by Donna Ball
Still recovering from the traumatic events of the past year, newlyweds Aggie Malone, police chief of Dogleg Island, and Deputy Sheriff Ryan Grady are looking forward to a carefree day of picnics, pirates and buried treasure with their precocious—and uncannily perceptive-- border collie, Flash. But when Flash discovers a body in a shallow grave on the deserted Wild Horse Island Nature Preserve, a tangled knot of conspiracy, murder and deception begins to unfold, revealing that the things that are buried are often the most dangerous and the only pirates you have to fear are the ones that live next door.
Fifteen hundred miles away, an ex-con and a fifteen year old girl embark upon a crime spree that will earn them the nicknames “Bonnie and
As they make their way inexorably south, Aggie, Grady and Flash are thrust into
the middle of a murder investigation that leads to the arrest of one of their
neighbors and the attempted suicide of another. When a search of the dead
girl’s belongings reveals a priceless emerald bracelet and two of the islands
most popular residents go missing, the puzzle becomes even more complicated.
Grady and Aggie struggle to put all the pieces into place while Flash, ever
obsessed with understanding the human condition, wrestles with a more painful
dilemma: how do you tell the good guys from the bad guys when they are so often
the same person?
It's a fun and entertaining mystery, full of action, suspense and twists that I enjoyed from beginning to end.
Aggie and Ryan are married and they are both cops: she is the police chief and he is deputy sheriff in the country in which they live. They hope to spend a quiet day of rest and have a picnic. Aggie has just need to kick back, the last case has very upset her but not be so. Before a fake shark attack and then their dog finds a dead body. The surveys will be very complex with a list of really wide suspicions.
I loved all the characters, but Flash in particular, is a very special dog.
This is the second book in this series although I haven't read the first book, I in no way disrupted my enjoyment of this book. This is the first chance I have had to read anything by Donna Ball. Certainly most it will not be my last.
It's a really enjoyable summer read, it had me hooked from the first page. The writing is smooth, the pages fly by effortlessly and the ending to the story to truly surprised me and did not see coming.
For anyone who enjoys a riveting story this may be perfect for you!
Finding things, for Flash, was not difficult. Sometimes the things he found were useful to Aggie, like car keys or missing socks or a stick with blood on it. Sometimes they were not so useful, like broken beer bottles in the sand or bad-smelling toads in the back yard. But for the most part he liked finding things—except for the things that were buried. The bad things were almost always buried. And finding them never made anyone happy.
He pawed at the wet, loose sand until he found what he knew was there, then stepped back, waiting for Aggie, feeling unhappy. When she got there she looked down, and he heard her catch her breath with a choked, wet sound. The weight of the unhappiness was so heavy then that Flash sank to the ground, his head between his paws. Aggie knelt beside him, resting a hand on his fur, her breath coming fast and shallow.
“Oh, Flash,” she whispered.
Grady demanded from the telephone, “What? Is Flash okay? What happened?”
Flash had uncovered a scrap of fabric, too dirty now to determine its original color or purpose. And attached to the fabric, also black with dirt and the beginning of deterioration, was a human hand.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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 divides her time between the Blue Ridge mountains and the east coast of
, where she lives
with a variety of four-footed companions. You can contact her at http://www.donnaball.net Florida
The Sound of Running Horses, Book Two in the Dogleg Island Mystery series, is available July 15 2016 in paperback, and for Kindle and Nook. Buy it from Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GOLP4FE
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