Hair of the Dog

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Fourth in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series

The dog days of summer have just begun, and Melanie Travis is looking forward to savoring each lazy afternoon. School’s out, her son’s at camp, even her rambunctious Standard Poodle is taking a break from the show ring. And where better to enjoy herself than at her Aunt Peg’s Fourth of July barbecue attended by members of Connecticut’s most elite kennel clubs? It sounds ideal, until an uninvited guest proves that even the laziest dog day of the year can suddenly turn vicious…

Melanie knew someone should have kept Barry Turk on a short leash. The star poodle handler and ladykiller had a habit of chicanery that bred contempt in teh dog show circuit, particularly among its female members. But when Barry is shot dead in his own driveway, even Melanie is stunned at how unsporting the competition can get.

A pack of yelping pups saw it all, but it’s the hysterical appeal of Alicia, Barry’s latest lover, that convinces Melanie to investigate. Especially when the litter of suspects includes Barry’s ruthless young assistant, her hot-tempered boyfriend, a Blue Ribbon judge with a grudge, and even Alicia herself. Each of them has reason to kill. And as it soon appears, reason to kill again…

Now, as Melanie digs for clues deep under Connecticut’s well-groomed surface, she finds herself sniffing around in the killer’s own backyard, and counts herself lucky to have the animal instincts to keep herself alive.

Published by Kensington Books

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"Abundant with dog lore, this lighthearted adventure will charm dog fanciers and cozy fans."
--Publishers Weekly

"...a well paced and well organized story, a surprise ending, and an ability to capture the great bond between dogs and people."

"Berenson writes lovingly and well of the world she knows best...a tale that will leave dog loving readers begging for more, more, more."
--Mystery News

"The mystery will keep you turning the pagesthe real pleasure of HAIR OF THE DOG is getting an insider's behind-the-scenes look at dog shows. The fourth Melanie Travis mystery takes Best in Show."
--I Love A Mystery

"Berenson tosses the reader plenty of dog treats..."
--The Drood Review

"Laurien Berenson's Melanie Travis mysteries just keep getting better."
--Mysterious Women