FICTION

The Bark Before Christmas: A Melanie Travis Canine Mystery

Kensington. Oct. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780758284587. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780758284600. M
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Melanie Travis makes her 18th appearance in this popular canine-themed mystery series (Death of a Dog Whisperer). In addition to wrangling two young sons and a pack of poodles, Melanie returns to work at Howard Academy, a Greenwich, CT, private school. It's almost Christmas, and the school is gearing up for its annual fundraiser, the Christmas Bazaar. When the bazaar chair elopes to Mexico, the principal asks Melanie to take over. The event is going well until Santa turns up dead and a valuable show dog disappears. Feeling responsible, Melanie tries to track down the dog and the murderer so everyone can have a merry Christmas.
VERDICT Cozy mystery fans and dog lovers will lap this one up.

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