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Best in Show
by : Laurien Berenson

Murder’s on the ticket when intrepid poodle breeder Melanie Travis travels to Maryland for a world-famous dog show where the competition isn’t the only thing that’s cutthroat…

There are dog shows. And then there’s the PCA: The Poodle Club of America National Specialty Dog Show. For poodle purists, it’s the pinnacle of the show season, drawing thousands of competitors and spectators from all over the world. And though she has her own Standard poodle puppy, Eve, to show, Melanie gets leashed into helping out on the raffle committee by her formidable aunt. Selling tickets and sprucing Eve up for competition won’t leave much time for Melanie to spend with her almost-fiancé Sam on their first trip together without their usual chaperone, Melanie’s seven-year-old son, Davey.

Once in Maryland, Melanie is put to work selling raffle tickets by the co-chairs of the raffle committee, Betty Jean and Edith Jean Boone. Sixty-ish steel magnolias from the South, the reclusive sisters make few appearances. But this year, they have a silver Toy puppy that has already caused quite a buzz on the show circuit.

Even though the poodles remain well behaved, it’s their owners and handlers who start acting up. And then murder takes center stage. Betty Jean is found dead at the host hotel. But this is the PCA—and the show must go on. As Edith Jean staunchly resumes her raffle duties, Melanie instinctively starts searching for clues, and comes up with a compelling cast of suspects: a rival owner whose bite may be just as bad as his bark, a handler with a nasty reputation, and a possibly fraudulent pet psychic.

With all the attention riveted on the ring, someone out in the crowd is about to get away with murder. Scraps of conversations and suspicious goings-on have Melanie looking for a suspect—and getting ever closer to the killer. Soon she’s shocked to discover that in the dog-eat-dog world of showing, a life can be as easily lost as a blue ribbon. And unlike cats, dogs—and their owners—have only one to risk...


 
Series: Melanie Travis Mystery
Chow Down - Book
Best in Show - Book
Dog Eat Dog - Book
Jingle Bell Bark - Book
Pedigree To Die For, A - Book
Hair of the Dog - Book
Underdog - Book 2
Watchdog (reissue) - Book 5
Hush Puppy - Book 6
Unleashed - Book 7
Once Bitten - Book 8
Hot Dog - Book 9
Raining Cats and Dogs - Book 12
Hounded to Death - Book 14
Doggie Day Care Murder - Book 15
Gone With the Woof - Book 16
Death of a Dog Whisperer - Book 17
Bark Before Christmas, The - Book 18
Live and Let Growl (hardcover) - Book 19

Best in Show

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Publisher:
Kensington
Publish Date:
September 2003
Theme:
Suspense: Detective-Sleuth - Modern Day Set

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