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"Pine Ridge Canine Care Center: a place where pampered pooches go to kick back, get primped, and watch a little TV in luxurious accommodations. To Melanie Travis it all seems a bit much--and a most unlikely setting for murder. But when the day care center's co-owner turns up dead in his office, that's just what she finds... Melanie Travis thought her sleuthing days were beh "Pine Ridge Canine Care Center: a place where pampered pooches go to kick back, get primped, and watch a little TV in luxurious accommodations. To Melanie Travis it all seems a bit much--and a most unlikely setting for murder. But when the day care center's co-owner turns up dead in his office, that's just what she finds... Melanie Travis thought her sleuthing days were behind her. She has a new baby to take care of--not to mention five Standard Poodles--and Aunt Peg is getting Davey ready for his debut as a junior handler. These days, the closest Melanie gets to detective work is scoping out the scene at the local doggie day care center for her friend Alice. As Melanie learns, it's a dog's life at the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center--and life is good. The dogs are living large with a team of groomers and handlers at their bark and call. Everyone seems blissfully happy. Everyone canine, that is. For Melanie soon discovers that there are some simmering resentments among the Pine Ridge staff and when Steve Pine, the center's charming, good looking co-owner is found shot to death on the floor of his office, there's no shortage of suspects. His partner Candy stands to inherit their lucrative operation. Neighbor Adam Busch still blames Steve for ruining the neighborhood; and then there's the disgruntled client who wanted to sue Steve following an embarrassing incident involving her ShihTzu and Buster, the Beagle mix. With the police at a loss for leads, it's up to Melanie to go undercover and sniff out a killer whose secrets lie buried in a dog's paradise that's proving to be anything but..."


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"Pine Ridge Canine Care Center: a place where pampered pooches go to kick back, get primped, and watch a little TV in luxurious accommodations. To Melanie Travis it all seems a bit much--and a most unlikely setting for murder. But when the day care center's co-owner turns up dead in his office, that's just what she finds... Melanie Travis thought her sleuthing days were beh "Pine Ridge Canine Care Center: a place where pampered pooches go to kick back, get primped, and watch a little TV in luxurious accommodations. To Melanie Travis it all seems a bit much--and a most unlikely setting for murder. But when the day care center's co-owner turns up dead in his office, that's just what she finds... Melanie Travis thought her sleuthing days were behind her. She has a new baby to take care of--not to mention five Standard Poodles--and Aunt Peg is getting Davey ready for his debut as a junior handler. These days, the closest Melanie gets to detective work is scoping out the scene at the local doggie day care center for her friend Alice. As Melanie learns, it's a dog's life at the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center--and life is good. The dogs are living large with a team of groomers and handlers at their bark and call. Everyone seems blissfully happy. Everyone canine, that is. For Melanie soon discovers that there are some simmering resentments among the Pine Ridge staff and when Steve Pine, the center's charming, good looking co-owner is found shot to death on the floor of his office, there's no shortage of suspects. His partner Candy stands to inherit their lucrative operation. Neighbor Adam Busch still blames Steve for ruining the neighborhood; and then there's the disgruntled client who wanted to sue Steve following an embarrassing incident involving her ShihTzu and Buster, the Beagle mix. With the police at a loss for leads, it's up to Melanie to go undercover and sniff out a killer whose secrets lie buried in a dog's paradise that's proving to be anything but..."

30 review for Doggie Day Care Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About Cozies

    This was my first Melanie Travis story and it was delightful!! I loved all the animals, I loved Melanie and her family. There is a lot of humor. The plot was great, and thoroughly entertaining! Dog lovers will enjoy this story, for sure! I want to read ALL the books in this series now!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Good characterizations, good story. Solid plot. c2008 [15th in series] Setting: Stamford, CT Sleuth: Melanie Travis: wife, mother of two boys, pet owner of Faith and four other Standard Poodles. Aunt Peg is a dog trainer and dog show judge and a “force to be reckoned with” !

