Underdog
  • Underdog
  • Underdog

Underdog

4.0 13
by Laurien Berenson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Being An Underdog Can Be Murder. . .

Amateur sleuth, single mother, and pedigreed poodle owner Melanie Travis returns to Connecticut's elite canine circles--and unmasks a murderer lurking among the handlers and their prize-winning pets. . .

When Melanie's education in breed-handling at Connecticut's classiest obedience school is cut short by…  See more details below

Overview

Being An Underdog Can Be Murder. . .

Amateur sleuth, single mother, and pedigreed poodle owner Melanie Travis returns to Connecticut's elite canine circles--and unmasks a murderer lurking among the handlers and their prize-winning pets. . .

When Melanie's education in breed-handling at Connecticut's classiest obedience school is cut short by sudden death, she smells a murder. So, with her rambunctious puppy, five-year-old son, and sexy fellow breeder Sam Driver in tow, she hits the championship circuit. In this dog-eat-dog world where winning is everything, Melanie discovers that more than one suspect had a bone to pick with the victim, including a kennel owner whose secret recipe for dog biscuits isn't the only thing she's guarding.

Between laps around the show ring, Melanie learns some tricks of her own. But will she learn fast enough to collar an unleashed killer who's begging for the dogged detective to play dead?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Introduced in A Pedigree to Die For, Fairfield County, Connecticut's Melanie Travis returns in another mystery revolving around dogs. Trying to get her puppy ready for the show circuit, Melanie, a single mom who teaches learning-disabled students, befriends professional handlers Jenny and Rick Maguire, whose dogs consistently win trophies. When Jenny says her pet, Ziggy, was run over in a street accident, Melanie tries to console the woman over dinner. Then Jenny dies of arsenic poisoning and, later, Melanie finds Ziggy being boarded at a distant kennel. Clearly, something was rotten about the seeming idyllic life of the Maguires. Was Jenny planning to leave her husband? Or did she commit suicide as her sister, who found a note, insists? Ever curious, Melanie goes after the answer like a hound on a scent-and yaps charmingly about her son, her poodle and her potential beau, Sam. Aided by her equally snoopy Aunt Peg, Melanie is indoctrinated in the mores of dog shows and, along the way, discovers who killed Jenny. With this new case, Berenson throws dog lovers a treat they will relish. (Feb.)
Library Journal
A murderer's duplicitous aplomb challenges the persistence of amateur sleuth Melanie Travis. This series heroine juggles her responsibilities as teacher, single mother, and trainer of a Standard Poodle puppy and finds the time to track down the killer of Jenny, a skilled dog handler. Not surprisingly, many of Melanie's opportunities for interrogation occur at dog shows. Because most of the plot revolves around canine events, this title should appeal to dog lovers, but the smooth, unruffled prose and likable characters will attract others as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758291875
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
A Melanie Travis Mystery , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
83,278
File size:
1 MB

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Underdog (Melanie Travis Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a mystrious book anyone who liks mysterys (like me) will like this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
engaging,funny,and suspenseful
LOBOPA More than 1 year ago
This is a sequel to Peigree to Die For. If you love standard poodles, dog shows. romance and mystery, this is the novel to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nana5SC More than 1 year ago
I enjoy a "light mystery", as I call them because sometimes you just aren't into a deep murder thriller. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by all the dog showing information that I learned while reading this book. I will definitely enjoy reading more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good, cozy murder mystery. Clean. A little heavy on the standard poodle and dog show technicals, but otherwise a fun read. No animals were harmed in the writing of this book. Sometimes, things are different then what they seem. For ages 16 and up. Very enjoyable. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss ur hand three times and thenpost this on three diffrent books