Chow Down (Melanie Travis Series #13)

Chow Down (Melanie Travis Series #13)

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by Laurien Berenson
     
 

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If Melanie Travis was planning on a quiet family summer with her Standard Poodle Faith, son Davey, and new husband Sam, her plans are about to turn upside down. An unexpected competition, a trip to New York, and—oh yes, a murder—later, Melanie finds herself in a choke collar of deceit and corruption.

When she receives the letter from the Champions Dog

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If Melanie Travis was planning on a quiet family summer with her Standard Poodle Faith, son Davey, and new husband Sam, her plans are about to turn upside down. An unexpected competition, a trip to New York, and—oh yes, a murder—later, Melanie finds herself in a choke collar of deceit and corruption.

When she receives the letter from the Champions Dog Food Company informing her that Faith has been selected as a finalist in the "All Dogs Are Champions" contest, Melanie is mystified—until she discovers it was Davey who entered Faith in the contest.

At the reception where they meet the other finalists, Melanie immediately picks up the scent that this pack is a bone's throw away from a major dog fight. And when Larry Kim, one of the finalists, dies in a suspicious fall, something smells rotten to Melanie. With the final decision for a winner drawing near and the competition getting downright ferocious, Melanie and Faith will have to watch their backs—because Melanie's digging may well unearth a barking—mad killer who'll do anything to win.

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Publishers Weekly
In Berenson's enjoyable 13th dog-themed cozy (after 2005's Raining Cats and Dogs), Melanie Travis's standard poodle, Faith, is a finalist in a contest sponsored by Champions Dog Food company, which is in search of the next "spokesdog" for a new dog food. Though Melanie and her new husband, Sam, have no modeling ambitions for Faith-her nine-year-old son, Davey, entered the pooch without her knowing-the other finalists' competitive owners are lured by the promise of a $100,000 contract. What begins as a matter of grooming and carriage becomes the stuff of life and death when Larry Kim, the handler of a Yorkshire terrier, plunges to his death down a stairwell. Once again, Melanie, a Greenwich, Conn., teacher, sets about carefully piecing together the clues to solve the crime. Berenson creatively combines a multitude of red herrings with plenty of twists and turns for a tight suspenseful package. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A breeder gets wound up tighter than her poodle's topknot when murder disrupts six pooches' bids to become top dog in a kibble contest. Melanie Travis (Hot Dog, 2002, etc.) is shocked at the letter from Champions Dog Food congratulating her on her prizewinning standard poodle Faith's selection as finalist in their "All Dogs are Champions" contest-until she learns that her nine-year-old son Davey, bored with waiting for Mel and her hunky new husband Sam to produce a sibling for him to play with, filled out the online application himself. And once Doug Allen, Champions' VP of marketing, reminds her that the application is a binding contract to compete, Faith must join energetic Bill and Allison Redding's spaniel,Ginger; washed-up soap star Ben O'Donnell's boxer, Brando; formidable dowager Dorothy Foyle's Scottish terrier, MacDuff; and Larry and Lisa Kim's Yorkie, Yoda, in a series of increasingly outlandish publicity stunts cooked up by Champions' PR director Simone Dorsey and ad director Chris Hovick. As the contestants develop questionable alliances with each other and with the Champions staff, the whirl of receptions and public appearances leaves Melanie barely enough time to show Eve, Faith's offspring, in the final competition of her championship, and even less to hunt for clues when Larry Kim is killed in a fall and Lisa mysteriously disappears. Although there's some question as to who'll become the Champions spokesdog, Melanie's success in solving the murder is never in doubt.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758208156
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
Melanie Travis Series, #13
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.11(d)

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