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Publisher's Summary

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 more to worry about than keeping the Christmas spirit alive.
©2011 Donna Ball (P)2014 Donna Ball
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4 out of 5 stars
By Me & My Girls on 06-25-14

Christmas Crime

Raine Stockton is preparing for Christmas in Hanover County and it isn't exactly a season to be jolly. She can't afford to complete the renovations on her kennel and dog run, she's finally divorced and her ex Buck Lawson has a new love interest. Raine herself is in the process of starting a new relationship; maybe. Miles Young is interested in Raine and she him; maybe. All that was before his ten year old daughter showed up in Hansonville with an attitude and a mouth. Add to that everyone she usually celebrates Christmas with is leaving for the holidays. Not to mention that someone is stealing all the baby Jesus' in town. Oh yes three Golden Retriever puppies are left at her house.
Then she finds a live baby in the manger at the Christmas Pageant and things become even more serious. Naturally between Buck, Raine and her own Golden Cisco solve all the crimes and Christmas is merry for all.
The Raine Stockton dog mysteries are a sweet pleasant listening experience that I share with my overgrown kid of a daughter. Her attitudes echo the old south and her feelings about her dogs is touching. A great shared experience for us.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Leon Miller on 12-29-16

A wonderful holiday cozy with surprising depth

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

The heroine, Raine Stockton, was a very appealing character on many levels.

Any additional comments?

Christmas cozies have become an industry unto themselves and to do my part for the economy, I try to read one every December. Often they're a disappointment but "Silent Night," the fifth volume in the Raine Stockton Dog Mysteries, was a welcome surprise.

Stockton and her search and rescue dog Cisco live in a small North Carolina town. This is, of course, a murder mystery, but in addition to a murder, there's a child in a manger, romance, the Smokey Mountains in winter, history, possible spies, social conscience, surprisingly excellent action, and puppies. Stockton has the best description of heartache after a divorce I've ever read and her sympathy for rural people in an area with decreasing economic options is heart-felt. This is not, however, a grim read. It is a delightful Christmas cozy with a very appealing heroine, an engrossing and meaningful plot, and puppies. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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