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Silent Night (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Donna Ball
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Book Description


It's Christmas time, and for Raine Stockton and her Search and Rescue dog, Cisco, Hansonville, North Carolina is just like a Norman Rockwell painting-- except for the rash of thefts of baby Jesus figurines from nativity scenes, an abandoned box of golden retriever puppies that someone leaves beside her mailbox, and a mysterious gift from one of Cisco's a grateful admirers. Raine already has her hands full with her own misbehaving pooches, unexpected house guests, and a complicated new relationship. But when a newborn is abandoned in the manger of the town's living nativity and Raine walks in on what appears to be the scene of a murder, she has more to worry about than keeping the Christmas spirit alive.

Praise for the Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries

"An exciting, original and suspense-laden whodunit...A simply fabuloups mystery starring a likeable, dedicated heroine..."

--Midwest Book Review

“ An intriguing heroine, a twisty tale, a riveting finale, and a golden retriever to die for. [This book] will delight mystery fans and enchant dog lovers.”
---Carolyn Hart

“Has everything--wonderful characters, surprising twists, great dialogue. Donna Ball knows dogs, knows the Smoky Mountains, and knows how to write a page turner. I loved it.”
--Beverly Connor

“Very entertaining… combines a likeable heroine and a fascinating mystery… a story of suspense with humor and tenderness.”

--Carlene Thompson

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

--Deadly Pleasures

"A delightful protagonist....a well-craftered mystery"

--Romantic Times

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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. You can contact her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Merle Publishing (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006A9POVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mountains for Christmas November 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Silent Night is the best Raine Stockton novel I have read. I loved the others, but this one is a standout because of its believable characters and plot. I love this series because I love the mountains of North Carolina. I love dogs too and with dogs and the mountains you have a winning combination.
Raine visits nursing homes and brings her dogs to visit the patients. Just reading about this inspires me want to do the same.
A new character is introduced and I hope she stays around. At first Melanie, the daughter of Raine's new love interest, Miles, seems like a brat. But as the story weaves it's web, her character adds dimensions and the reader starts to appreciate her.
Christmas in Hansonville sounds like a dream come true, but it is full of surprises. The recent crime wave of Christmas ornament thefts is not unheard of these days. The other mysteries Raine and her dog, Cisco find themselves in the middle of are not uncommon either. Who did it and why becomes quite clear by the end and I don't want to spoil the book for you.
You will enjoy this new Raine Stockton novel. Make yourself a cup of hot tea or hot chocolate and prepare to be carried away to the mountains for a Christmas adventure.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent night November 23, 2011
By Logan
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the Raine Stockton series. Silent Night was a page turner, if I put it down I couldn't wait to get back to it. Looking forward to the next book. I have been struggling to get through another book I had started, thank you Donna Ball for writing such a wonderful story. I have a wonderful golden and I think of him as I read the Raine Stockton stories. Thank you again for another wonderful story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Night November 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Do you love reading about dogs? mysteries? romance? If so, you'll love Silent Night by Donna Ball. I have read every Raine Stockton mystery and as expected, this one was no disappointment. In this mystery, Donna shows her knowledge of dogs, dog training and dog behavior, as well as her insights into humans and their relationships. My only criticism is that it ended way too soon. I hope Donna is working on her next Raine Stockston book right now.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2.75 stars from Red Adept Reviews December 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Overall: 2.75 stars

Plot/Storyline: 2 stars
I really hate the too-common tendency, which Ball shares, to start a plot-driven tale by introducing characters instead of grabbing me with the story and introducing the characters later, when I have a reason to care about them. The story is not awful but it dragged, with frequent irrelevant trivialities like Mischief (one of Raine's dogs) repeatedly getting out of her cage and moving Christmas decorations around Raine's house. The use of several different main storylines (missing girl, murdered father) as well as subsidiary storylines (Raine & Buck's relationship, Raine's nursing home friend, the abandoned baby) made it more difficult to follow any of them. Again, none of the problems were so awful as to deserve an even lower rating: no one was in two places at once or suddenly revealed an unusual skill that solved the murder, Raine didn't find a crucial clue by magically being somewhere she shouldn't have been, Ball didn't have any characters find information that she didn't reveal to the reader. When Raine stumbled across clues, Ball always provided a solid reason for her to be where she was just then. But the confusing storylines and distractions kept me from enjoying the book. Maybe there are readers who like multiple storylines complete with distractions; if so, they would probably enjoy this one. Having trained numerous dogs as family pets myself, I also found it not very believable that a woman setting herself up as a dog trainer couldn't keep her own dog from letting herself out of the kennel.
As a Christmas story, it's a complete bust, with no elements or events that would have to occur during the Christmas season. The parade could just as well have been a Fourth of July parade, for example.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Another Raine Stockton dog story. This time a young girl is thrown into the mix at the holidays. Young love, misbehaving critters, murder and mystery takes you on a suspenseful ride until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed the sequel and rate these books as a very deserving 4++ stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raine and Cisco are back! December 5, 2011
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My interest in the Raine Stockton mystery series was revived earlier in the year by the release of the novella, Bone Yard. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this series since it had been a while since anything had been published. Silent Night, the most recent full length book released in late November (2011) did not disappoint. I was able to pick right up where we last saw Raine and Cisco. It was very well written and the story while a little predictable, was engaging and entertaining. For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of these mysteries is the dog antics which had me laughing. Anyone who loves dogs can surely relate to the way these dogs act. I hope that there will be more adventures with Raine and Cisco in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Raine and Cisco January 11, 2013
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I liked this book okay. This is the first book I have read in the Raine Stockton series after "Gun Shy." It was okay. I would recommend the books that follow "Gun Shy" because I was a little confused who some of the newer people were.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Donna Ball.
Great book!
Published 8 days ago by Leslie A. Boyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit!
Enjoyable & clever plot and action!
Published 27 days ago by Teepa L. Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 1 month ago by julie kimball
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for the hoilday season or anytime
This was the first Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Book I have read. I will most likely read more. It was very enjoyable and kept my attention from beginning to end.
Published 2 months ago by Dar Sar
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Donna Ball's books
I don't know what I love most about her books. Maybe it's her characters, maybe the mystery, maybe the family and friends interaction. Nope. It's definitely the dogs! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Silent Night review
Silent Night is the fifth book in the Rains Stockton Dog Mysteries series. It is a great story. I will read more of her books.
Published 2 months ago by Bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Night
Enjoyed it and will definitely read more by this author.
Published 2 months ago by Sheridan Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
Loved the book,A good read
Published 2 months ago by Nancy C. Mechelke
4.0 out of 5 stars Best CHTISTMAS ever.
This was a book that is so filled with interesting characters that I would highly recommend this novel for all readers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sue Ellen Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Christmas (or anytime) read
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Prior to "Silent Night" I hadn't read any in the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series, I was assured however, that this Christmas story can be read as a... Read more
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More About the Author

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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