Ruff Justice by Laurien Berenson
(Melanie Travis Canine Mystery)

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Peg thinks the petsitter’s disappearance must be connected to the pet painter’s death. But figuring out the connection takes a murder maven, and that means Melanie. For pet fans who thrive on dog-show lore, Berenson’s brand is always best in show.
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As owner of prize-winning Poodles, Melanie Travis knows how to handle fierce competition. But when a conformation show turns deadly, it’ll take every trick in the book to outsmart a murderer who refuses to lose . . .
 
With the excitement of the spring dog show season sweeping Connecticut, Melanie is determined to help her son finally lead his Standard Poodle toward a championship title. Aunt Peg even skips the judging panel to exhibit a pup of her own, and she’s set on standing out from the pack with a handmade leash from Jasmine Crane, a talented canine portrait artist who also crafts stunning accessories for discriminating show-goers. Jasmine’s handiwork is to die for—but Aunt Peg didn’t expect to discover the woman murdered behind the concession booth, strangled by one of her dazzling custom creations . . .
 
Another shockwave ripples through the close-knit show community when Amanda, Aunt Peg’s longtime dog sitter and a renter on Jasmine’s property, ominously vanishes that same day. While nosing around for clues, Melanie suspects a dangerous connection between Amanda’s disappearance and the homicide case—a hunch that grows as her investigation reveals sketchy secrets about the late artist. Juggling a demanding teaching job, the pressures of the show ring, and a daunting suspect list, Melanie finds herself entangled in a mindboggling murder mystery . . . and hot on the trail of a desperate killer . . .
 

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 www.LaurienBerenson.com.
 
Published June 26, 2018 by Kensington. 304 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Peg thinks the petsitter’s disappearance must be connected to the pet painter’s death. But figuring out the connection takes a murder maven, and that means Melanie. For pet fans who thrive on dog-show lore, Berenson’s brand is always best in show.

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