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Black Ribbon (Dog Lover's Series #8)

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Holly Winter and Alaskan malamute Rowdy are at Waggin' Tail dog camp in Maine, supposedly so that Holly can enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation while she covers the camp festivities for Dog's Life. The moment they arrive, however, things swiftly begin to go wrong. Holly and several other guests receive chillingly anonymous cards offering condolences on the deaths of their pets. Equipment is sabotaged. Advertisements for canine coffins and articles about deadly diseases and potentially fatal hazards in the home ...
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Holly Winter and Alaskan malamute Rowdy are at Waggin' Tail dog camp in Maine, supposedly so that Holly can enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation while she covers the camp festivities for Dog's Life. The moment they arrive, however, things swiftly begin to go wrong. Holly and several other guests receive chillingly anonymous cards offering condolences on the deaths of their pets. Equipment is sabotaged. Advertisements for canine coffins and articles about deadly diseases and potentially fatal hazards in the home appear in handbags and scattered about the meeting rooms. Suspicion naturally falls on one particularly cranky and unpleasant guest, whom everyone would love to blame. But then mischief turns to murder, and someone is trying very hard to put Holly off the scent. The highly competitive world of purebred dogdom arouses strong passions, and none more powerful than the fear of banishment or loss of face. But how far might a breeder of Labrador retrievers go to save her reputation? Would an American Kennel Club judge risk "conduct unbecoming" - or worse? Holly almost loses her life while trying to find the answers. And, not surprisingly, the dogs in this engagingly suspenseful tale often prove to be more well-bred than their human companions. Infused with intriguing bits of gossip and information about the insiders' world of dogs, Black Ribbon proves that Holly Winter - and Susan Conant - are once again in championship form!

When Dog's Life writer Holly Winter and Rowdy, one of her two prize Alaskan malamutes, plan to spend a week at Waggin' Tail Camp, a resort in Maine for dogs and their owners, Holly's in heaven--until she receives a black-edged card consoling her for the loss of her pet. Is Kimi, Holly's other malamute, in jeopardy? Or is this someone's sick idea of a joke?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Not even the most dogged canine fancier is likely to stay the course of Conant's latest dog-world mystery, a disappointing follow-up to her well-received Ruffly Speaking. Here Holly Winter, Dog's Life columnist, heads to the Maine woods with Rowdy, her Alaskan malamute, for fun and games at Waggin' Tail, a week-long camp for the doggie set. The food and activities schedule are disappointing; most disconcerting is the presence of a dog sympathy card and pamphlets advertising pet cemeteries. Another problem is Eva, the thoroughly obnoxious owner of an untrained Labrador. Readers who quickly recognize Eva as the tale's victim will also expect her murder to be resolved and will rightfully object when Conant has the killer observe, while destroying evidence of guilt, ``I hope you understand.'' The author's knowledge of the dog fancy and all things malamute would have been better kept on a tighter lead. As Holly herself warns the reader, ``I could go on and on, and, if I'm not stopped, will probably do so at extreme length and in minute detail.'' Fair warning. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Pets occasionally take center ring in mysteries, but Conant's (Ruffly Speaking, LJ 3/1/94) dogs take the cake! Holly Winter, journalist for Dog's Life magazine and dog trainer par excellence, journeys on assignment-with dog Rowdy-to a luxury canine camp in Maine. Here she treats readers (or subjects them, depending on one's point of view) to descriptions and explanations of every conceivable aspect of obedience training, judging, doggy treats, American Kennel Club rules, training items, and on and on. Not until late in the plot does the "accidental" death of an obnoxious dog owner distract "campers" from their true love. For series fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553762259
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Dog Lover's Mysteries Series , #8
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 898,814
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2005

    Black Ribbon (Dog Lover's Series #8)

    It was ok. But, it couldn't keep my interest and now I still don't even know who did it. I felt bad for Bingo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2005

    Black Ribbon (Dog Lover's Series #8)

    This is a great book so far! I'm not done buy it's toatlly cool! It's also kind of creepy...

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