A Melanie Travis Mystery #21
On Sale: September 26, 2017
Featuring: Melanie Travis
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Mystery Pet Lovers | 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 Connecticutâ€™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
cafĂ©, 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, itâ€™ll
take some sprucing upâ€”and a small miracle or twoâ€”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 groveâ€”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 Peteâ€™s history and the
terrible habit that cost him everything, itâ€™s clear his
death was no accident. Now, Melanie must run through a
flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in
timeâ€”or sheâ€™ll be next on someoneâ€™s deadly list.
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