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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 Clyde”. 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?
Enjoy an excerpt
Tracy heard the sound of a car engine rounding the corner at the intersection of Pine and Park, and in another moment she saw the flash of headlights. Her heart slammed and she shrank back against the building, but as the car turned into the park near the streetlight she noticed the distinctive primer-gray passenger door and heard the familiar thrum of the stereo’s sub-woofers. She snatched up her backpack and ran into the light.
Steve leaned over to push open the passenger door for her and she climbed in, tossing her backpack into the back seat. The car smelled like stale cigarette smoke and spilled beer, the best smells in the world to her. Steve wrapped an arm around her neck and kissed her hard. Then he grinned at her. “Ready for an adventure, baby?”
She replied breathlessly, “Ready!”
Tracy Ann Sullivan was fifteen years old. A year ago she had never smoked a cigarette, or shoplifted condoms from a drugstore, or even made out with a boy for longer than a few minutes. Until now, the furthest she had ever been from home was summer camp. She was a basically a good girl. If anyone had told her that within a week she’d be wanted for grand theft auto, armed robbery, and murder, she would have laughed.
But that was exactly what was going to happen.
About the Author: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 Florida, where she lives with a variety of four-footed companions.
The Sound of Running Horses, Book Two in the Dogleg Island Mystery series, is available July 15 2016. Buy it from Amazon.