Gone With the Woof

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Sixteenth in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series

After a short break from crime solving, stay-at-home mom Melanie Travis has not become boring–no matter what her alarmingly opinionated Aunt Peg says. She still has the nose for sniffing up a good mystery, especially when it involves the life of a legendary dog breeder…

Despite Melanie’s domestic demands–a toddler and a house full of Standard Poodles–helping Edward March pen his life story is an opportunity she can’t pass up. Of course Edward turns out to be a growly old man who wants his book–“Puppy Love”–to consist mainly of his amorous encounters with women from the dog show community. It’s juicy gossip, but not dangerous…until Andrew, Edward’s son, pays Melanie an angry visit to stop her from working on the book.

When Andrew suddenly turns up very dead, the victim of a seemingly intentional hit-and-run, the police are looking at Edward as suspect #1. There was lots of bad blood between Andrew and his father, but Melanie is looking at the bigger picture. Would some of Edward’s ex-trysts have gone after Andrew to shut Edward up? How about all those husbands and boyfriends with bones to pick? And who is that woman whom everyone is avoiding at the funeral?

Between getting caught up in the bafflingly dysfunctional March family, sorting out two generations of disgruntled ex-lovers, and uncovering a shocking case of secret hoarding, Melanie is running into dead ends almost as fast as she’s running out of time. The longer the killer stays unleashed, the sooner she may end up in the dog house for good.

Published by Kensington Books

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"A wonderful reason to celebrate--Melanie Travis is back on the job! In this delightful and intriguing mystery we happily follow Melanie as she capably copes with family, both human and canine, a potential new career as a memoir writer and, of course, solving a murder. She handles it all with deft humor and lively intelligence. I look forward to her next adventure in this always charming and clever series."
- Earlene Fowler, New York Times bestselling author

"A sprightly, pooch packed escapade. With unexpected twists, humor, and a wealth of information about the story's mileu, Berenson wraps up this caper in a tail-wagging finale."
- Publishers Weekly

"Berenson, who has a nose for balancing fun and fright, devises another story that will appeal to dog aficionados and cozy lovers alike."
- Kirkus

"Berenson's canine frame story will have dog lovers' tails wagging, and it doesn't detract from either the savvy heroine or the smart mystery."
- Booklist

"If you like dogs, you'll love Laurien Berenson's Melanie Travis mysteries!"
- Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author