Unleashed (Melanie Travis Series #7)

( 3 )

Overview

Summer means two things to Melanie Travis: a break from her teaching duties at Connecticut’s elite Howard Academy and a chance to plan the perfect wedding to her fiancé, Sam. She certainly doesn’t need the unwelcome arrival of a dinner invitation “peace offering” from Sam’s ex-wife, Sheila Vaughn. And dinner proves to be only the beginning of her problems. Sheila’s new man turns out to be Brian Endicott, an old buddy-turned-enemy of Sam’s. To make matters worse, Sheila announces her temporary stay in town is now ...
See more details below
Paperback (Mass Market Paperback - Reprint)
$5.99
BN.com price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (47) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $1.99   
  • Used (41) from $1.99   
Unleashed

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$4.99
BN.com price

Overview

Summer means two things to Melanie Travis: a break from her teaching duties at Connecticut’s elite Howard Academy and a chance to plan the perfect wedding to her fiancé, Sam. She certainly doesn’t need the unwelcome arrival of a dinner invitation “peace offering” from Sam’s ex-wife, Sheila Vaughn. And dinner proves to be only the beginning of her problems. Sheila’s new man turns out to be Brian Endicott, an old buddy-turned-enemy of Sam’s. To make matters worse, Sheila announces her temporary stay in town is now permanent: she’s accepted a job as co-publisher of Woof!, a new gossip rag for the dog show world. But before the first issue is even out, a hotter story breaks when Sheila is found dead, strangled with a leather dog leash.

As far as Melanie’s concerned, the woman should have been on a leash long ago. And it seems she isn’t alone in her dislike of Sheila. Some of Woof!’s salacious stories threatened to expose the dirty paws of quite a few important exhibitors, and someone on Sheila’s staff may have found her high-handed attitude worth silencing. Then there’s the question of the life insurance policy Brian took out only days before Sheila’s death.

Even more troubling to Melanie is her faltering relationship with Sam, who’s hiding secrets—secrets that put him more deeply under Sheila’s spell in death than in life. Now, it will take the instincts of a bloodhound to sniff out a killer who’s bent on putting an end to Melanie’s amateur sleuthing...

With Unleashed, Laurien Berenson has delivered her most engaging, suspenseful novel yet, full of her signature, razor-sharp wit, and fast-paced plotting that’s guaranteed to have mystery lovers sitting up and begging for more of Melanie Travis.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Toby Bromberg
Once again, Laurien Berenson gives us a fascinating tale of dogs and murder. Melanie, her young son Davey, her Aunt Peg, and Sam are all wonderful characters. This is a strong entry in a popular series and the surprising ending will leave fans on tenterhooks.
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this workman-like and winning cozy, the seventh in the series featuring teacher and dog-lover Melanie Travis (Underdog; Hush Puppy; etc.), Berenson takes readers deep into the dog-show subculture. A busy schedule is all that is keeping Melanie and her fianc , software designer Sam Driver, from setting a wedding date. Happily shepherding her six-year-old to soccer camp and preparing for her poodle's first litter, Melanie is alarmed when Sam's ex-wife, Sheila Vaughn, moves to the area. Vaughn has teamed up with an old college buddy of Sam's to launch a new magazine, Woof!, which promises to inject a little National Enquirer-style gossip into the standard, dull dog-show reporting. The inaugural issue does indeed sully the reputation of one prominent handler--and more nasty stories are in the pipeline--but Sheila misses all the excitement because someone strangles her the night before the magazine is due to make its debut at a dog show. The murder not only stirs up the dog pack, it also throws an emotional monkey wrench into Melanie's love life, for she must face the fact that Sam still harbors deep feelings for Sheila. In the course of her sniffing about, Melanie meets a range of personalities on the dog-show circuit, from the breeders to the photographers, but it's the milieu that stands out rather than the scantily drawn characters. There are some tender moments here, however, and the ending is a surprise on more than one front. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Library Journal
Series sleuth Melanie Travis (Hush Puppy), a special ed teacher who masquerades as a poodle breeder, hunts for the murderer of her boyfriend's ex-wife. A dependably well-written work especially appropriate for dog-mystery fans. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Kirkus Reviews
Life's a bitch for Melanie Travis (Hush Puppy, 1999, etc.), schoolteacher and novice trainer of canine champions. Even her Standard Poodle's love life is better than hers. While Faith is happily awaiting her first litter, Melanie's main squeeze, hunky Sam Driver, is mooning over his ex-wife Sheila, who came east with her prize-winning Pugs for six months and stayed on to try to rock Sam's world-not to mention the high-class world of show dogs and their equally inbred owners. As co-publishers of Woof!, Sheila and her pre-Sam boyfriend Brian Endicott want to make a splash exposing shady breeders and sketchy owners. But just as their first issue's coming out, someone halts their press run by wrapping a leash around Sheila's pretty neck and leaving her dead on the floor of her rented North Salem cottage. Knowing that Sam won't be hers again until Sheila's murderer is caught, Melanie begins to sniff out the killer. At Woof!'s editorial office, managing editor Aubrey Jones gives her the cold shoulder, but her assistant, Tim Golonka, tells Melanie whose fur Sheila was about to ruffle: hot-tempered trainer Kenny Boyle and blue-blooded breeder Alida Trent. And sleazy staff photographer Marlon Dickie suggests that as surviving partner, Brian has as good a motive as any outsider. Melanie even gets a tip from Sheila's neighbor Nancy Benning, whose twins overheard a "mean man" yelling at Sheila. The most dramatic remaining question: Will Faith whelp her litter before Melanie brings her seventh case to an equally predictable outcome?
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575666808
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Melanie Travis Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 313
  • Sales rank: 303,770
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 6.66 (h) x 0.91 (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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    GREAT

    I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs and mysteries. It's a very good book. Very well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Enertaining amateur sleuth

    <P>Melanie teaches at the elite Howard Academy in Connecticut, but her soul lies with showing and breeding her standard French Poodle Faith. Her fiancé Sam, also a breeder and shower, loves Melanie¿s son Davey as if he is his own child. The only problem interfering with an idyllic existence is Sam¿s ex-wife Sheila Vaughn who just moved into the area and is someone that Melanie did not previously knew existed. To prove to herself that she is not jealous, Melanie accepts an invitation accompanied by Sam, for dinner at Sheila¿s house. However, Melanie is unprepared for Sam¿s jealous reaction to Melanie¿s houseguest Brian Endicott, her former lover and his former best friend. <P>Before Melanie can voice her concerns about Sam¿s former wife, Shelia is killed. Sam seems to withdraw from everyone, but asks Melanie to investigate since she has had success in solving homicides in the past. Melanie worries about Sam¿s appeal for her assistance because he always hated her involvement due to the danger to her. Deciding to make inquiries as a means to reach Sam, Melanie begins sleuthing, only to find someone will kill to keep the truth hidden. <P> Melanie shows she is a complete human being as she feels some guilt over Shelia¿s death yet also some relief that her rival (real or imagined) is no longer a contender. She relives her shame and tries to assuage some of Sam¿s anguish; Melanie investigates the murder very thoroughly. Though readers know the perpetrator early on in UNLEASHED, Laurien Berenson¿s amateur sleuth tale works because of Melanie¿ so human actions and reactions. <P>Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)