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    This is my first Melanie Travis mystery, although I have seen them before. I always hesitate over mystery books; I have one series I beyond adore (The Cat Who) but I've never found another series to honestly compare. I was in the mood for something similar, and this book definitely didn't disappoint! I know it's a bit strange to start a series with number fifteen, but this book drew me in effortlessly and kept my interest throughout. I found out previous things that had happened in this series, a This is my first Melanie Travis mystery, although I have seen them before. I always hesitate over mystery books; I have one series I beyond adore (The Cat Who) but I've never found another series to honestly compare. I was in the mood for something similar, and this book definitely didn't disappoint! I know it's a bit strange to start a series with number fifteen, but this book drew me in effortlessly and kept my interest throughout. I found out previous things that had happened in this series, and got hints for the future. Both made me want to read previous books and future ones as well. I'll definitely see if my library has more of the series, and keep my eye out for them second hand now as well. Always awesome to find a fun new series! I do love any story about animals, fiction or otherwise. Dogs and cats are always a favorite too. If you like your crime with a helping of canine, then this series might be for you!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    The Melanie Travis mysteries are some of my favorites. I am so glad to find a new one - so far it does not disappoint.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars This book was pretty interesting though definitely not my favorite. I liked seeing Melanie as the mom of a baby and reading about the different things that entails. Kevin is quite the interesting child and I found him extremely cute in this book. I would have wanted to see more of Davie in junior handling as dogs and showing them have been central to the series. Nonetheless, I did enjoy seeing Davie grow into his own person and liked reading the small bits of puberty he's Rating: 4 out of 5 stars This book was pretty interesting though definitely not my favorite. I liked seeing Melanie as the mom of a baby and reading about the different things that entails. Kevin is quite the interesting child and I found him extremely cute in this book. I would have wanted to see more of Davie in junior handling as dogs and showing them have been central to the series. Nonetheless, I did enjoy seeing Davie grow into his own person and liked reading the small bits of puberty he's going through slowly. I enjoyed that this book had more scenes between Melanie and Alice as I was worried that Alice would not be featured since she isn't as close to Melanie anymore. The scenes between them are what I hope to have when I become a mom--a friend who will be there you and whom you can also be there for. Sam and Melanie's relationship is also one I hope to come close to in the future. I feel that they do a good job about handling the duties of parenting and navigating busy schedules together. I love the support they give one another and love how mutual the marriage decisions and duties are. It's clear that they both love each other and they are perfect for one another. The mystery itself was pretty interesting, though it's not the best out of them all. Certainly after the last mystery it was lacking in intrigue and action.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fifteenth in the Melanie Travis mystery series revolving around Melanie Travis, a former dog handler and now a second-time mom, in Stamford, Connecticut. The Story Married a year now, Melanie and Sam are the proud parents of three-month-old Kevin and nine-year-old Davey is thrilled to have a new brother. Enjoying her role as a stay-at-home mom, Melanie's best friend, Alice, flatters her into checking out the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center. Seems Alice is all too ready to give up the stay-at-home ro Fifteenth in the Melanie Travis mystery series revolving around Melanie Travis, a former dog handler and now a second-time mom, in Stamford, Connecticut. The Story Married a year now, Melanie and Sam are the proud parents of three-month-old Kevin and nine-year-old Davey is thrilled to have a new brother. Enjoying her role as a stay-at-home mom, Melanie's best friend, Alice, flatters her into checking out the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center. Seems Alice is all too ready to give up the stay-at-home routine and go back to work as a paralegal at her husband, Joe's, law firm. But Alice needs daycare for Brinkley, their 18-month-old golden retriever, and wants Melanie, with her dog expertise, to check the place out. Heck, I'm impressed—a Taj Mahal of daycare for doggies! Lots of pasture and toys for dogs outside. Inside there are couches and chairs set up in individual rooms each with its own televisions and an in-floor remote so the dogs can turn it on/off or change the channel. No doors allows the dogs the freedom to move around and choose their friends. Then Aunt Peg comes up with questions Melanie hadn't thought to ask and when Melanie and Alice return to Pine Ridge, it's to find Steve Pine murdered. Between Alice and the desolation on Candy's face, Melanie agrees to investigate. All this and then Melanie finds out that Aunt Peg and Davey have cooked up their own surprise for Davey carrying on the family tradition. The Characters Melanie Travis has a bit of a reputation with friends, family….and the police for investigating. But with her marriage to game developer, Sam Driver, and the kids—9-year-old Davey from her marriage to Bob and 3-month-old Kevin, Mel is done. Really. No more. It took Sam Driver four years to talk Melanie into marrying him and when they did finally do the deed, they ended up with a family of five black Standard Poodles: Faith, Eve, Raven, Casey, and Tar—seems Sam used to show dogs as well. Oh yeah, and Davey. Alice is Melanie's best friend. New moms together who bonded over all the mommy activities some nine years ago. Married to Joe Brickman, they have two kids: nine-year-old Joey (yeah Davey and Joey are friends) and seven-year-old Carly along with the introduction to the murder scene, Brinkley. Aunt Peg is Melanie's aunt by marriage and she and her husband, Max, had raised a nationally known line of Standard Poodles, the Cedar Crest line. With Max's death, Margaret scaled operations back and now judges dog shows contenting herself with just six Standard Poodles. A gift of a Standard Poodle puppy five years ago along with Aunt Peg's relentlessness saw Melanie doing quite well as a dog handler. Bob, Melanie's ex-husband, is an accountant as well as partners with Melanie's younger brother, Frank, in a very popular coffee house, the Bean Counter. Mel, Sam, and Bob have a very cordial relationship. Steve and Candy Pine are brother and sister who have opened the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center —the ideal doggie daycare. Theirs is an ideal partnership with Steve handling the accounts and other paperwork as well as the ladies while Candy handles operations. Bailey is their fabulous dog groomer and Jason is a summer employee working towards an MBA in Business. Jason has lots of ideas for improving PRCCC but he's a very low man on the totem pole. Roger Cavanaugh is a silent partner in PRCCC as well as a client with his dog, Logan. My Take This was a cute, homey mystery. Light and fluffy. It's ideal if you love dogs—Standard Poodles in particular with a peek-in behind-the-scenes of dog handlers getting ready for a dog show. The odd notes are Melanie's not-so-happy relationship with Aunt Peg. Berenson needs to work up a bit more tension between the two. She writes the tension but I'm just not feeling it. I do like the better light that now shines between Melanie and Detective Minton. It'll be curious to see where this goes. The Cover Oh, too cute!! Three corgis, a spaniel, and a terrier happily playing on a doggie obstacle course. The title is not particularly imaginative but it certainly is appropriate as it is all about a Doggie Day Care Murder.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lori Whitwam

