maggie Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times, among others.

Donna lives in the Northeast Georgia Mountains in a restored Victorian barn which was the inspiration for A YEAR ON LADYBUG FARM and AT HOME ON LADYBUG FARM. She spends her spare time hiking, painting, and enjoying canine sports with her four dogs-- two golden retrievers, a rough collie, and a border collie.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Jahrling on May 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was privileged to get a review copy of this, the fifth (sixth, if you count the novella) Raine Stockton & Cisco book. I thought the first three were great, but each new one seems to get even better. This one has a great plot, pretty good character development, and spot-on treatment of the dogs and everything dog-related. We know that Raine gets through ok, because the story begins after the action, with Raine recounting the story to the authorities, but that doesn't lessen the anxiety throughout the tale. Dealing with humans, and especially young ones, is not Raine's best skill, so she is almost as surprised as we are that she takes a job going along on a wilderness hike with a group from a school for troubled teens. The bright spot is, of course, that Cisco, her intelligent and beautiful Golden Retriever, gets to go along, and eventually helps her out in the people department.
Donna Ball really "gets" dogs and dog folk, and this series showcases that knowledge. Anyone who is kept by and loves dogs will connect with Raine almost immediately.
The mystery angle is also well crafted, with several red herrings, a few nefarious characters, and several real crimes to clean up. In spite of a neatly packaged ending, there remain a few things that may come back to tickle you long after you finish reading, as you wonder "What really happened...?"
I would give this one 5.5 stars if that were allowed, and yes, that is out of 5!
Thanks, Donna. Now get back to work on the next one. Your fans (at least this one) await.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Stephens VINE VOICE on June 7, 2012
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This was a great edition the Raine Stockton Series. Raine joins a wilderness trail hike with teenagers from a residential treatment facility that Raine discovered was operating near her home. I liked this book very much. I was written differently than her other books. This book begins at the end and then Raine does a retelling of what happened. I liked that for a change of pace.
Raine agreed to accompany the group on the trail. The more she learns about the program the more she wonders if she should have gone.
Two nights into the climb a blizzard hits- but that is the least of Raine's worries.
If you like cozy mysteries, dogs, and mountains, I highly recommend this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Packer Fan on May 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This 6th book in the Raine Stockton mystery series is set in the cold, snowy mountains of North Carolina in January. Raine Stockton's boarding and training kennel, Dog Daze, has been closed for remodeling since October. After a call from an employee of the New Day Wilderness Rehabilitation Program inquiring about therapy dog certification leads to a lucrative offer to join the program as a field specialist on a 10 day wilderness hike, Raine decides to join the expedition with her golden retriever, Cisco. Suspense builds as Raine witnesses friction among the students and staff. After she experiences her own harrowing close calls with Cisco, she realizes this trip is much more than she bargained for. And, with her ex-husband and acting sheriff, Buck, Uncle Roe and close friends out of town for the holidays, she's on her own. The chapters flash back and forth between a police interrogation room to the expedition as Raine answers the detectives' questions and recounts the events on the ill fated journey. Interestingly, there are a few threads left hanging at the end that leave the reader questioning what really happened on that last day.

I loved this book and highly recommend it to others. If you enjoy a strong and independent female protagonist, dogs and a vicarious escapade into the world of survival training expeditions wrapped into an intriguing mystery, this book is for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By uglyduckling on May 25, 2012
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I just finished reading this book. I have read the previous books in the series and this one was just as good as the others. If you do not have the other books in the series this book will work very well as a stand alone book. They are well written, have mystery, well developed characters, and keeps you reading. And, on top of all that, they have a dog as a primary character. What more could you ask for?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Arneson on May 25, 2012
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I have liked Donna Ball's Raine Stockton series since I read her first book and The Dead Season did not let me down.

The book had me going from the first page. I enjoyed every chapter of the book.

I am sure that anyone who has read the earlier books in this series will enjoy this one also. I highly recommend all the Raine Stockton books and am looking forward to the next one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Youngster on May 25, 2012
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I didn't MEAN to read it all in one sitting. Really, I didn't.

But then I didn't mean to read half of it sitting on the floor, where I couldn't fall, or cuddled as close as I could get to my own dog, so we wouldn't get separated. If I hadn't read it in the summer, I'd probably have ended up wrapped in a blanket too, so I wouldn't freeze.

This is that kind of book. The Dead Season is, by far, the most gripping and compelling of the Raine Stockton books. You don't want to put it down, but there are certainly places where you're worried about the outcome.

Donna Ball is growing as a writer, just as Raine and Cisco are growing as characters. This is the best yet.
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