Hot Dog - Melanie Travis, Bk 9 Author:Laurien Berenson In an effort to escape tail chasing males - namely her ex-husband Bob and boyfriend Sam - Melanie Travis opts to track down the elusive owner of an adorable Dachshund puppy that's about to be put on the block at a charity auction. She, her son Davey, and her prizewinning poodles are more than willing to take little Dox in as a boarder. But the m... more »ore Melanie discovers about the pup's background, the messier the case gets.
It seems the weiner dog is part of a divorced couple's emotional tug-o-war. As if tiptoeing through the minefield of a broken marriage isn't nerve wracking enough, there's also Melanie's new stalker - or stalkers - to deal with. The obvious pair is pesky local television reporter Jill Prescott and her cameraman, Rich, who figure that Melanie's nose for trouble will lead them to the next Big Story. They're annoying, but what's truly frightening is the presence of someone stealthier - and far more sinister. Someone who's broken into her house at night; someone who's stolen her wallet, and let her dogs loose in the neighborhood. Someone who's dognapped Dox.
With the doggy abduction and her son's safety on her mind, Malanie's determination grows. Because as things grow more desperate and dangerous it's beginning to look like her life may be the next thing up for auction.« less
If you are a dog lover and especially if you show dogs or have thought about it, this is a great series. This particular book isn't the best in the series, but still a good fun read. I don't think Berenson pulls off Melanie's stalking very well which makes a good deal of the core plot less plausible. Still, a solid entry and well worth reading.