    Berenson's dog mystery series is always good. Some are better than others, and this one was about average. Perhaps I was less-enamored because in this one, for a dog-lover like me, only distracts me from the dogs. Melanie is asked to check out a doggie day care center for a friend. Skeptical at first, she finds it's a well-run, hospitable place for the dogs of the terminally busy. The brother/sister owners seem to love the place, and the brother is very handsome and charming. The next day he is f Berenson's dog mystery series is always good. Some are better than others, and this one was about average. Perhaps I was less-enamored because in this one, for a dog-lover like me, only distracts me from the dogs. Melanie is asked to check out a doggie day care center for a friend. Skeptical at first, she finds it's a well-run, hospitable place for the dogs of the terminally busy. The brother/sister owners seem to love the place, and the brother is very handsome and charming. The next day he is found shot to death in his office. The sister, Candy, asks for Melanie's help in uncovering her brother's killer. Is it the neighbor who fought the day care business in a previously residential neighborhood? One of the (many) clients and employees who had had flings with the dead man? Someone who felt cheated or mistreated? The angry client whose unspayed shih tzu was bred while there for grooming? Meanwhile, Melanie's maiden aunt, a big name in the show dog world (Standard Poodles, same as Melanie), decides to start training Melanie's son in junior showmanship. Sadly, this is the most dog-stuff I got in this book. The dogs are more background characters than usual, so only three stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This one takes place in Connecticut. Melanie had her second child in between this book and the previous one. The rest of the story is about a dog spa/kennel, a missing person, missing money, and a murder. I liked the mysteries but thought more would happen with the missing person.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Harrison

