Doggie Day Care Murder

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Fifteenth in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series

“Pine Ridge Canine Care Center: a place where pampered pooches go to kick back, get primped, and watch a little TV in luxurious accommodations. To Melanie Travis it all seems a bit much–and a most unlikely setting for murder. But when the day care center’s co-owner turns up dead in his office, that’s just what she finds…

Melanie Travis thought her sleuthing days were behind her. She has a new baby to take care of–not to mention five Standard Poodles–and Aunt Peg is getting Davey ready for his debut as a junior handler. These days, the closest Melanie gets to detective work is scoping out the scene at the local doggie day care center for her friend Alice.

As Melanie learns, it’s a dog’s life at the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center–and life is good. The dogs are living large with a team of groomers and handlers at their bark and call. Everyone seems blissfully happy. Everyone canine, that is. For Melanie soon discovers that there are some simmering resentments among the Pine Ridge staff and when Steve Pine, the center’s charming, good looking co-owner is found shot to death on the floor of his office, there’s no shortage of suspects.

His partner Candy stands to inherit their lucrative operation. Neighbor Adam Busch still blames Steve for ruining the neighborhood; and then there’s the disgruntled client who wanted to sue Steve following an embarrassing incident involving her ShihTzu and Buster, the Beagle mix. With the police at a loss for leads, it’s up to Melanie to go undercover and sniff out a killer whose secrets lie buried in a dog’s paradise that’s proving to be anything but…”

Published by Kensington Books

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"With winning pluck and lots of luck, Berenson's cluehound pursues another cute tail-wagging puzzler."
- Publishers Weekly

"Fans will enjoy this fine cozy...a great entry in the caper canine series."
- Harriet Klausner