A Melanie Travis Mystery
On Sale: September 26, 2017
Featuring: Melanie Travis
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Women's Fiction Contemporary | Holiday
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, Melanie barely has energy for the upcoming
Christmas rush. But she unwraps an unexpected challenge
when her brother and ex-husband, elated by the recent
success of their country café, make a spontaneous bid on a
dilapidated pine tree farm. Although the ten-acre lot had
been a popular seasonal destination while the original
owner was still alive, it’ll 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 group discovers a purebred Maltese whimpering in
the 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
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