    I enjoyed the first person narrative and the protagonist, for which I give the two star rating. Otherwise, I had too many technical issues and plot or structural annoyances keeping me from enjoying the book. For example, the story really begins on page 90. Up to page 90 is back story and not terribly interesting. Although it is peppered with witty internal monologue. Another example is, (spoiler) the protagonist is an idiot not to know she was in danger working alone at night at the doggie dayca I enjoyed the first person narrative and the protagonist, for which I give the two star rating. Otherwise, I had too many technical issues and plot or structural annoyances keeping me from enjoying the book. For example, the story really begins on page 90. Up to page 90 is back story and not terribly interesting. Although it is peppered with witty internal monologue. Another example is, (spoiler) the protagonist is an idiot not to know she was in danger working alone at night at the doggie daycare, but conveniently, this stupidity brought along the climax of the story. Mostly, I found it irritating. Therefore, I will not be reading any more of this Author's books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    This is the fifteenth book in the series. The book jumps ahead three months from the last book. The main character Melanie is married and has a three month old son. Her older son is going into the fourth grade. It is the start of summer. Her best friend Alice asks Melanie to check out a local dog daycare because she is going back to work and doesn't want to leave the family pet all alone. Melanie agrees to check it out. On the surface, it seems like a great place and the dogs are happy. However This is the fifteenth book in the series. The book jumps ahead three months from the last book. The main character Melanie is married and has a three month old son. Her older son is going into the fourth grade. It is the start of summer. Her best friend Alice asks Melanie to check out a local dog daycare because she is going back to work and doesn't want to leave the family pet all alone. Melanie agrees to check it out. On the surface, it seems like a great place and the dogs are happy. However something doesn't add up when one of the owners is found murdered. On a small side note, Melanie's son Davey tries his hand at being a junior handler in his dog show debut

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol Wagers

    A quick, light read. It is better than her earlier books (which I added to my "avoid" list), the information on dogs is good: obviously written by somebody very knowledgeable about the dog show circuit. A quick, light read. It is better than her earlier books (which I added to my "avoid" list), the information on dogs is good: obviously written by somebody very knowledgeable about the dog show circuit.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I love a good mystery, and this was grossly lacking. Our protagonist is an idiot with way too much time on her hands, a perfect family & no common sense. I knew who the murderer was as soon as the character appeared in the book.On a brighter note, the author does seem to know her dogs.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Yeah. What was I thinking? LOL It was a quick, mindless read, though.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jane Night

    Synopsis: Melanie visits a doggy daycare at the request of a friend to decide if it is a good place for the friends dog. While she is there, one of the owners is murdered and Melanie must figure out who killed them by going undercover as a staff member at the center. My Rating: 4/5 This book can be read without reading the other books in the series. It was my first read and I had no trouble following what was happening. That is something I really value in a cozy mystery. I like being able to pick u Synopsis: Melanie visits a doggy daycare at the request of a friend to decide if it is a good place for the friends dog. While she is there, one of the owners is murdered and Melanie must figure out who killed them by going undercover as a staff member at the center. My Rating: 4/5 This book can be read without reading the other books in the series. It was my first read and I had no trouble following what was happening. That is something I really value in a cozy mystery. I like being able to pick up any book that sparks my interest. This story was fast paced and engaging. I found it refreshing to have a cozy mystery that follows a woman around age. So many I read are about women in their 20s who are just falling in love and starting their life. Melanie isn't. She has a son from a previous marriage. I thought her and her ex husbands relationship was well portrayed. They are both devoted to doing what is best for their son and that isn't always a dynamic you see in divorced couples. Melanie also has a new baby and I really enjoyed watching her do the mommy thing throughout this book. I found it was easier to relate to her as I am also a mom. She also formerly showed dogs and has extensive dog knowledge. I just really enjoyed her as a character. The mystery was fine. I didn't guess who the killer was but when it was revealed it made sense and I was fine with it. I loved the setting of the doggy daycare. Overall, this book was just a fun read. I would say if you love dogs and cozy mysteries there is a good chance you will really enjoy this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ReadaBook

    Really enjoy this series. A nice combination of cozy mystery, humor, nicely developed (& developing, & likable) characters, and - of course - dogs. The murder in this particular book almost is incidental, although it is the reason Melanie hangs out at a doggie day care business. I like the quiet dog care teaching that goes on in this series - alert readers can learn about dog care while enjoying the series. However, there are two references to dog grooming and the use of dryers in crates for gro Really enjoy this series. A nice combination of cozy mystery, humor, nicely developed (& developing, & likable) characters, and - of course - dogs. The murder in this particular book almost is incidental, although it is the reason Melanie hangs out at a doggie day care business. I like the quiet dog care teaching that goes on in this series - alert readers can learn about dog care while enjoying the series. However, there are two references to dog grooming and the use of dryers in crates for groomed dogs that made me cringe - such drying styles have the potential to be deadly, so it is something I wish Laurie Berenson had left out of the book, or dropped a comment about how her main characters do not ever dry their dogs coats this way. As usual, looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    A fun little romp, especially for dog lovers. Melanie Travis is in a happy 2nd marriage with a new baby, a 9-year old, and 5 standard poodles. When her friend goes back to work, she asks Melanie to check out a doggie day care to see if it looks like a good place for her dog while she's at work. Days after Melanie's visit to the facility, one of the owners is murdered, found shot in his office. Melanie has a history with solving murders before the police or helping them solve murders, so the surv A fun little romp, especially for dog lovers. Melanie Travis is in a happy 2nd marriage with a new baby, a 9-year old, and 5 standard poodles. When her friend goes back to work, she asks Melanie to check out a doggie day care to see if it looks like a good place for her dog while she's at work. Days after Melanie's visit to the facility, one of the owners is murdered, found shot in his office. Melanie has a history with solving murders before the police or helping them solve murders, so the surviving owner asks Melanie for help. Between family activities and dog shows, Melanie has a chance to pick up a lot of information that finally leads her to the right track for the murderer to show him/herself.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Melanie is now the mother of 3 month old Kevin and trying to get a decent night's sleep. With summer school break extending her maternity leave she finds out her old neighbor and friend Alice is going back to work full time. Alice needs to put their family's rambunctious golden retriever into a doggy day care and asks Melanie to check it out. Melanie goes to check out the doggy day care - an initial visit and a second to confirm and gather more info (which vet they have on call, what food do they Melanie is now the mother of 3 month old Kevin and trying to get a decent night's sleep. With summer school break extending her maternity leave she finds out her old neighbor and friend Alice is going back to work full time. Alice needs to put their family's rambunctious golden retriever into a doggy day care and asks Melanie to check it out. Melanie goes to check out the doggy day care - an initial visit and a second to confirm and gather more info (which vet they have on call, what food do they use, etc.). On the second visit she learns that one of the owners, Steve Pine, has been murdered. Both Alice and Steve's sister (and co-owner) Candy ask Melanie to investigate. Note: A nice glance into a doggy day care facility. Warning: Ending is more violent than prior novels.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Gilles

    I found this book in looking to broaden my reads in the mystery genre....and in having a shitzu-poodle I thought this would be a great read. I was a bit unsure since it is #15 in the series but like other readers had said it was easy to get into and my understanding was not altered by not reading the previous books in the series. Overall the book was not bad-it has several drops of humor sprinkled throughout however the mystery itself moves slower than I expected with the murder early on but sol I found this book in looking to broaden my reads in the mystery genre....and in having a shitzu-poodle I thought this would be a great read. I was a bit unsure since it is #15 in the series but like other readers had said it was easy to get into and my understanding was not altered by not reading the previous books in the series. Overall the book was not bad-it has several drops of humor sprinkled throughout however the mystery itself moves slower than I expected with the murder early on but solving the case takes pages. There is also a heavy focus on the process and facts of showing poodles-not that interesting to me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily Cullen

    Melanie's best friend asks her to check out a doggie day care for her pet. The place looks amazing but the dog owner is killed and there's no shortage of suspects. Steve's sister is suspect #1 and she asks Melanie to help find her brother's real killer. Melanie's very busy these days with an infant, an older son and five poodles but she agrees to look into things. I love the Melanie Travis cozy mystery series. A great heroine, good stories and I like how Melanie and her family grow up and change Melanie's best friend asks her to check out a doggie day care for her pet. The place looks amazing but the dog owner is killed and there's no shortage of suspects. Steve's sister is suspect #1 and she asks Melanie to help find her brother's real killer. Melanie's very busy these days with an infant, an older son and five poodles but she agrees to look into things. I love the Melanie Travis cozy mystery series. A great heroine, good stories and I like how Melanie and her family grow up and change in every book you read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    Great series. I love the Melanie Travis' books. Sorenson has created such interesting characters that add such depth to every story. In this book Melanie agrees to check on the areas only doggie day care center for her best friend Alice. As always Melanie stumbles upon the murder of one of the co-owners. She then promises his sister to try and find out who did it. With new baby Kevin in toe Melanie does just that while helping to build the back stories of our main characters. I really enjoyed the Great series. I love the Melanie Travis' books. Sorenson has created such interesting characters that add such depth to every story. In this book Melanie agrees to check on the areas only doggie day care center for her best friend Alice. As always Melanie stumbles upon the murder of one of the co-owners. She then promises his sister to try and find out who did it. With new baby Kevin in toe Melanie does just that while helping to build the back stories of our main characters. I really enjoyed the book and can't wait for the next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I like dogs but am not a canine fanatic so only the fact that a friend is a dog walker made me pick this up. It was an enjoyable and undemanding read. All character types were included, right down to the irritating aunt. I'd like to try more in this series but am hoping Aunt Peg can be avoided. Also, as is common with amateur sleuths, they do something stupid to put themselves in harm's way to heighten suspense. Melanie Travis is no exception. And that, for me, lessened suspense because what wou I like dogs but am not a canine fanatic so only the fact that a friend is a dog walker made me pick this up. It was an enjoyable and undemanding read. All character types were included, right down to the irritating aunt. I'd like to try more in this series but am hoping Aunt Peg can be avoided. Also, as is common with amateur sleuths, they do something stupid to put themselves in harm's way to heighten suspense. Melanie Travis is no exception. And that, for me, lessened suspense because what would happen next was pretty obvious. Nevertheless, I plan to try another in the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terri Gilbert

    An easy read in a series I'd forgotten about. Melanie Travis is now married and has a second son. Still eager to ferret out the truth in murders, she investigates the death of the owner at a doggie daycare facility Melanie had checked out for a friend. There's less of Sam in this book than I remember from previous titles in the series and seemingly less of the indomitable Peg, as well. But reading this was like catching up with an old friend. An easy read in a series I'd forgotten about. Melanie Travis is now married and has a second son. Still eager to ferret out the truth in murders, she investigates the death of the owner at a doggie daycare facility Melanie had checked out for a friend. There's less of Sam in this book than I remember from previous titles in the series and seemingly less of the indomitable Peg, as well. But reading this was like catching up with an old friend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy Ingalls

    Another. fun addition to the series-- I love Melanie and her family. Coincidently, I was listening to this on the way to NYC, on the Merritt Parkway. As Melanie whipped onto the parkway to go from Stamford to Greenwich, while I sat in barely moving traffic, I began to wonder how she ever got anything done. I mean, I always get stuck on that road, and she just goes back and forth like it's nothing. Yep, definitely fiction! Another. fun addition to the series-- I love Melanie and her family. Coincidently, I was listening to this on the way to NYC, on the Merritt Parkway. As Melanie whipped onto the parkway to go from Stamford to Greenwich, while I sat in barely moving traffic, I began to wonder how she ever got anything done. I mean, I always get stuck on that road, and she just goes back and forth like it's nothing. Yep, definitely fiction!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dena

    As always a winner. I love these books and Melanie's life feels as real to me as my friend next door. Somehow the author keeps coming up with fresh perspectives to make the murder thing she keeps tripping over seem natural and not maudlin! Already started the next one but I know I'm getting really close to caught up. Then I suppose, I'll just have to wait for new ones with everyone else! As always a winner. I love these books and Melanie's life feels as real to me as my friend next door. Somehow the author keeps coming up with fresh perspectives to make the murder thing she keeps tripping over seem natural and not maudlin! Already started the next one but I know I'm getting really close to caught up. Then I suppose, I'll just have to wait for new ones with everyone else!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Pinnell

    Once again Laurien Berensen has written a tale that captures and holds your attention From Chapter 1 to the very last written word. Like Sam said, Melanie attracts trouble like a heat sending missile zeros in on a target. This murder is not lacking in potential suspects, in fact they almost seem to multiply until they finally start to become less and less feasible leaving only the killer.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Burkhart

    In this series I enjoy the dog show scenes most of all. The shows were a very small part of this installment. Also, Melanie now has a baby but it doesn’t slow her down. It felt somewhat unrealistic. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joan Skinner

    Murder at the Doggie Daycare. Quick read, fun characters, dog show fun. Since I'm hooked on dog shows I love this series! I read them between heavier type mysteries. Murder at the Doggie Daycare. Quick read, fun characters, dog show fun. Since I'm hooked on dog shows I love this series! I read them between heavier type mysteries.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Reliable, entertaining, easy reads. You won't be challenged, but it's nice to hang out with Melanie. Reliable, entertaining, easy reads. You won't be challenged, but it's nice to hang out with Melanie.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kali Berger

    Did not finish - Main character is the living embodiment of “I’d like to speak with a manager” Couldn’t tolerate her even 100 pages.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Johnna

    really good read. I live on a dead end road and my neighbors recently built and operated a doggie day care. I love to stop by and visit all the fur babies!!

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