Hot Dog - Melanie Travis, Bk 9 Author:Laurien Berenson While a mysterious stalker terrorizes her life, prize-winning poodle owner Melanie Travis, who is also dealing with the amorous advances of both her ex-husband and ex-fiance, sets out to find Dox, a lovable Dachshund puppy--the victim of a divorced couple's tug-of-war--who has been dogknapped. — From Publishers Weekly — In the ninth installment of... more » this beloved cozy series featuring teacher, prize-winning poodle owner and amateur sleuth Melanie Travis, a young journalist hopes Melanie's penchant for stumbling over dead bodies will lead her to a career-making story. But as Melanie tells the woman, at this point her life is pretty dull, that is, if you discount her tangled personal life. Melanie's ex-fiance, who left for six months to find himself, has just returned; her ex-husband has a new 20-something girlfriend and has moved into town to reconnect with his seven-year-old son; and she's involved in a divorced couple's battle over a Dachshund puppy, Dox. Then strange things begin to happen: her wallet goes missing, she returns home one night to find all the lights on, an unidentified caller phones at all hours of the night, someone steals Dox. Melanie begins to believe the next murder investigation might be her own. As in previous books, Berenson's insights and knowledge of the world of show dogs are a must for anyone who wants to know what it takes to get to the Westminster Dog Show. Melanie's poodles are as lovable and real as the story's human characters, while committed fans will enjoy following the progress of Melanie's relationships, some of which she actually resolves. A catchy title, an alluring dust jacket and the author's solid reputation should attract new readers as well.
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