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Publisher's Summary

The dog days of summer have just begun, and Melanie Travis is looking forward to savoring each lazy afternoon. And where better to enjoy herself than at her Aunt Peg's Fourth of July barbeque? It sounds ideal, until an uninvited guest proves that even the laziest dog day of the year can suddenly turn vicious.

Melanie knew someone should have kept Barry Turk on a short leash. The star Poodle handler and lady killer had a habit of chicanery that bred contempt in the dog show circuit. But when Barry is shot dead in his own driveway, even Melanie is stunned at how unsporting the competition can get. Now, as Melanie digs for clues deep under Connecticut's well-groomed surface, she finds herself sniffing around in the killer's own backyard, and counts herself lucky to have the animal instincts to keep herself alive.

©1997 Laurien Berenson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A well-paced and well-organized story, a surprise ending, and an ability to capture the great bond between dogs and people." (Booklist )
Abundant with dog lore, this lighthearted adventure will charm dog fanciers and cozy fans." (Publishers Weekly)

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Entertaining, but had to check my play speed

The reader has a nice voice and does a good job at voicing different characters, but I had to double-check to see if my speed was set at 1.5! She sounds like she's on warp drive.

It was disconcerting and a little distracting, but I did enjoy the book in spite of it.

I've read several of the books in this series, this was the first I've listened to. They're well-written cozies with a like able cast of characters.

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Talks too fast

Story was read entirely TOO FAST for my liking! Felt rushed. Not enjoyable 😒.

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Enjoyed, not as much

Enjoyable to listen to fill in the time. I am getting used to the performance, although if fast presenters bothers you, you will be annoyed.

Characters are likeable, Aunt Peg still makes me smile and laugh. This book is not my favorite in the series, too rushed and a bit of a struggle in the beginning to listen. Some better character development towards the end. Overall, I would recommend and I will take a small break and continue the rest of the series. This is my second free mystery series with Audible and I am really glad they offer. Happy listening.

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Might’ve been an enjoyable book, but too painful to hear

Sounds sped up, had to slow it.
Narrator’s modulation is nonsensical:
She stresses just about Every word & syllable as if Everything is the main point.
Trails off the end of every sentence & unimportant detail as though it’s a significant clue or innuendo, or like someone just sailed off into the sunset…
Seemed either she was unprepared or just failed to separate what was important from background details.
Unnatural😕

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I love the author! I’m not liking the voice of the reader. The pitch is high and irritating, especially Aunt Peg’s stilted accent ( who I really do not like anyway ). Less of her the better. I like the other characters and they are well rounded and interesting.

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Hair of the dog

I love this series...not only do I get to try to solve a murder mystery, I get to read about my favorite subject...dogs.

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Almost obnoxious protagonist with the brain of a gnat

I enjoy learning about dog breeding and dog shows. Otherwise the plot is contrived, the protagonist is foolish, immature, and incredibly stupid (and unbelievable) in her actions. Find another series with more fleshed out, believable characters and plausible plot lines.

You like funny cozies - try Stephanie Plum or Miss Fortune series. Enjoy complex and developed characters - try Lexie Carmichael series….

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A good cozy, but...

I gradually became very weary of the series’s spoiled, disrespectful son—especially with the mother having a Master’s in childhood education. I was a single mother to a son and was never confronted with him yelling at me, much less obligingly condoning it.
Very good narration, and author’s subject knowledge showed good research and her explanations were well done; together with a little bit of twisting plots they made for a decent listen.

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surprise

did not see the end coming. This book was a little confusing to me. A lot of characters so it was hard to track, at least for me. I might listen to it again. I did like it.

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Narrator needs to slow down but fun story

Really enjoyed the story as I love poodles and cozy mysteries. Together they are a win. The narrator would be fine if she’d slow down to normal speaking speed.

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  • Cathy Ewald
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Enthralling

Ideal read for both dog lovers and mystery fans..Dogs play important roles in the story..