Dog Eat Dog (Melanie Travis Series #3)

Dog Eat Dog (Melanie Travis Series #3)

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by Laurien Berenson
     
 

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Welcome to an elite Connecticut kennel club where shocking secrets gnaw at the best of the breed and competition has a sharp—and deadly—bite.

As if raising her son Davey, training her rambunctious Poodle Faith for the show ring, and grooming fellow handler Sam Driver for romance aren't enough, Melanie Travis's entrée into the exclusive Belle Haven

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Welcome to an elite Connecticut kennel club where shocking secrets gnaw at the best of the breed and competition has a sharp—and deadly—bite.

As if raising her son Davey, training her rambunctious Poodle Faith for the show ring, and grooming fellow handler Sam Driver for romance aren't enough, Melanie Travis's entrée into the exclusive Belle Haven Kennel Club has been met with a grisly murder. Unfortunately, the only witnesses to the crime were the victim's startled pair of Beagles. And they aren't talking. . .

Melanie hadn't intended to do any serious snooping, what with coping with the unexpected arrival of an ex-husband out to get joint custody of the son he's never known. In need of some serious distraction, she's off to sniff out dangerous secrets. . .only to discover that everyone at Belle Haven has something damning to hide.

As the shocking truth slowly comes to light—and her own domestic drama moves center stage—Melanie finds herself eager to put the bite on a dogged killer who's desperate enough to strike again.

"A story as controlled as a well-behaved dog on a lead." —Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In her third adventure (after Underdog) in the rarefied world of dog fanciers in Southern Connecticut, Melanie Travis copes with the unexpected reappearance of her ex-husband, Bob. After almost five years of deadbeat dadhood, Bob has decided to become a responsible parent, and if that's not enough, Melanie's unrelenting aunt Peg is nipping at her heels to join the Belle Haven Kennel Club. Still learning how to groom and show her new dog, a standard poodle named Faith, Melanie finds discovers that kennel club members anything but a well-bred lot. Plying her with pictures of their dogs, they quiz her on her own and align themselves into various camps. When the president announces that some cash and checks are missing, the meeting quickly degenerates into accusation and innuendo. A week later club member Monica Freedman is found murdered in a parking lot. Beginning to dig, Melanie soon unearths a few skeletons, which turn out to be the same ones Monica had uncovered and used to taunt her colleagues, including Aunt Peg. It seems the cream of Connecticut society has dabbled in fraud, animal abuse, alcoholism and deception in the ring. All of this is a romp among puppies compared to Melanie's problems with Bob, who wants to take their son, Davey, back to Texas, to live with him and his 20-year-old fiance. Melanie's easygoing common sense helps her solve both problems in a story as calm and as controlled as a well-behaved dog on a lead. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Single parent, teacher, and dog-show enthusiast Melanie Travis investigates murder at a prestigious Connecticut kennel club. As she uncovers illegal show practices and fake pedigrees, she closes in on the murderer. Lightweight yet involving stuff from the author of Underdog (LJ 1/96).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758287489
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
A Melanie Travis Mystery Series, #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
299,070
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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These are charming mysteries.
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Don't make me sit up and beg. Read this book today.

Meet the Author

Laurien Berenson is author of the delightful Melanie Travis canine cozy mystery series, including Jingle Bell Bark and Best in Show. She has a degree in psychology from Vassar College and has been married for almost twenty-five years. She lives in Georgia with her husband, her son, six dogs, and two Welsh ponies.

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Dog Eat Dog 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few mysteries of this type. I must congratulate the author, because this doesn't fit into the usual boring mystery formula I have noticed in so many of them, yet without resorting to pulling the killer out of thin air, or, another disappointment, having the killer revealed only when s/he attacks the clueless protagonist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Natalie Travis investigates another mysterious murder. Another excellent story in the series & well worth reading, wether your a dog lover or not. I highly recommend this book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a really great read. I read a lot of different types of books and this is a great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poor puppies! ( I only put one star because I had to rate it. I wish I could give it none!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book flat-out sucks! Each character in here is no more than a stupid caricature. The plot is dull and far-fetched and you don't care what happens. A fourth grader could write a more interesting story than this. I DON'T RECOMMEND.