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The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their missing prize pooh--a pedigreed poodle named Beau. Then, Melanie travis, a thirty-something teacher and single mother, is talked into investigating her uncle's death. Hounding Connecticut's elite canine competitions, she's soon hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive murderer who isn't ready to come to heel.

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The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their missing prize pooh--a pedigreed poodle named Beau. Then, Melanie travis, a thirty-something teacher and single mother, is talked into investigating her uncle's death. Hounding Connecticut's elite canine competitions, she's soon hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive murderer who isn't ready to come to heel.

When her Uncle Max is found dead in his championship kennel, surrounded by his prize-winning poodles, it's up to Melanie to investigate. Posing as a poodle breeder in search of the perfect stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut's elite canine competitions, and finds an ally in fellow breeder, Sam Driver. But her affection cools when she gets wind of Sam's questionable past.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The world of show dogs-and their handlers, judges, breeders and owners-provides the principle background in this competent, somewhat drawn-out debut. Melanie Travis, 30, a teacher in Stamford, Conn., and the divorced mother of four-year-old Davey, doesn't own a dog, although her aunt Peg and uncle Max breed standard poodles. One morning Max is found dead of a heart attack on the kennel floor; after the funeral, Peg asks Melanie to find Beau, the kennel's star stud dog that has been missing since the night Max died. Melanie, whose summer job has fallen through, agrees but doesn't necessarily agree with Peg that someone else must have been in the kennel that night. Setting out on the dog-show circuit, ostensibly seeking a world-class mate for her poodle, Melanie meets assorted handlers and breeders, a respected judge and an attractive hunk named Sam Driver who had tried very hard to buy Beau from Max. In fairly predictable girl-sleuth tradition, Melanie also encounters murder and the possibility of romance. A bonanza for ardent dog fanciers and for others, a likable heroine in a smoothly paced romantic mystery. (Feb.)
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This first-of-a-series from Berenson (Deep Cover, Zebra, 1994) also focuses on the world of show dogs but highlights a child as well. Teacher Melanie Travis, with her delightfully rambunctious four-year-old in tow, helps her poodle-breeding aunt track down the prize stud animal that disappeared the night her husband died. Berenson, who avoids most of the technicalities of dog judging, centers instead on the suspect personalities involved: a moody, dog-hating neighbor; an unctious, ambitious dog handler; and a handsome rival poodle-owner. Naturally flowing prose, extended suspense, and an infectiously upbeat single mother as protagonist make this a special treat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780783814469
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Series: Melanie Travis Series , #1
  • Pages: 347
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.02 (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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2012

    Best books and awesome author

    Read the first book on the nook and absolutely LOVED it. I couldnt find the second book on the nook but i found mrs Laurien's email address so i emailed her asking why not really expecting an answer but she replied back with her concerns and said she would email me back soon. The next day i got an answer from her. I am so excited about finishing this series. They are clean entertaining books. Great books!!!!!!

    19 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Great read

    very entertaining

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    GREAT

    This book was great all the characters and events were great it will keep you reading till the very end. Anybody who has every read Lauren Berenson books will love this one.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    I love this author and this series read several of them and this

    I love this author and this series read several of them and this one didn't disappoint.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    What are mb and kb files and how does that trsnslate to pages

    Sometimes mb is first and additional content is kb help is it number of letters i require a text page count in book to judge if a short novella or a decent length mom

    4 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    I really enjoyed this book. As a bonus I learned a lot about poodles. This is a cute mystery where a niece assists her hoot of an aunt in figuring out where a missing dog has gone. The niece takes off to dog shows, often with her small child in tow. It is a quick and easy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2014

    A book to die for.

    As a dog lover, I really enjoyed the account about the dogs and dog shows. Most of all I enjoyed the mystery, it had several twists and turns. The ending will surprise you, at least it did me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Great for all ages

    This book is both entertaining and educational. I love dogs, but have never cared for poodles. This book changed my mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Fun story!

    Nice little mystery with a bit of a romance tossed in. Well written and well edited with likeable characters. If you are an animal lover - especially dogs, you'll really enjoy this. I will try the next in the series . 230 pages, no sex, swearing, or violence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Boring

    All the talk about dog shows and what goes into getting dogs ready for shows etc got very boring. A lot less of that and more of a true mystery would have been better. Wont bother with anything else from this author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    I am only giving this a 4-star because it was free; otherwise, I

    I am only giving this a 4-star because it was free; otherwise, I would have given it a 3-star rating. Interruptions while reading it didn't bother me as it was easy for me to put my Nook down. The author wrote very well and it was information as far as show dogs; but, ..... Sorry!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Very entertaining

    For free book this was a joy to read. Judt a fun book to read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    I really liked this story jmm44

    Even tho I know nothing about dog breeding & show dogs etc. I found this book to be highly entertalning & will keep your interest throughout

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Good

    Good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Dog Gone Cozy

    First in a series of cozy mysteries. The main character is teacher and single mom Melanie Trsvis.

    Melanie's Uncle Max and Aunt Peg show and breed standard poodles. Uncle Max is found dead, and one of their valuable dogs is missing. Aunt Peg prevails on Melanie to pose as a new dog breeder looking for a show-quality black poodle for stud service.

    You don't have to know anthing about dog breeding or dog shows to understand this book. In fact, there might be a little too much unnecessary information provided.

    It was a quick light read for me, and there is a nice twist at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    A Pedigree

    I do not enjoy reading about children's antics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    check it out

    not really my type of book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Could not get interested

    I thought the mystery of 'whodunit' would outway the details after detail of what goes into showdogs.more power to you if thats your interest.you may ejoy this book alot more than I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Had trouble getting into it

    Ended up skipping a bunch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    Leah

    Her back arches and she moans up into his neck.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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