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Doggie Day Care Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
At the start of Berenson's warm and fuzzy 15th dog mystery (after 2007's Hounded to Death), Melanie Travis, standard poodle lover and dedicated amateur sleuth, checks out the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center in Stamford, Conn., on behalf of Alice Brickman, a mom recently returned to the work force who needs a place to park her golden retriever. On Melanie's second tour of the posh doggie day care center, she discovers the corpse of seriously cute Steve Pine, who co-owned Pine Ridge with his sister, Candy. On Alice's wacky recommendation (She's like Nancy Drew. Melanie finds murderers and makes them confess), Candy asks Melanie to catch the killer. Who cares if Melanie isn't a licensed PI or the local police department doesn't appear to investigate anything? With winning pluck and lots of luck, Berenson's cluehound pursues another cute tail-wagging puzzler. (Sept.)
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About 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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Top Customer Reviews
I love this series. I also completely love poodles so I might be a bit biased. Melanie and her pack are great. The books are well written with interesting storylines and characters. The books can be read by anyone and do not contain gory scenes. The supporting characters are hilarious and I look forward to the next book.
The murder mystery is more a background to this multigenerational family and their interactions. But even so it I'll keep you guessing!
This is a great read for anyone who loves cozy mysteries and the wonderful and amusing interactions between this family and their family of friends.
As usual in reading these mystery "cozies" there are two primary things that I look for: First, does the mystery and the way it was solved make sense? Or, is there some overly convoluted and complicated plotting necessary to hide the truth from the reader? When solved, does the resolution make sense based on the information that was provided to the reader through the eyes of the `detective' etc.? Secondly, there are main characters and minor characters in each of these series. Does the story progress their lives in a way that makes sense and do we even care?
Along both dimensions, this book is a winner. The mystery itself appears confounding, but as Melanie gets involved and starts asking questions and following leads, the information she is provided makes sense and what she picks up on as unspoken clues also makes sense. I was very satisfied with myself when I picked up on a few clues that appeared to be almost meaningless story elements and thought to myself that they need to be investigated and found out later that they were the main clues to solving the crime. I even managed to solve the crime myself just before Melanie did. And when the solution was fully laid out in front of us, the readers, I noted that there were no hidden tricks; specialized knowledge; or things that were not discussed in the book. Very much appreciated.
The main and minor characters all make appearances here and the soap opera quality of the book in following this collection of characters makes sense. There are dog shows that the family attends to. Aunt Peg is there in her inimitable style and she definitely has her opinions and ideas that MUST be followed. Melanie's brother and his wife and daughter are there; Melanie's ex-husband is there; as are other minor characters. As usual, the dog show world is depicted as really a very small community where everyone knows everyone else and their business and that provides some number of clues to the murder mystery solution. But that was OK and not unexpected.
The writing is very breezy and light. This is the perfect kind of book to take on vacation when you do not want to overly think too much. Even with the text being spread out over 300 pages, it does not take too long and can be put aside at any point to attend to other matters. There is humor in many situations and a real-life quality to what is being described that you believe the situation. Overall, a very nice read and therefore recommended with four stars.
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My granddog goes to doggie day care so it's good to see what makes a good one.Read more