Chow Down by Laurien Berenson
(Melanie Travis Mysteries)

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If Melanie Travis was planning on a quiet family summer with her Standard Poodle Faith, son Davey, and new husband Sam, her plans are about to turn upside down. An unexpected competition, a trip to New York, and--oh yes, a murder--later, Melanie finds herself in a choke collar of deceit and corruption.

When she receives the letter from the Champions Dog Food Company informing her that Faith has been selected as a finalist in the "All Dogs Are Champions" contest, Melanie is mystified--until she discovers it was Davey who entered Faith in the contest.

At the reception where they meet the other finalists, Melanie immediately picks up the scent that this pack is a bone's throw away from a major dog fight. And when Larry Kim, one of the finalists, dies in a suspicious fall, something smells rotten to Melanie. With the final decision for a winner drawing near and the competition getting downright ferocious, Melanie and Faith will have to watch their backs--because Melanie's digging may well unearth a barking-mad killer who'll do anything to win.


About Laurien Berenson

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Laurien Berenson lives in Kentucky with her husband, her son, and four Poodles. Please visit her at her website
Published August 1, 2007 by Kensington Books. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Melanie Travis (Hot Dog, 2002, etc.) is shocked at the letter from Champions Dog Food congratulating her on her prizewinning standard poodle Faith’s selection as finalist in their “All Dogs are Champions” contest—until she learns that her nine-year-old son Davey, bored with waiting for Mel and he...

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In Berenson's enjoyable 13th dog-themed cozy (after 2005's Raining Cats and Dogs ), Melanie Travis's standard poodle, Faith, is a finalist in a contest sponsored by Champions Dog Food company, which is in search of the next "spokesdog" for a new dog food.

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When the owner’s wife steps in and continues, Melanie is left to wonder if someone really is willing to kill to win and how safe are any of the other dogs and owners?

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