Review of Gun Shy

Gun Shy

Raine Stockton Dog Mystery, Book #3

Donna Ball

5 Stars


Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Hanover County draws tourists every fall to leaf-look and hike. But unlike them, Michelle White came to die. The cops don’t know if it was suicide, but for days, her body has lain in a cabin, her wheelchair toppled, her hand around a shotgun—and her terrified dog starving. So they call in Raine Stockton, known among these parts for her canny way with canines… 

Busy with a thriving kennel business, an annoying new neighbor, four dogs, and an estranged husband looking to reunite, Raine hardly has time for the poor dog she’s named Hero. But as she falls for him, questions surface: Why were there no groceries, luggage, or dog food in the cabin? And if Michelle was paralyzed on her right side, why was the gun in her right hand? Only Hero knows…and it’s up to Raine to find out.  (Amazon)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Raine has her hands full with life, but when she is called to help a dog that has been traumatized, she is happy to help. The dog has been locked inside a cabin with his dead mistress and to say that he is stressed would be an understatement. Raine has got to try to figure out what happened and who is responsible.  The only one that knows is the dog and so far he is not talking.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The story flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words.  The mystery is well plotted and not easily solved.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well plotted mystery.  I love this book, and series, and I will definitely read them all. I want to see what happens to Raine, Cisco and all of the other characters, both human and canine.