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Dog Eat Dog (Melanie Travis Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2006

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In her third adventure (after Underdog) in the rarefied world of dog fanciers in Southern Connecticut, Melanie Travis copes with the unexpected reappearance of her ex-husband, Bob. After almost five years of deadbeat dadhood, Bob has decided to become a responsible parent, and if that's not enough, Melanie's unrelenting aunt Peg is nipping at her heels to join the Belle Haven Kennel Club. Still learning how to groom and show her new dog, a standard poodle named Faith, Melanie finds discovers that kennel club members anything but a well-bred lot. Plying her with pictures of their dogs, they quiz her on her own and align themselves into various camps. When the president announces that some cash and checks are missing, the meeting quickly degenerates into accusation and innuendo. A week later club member Monica Freedman is found murdered in a parking lot. Beginning to dig, Melanie soon unearths a few skeletons, which turn out to be the same ones Monica had uncovered and used to taunt her colleagues, including Aunt Peg. It seems the cream of Connecticut society has dabbled in fraud, animal abuse, alcoholism and deception in the ring. All of this is a romp among puppies compared to Melanie's problems with Bob, who wants to take their son, Davey, back to Texas, to live with him and his 20-year-old fiancee. Melanie's easygoing common sense helps her solve both problems in a story as calm and as controlled as a well-behaved dog on a lead.
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Single parent, teacher, and dog-show enthusiast Melanie Travis investigates murder at a prestigious Connecticut kennel club. As she uncovers illegal show practices and fake pedigrees, she closes in on the murderer. Lightweight yet involving stuff from the author of Underdog (LJ 1/96).
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Melanie Travis Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758213174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758213174
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,715,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Welcome back to the "dog eat dog" world of dog breeding and shows, where Melanie Travis and her Aunt Peg are once again embroiled in a mystery. This time, in Dog Eat Dog, a member of Peg's kennel club is murdered shortly after a meeting, and Melanie is compelled to find the killer despite the fact that she is not a member of the club herself.
This, however, is not the only thing "eating" at Melanie: the ex-husband is back in town and anxious to take up where he left off with Melanie's son, five-year-old Davey, even though the two haven't seen each other in four years and two months. Needless to say, the reunion does very little for Melanie's escalating relationship with Poodle breeder Sam Driver, particularly when the former hubby drops hints of taking Davey back to Texas.
Discoveries of gossip and blackmail are the focus of Dog Eat Dog, which is a good followup story to Underdog. A light, sometimes humorous read, this is a recommended "cozy".
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I got this book on a whim because on the cover are two beagles similar to my beloved hound. I also bought it looking for a fun, light-hearted mystery that has as its background something that I am interested, in this case the dog world. It is not overly ambitious, nor is it very complicated. But I enjoyed it greatly and have read all the others in the series. There is a new one in September, and I can't wait! I would put this on par with Grafton's mysteries, or the Jackson Braun Cat Who.. series. One piece of advice: I'd read them in order, starting with Pedigree to Die For. (And Aunt Peg is a hoot!)
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I started out reading Laurien Berenson when I was offered one of the more recent books at a great price and I thought it might be enjoyable. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to see how the Melanie Travis series started. I was hooked and decided to read the series from start to finish. If you like a good mystery mixed with the interesting world of dog shows this is the series for you.
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Not only are these mysteries entertaining, but they also inform the reader of the ins and outs of the dog show business and breeding. I am new to dog ownership and these books have answered many questions I was afraid to ask others.
Surely worth enjoying!
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It all started with a phone call in the middle of the night. Melanie Travis is finally comfortable enough with Sam Driver that he spends the night at her house; but still not enough to have him there in the morning for breakfast. When the phone rings early in the morning, she finds out that her ex-husband is planning on coming to see the son that he abandoned four and a half years before. Since Melanie does not harbor too many good feelings about Bob, this starts her whole day off on the left foot. While she is obssessing about what this might mean, her aunt Peg takes her to a meeting of the local dog club and a murder takes place.

So, now we have the two basic problems being discussed in this book. What is it that Bob really wants, and who did the victim in? The rest of the 320 pages of this book take a look at those two main threads.

I thought this book was very well done. The pacing was rather deliberate and alternated between resolving the two mysteries in a comfortable pace. There are really no action sequences except for a mild attack at the end of the book, and the book's various resolutions take place in a logical and comforting manner. Yes, Bob leaves after a while without affecting Melanie's life too much. He does manage to resolve some of Melanie's angsts while he is visiting. We also note that his influence is encouraged by Melanie's brother and her aunt Rose. Since the characters are overall quite likeable, it is nice to see her move on in her life.

The murder mystery is handled the same way. Melanie investigates things that come up and finds out one thing after another that make sense. When one clue leads to the next, the resolution is not unexpected and it makes sense.
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Dog Eat Dog is a light story about a novice dog trainer named Melanie. She only just starts going to Kennel Club meetings with her Aunt, when one of the members of the club is murdered, and Melanie and her Aunt decide to play detective. Also, while this is happening her ex-husband pops back into her life and looks to get custody of their son, Davey.

I really had trouble getting into Dog Eat Dog. I found the characters all to be pretty shallow and unlikeable. The book wasn't believable in my opinion, and the way everything wraps up left me dissatisfied. Although the book is 300 some pages, I think the content is definately lacking and this book could be much shorter. This is just my opinion.
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By A Customer on December 7, 1998
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If you're not looking for a classic, but rather fun laugh-out loud suspense, this series is for you. Three-dimensional characters with beliveable suspects, with no unfair punches as to the who-dun-it. I also liked how Berenson did not have to resort to multi murders in this one to keep the reader engaged. Leaves the reader with a cozy feeling, and empathetic satisfaction.
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