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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 19, Marianne Mitchell rated it it was amazing. I love all the books in the Raine Stockton series but this one was especially good. Donna Ball really knows how to plot a good mystery and also weave in the details about service dogs, therapy dogs, and dog training.
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You can read this series in order or not. They work as stand alone mysteries but often refer back to previous books. I'm hooked! Jul 13, StillReadingBooks rated it it was amazing Shelves: dog-mysteries. She uses rescue remedy for a scared dog. How cool is that? Favorite training tool is cheese and hot dogs! Apr 28, Midwest Geek rated it liked it Recommends it for: lovers of dogs and cozies.
Shelves: mystery. I liked this story, but somehow not as much as I did Rapid Fire 2. I learned some amazing facts about the training of support dogs for people with disabilities. But somehow the information about dogs and their training overwhelmed the mystery rather than providing a backdrop. I found the mystery a bit far fetched, and Raine did some stupid, risky things, even for an amateur detective.
Its relevance to the investigation was minor. Still, the author writes well, and I look forward to reading the next one in the series sometime.
Most readers suggest that these are not necessary to be read in order, but, based on these first two I've read, I can say it depends what you are looking for. The mysteries are disconnected, but the characters evolve chronologically, so if you plan to read the series, it makes sense to read them in order. Jun 17, Alisa rated it really liked it. This is a wonderful series for dog lovers, residents or lovers of the Smoky Mountains, and fans of light mysteries.
The characters feel like people I have actually met in this region of the country. I recognize the personality types and the ethos described as genuine to the author's stated locale. The 4-star rating is specific to genre - fun, light mysteries. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. An interesting story but the characters are all a bit flat. Too much dog talk like being around pilots and hearing nothing but acronyms for an hour.
I like dogs and animals in general 3 dogs and 3 cats in our household but all the talk between the dog experts gets old really fast. Feb 16, Eileen Goudge rated it really liked it.
Jan 12, Jan rated it really liked it Shelves: finished-in , cozy. Satisfying doggie mystery - will be continuing with the series :. I read the first book in this series a few months ago and liked it quite a bit so I decided to get the next book. Somehow I bought the third book instead of the first one! I will go back and read the second, but I didn't have too much trouble figuring out what was going on. I've been reading quite a few dog stories this year.
I especially like books about working dogs--search-and-rescue dogs, dogs working for the police or military--but I also want the dogs not put in unnecessary jeopardy and I I read the first book in this series a few months ago and liked it quite a bit so I decided to get the next book.
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I especially like books about working dogs--search-and-rescue dogs, dogs working for the police or military--but I also want the dogs not put in unnecessary jeopardy and I want the stories to end well. I don't like the books that end with the dog's death. I liked this book a little better than the first book, but that may just be because I know and like the characters and got to know them a little better. I do think it was a little more nuanced than the first book. I like all the dogs in these books and this one is no exception. I enjoy reading about the things dogs can do and the fact that dogs have different temperaments and enjoy and excel at doing different things.
I enjoyed the dancing dog as well as the search-and-rescue and agility dogs in this book. I'm hoping we get to know more about Raine's other dogs. So far they don't do too much except bark and run around! There is one character in the book who can understand what dogs are thinking. I like that Raine is skeptical though the woman does tell her things Raine wouldn't otherwise know.
I don't think people can "talk" to dogs, but I like the books so i can suspend some disbelief and the author does let the dogs be dogs and not have too many human characteristics. Raine's partner in her business is an experienced, no-nonsense dog trainer. She keeps Raine from anthropomorphising the dogs too much. I liked the mystery and I liked the dogs and human characters just as much.
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Great book for dog and mystery lovers! The murder mystery was first-rate. Sometimes I find dog books can have a trite story but not so in this case. The details of dog training, kennels etc. Not necessary to be a dog lover to enjoy the book but probably helps! Good read.
Gun Shy (Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries, #3) by Donna Ball
I'm enjoying this series of books. I've read several and finally decided to start with the 1st book and through them in order. I like this one best so far,,,becoz of the dogs, probably. This book has romance, death, and various dogs with different talents. I hope you all enjoy it as I did.