MYSTERY

Bite Club

Kensington. (Melanie Travis, Bk. 23). Jun. 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781496718365. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781496718426.
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In Berenson’s 23rd dog mystery (after Ruff Justice), dog trainer Melanie Travis has started a book club among her dog-loving friends. Despite the threat of her overbearing Aunt Peg, who also trains poodles, seizing control of the club, Melanie takes an interest in a new member who’s just adopted a bulldog puppy. Things get complicated when she finds his dead body when she comes to his home for a puppy training session. Upcoming dog shows, her aunt’s assistance, and a crisis in her dear friends’ relationship involving a younger man all make solving the murder more difficult. Finding out the dead man had worked for an investment firm that scammed its customers out of their money is surprising, but learning that several of her fellow book club members were among those customers is even more so.
VERDICT Fans of the series will enjoy this outing, and newcomers will find a satisfying mystery and plenty of canine content, including behind-the-scenes secrets of dog shows, which will make them seek further volumes about Melanie and her pack of poodles.

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