Murder at the Puppy Fest

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Twentieth in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series

Available in Paperback coming May 29, 2018

Frolicking with dogs is Melanie Travis’s idea of heaven. So when she’s invited to be a “puppy wrangler” at a benefit for a local dog rescue the last thing she expects is to be chasing after a tricky killer…

As a busy mom and Standard Poodle owner, Melanie has little time to spare. Still, she doesn’t mind helping out at Puppy Fest, an annual fundraiser to benefit the Puppy Posse, a local dog rescue organization. Considering the venue—a Belle Haven mansion owned by wealthy philanthropist Leo Brody—it’s shaping up to be the can’t miss charity event of the summer. Unfortunately when Melanie’s breeding background lands her in the dog house with Jane, Leo’s snappy daughter who runs the rescue, Melanie finds herself simultaneously managing Puppy Fest and the millionaire’s hopelessly fractious family.

But once Puppy Fest kicks off, Leo is nowhere to be found—until Melanie discovers his current mistress crouching over his dead body. According to police, the father of nine’s severe nut allergy went into overdrive after he accidently consumed a contaminated cookie. However Libby, one of Leo’s children, believes that someone put him down for good. Now she’s begging Melanie to unearth the secrets hidden by the Brody pack. But the closer Melanie gets to finding answers the higher the stakes become—and the more she realizes she’s chasing a killer who’s been groomed to win…

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"Intriguing…Cozy fans who love dogs are in for a treat."
--Publishers Weekly

"The conflicts between those involved in purebred dog shows and those supporting the adoption of rescue animals provides a fascinating frame for a well-constructed mystery hinging on jealousy and money. Berenson continues to keep her pet-centric series fresh and enjoyable."

"Dive into this rollicking murder mystery…bring this one on your summer vacation!"
--Modern Dog Magazine

"A cozy mystery filled with winsome dogs and some subtly dangerous characters. Anyone who likes dogs…will undoubtedly enjoy this story."
--New York Journal of Books