Jingle Bell Bark - Melanie Travis, Bk 11 Author:Laurien Berenson It's Christmas again, and Melanie Travis barely has time to pencil in some holiday festivities. Especially once she finds herself making a list of murder suspects-and checking it twice. This year, all Melanie wants for Christmas is a dull moment. Between her son Davey, her teaching job, and showing her Standard Poodle puppy, Eve, there just ... more »aren't enough hours in the day.
But when Davey's usual bus driver, Henry Pruitt, disappears and is replaced by a surly, pierced, twentysomething, Melanie is concerned. The elderly, amiable Henry was a friend to all in the neighborhood, so she decides to check on him...only to find that he died two days earlier, under suspicious circumstances. As if that weren't bad enough, Henry's two Golden Retrievers are now bereft of both master and home.
Melanie can't just abandon them, so she brings them to her Aunt Peg, the most stubborn woman on the planet, who's now determined to find out the truth about Henry's death, no matter what it takes. Soon, the indomitable Aunt Peg has Melanie leashed to another murder investigation. And unless she sniffs out this Scrooge of a killer fast, a lump of coal in her stocking may not be the worst thing Melanie gets this Christmas.« less
Didn't feel as well thought out as the other books in the series nor were the new characters really fleshed out, certainly a bit of a letdown after Best In Show, but worth a read especially if this is a series you keep up with - there is a fair amount of personal plot development. Despite the title, the holiday theme is rather peripheral, mostly asides about decorations.