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For dog trainer and search-and-rescue volunteer Raine Stockton, the last few months have been marked by murder, danger, and betrayal. A luxury vacation to the Caribbean resort island of St. Bart's sounds like the perfect antidote for stress, particularly since it includes three of her favorite traveling companions: her boyfriend, Miles; his daughter, Melanie; and Raine's happy-go-lucky golden retriever, Cisco. But even in paradise, trouble finds them. An American actress has suffered a fatal diving accident, and someone close to Miles appears to have been involved. As more and more people from Miles' past surface, he and Raine are drawn reluctantly into a murder investigation.

Raine, far more comfortable in her native North Carolina mountains than in this foreign culture, surrounded by the baffling behavior of the rich and famous, is at a distinct disadvantage. But she faces her worst fears when someone she loves goes missing, and she is forced to navigate unfamiliar terrain in an alien land to track down a killer. And this time even Cisco can't help her.

©2014 Donna Ball (P)2015 Donna Ball

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

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Quick, light and fun with a twist of murder

If you could sum up Double Dog Dare in three words, what would they be?

Beach romp mystery

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cisco, the dog, of course. Why else read books with dog characters? As far as people, I liked Melanie, his young friend, with her playful curiosity and naïveté.

Which scene was your favorite?

Without spoiling the ending, Cisco's high-five trick.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I enjoyed this book. It was fun and fast-paced. Don't get me wrong; it is a murder mystery and there is an element of danger, but Cisco's antics made me smile and gave comic relief to the tenser situations.

Any additional comments?

Well-narrated. The Southern accents are authentic!

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Dog days at the beach!

Would you listen to Double Dog Dare again? Why?

Yes, as I think the second time around I would pick up on clues that I missed during the first listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Dog Dare?

At the end when the mystery is solved. While I didn't see it coming, it wasn't one of those out of the blue, no it really couldn't have happened that way kind of endings.

Have you listened to any of Donna Postel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first book by Ms. Postel. I loved the way that she was able to portray a wide range of characters and make each of them believable. From the joy of a 10 year old child to the concern of that 10 year old's grandmother, all the characters were real.

Any additional comments?

Double Dog Dare is book 8 in the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series. Raine joins her boyfriend Miles, his daughter Melanie and Cisco, her beloved golden retriever on a vacation on St. Bart's. While there an American actress dies and one of Miles' friends is suspected of murder. Did he do it? Listen and find out!<br/><br/>This was the first book that I had listened to in the series and I wasn't lost for a single moment. Ms. Ball gave enough of Raine's background that jumping in here was ok. I'm looking forward to listening to more books in this series.

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Beach Dogs Mystery Oh My

What made the experience of listening to Double Dog Dare the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the narrator Donna Postel.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Double Dog Dare?

Loved the names used for the characters they are family names so that was fun.

Which character – as performed by Donna Postel – was your favorite?

Raine Stockton

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An easy, enjoyable mystery

This is my second Raine Stockton dog mystery. It's the 8th book in the series, and the other one I read was the very first book (Smoky Mountain Tracks). I was afraid I'd be bothered by what I'd missed in the intervening books, but the author gives enough background in the course of the story that I could mostly fill in the missing pieces.

This is a fairly cozy mystery, though a child does get put into a bit of danger. It takes place in St. Bart's, where Miles, Raine's boyfriend, has taken her for a much-needed vacation. And of course there is murder involved. Raine tries to navigate the world of the rich and famous, but feels a bit alienated. She misses her mountain home.

The mystery part is pretty straightforward. The author does foreshadow some of what's going to happen from the very first, and there weren't (to me) any real surprises in how the plot worked out. But I liked the way two themes of the plot dovetailed at the end, and echoed each other. (I'm trying to avoid spoilers here!)

I started listening to this book on Wednesday night, and finished listening on Thursday afternoon. A book that keeps me listening straight through is fairly rare! It helps that the narrator has a warm and lovely voice. She does just enough different voices/accents to help keep the characters clearly defined. I liked that Miles' mother's South Carolina accent was just a bit different from Miles' Atlanta accent.

It's an easy, enjoyable listen, and I'm glad I had the chance to hear it.

One note: I was slightly disappointed that she left her Aussies at home. If she'd had an Aussie with her instead of a Golden Retriever, she probably wouldn't have had a dog that would go off with a stranger! Aussies are generally more cautious than that. :) (Yes, I've shared my home with Australian Shepherds for many years.)

Full disclosure: I received this audiobook for free in return for an honest review.

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Another exciting mystery for Raine Stockton!

Great book! I love listening to these mysteries with Raine Stockton. I love how much she loves her dogs! This books doesn't disappoint us either.

Raine Stockton is known for training dogs and always manages to stumble upon another murder mystery. In this book, "Double Dog Dare" Raine is whisked off to a tropical Island (St Bart's) for some relaxation. Miles (Raine's man) took Raine, Melanie (Miles's daughter) and Rita (Mile's Mom) to this Island in a private plane. This way Raine could bring Cisco too (one of her dogs). Miles brought mom to stay with daughter while he took Raine out at night. Once they arrived to the Island, they learned a murder happened shortly after they arrived. Read along as Raine discovers what really happened and what will happen to them. Experience danger and suspense in this mystery.

The author Donna Bell did a great job on this book. I enjoyed the plot with all it's twists and turns. I had guessed several times as I read this the book as to who dun it and I was wrong every time. A very exciting read at that! The narrator, Donna Postel did an awesome job delivering this story to us too. with all her multiple voices and accents. I love reading a series that uses the same narrator in each book making the characters and their voices and accents so much more relate-able and believable!

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Very entertaining - not your expected mystery!

Excellent getting to know Raine, Miles, and more outside usual environment. Narrator did super job with new cast of characters!!! Great listen and still true to original characters.

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Non stop amazing

this is my most favorite book of all. I love the characters and feel like I Know them personally.

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loved this book! can't wait to read the next one

loved this book! can't wait to read the next one, way to go Cisco! high five

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Love everything about this series!

Thank you for always writing books that portray the beauty and goofiness of all of our golden retrievers. Each one of these ducks gets better but I wish you could just write them faster.

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Outstanding performance!

Great story. Donna Postel is a fantastic talent. She makes this book series just come alive! I don't want this series to end. I do hope Donna Ball has a couple of more books in the making for this series! Hail Cisco!