Best in Show

Best in Show 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 cutthroatThere are dog shows and t

  • Title: Best in Show
  • Author: Laurien Berenson
  • ISBN: 9781575667843
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 cutthroatThere are dog shows, and then there s PCA the Poodle Club of America National Specialty show For Poodle purists, it s the pinnacle of the show season, drawing thousands of competitors and spectatoMurder 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 cutthroatThere are dog shows, and then there s PCA the Poodle Club of America National Specialty 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 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 Melanie much time to spend with her almost fiance, 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 committee, Betty Jean and Edith Jean Boone Sixtyish steel magnolias from Georgia, 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 PCA and the show must go on As Edith Jean staunchly resumes her raffle duites, 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 rivted on the ring, someone out in the crowd is about to get away with murder Melanie is getting ever closer to the killer and soon she s shocked to discover that in the dog eat dog world of showing a life can be lost as easily as a blue ribbon And unlike cats, dogs and their owners only have one to risk

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    1. My second venture into Poodledom with Melanie Travis. This time, the setting is the national Specialty Show---the Superbowl of poodle competition. Although this is aimed primarily at dog lovers, non-dog people might enjoy the excitement of America's biggest poodle competition and and the antics of rabid (pardon the pun) competitors. A couple of nice plot twists (although I guessed the outcome halfway through the book, and good strong characters make this an enjoyable read.

    2. I have read one of the newer books in this series and being that I really liked that one, I thought for sure I would love this one. But, that was not the case. I did not connect to any of the characters in this book. The Boone sisters were cute with their constant bickering though. A positive note about the book is that it's very informative on the dog show world.

    3. Poodle show at Show Place Arena.Very cute.Melanie helps with raffle.2 older sisters look alike.1 is murdered. The other pretends she is the other sister.

    4. Eh was ok. Would be better if you were a big fan of dog shows. Decent story but not hard to guess the next twist.

    5. I learned more about poodles than I needed to know, but it was entertaining nonetheless. The subplot with the lookalike sisters was a bit predictable.

    6. I enjoyed this book more than the previous in this series. Melanie finds herself in the middle of the most prestigious poodle show in the world and then there is a death of one of the sisters who are the owners of Bubba. I really enjoy the fact that Melanie is on the outside looking in to figure this out. There is Sam her once fiance who wants to come back into her life after taking off without a word. Her aunt who is the poodle expert and has recently become a judge is a great source of informa [...]

    7. Road trip for this book, off to Maryland the group for a HUGE poodle show. Once again Aunt Peg ropes Melanie into a job she isnt sure she wants. She ends up being an assistant to two senior citizen sister who run the raffle at the show. Early on, one sister is found unresponsive on the patio and dies. Is it accident or murder? For most of the book, it is really the concern of most at the show. Melanie at the end figures it out, this book was just okay in the series but I will read the next one.

    8. Like a mystery version of the movie with the same name. As much as I like reading about Melanie's day-to-day life, a vacation is always a welcome change.

    9. It's the premiere Poodle show in America, and Melanie Travis has entered her puppy in the competition. Her Aunt Peg drafts her into being on the raffle committee along with two elderly sisters. When one of the sisters is murdered, Melanie delves into the (really!) cutthroat world of dog showing to find out who did it. I really enjoy the "Melanie Travis" Mysteries. The stories are always interesting plus Melanie has a very realistic romance going on.

    10. This was one of the most enjoyable books by this author I have read. As a long time Dog exhibitor andshow addict, i found this one where she goes to the Prestige show of her breed, the Poodle club of America a fun read. Having experienced many similar people at my own national specialty and also local dog shows, and having gone through the jitters of showing at Nationals, I know exactly how she felt the first time showing there. There is also a murder of course, and Melanie is right in the middl [...]

    11. I listened to this book on tape while I scrapbooked last weekend. The setting of the story is the Poodle Club of America's National Specialty dog show. It would be hard to think of something that is of less interest to me, but I'm trying to widen my world. Melanie Travis mustbe the subject of many 'light' mysteries. She's pleasant enough but thecharacter development is minor compared to Kinsey Milhone of the ABCmysteries. The plot is too simple; I easily figured out the murderer.Also the dialogu [...]

    12. The incredible ease of these books leads to me reading them too often and getting frustrated at their shallowness. Easy, breezy, silly, and predictable. Who am I kidding? I'll keep reading.

    13. I love murder mysteries - this was a light read very entertaining - a lot about dog shows also - plan to read more of her books - just discovered this authoress by accident at library

    14. I might have to go back and reread the ending, I am not clear on what Mel did with the information about the old lady and if she let her get away with what she was doing.

    15. Another winner from Berenson. I like that most of the book talked about what was going on at the show and the murder mystery took second place - after all, it is the PCA. :)

    16. As a previous owner of a standard poodle and an avid mystery fan I am enjoying this series. Looking forward to finding more.

    17. An awful lot of kissing in this for a dog book. Let's see, people die or are run down, but dogs barely get kicked. I think I can see where the priorities are here.

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