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  1. Ronna Ronna says:

    This is the first Donna Ball Raine Stockton Dog Mystery that I ve read, but it definitely won t be the last one for me I chose it because of the Christmas theme, even though it was the fifth one in this series Thankfully, though I mostly like to read books in their numerical order, I felt like I wasn t missing anything about the main characters Raine Stockton has her hands full with her Search Rescue Dogs Her training and grooming center is being remodeled but her funds have run dry It s This is the first Donna Ball Raine Stockton Dog Mystery that I ve read, but it definitely won t be the last one for me I chose it because of the Christmas theme, even though it was the fifth one in this series Thankfully, though I mostly like to read books in their numerical order, I felt like I wasn t missing anything about the main characters Raine Stockton has her hands full with her Search Rescue Dogs Her training and grooming center is being remodeled but her funds have run dry It s the Christmas season and her dogs are going to be in the Christmas parade with a whole host of other pageant animals When they go to set up the manger scene, the baby Jesus is missing Seems there s been a rash of missing Baby Jesus dolls all over town Also, seems that most of her friends are going somewhere else for Christmas dinner this year, including her ex husband who s the town sheriff Raine s new rich, divorced, boyfriend comes to town for a couple of days, with a young daughter in toe Raine didn t even know he had a child, and is not overly enthusiastic when she gets baby sitting duties Being involved in finding a murderer, an abandoned baby, and re homing three abandoned puppies was definitely not on her to do list with a spoiled girl to care for This was definitely a fun book with creative mysteries Dog lovers won t want to miss the antics of all the different Golden Retrievers that populate this series either Lovely Christmas story with heart and playfulness of the season too


  2. Gloria Mccracken Gloria Mccracken says:

    I love, love, love this series and this book is a worthy addition to it With the Susan Conant Holly Winter malamute series and the Virginia Lanier bloodhound series, it rounds out the triumvirate of Wonderful Dog Mysteries There are other, lesser series that involve dogs but in none of these do any of the animals, talk, drive cars, type notes or any other implausible behaviors and they are all well written with characters you want to spend time with I will admit that Raine Stockton the pr I love, love, love this series and this book is a worthy addition to it With the Susan Conant Holly Winter malamute series and the Virginia Lanier bloodhound series, it rounds out the triumvirate of Wonderful Dog Mysteries There are other, lesser series that involve dogs but in none of these do any of the animals, talk, drive cars, type notes or any other implausible behaviors and they are all well written with characters you want to spend time with I will admit that Raine Stockton the protagonist does have an escape artist Australian shepherd in her little pack and one of her friends, a disabled lawyer, does claim the ability to read her dogs minds occasionally But the former does not seem outside the bounds of the ability of this very intelligent breed and the latter is greeted with healthy skepticism by Raine herself Raine herself has her foibles and an unfortunate tendency to close her eyes to some realities she should be aware of in her emotional life, but this does not make her less likeable and it lends an air of reality to what could and does, in some other series degenerate to too good to be true heroes and heroines.But, once again, I must say that, like most series of this type, one s pleasure is greatly enhanced by reading them as much in order as possible This means starting with Smoky Mountain Tracks through three others before you get to this one


  3. Jeanne Stephens Jeanne Stephens says:

    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 Melan 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


  4. Bernadette Bernadette says:

    Love Donna Ball s booksI 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 This was a sweet story I know that sounds strange when describing a mystery, but sometimes the backstory isimportant than the who dunnit element While the outcome was predictable, I loved the way I got there.


  5. angela yargus angela yargus says:

    Merry Christmas Donna Ball shamelessly grabs her readers, and gives them exactly what they are wantinga GREAT read She has all it takes to kidnap us, and rewards us so generously.Excuse me, I have another book to read.Book 6


  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    Pretty good Short read Like in the previous books, it s clear the author has done some obedience and agility training and has been around enough dogs to realize they aren t all wonderfully behaved Disney characters.Slight peeve Most of the prior books in the series have been accurate with respect to dog training and titles in obedience and agility In this book, the main character s friend, Maude, is described as having golden retrievers with championships in obedience, conformation, and FIEL Pretty good Short read Like in the previous books, it s clear the author has done some obedience and agility training and has been around enough dogs to realize they aren t all wonderfully behaved Disney characters.Slight peeve Most of the prior books in the series have been accurate with respect to dog training and titles in obedience and agility In this book, the main character s friend, Maude, is described as having golden retrievers with championships in obedience, conformation, and FIELD Glaring error It s been at least 50 years since any golden retriever had both a field and conformation ring championship Field and show lines can t even be considered the same breed any Nor does her friend spend any time handling stinky dead ducks and driving a million miles to find suitable training grounds with water for field work


  7. ReadaBook ReadaBook says:

    Oh my I loved this book, and this series Ms Ball, please do not stop writing this series I finished this a week before Christmas pretty much perfect timing One of my two dogs was laying beside as I finished And like Raine, I will not be alone on Christmas I have my dogs A nice mix of mystery, excitement, family, relationships, new characters and dogs Read this series, read this book


  8. Mary Foster Mary Foster says:

    More drama than mysteryBall writes well, and her choice of a dog trainer as her lead character is intriguing Know, however, that this book is less mystery than it is a semi romance In fact, while slogging through the story I forgot that there was a crime to be solved.


  9. Mimi Mimi says:

    If you love dogs, mysteries and great writing Donna Ball s Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries Series if for you The books are like a warm hug and leave you smiling at the end I listen to them on Audible and the narrator Donna Postel is fabulous


  10. Betty Betty says:

    ChristmasEnjoyable story, some laughs, some tears but a good ending If you love dogs as much as I do, these are the books for you.


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Silent Night ➹ [Reading] ➻ Silent Night By Donna Ball ➮ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk 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 figuri 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 to worry about than keeping the Christmas spirit alive.