Doggie Day Care Murder (Melanie Travis Series #15)

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Pine Ridge Canine Care Center. A place where pampered pooches go to kick back, get primped, and watch a little TV in luxurious individual accommodations. To Melanie Travis, it all seems a bit much-and a most unlikely setting for a murder. But when the day care center's co-owner turns up dead in his office, that's just what she finds...

Melanie Travis thought her sleuthing days were behind her. She has a new baby to take care of-not to mention ...
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Overview

Pine Ridge Canine Care Center. A place where pampered pooches go to kick back, get primped, and watch a little TV in luxurious individual accommodations. To Melanie Travis, it all seems a bit much-and a most unlikely setting for a murder. But when the day care center's co-owner turns up dead in his office, that's just what she finds...

Melanie Travis thought her sleuthing days were behind her. She has a new baby to take care of-not to mention five Standard Poodles-and Aunt Peg is getting Davey ready for his debut as a junior showman. These days, the closest Melanie gets to detective work is scoping out the scene at the local doggie day center for her friend Alice Brickman.

As Melanie learns, it's a dog's life at the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center-and life is good. The dogs are living large with a team of groomers and handlers at their bark and call. Everyone seems blissfully happy. Everyone canine, that is. For Melanie soon discovers there are some simmering resentments among the Pine Ridge staff and when Steve Pine, the center's charming, good-looking co-owner, is found shot to death on the floor of his office, there's no shortage of suspects. His sister Candy stands to inherit their lucrative doggie day care operation. His neighbor, Adam Busch, still blames Steve for paving the way for the other businesses that now exist in the once quiet, all-residential town. And then there's Lila Harrington, the disgruntled client who wanted to sue Steve following an embarrassing "incident" involving a Shih Tzu and a Beagle mix. And lastly, the string of female customers Steve bedded and jilted. But which of these suspects was desperate enough to commit murder?

With the policeat a loss for leads, it's now up to Melanie to go undercover and sniff out a killer whose secrets lie buried in a dog's paradise that's proving to be anything but.
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At the start of Berenson's warm and fuzzy 15th dog mystery (after 2007's Hounded to Death), Melanie Travis, standard poodle lover and dedicated amateur sleuth, checks out the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center in Stamford, Conn., on behalf of Alice Brickman, a mom recently returned to the work force who needs a place to park her golden retriever. On Melanie's second tour of the posh doggie day care center, she discovers the corpse of "seriously cute" Steve Pine, who co-owned Pine Ridge with his sister, Candy. On Alice's wacky recommendation ("She's like Nancy Drew. Melanie finds murderers and makes them confess"), Candy asks Melanie to catch the killer. Who cares if Melanie isn't a licensed PI or the local police department doesn't appear to investigate anything? With winning pluck and lots of luck, Berenson's cluehound pursues another cute tail-wagging puzzler. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758216069
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Melanie Travis Series , #15
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 252,379
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine cozy

    Even though she moved out of her neighborhood after she married Sam, Melanie Travis remains in touch with her good friend Alice Brickman, who is returning to work after being a stay at home mom for years. Worried about her Golden Retriever being alone in an empty nest, Alice asks Melanie to investigate the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center to see if it would be a good place for her to leave her beloved dog Berkley while she works. --- When Melanie goes to inspect the doggie day care center, she is taken aback to see the canines enjoying a luxurious lifestyle watching TV while sitting on couches and chairs and playing with toys. When she and Alice go to sign up Berkley, they find the co-owner of the facility Steve Pine shot to death. Melanie learns that Steve¿s partner his sister Candy inherits the doggie day care center. She also learns an irate neighbor Adam Busch loathes the Pine siblings blaming them for ruining their neighborhood. Finally the victim was a womanizer who hit on his female clients and Lila Bennington who is suing the facility. Suspects are everywhere. --- Although Melanie¿s plate is full with her Aunt Peg and her newborn Kevin, and with a dog show coming up she cannot resist investigating the homicide why she does so beyond the Nancy Drew obsession syndrome is an unanswered question. The number of suspects is enormous, which in turn makes this a great entry in the caper canine series. Fans will enjoy this fine cozy while wishing their lives went to the dogs, at least those pampered at Pine Ridge. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Good Book

    I have read all of this series over the years. She writes well and many times I can't figure out the killer until almost the end. Easy, quick read.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Melanie's Done it Again!

    Love the relationship between Melanie and Aunt - and love their beautiful poodles. And really appreciate a good book that is clean reading! JH

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Hard to put down.

    I thought it was a well written book; difficult to put down. I enjoyed it from page 1 to the end. I've looked for more of her books that she wrote before this one and couldn't find any. I wondered why B&N doesn't carry them. It was truly a great read.

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  • Posted May 1, 2009

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    15th of the series??!! Where was I for the first 14??!!

    While on vacation at the Tampa South RV Resort in Ruskin, FL, I had brought many books to read. Nothing really kept my interest. I went to their clubhouse and found a very large assortment of books and discovered one titled, "Doggie Day Care Murder". Now, being a professional groomer, this caught my eye instantly. I took it from the shelf and read it within 3 days--had to do SOME site seeing while in Florida. It was absolutely wonderful. I also found 3 more books in the series at local bookstores---had to keep reading the (what I call) lyrics of this amazing writer. Some critics would say Laurien Berenson has no talent because she doesn't use big words and is too "down-to-earth" in her story-telling. I found it amazingly hilarious, insightful to the dog show and grooming world and with a few twists and turns it keeps the reader from putting the book down til they have fallen asleep at 2am. I have now read "A Pedigree To Die For", "Watchdog", and "Hair Of The Dog". I can't wait to get my hands on the entire series. It might take me a couple of weeks to get through...I do work 6 days a week and have 6 dogs of my own to tend to...
    If you ever get to Tampa South and haven't read this book yet, I did put it back on their shelf in the clubhouse.
    Have fun with this book and the entire series. You will hope like I do that there will be many more sequels in the coming years...it will be a disappointment for my brain otherwise...
    jst

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