• Bone Yard

  • Raine Stockton Dog Mystery, Book 4
  • By: Donna Ball
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (304 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fourth Installment in the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery Series: a short novella

Dog trainer Raine Stockton has lived all her life in the quiet community of Hansonville, North Carolina. She is the daughter of a judge, the niece of a sheriff, and the ex-wife of a deputy. She does not lead the kind of life, generally speaking, in which people get buried in her backyard. But when Cisco, Raine's mischievous golden retriever, digs up human bones beneath the site of what will soon be her new training kennel, mayhem ensues. With the state police swarming everywhere, references to a mass grave and suspicions of a serial killer, Raine is surrounded by chaos. But when her beautiful collie Majesty keeps disappearing and cryptic messages from a pet psychic only add to the confusion, Raine soon finds herself plunged into the midst of a mystery that is far too close to home. Can she and Cisco track down the truth before it's too late?

©2012 Donna Ball (P)2014 Donna Ball

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Even if you don't love dogs

This is the fourth installment of the Raine Stockton dog mysteries. This one finds Raine starting over in a number of ways. She's finalizing her second divorce from Buck who's the new sheriff due to her uncle's heart attack. she's improving and rebuilding her dog training and kennel facilities and a there's new man in her life; even though they're not dating, really.
However a heavy rain prevents the foundation from being poured and her Golden Cisco digs up a human bone. The investigation leads to solving one very old murder, and the answer to a mass grave found in a nearby county. Plus no dogs were hurt in the writing of this book or in this audio.
My biggest problem with this selection is that it is by far the shortest audible selection I've ever used a credit to purchase. Still I don't regret using this credit to purchase this one; it's an easy satisfying listen. Even if you don't love dogs.

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When our beloved dog chooses someone else...

I’ve had dogs my entire life(55yrs) and I know from personal experience what it is like when your beloved pet bonds with someone else who really needs and loves them. This book is my favorite in this series thus far! I listened to the last chapter several times before I could get through it without tears! So happy I stumbled onto this writer and this series! HIGHLY RECOMMEND for mystery AND dog lovers, especially trainers and handlers!!!
LOVED IT!!!

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Great series!

This is the 4th book in a series and I loved it just like the first three! I like the characters, the story and the narrator is easy to listen to. Maybe I’m just a sucker for a good dog story! I highly recommend the series.

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Can't Get Enough

I can't get enough of these books! Listening to them on audible I can see all of it in my mind's eye from the lush green mountaintops to the little smirks on the dog's faces. Absolutely love it!

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Too Short but Entertaining

A bit predictable but still worth the read. I was disappointed in the lengh of the book and not quite ready for the story to end but it did.

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Good, but brought up politics.

I listened to the whole series including reading the one that's not on audio. I love dog series, especially search and rescue and this one is pretty good, but there are a lot of things that bothered me in it. The main character is a dog trainer, but she is the worst dog trainer ever. It's like all of her dogs are out of control most of the time and she has no clue as to what they need. I'm surprised, but I somehow could get around that and enjoy this series and Raine is a likable person. One of my favorite characters is Sonny the dog psychic because she would tell Raine exactly what the dog needed which Raine should have known, but still it takes her a while to figure it out.

Very disappointing that I was well into the books when they start to get political. The bad guy extremists are called Patriots so I'm assuming the author is a liberal and trying to make conservatives look bad. :( I was hoping that would be contained to just that one story, but was brought up again in later books as an extra punch. It makes me sad that an otherwise pretty good story has to bring up politics. Why even go there and alienate half your audience? I enjoyed the narrator and the story, it's just apparent the author doesn't know much about dog training and then again, the politics.

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The ending snuck up on me!

I love this series, and hearing the conclusion after less than 10 chapters had me thinking "what the heck?!"
on to the next!

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I'm hooked on this series

These books just keep getting better and better each one I read. I recommend them to everyone.

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Very disappointing! Way tooo short, no character development, no plot. The dollars paid oer value is almost negative it’s so low

Too short
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I’ll stop looking for her books now
- a lazy product from an otherwise promising author. I’m going to ask for my money back.

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Only 3 hrs!! Beware. Not worth your credit cost.

Will return. Cute short story, but not a book. Simple, basic, nothing added ho hum