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Summary

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.

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"Fresh, lively writing, a tough mystery, light humor, and insight into the peculiarities of human and canine behavior." (Booklist)

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Another winner from Laurien Berenson

Would you listen to Watchdog again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Watchdog?

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.

Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've read 4 of her books and this one is just as good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

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  • 22-12-15

Fun story

Fun story especially for dog folk. Narrated at the speed of light. SLOW DOWN. Love aunt peg

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  • Beatrice
  • 26-05-15

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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  • rebecca
  • 05-07-21

Warning - listen to the free sample first!!!!

The narrator has a voice of a 12 year old and speed reads the book.

The main character of Melanie Travis is a whiny girl who is foolish in accosting murderers (she should’ve died off in the first book) and KGB or Gestapo-like in her treatment of “suspects”. It’s unrealistic that she could behave that way and not shoved out the door or worse.

I’m reading it (listening) because it is free and doesn’t require close attention while doing chores or while navigating city streets for my work.

Don’t spend a credit for it - it’s not worth it.

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  • Marilyn RK
  • 11-06-21

Annoying Narrator but cute story

The story was good and informs about the dog show world. However, the narrator read too fast and in an annoying high-pitched voice. I had to slow the story to .8 to be able to tolerate the narrator.

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  • Nancy McCall
  • 18-04-21

enjoyed

I do enjoy this series. lots of twists and turns before the person who did the murder is revealed. sometimes I get lost on the characters but I do enjoy. just the right amount of love interest. Fun

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  • happyjo
  • 21-09-21

Watchdog

I just love stories with dogs in them! while I tend to gravitate towards more serious murder mysteries and action books, this story was amusing and enjoyable.