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A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis Series #1)
     

A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis Series #1)

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by Laurien Berenson
 

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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

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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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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.)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758208545
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Series:
Melanie Travis Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(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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Pedigree to Die For 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and this series read several of them and this one didn't disappoint.
Pitollie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
HarlieCA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even tho I know nothing about dog breeding & show dogs etc. I found this book to be highly entertalning & will keep your interest throughout
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
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Hooked
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Didn't enjoy this book. I know nothing about show dogs and this book didn't make me want to learn more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
White I enjoyed this book and the characters and learned a lot about dog shows, judging and breeds, I found it tedious at the same time. Found myself skipping some of the more involved explanations and wanting the action to step up. Would certainly recommend as a fun read but not sure if I will look for more in the series.
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Fun read.
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Whew, it took a long while, but i finally finished. Not a romance. Cute / informative story. 2.75.
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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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