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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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Product Details

  • Series: A Melanie Travis Mystery (Book 15)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758216068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758216069
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The newest, eagerly awaited, Melanie Travis mystery is as engrossing and enjoyable as expected. This book shows that a lot has changed in the Melanie's life lately....new house, new baby, new job status and a still-in-the-honeymoon-phase new husband. As I have said in a previous review, one of the best aspects of this series is that the characters are continually growing and developing. The changes in Melanie's life are realistic and interesting and the characters so likeable, that you will find yourself cheering them on. The setting of the doggie day care center is perfect for providing a diverse and often hilarious cast of characters/suspects. Melanie's interaction with the bratty receptionist is priceless. The mystery was unexpected with such a wide cast of suspects and I enjoyed the involvement of Alice Brickman, Melanie's best friend and the mother of Davey's best friend. It reminded me of Faith/Pix friendship in the Katherine Hall Page books and was a nice development in the series.

In general, this series avoids a number of pitfalls that drive me crazy in other series in this genre.....the angry, overprotective husband/boyfriend who doesn't want the heroine to investigate, the unrealistic, cheesy love life (usually a love triangle and/or the unlucky in love), the non-passage of time, etc. The tone and progression of this series is pitch perfect. The only thing I am kind of missing is the dog show backdrop, there is just so much atmosphere to enjoy at a dog show that the books that primarily take place at dog shows are my favorites. I do, however, understand that it would be pretty silly if someone dropped dead everytime Melanie went to a show. Also, I am ready for Aunt Peg to have another boyfriend :) All in all, another pick of the litter.
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By chance, I came across this series of light-reading mysteries. I started with the first book and have read them all including this last one and I must say that I have enjoyed each one of them. I love the characters and have learned so much about poodles and dog shows. It has opened up an entirely new world for me. While I own two dachshunds and absolutely love that breed, I find after reading this series of books that I am really interested in poodles too!

If you're looking for a DaVinci Code type mystery, then this series probably isn't for you. But, if you are looking for some fun, light reading and love dogs, then this series is for you. Along with the mystery, you also get to learn so much about dog shows and poodles.

My only disappointment is that I learned this is the last of this series. Maybe Laurien Berenson will re-consider her decision and perhaps write a few more in this series. I really want to know what happens with Melanie, Sam, and all the characters and, or course, her poodles!
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What a delight! This was the first Laurien Berenson mystery I've read but it will by no means be my last. The characters were "real" enough to connect with quickly while the story telling instantly grabbed my interest. A touch of humor, and a main character that didn't have to slander or belittle a difficult and much needed profession (the police-forces across this nation) in order to be taken seriously and find the culprit...well...that just sweetened the experience! An additional plus, at least for me, is that this book was well written. I don't mean the plot, etc. (that quality is a "given" from my earlier comments.) I mean that my enjoyment wasn't constantly hijacked or slowly over-ridden by poor grammar and/or input errors...for instance, 'to' instead of 'too' or 'rigt way' in place of 'right way'. I may not be perfect in my grammar/typing but neither are my writings "proofed". Where so many have fallen short in this area ('far short' - within the plethora of e-books I've read) the same is not found here. In fact, I believe there was only one such error in this instance...quite the record! And that made this book as enjoyable to read as it was a joy to read! You might say this was down-right dog-gone good! Can't wait to start another one. Happy reading to you!
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Melanie tries to help out her best friend by checking out the new doggie day care center in town, unfortunately for her, during her tour she stumbles across the dead body of one of the owners. Melanie has been adjusting to life with her new husband, new baby and melded pack of poodles. Given her knowledge of dogs she is asked to vet the new doggie day care. Having never heard of such a place she is surprised to find the dogs all happy and healthy. The same can't be said for the owner.
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.
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This is the second book of the series that I have read. It follows the same theme -- Melanie and her husband have two children and five Standard Poodles. Melanie is asked by a friend to check out a doggie day care business. The friend is going back to work and needs a dog sitter for her Golden Retriever. When they go they stumble on a murder of one of the owners. Melanie goes to work to solve the crime. The story also involves dog shows. This is a quick read.
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