Melanie Travis Series, #4
Featuring: Melanie Travis
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The dog days of summer have just begun, and Melanie Travis
is looking forward to savoring each lazy afternoon.
School's out, her son's at camp, even her rambunctious
Standard Poodle is taking a break from the show ring. And
where better to enjoy herself than at her Aunt Peg's
Fourth of July barbecue attended by members of
Connecticut's most elite kennel clubs? It sounds ideal,
until an uninvited guest proves that even the laziest dog
day of the year can suddenly turn vicious... Melanie knew
someone should have kept Barry Turk on a short leash. The
star poodle handler and ladykiller had a habit of
chicanery that bred contempt in the dog show circuit,
particularly among its female members. But when Barry is
shot dead in his own driveway, even Melanie is stunned at
how unsporting the competition can get. A pack of yelping
pups saw it all, but it's the hysterical appeal of Alicia,
Barry's latest lover, that convinces Melanie to
investigate. Especially when the litter of suspects
includes Barry's ruthless young assistant, her hot-
tempered boyfriend, a Blue Ribbon judge with a grudge, and
even Alicia herself. Each of them has reason to kill. And
as it soon appears, reason to kill again... Now, as
Melanie digs for clues deep under Connecticut's well-
groomed surface, she finds herself sniffing around in the
killer's own backyard, and counts herself lucky to have
the animal instincts to keep herself alive.
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