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Best in show : a Melanie Travis mystery
Berenson, Laurien.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
276 pages ; 22 cm
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Central Library X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery
Newstead Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Kenmore Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Orchard Park Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Anna M. Reinstein Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Riverside Branch Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Audubon Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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While Melanie is busy showing her Standard Poodle puppy at the Poodle Club of America's National Speciality Dog show, Betty Jean is found dead at the host hotel. Melanie instinctively starts to investigate, and comes up with a compelling cast of suspects.

Author Notes

Laurien Berenson is author of the delightful Melanie Travis canine cozy mystery series, including Jingle Bell Bark and Best in Show . She has a degree in psychology from Vassar College and has been married for almost twenty-five years. She lives in Georgia with her husband, her son, six dogs, and two Welsh ponies.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Berenson takes her latest--and best--Melanie Travis tale on the road and into the ring: the entire story takes place at the Poodle Club of America's dog show. With her seven-year old son, Davey, staying with his dad for the week, Melanie hops in the car with her puppy, Eve, forsaking Connecticut to head for Maryland and poodle-lovers' paradise. Familiar characters joining her are the always-demanding Aunt Peg and Bertie, the currently pregnant wife of Melanie's brother. The preshow high jinks are interrupted, however, when an elderly spinster turns up murdered. Melanie investigates, of course, and the offbeat dog owners and trainers make for a fertile field of suspects. Not nearly as farcical as the movie by the same name, the novel offers an affectionate and realistic portrait of the dog-show world. A pleasant mystery and a loving tribute to poodles. Fetching in every way. --Jenny McLarin Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This is Agatha and Macavity nominee Berenson's 10th charming canine cozy (after 2002's Hot Dog) to feature Melanie Travis, the poodle breeder and devoted "mom" to black Standards Faith and Eve. Melanie leaves her seven-year-old son, Davey, and dog, Faith, with her ex-husband while she travels with Eve to the Poodle Club of America National Specialty dog show in Maryland. Melanie's Aunt Peg, who runs the show, directs her to work with two eccentric sisters from Georgia who look alike, dress alike and finish each other's sentences "like a pair of bickering bookends." When one of them falls on a hotel porch and is fatally injured, it looks like an accident-at first. For all the engaging human characters, including dog handlers, breeders, show officials, trimmers and owners, the dogs, in all sizes, colors and ages, provide the most fun. Carried along by crisp dialogue, the story occasionally bogs down in "doggy" details, but even the uninitiated should find these interesting and informative. The arrival of Melanie's "almost fiance" at the end will leave readers hoping that the two will set up dog breeding together by the next book. (Sept. 2) Forecast: With 15 champions to her credit, the author breeds and exhibits Standard and Miniature poodles, doing her own grooming, trimming and handling. Confusion with the 2000 film comedy of the same title can't hurt. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

While attending an all-important poodle show, breeder Melanie (Hot Dog) becomes involved in yet another murder mystery. This time, someone kills the winning dog's owner, so Melanie begins sleuthing. A dependable author for fans of pooch-oriented mysteries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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