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The Bark Before Christmas: A Melanie Travis Canine Mystery

Laurien Berenson

ISBN 9780758284594
Publish Date 9/27/2016
Format Paperback
Categories Cozy, Kensington, Give The Gift of Books

“If you like dogs, you’ll love Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis mysteries!” —Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author

There’s nothing lovelier than Christmas in Connecticut, but Melanie Travis 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. 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. 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 . . .

“A whodunit sure to please dog-loving cozy readers.” —Publishers Weekly

About Laurien Berenson:

Laurien Berenson is an award-winning author.  She’s most noted for her Melanie Travis series of murder mysteries based on school teacher Melanie Travis who owns and shows full size pedigree Standard Poodles.  The series includes: Doggie Day Care Murder, Hounded To Death, Chow Down and Raining Cats & Dogs.  Berenson is an Agatha and Macavity nominee, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and a four-time winner of the Maxwell Award which is presented by the Dog Writers Association of America.  She lives in Kentucky with her family.  


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