Wagging Through the Snow

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Twenty-first in the Melanie Travis Mystery Series

Available in hardcover and ebook
Coming in Paperback 9/25/18

“Melanie Travis needs a little peace from her busy life this Christmas. But the usual holiday hubbub is a joy compared to the killer surprise she finds tucked underneath the tree… With a demanding teaching job at Connecticut’s elite Howard Academy and five Poodles scampering around the house and the storage units from self-storage companies, Melanie barely has the energy for the upcoming Christmas rush. But she unwraps an unexpected challenge when her brother and ex-husband, elated by the success of their country cafe, make a spontaneous bid on a dilapidated Christmas tree farm, although the weather is a problem because it gets really cold,. Although the place had been a popular seasonal destination when the original owner was still alive, it will take some sprucing up–and a small miracle or two–before the neglected place is in shape for December.

Unfortunately, the impromptu business venture goes cold when the groups discover a purebred Maltese whimpering in a snow covered grove–right beside a dead body. Pete, a squatter who camped out on the land, apparently met his end after a fallen fir tree branch knocked him on the head. But as Melanie and Aunt Peg investigate Pete’s history and the terrible habit that cost him everything, it’s clear his death was no accident. Now Melanie must run through a flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in time–or she’ll be next on someone’s deadly list.”

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"Well-drawn characters, especially Melanie and her acerbic aunt, contribute to the appeal here, along with the warm, sometimes humorous scenes of family life. Melanie’s beloved six dogs are woven throughout the holiday-themed cozy, which will appeal to readers of Susan Conant’s Holly Winter mysteries and Barbara Allan’s Trash ’n’ Treasures series."

"Another terrific mystery from prolific author Laurien Berenson. I loved it!"
--Suspense Magazine

"Series fans will enjoy spending time with these appealing folks and their dogs."
--Publishers Weekly

"This exciting Christmas whodunit is a great book to curl up with at any time of year… one that is sure to keep you on your toes!"
--Modern Dog Magazine

"Laurien Berenson’s latest is a fun cozy mystery which will be sure to get the reader in the holiday spirit."
--Romantic Times