Standard Poodle owner Melanie Travis is an excellent judge of dogs—and people. But what happens when an unnamed killer emerges at one of the fiercest all-breed competitions ever?
As Greenwich, Connecticut, slows down during a bitterly cold February, Melanie and her spunky Aunt Peg head to the city that never sleeps for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. Aunt Peg can’t wait to demonstrate her judging chops on national TV, even after being hounded by frustrating mishaps—all seemingly orchestrated by Victor Durbin, an ousted Paugussett Poodle Club member with a bone to pick. But the bright lights of the show ring grow dim when Victor is found murdered, and she’s the one topping the suspect list . . .
Driven to solve the crime on her aunt’s behalf, Melanie fetches hair-raising clues about the victim. Victor didn’t score many friends with his unethical breeding practices, sketchy puppy café, and penchant for mercilessly scamming others to get ahead. He burned so many bridges that his own business partner admits to being delighted by news of his death. It appears Victor finally toyed with the wrong person, and as Melanie digs up more chilling evidence, she realizes that exonerating Aunt Peg means confronting a murderer who’s in it to win it . . .
“PRAISE FOR LAURIEN BERENSON AND HER MELANIE TRAVIS CANINE MYSTERIES! BITE CLUB “Berenson smoothly blends crime solving with an insider’s look into the world of dog-show competition. This is a win-win for lovers of cozies featuring animals.” —Publishers Weekly “Filled with more dogs, more fun, and more mystery, this cozy is the perfect summer read." —Modern Dog RUFF JUSTICE “For pet fans who thrive on dog-show lore, Berenson’s brand is always best in show.” —Kirkus Reviews WAGGING THROUGH THE SNOW “Dog-loving mystery fans will welcome another Christmas caper featuring Melanie, Aunt Peg, and their poodles.” —Library Journal “Another terrific mystery.” —Suspense Magazine MURDER AT THE PUPPY FEST “Berenson continues to keep her pet‑centric series fresh and enjoyable.” —Booklist THE BARK BEFORE CHRISTMAS “Cozy mystery fans and dog lovers will lap this one up.” —Library Journal”