Book Review

The Sound of Running Horses – Donna Ball

the sound of running horses

The Sound of Running Horses
Dogleg Island Mystery #2
by Donna Ball
Publisher: Blue Merle Publishing
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Genre: Mystery | Animals
Pages: 347
Source: Amazon
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Reviewed by Crystal

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 casual day trip to Wild Horse Island, a nearby nature preserve, with their precocious – and uncannily perceptive – border collie, Flash. But when Flash discovers a body in a shallow grave on the island, and Aggie and Ryan learn of an attack on the park ranger, a tangled knot of conspiracy, murder and deception begins to unfold.

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 island’s 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?


This is the second in the Flash series and it continues the story of Flash, Aggie & Ryan. I enjoyed this story very much, definitely a read again story, but personally, I loved the first and third books in this series just a bit more. There was maybe once or twice I was knocked out of the story for a minute (you know what I mean, like “hey I’m just reading here” instead falling down the rabbit hole). Nothing major, just a bit of a stumble in the story.

Characters were again just awesome. Storyline for the most part was very good.

Definitely a 4.5 stars for this one and worth buying😊

Where is Donna Ball?
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Have you read Flash (book 1 in the Dogleg Island Mystery series) yet? How about Smoky Mountain Tracks (book 1 in the Raine Stockton series)? What is your favorite mystery book? Are you a dog lover? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll strike up a conversation! As always, thanks for reading ❤



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