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Watchdog (Melanie Travis Series #5)

Watchdog (Melanie Travis Series #5)

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by Laurien Berenson
     
 

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It's autumn in Connecticut. Melanie Travis has just started a new job, and with the added excitement of showing her Standard Poodle, Faith, in the fall shows, the last thing she wants is to become embroiled in yet another of her brother Frank's moneymaking schemes. His current brainstorm—remaking an old store in stylish suburban Fairfield County into a trendy

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It's autumn in Connecticut. Melanie Travis has just started a new job, and with the added excitement of showing her Standard Poodle, Faith, in the fall shows, the last thing she wants is to become embroiled in yet another of her brother Frank's moneymaking schemes. His current brainstorm—remaking an old store in stylish suburban Fairfield County into a trendy coffee bar—already has the neighbors snarling. Worse, wealthy Marcus Rattigan, who's bankrolling the project, is found murdered on the premises, and the police think Frank did it.

"Fresh, lively writing, a tough mystery, light humor, and insight into the peculiarities of human and canine behavior."—Booklist

Always the family watchdog, and faced with Frank's imminent arrest, Melanie has no choice but to take on the investigation. Drawing on her connections in the dog world, Melanie is soon successfully unmuzzling the dead man's nearest and dearest, including a bitter ex-wife, a spurned mistress, and an ambitious second in command. But Melanie is about to learn that being a watchdog can sometimes be dangerous—especially when every clue she uncovers leads her one step closer to a murderer who is desperate enough to kill again. . .

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Series sleuth Melanie Travis (A Hair of the Dog, LJ 9/1/97), who enters her standard poodle in dog shows, "rescues" her entrepreneurial brother when police accuse him of murdering his business partner. A heady mix of canine pulchritude and bloody murder.
School Library Journal
YA-Mel Travis knows she has a lot to be thankful for: a new job she really enjoys; her six-year-old son; her potential champion poodle; and her brother, whom she loves. However, Frank always seems to be in some sort of crisis over one of his money-making schemes, and this time it's worse than usual. Now he is also the primary suspect in the murder of Marcus Rattigan, the financial backer for his latest project. After Frank begs her for help, Mel puts her sleuthing talent to work and puts the bite on the distempered murderer. The characters are aptly described and complete with idiosyncrasies. Kate, Mel's teenaged student, comes across strongly with limited but important appearances in the story. Indeed, the solution of the murder has more to do with what she has done or found out than all of Mel's hours of snooping. Connecticut's beautiful autumn environment complements the settings of professional dog shows, private schools, and quiet neighborhoods. This gentle murder mystery, more the solving of a puzzle than a clearing away of blood, will likely appeal to teens who like Susan Conant's mysteries (Doubleday), which also feature dogs.-Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Frank Turnbull just can't stay out of scrapes. Even though he lives one town away, he only drops in on Melanie Travis, his sister in Greenwich, to ask for money or emergency help. So it figures that when Frank seems to land a big deal, a partnership with deep-pockets Stamford developer Marcus Rattigan, there's trouble ahead. Neglected by the contractors, the partners—- proposed coffeehouse languishes and begins to collapse; then, after unlovely revelations of Marcus's slick perfidy and a hot-tempered scene between the two ill-matched partners, part of the building itself collapses on Marcus, and the police get more interested in feckless Frank than they ever were in corner-cutting Marcus. Luckily for Frank, Melanie has enough time to take from her son Davey, her software sweetie Sam Driver, and her lovingly described round of dog shows with Faith, her Standard Poodle, to poke into still another case, this one revealing an eager ex-wife heiress, a jilted secretary, a resentful neighbor, a posse of protesting environmentalists, another more lucrative project the coffeehouse was covering for, and Marcus's long-ago sponsorship of a champion Wire Fox Terrier. "There isn't a puppy in the world that's that important," snaps Melanie's Standard-Poodle-training Aunt Peg, who's obviously forgotten the pedigree of Melanie's first four cases (Hair of the Dog, 1997, etc.).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758213440
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
A Melanie Travis Mystery Series, #5
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
227,081
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.88(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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Watchdog (Melanie Travis Series #5) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Melanie gets a new job, saves her brother from a murder charge, & her dog Faith earns her 1st dog show championship points. The story ends with Sam finally proposing & Melanie saying, "Yes." This is another wonderful Mystery I highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago