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When Barry Turk, a notorious gigolo and poodle handler whose antics and attitude in the dog show circuit are despised, is murdered, Melanie Travis must rely on her keen skills of detection to sniff out a killer. Reprint.
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Laurien Berenson is author of the delightful Melanie Travis canine cozy mystery series, including Jingle Bell Bark and Best in Show. She has a degree in psychology from Vassar College and has been married for almost twenty-five years. She lives in Georgia with her husband, her son, six dogs, and two Welsh ponies.From Kirkus Reviews:
A third time on the Westchester/Connecticut dog-show circuit with Melanie Travis (Dog Eat Dog, 1996, etc.), divorced teacher, mother of five-year-old Davey, and lover of rugged computer designer Sam Driver. A little-liked trainer-handler, Barry Turk, has been shot and killed in the driveway of the house he shared with Alicia Devane, who had left her show-judge husband Bill for Turk. Pregnant, distraught, and under police suspicion, Alicia now asks Melanie to help her find the killer. A sympathetic Melanie starts asking questions, encouraged as usual by her bossy Aunt Peg, a breeder of Standard Poodles. Melanie's interest focuses on Viv and Ron Pullman--the two abruptly shifted their prize Chow from Turk's management to handler Crawford Langley and have been bad-mouthed by Turk ever since--and she also digs up several victims of Turk's sexual harassment, plus a spate of illicit affairs in unexpected places. It's going nowhere--slowly- -until a second killing and a magazine gossip item lead Melanie (the police have vanished) to an off-the-wall solution. Only for those obsessed with show dogs (their grooming, hair problems, and ingratiating personalities). All else here is absurdly contrived and unconvincing. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Kensington, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M075821345X
Book Description Kensington, 2006. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11075821345X
Book Description Kensington, 2006. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX075821345X