Dog Eat Dog

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Third in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series

Melanie Travis — teacher, single parent, and proud owner of Faith, a rambunctious Standard Poodle pup — just can’t escape teh chic show circuits of Fairfield County dog fanciers. Now, Laurien Berenson sends her irrepressible heroine on a third irresistible outing into the inner circles of an elite Connecticut kennel club, where shocking secrets gnaw at the best of the breed and competition has a sharp — and deadly — bite.

As if raising her son Davey, training her poodle pub for the show ring, and grooming fellow handler Sam Driver for romance aren’t enough, Melanie’s Aunt Peg is pushing her to join the exclusive Belle Haven Kennel Club. But the contentious group barely managed to disagree on this year’s trophies when money turns up missing — and one of the members turns up in the restaurant’s parking lot — dead. The only witnesses to the crime were the dead woman’s startled pair of Beagles — and they aren’t talking. Unfortunately, neither is anyone else.

Melanie hadn’t intended to do any serious snooping, what with coping with the unexpected arrival of her ex-husband out to get joint custody of the son he’s never known. In need of some serious distraction, she’s off at more than a dogtrot to sniff out dangerous secrets… only to discover that everyone at Belle Haven has something damning to hide.

As the truth about forged pedigrees and illegal show practices comes to light — and her own domestic drama moves center stage — Melanie finds herself moving closer to a dogged killer who’s desperate enough to strike again.

Published by Kensington Books

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"Laurien Berenson deserves a "best in show" for her third Melanie Travis dog show murder mystery."
--The Plain Dealer

"DOG EAT DOG is good reading...This book rates a 10..."
--The Advocate-Messenger

"The pace is fast, the characters are bright and lively, and the book is very very funny. Even the dust jacket art is cute."
--I Love A Mystery

"A little humor, a little murder, a little mystery, a lot of love...Laurien Berenson's Melanie Travis mysteries are great fun."
--Mysterious Women

"The latest in a delightful and entertaining series with humor, fun characters, and a nice dash of murder and chicanery to boot."
--Pen & Dagger

"Ms. Berenson's characters are likeable. Her plots twist and turn, and her stories are filled with surprises."
--The Lufkin Daily News

"Laurien Berenson writes a terrific mystery... This leaves the reader avidly awaiting the next installment in this wonderful series."
--Midwest Book Review

"Bringing the dog show world to life in a humorous, touching mystery, Berenson has managed to exceed the excellence of her first two books."
--The Snooper