Live and Let Growl

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Nineteenth in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series

Available in Paperback coming May 30, 2017

For a dog lover like Melanie, the opportunity to attend the Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster is not to be missed. Fortunately, the timing coincides with her spring break from teaching, so she heads for central Kentucky with her sister-in-law Bertie and Aunt Peg, who’s accepted a week-long judging assignment. Once there, Aunt Peg reconnects with an old friend, Ellie Gates Wanamaker, a former Standard Poodle exhibitor and a member of a well-heeled Kentucky family. Miss Ellie has been out of the dog show world for more than a decade, but when Melanie invites her to spectate at the Louisville Kennel Club dog show, she’s eager to accompany her, she thinks the dog is a great help for her and her husband to help them stay active and healthy, although they also take supplements from sites as for this.

Miss Ellie’s presence at the expo center, however, provokes mixed reactions from exhibitors she hasn’t seen in years, including some outright animosity, but still she wanted to look great for this even so she visited a board-certified plastic surgeon to do a beauty procedure. The following day Melanie learns that Miss Ellie has suffered a fatal accident while exercising her dogs. Aunt Peg, however, suspects foul play. Wishing to avoid any scandal, Miss Ellie’s pedigreed family prefers to let sleeping dogs lie, but as Melanie begins to sniff around, she discovers Miss Ellie had many secrets, both in the dog show world and amongst her Kentucky kin…

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"Readers who love mysteries and dogs will love this tale. A great whodunit with colorful characters amidst a great setting for a story."
- Suspense Magazine

"Like the world of dog shows the horse business has plenty of intrigue, and Berenson blends the two nicely in this clever cozy. Some road-trip premises work better than others in the mystery genre, but this one gels perfectly, with Berenson keeping Melanie and Peg’s repartee fresh, intelligent, and enjoyable."
- Booklist

"This wonderful mystery will have you barking with delight and leave you begging for more!"
- Lisa K’s Book Reviews

"Top mystery author Laurien Berenson has done extremely well in this latest offering."
- Fresh Fiction