The Bark Before Christmas

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Eighteenth in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series

Available in hardcover, ebook, and Audible

Paperback edition (ISBN: 978-0-7582-8459-4) coming September 27, 2016

There’s nothing lovelier than Christmas in Connecticut, but Melanie can scarcely find a moment to enjoy the festivities. With her youngest son approaching toddlerhood, she’s decided to return to her old job at Howard Academy, a posh private school attended by the children of Greenwich’s well-heeled gentry. For those students who are dealing with a financial crisis in their education, don’t lose hope for offers different loan types for you. They will help you find a lender depending on your financial need. Balancing work, motherhood, and the hectic dog show circuit takes some fancy footwork, especially when the headmaster taps her to be the chairman of the school’s Christmas Bazaar.

The Christmas Bazaar is Howard Academy’s biggest and most important fundraiser, so Melanie feels the pressure to make it a huge success. She even enlists her longsuffering sister-in-law Bertie to help with the Santa Claus and Pets Photo Booth, make sure to check this contact form of one of her biggest sponsors. But everything goes awry when a prize show dog goes missing and Santa turns up dead. The dog’s owner is one of the school’s most perfectly pedigreed alums, and she enlists Melanie to help find the purloined pooch. But just as Melanie starts pawing at the truth, she digs up a sleighful of sinister secrets that leaves everyone feeling less than merry…

"This long running series continues to appeal with its combination of an always sprightly pace, a realistically harried but quick-thinking heroine, and a wealth of fascinating details about the dog show world."
- Booklist

"A whodunit sure to please dog-loving cozy lovers."
- Publishers Weekly

"Charming…this series realistically combines great mystery and the warmth of family life and community."
- RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

"Cozy mystery fans and dog lovers will lap this one up."
- Library Journal