It's autumn in Connecticut. Melanie Travis has just started a new job, and with the added excitement of showing her Standard Poodle, Faith, in the fall shows, the last thing she wants is to become embroiled in yet another of her brother Frank's moneymaking schemes. His current brainstorm - remaking an old store in stylish suburban Fairfield County into a trendy coffee bar - already has the neighbors snarling. Worse, wealthy Marcus Rattigan, who's bankrolling the project, is found murdered on the premises, and the police think Frank did it. Always the family watchdog, and faced with Frank's imminent arrest, Melanie has no choice but to take on the investigation. Drawing on her connections in the dog world, Melanie is soon successfully unmuzzling the dead man's nearest and dearest, including a bitter ex-wife, a spurned mistress, and an ambitious second in command. But Melanie is about to learn that being a watchdog can sometimes be dangerous - especially when every clue she uncovers leads her one step closer to a murderer who is desperate enough to kill again....
©1998 Laurien Berenson (P)2014 Audible Inc.
"Fresh, lively writing, a tough mystery, light humor, and insight into the peculiarities of human and canine behavior." (Booklist)
I really like this series of stories. The main character and her family are really well written and the stories are believable. I never guess 'who dunnit' but it keeps me gripped til the end.
The portrayal of Marcus Rattigan is great - he is written as a real 'bad guy' type and you don't feel empathy with him at all. The Aunt is also written well as a slightly irritating but loveable character - totally believable.
I've read 4 of her books and this one is just as good.
I always like listening to these books when I'm doing the housework as they don't require full attention all the time. the narrator is excellent at setting the scene and I really like listening to her voice.
Fun story especially for dog folk. Narrated at the speed of light. SLOW DOWN. Love aunt peg
"Better and Better"
Every book gets better and better. I thought the last one was really good but this one tops it. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here.
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