Once Bitten (Melanie Travis Series #8)

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"Beware! Pick up Once Bitten and it will sink its fangs into your imagination. You'll read straight through to the end." —Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

"An entertaining mystery."—Publishers Weekly

With her former fiancé off finding himself, Melanie Travis figures the only ring she'll be seeing is one where she's showing her prized poodles. Meanwhile, her brother Frank is about to tie the knot with his sweetheart, Bertie Kennedy. But when ...

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Overview

"Beware! Pick up Once Bitten and it will sink its fangs into your imagination. You'll read straight through to the end." —Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown

"An entertaining mystery."—Publishers Weekly

With her former fiancé off finding himself, Melanie Travis figures the only ring she'll be seeing is one where she's showing her prized poodles. Meanwhile, her brother Frank is about to tie the knot with his sweetheart, Bertie Kennedy. But when Sara Bentley, a dog handler moonlighting as a wedding planner, suddenly vanishes, a panicked Bertie gives Melanie a choice: either pinch-hit for Sara—or find her.

"Totally satisfying."—I Love A Mystery

Opting for the latter, Melanie unearths big trouble when Sara's cottage burns to the ground and a woman's body is found in the rubble. Plenty of people held grudges against Sara, including a disgruntled groomer, a past dog show competitor, and an embittered ex-boyfriend. Even Sara's own family seems oddly unconcerned about her. Are the blue-blooded Bentleys cold-blooded enough to kill one of their own? The only thing that's certain is that it's up to Melanie to stop a murderer in his—or her—tracks. . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her eighth doggedly endearing adventure in sleuthing, Melanie Travis is anticipating her brother Frank's impending nuptials to beautiful dog-handler Bertie Kennedy while reflecting over the defection of her fianc?, Sam, who (in last year's Unleashed) suddenly announced he wasn't ready for marriage and went off to find himself. Bertie has hired an old friend, Sara Bentley, to plan her wedding, despite Sara's dubious reputation as a poor little rich girl who flits from one job to another. When Sara disappears soon after taking on the job, Bertie insists that Melanie help find her. As if Melanie doesn't have enough headaches, her ex-husband, Bob Travis, has suddenly reappeared, without his young wife, and is acting like he wants Melanie back. As Melanie delves into Sara's background, she realizes that most of Sara's friends and family aren't that concerned about her. Then a dead body turns up in a fire in the guest cottage where Sara lived on her mother's estate. Is it Sara? If not, then who is it, and where is Sara? The plot takes some surprising twists as Melanie digs deeper into Sara's life, trying to unearth the truth. Balancing an entertaining mystery puzzle with Melanie's attempt to resolve her feelings for her ex-husband and her decamped fianc?, Berenson rounds out the story with the lore of the dog-show world her readers expect. (Sept. 4) FYI: With this title, the publisher has initiated a brighter, bolder jacket design for the series that can only help sales. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Series sleuth Melanie Travis (Unleashed), a teacher and dog handler, goes in search of the sometime wedding consultant she recommended to her brother and his fianc e. The consultant apparently vanishes in the midst of preparations, but when her cottage burns down, a woman's body is found. For all collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The dust jacket says it all: a pair of dogs driving off in a car with a Just Married placard. Although the impending nuptials technically involve humans-Connecticut private-school tutor Melanie Travis's brother Frank and his fiancee Alberta Kennedy-Melanie has much less to say about them than about her fearsome Aunt Peg, Bertie's wedding planner Sara Bentley, or just about anybody else who has to do with showing dogs. But self-absorbed, irresponsible Sara, doing her best to provide dramatic competition for Melanie's favorite species, disappears just when the wedding plans should be going into overdrive, and Melanie, enlisted as her aide in order to help her get over the departure of her lover Sam Driver (Unleashed, 2000), soon finds that Sara's lack of experience as a wedding planner is balanced by lots of other experience she's had, most of it unpleasant. When Sara's New Canaan cottage burns down with a body inside, Melanie assumes the dead woman is Sara-until she finds out that Sara's ordered flowers since her disappearance and phoned Bertie since the fire. What gives? Though Bertie offers to keep Melanie's unwelcome ex-husband Bob-back in town bereft of his voting-age second wife-off Melanie's back if she joins the investigation, veterans of Berenson's first seven adventures won't expect miracles of detection. Though Melanie neither identifies the forgettable killer nor even figures out why Aunt Peg is acting so suspiciously nice, her Standard Poodle, Faith, takes Winners Bitch, Best of Breed, and Best of Opposite Sex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758287465
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Melanie Travis Series , #8
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 356,876
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    This is not recently published

    I love books by this author and have read several of them in paperback. I have been waiting for a new book to come out so when I saw the July 2013 publication date I bought it immediately only to realize I read this book a few years ago. It had a different cover.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Engaging amateur sleuth tale

    Life is finally come together for dog show owner Melanie Travis. Even though she was supposed to be getting married during Christmas, she has come to grips that this is not going to happen. Her fiancé left for an unspecified time to find himself. She is delighted that her brother is getting married to Bertie, another person involved dog shows, in six weeks but she is horrified that her ex husband is going to be around for the same month and a half trying to win her back. <P>When Bertie¿s wedding planner Sara disappears leaving behind an ominous note, she asks Melanie for help in tracking down the missing woman. Before they can get very far in their inquiries, Sara¿s cottage burns down, which leaves behind the remains of a skeleton that can only be identified by dental records. When Melanie and company learn that arson caused the fire and that Sara remains alive though still out of sight, the group increases their efforts to find answers. <P>ONCE BITTEN, like the rest of the Melanie Travis mysteries, takes readers into the colorful and exciting world of dog competitions. Long time fans of this amateur sleuth series will be ecstatic that Faith finally won enough shows to be considered Champion by the AKC. Laurien Berenson has written another fine work in this delightful mystery series. <P>Harriet Klausner

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