Raine Stockton owns Dog Daze, a dog boarding/dog training business, in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. She and her happy-go-lucky golRaine Stockton owns Dog Daze, a dog boarding/dog training business, in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. She and her happy-go-lucky golden retriever Cisco take part in mountain rescue operations, participate in agility trials and in their spare time, solve murder mysteries, aiding Raine's ex-husband who is the sheriff. Number 8 in the series, Double Dog Dare takes Raine, Cisco and Raine's rich significant other Miles and his young daughter Melanie to the Caribbean and the island of St. Bart's for a well-earned vacation. Naturally, a murder pops up to interfere with the sun-bathing, snorkeling and frisbee-playing. Cisco is the key to the mystery.
There. That's the plot such as it is. This series probably doesn't even make it as high as the light-weight category, but is just plain fun for those of us who love our dogs beyond all reason. Ball knows her dogs, especially golden retrievers, and every page exudes authenticity and realistic evaluation. Straight escapist, fun reading for those of us who choose to spend our lives with beloved canine companions. If you don't like dogs, don't bother. Otherwise, treat your self to some fun with this series.