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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to an elite Connecticut kennel club where shocking secrets gnaw at the best of the breed and competition has a sharp - and deadly - bite. As if raising her son Davey, training her rambunctious Poodle Faith for the show ring, and grooming fellow handler Sam Driver for romance aren't enough, Melanie Travis's entre into the exclusive Belle Haven Kennel Club has been met with a grisly murder. Unfortunately, the only witnesses to the crime were the victim's startled pair of Beagles. And they aren't talking - Melanie hadn't intended to do any serious snooping, what with coping with the unexpected arrival of an ex-husband out to get joint custody of the son he's never known. In need of some serious distraction, she's off to sniff out dangerous secrets - only to discover that everyone at Belle Haven has something damning to hide.As the shocking truth slowly comes to light - and her own domestic drama moves center stage - Melanie finds herself eager to put the bite on a dogged killer who's desperate enough to strike again.

©1996 Laurien Berenson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A story as controlled as a well-behaved dog on a lead." (Publishers Weekly)
"Don't make me sit up and beg. Read this book today." (Dorothy Cannell)

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Narrator pacing is just a little to fast

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If I could play this audiobook at .90 speed, it would be perfect. The narration pacing seems really rushed, like the narrator can barely breathe. The narrator doesn't have a vast range: the one African American character sounds exactly like the white main character. Actually I also though the narrator sounded really young and squeaky. But that could just be me. I've just finished listening to Grover Gardener read all the Andy Carpenter mystery, and this is very very different from his narration.

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No. narration was too rushed.

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Have mercy‼️ This narrator is not good. Her enunciation/ pronunciation is ok, but she reads too fast. I slowed it down to 0.8 time.🙄

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Couldn't finish.

The narrator's talks too fast and her voice is a high pitched screech. I tried for several chapters but decided that life is too short to endure this any longer.

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Great!

I really liked this story! I read a lot of cozies and while this wasn’t my all time favorite, it was well written and kept me engaged until the end. The narration was a bit fast pace so I just slowed it down to .80 and it worked much better! I would definitely recommend it as fun and light reading. Perfect book for the end of summer!

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The narrator is reading the script way to fast. As I couldn't follow the story, I stopped listening and started another story.
What I don't understand is why the Producer allow the Narrator to read the story at warp speed.
I won't listen to any more books in this series.

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Light young reader book

I enjoyed listening to these books though obviously they were written for someone much younger than I. I enjoyed listening to them while I was doing garden work. Helped me learn a little more about dog shows too.
These were the first books ever that I did not listen to at normal speed. They sound like normal speech at .8x normal speed. Amazing the narrator could go as fast as she did. Was she time constrained? No complaints about the narrator at a slower speed. She did a good job presenting the story.

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a fun mystery

I enjoy this series. it is light but still a murder mystery with a little romance thrown in.

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Great, fantastic, & superb

Great story and fantastic reading . I look forward to more books by Laurien Berenson and anything narrated by Jessica Almasy.

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Another very good book. Starting to get used to the narrarator, who would probably appeal more to a younger audience. Again, really enjoy the knowledge of Dog Shows that the author weaves thru an even better murder mystery.

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Enjoyable

The book was enjoyable. A nice life mystery. The reader speaks a little fast but still a very good reader.

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Love this book series so far!!!

Having listened to the preview of this audiobook at the end of the First book of the series, I had high hopes, and I wasn't disappointed!

The murder mystery side of this tale is skillful, with the numerous suspects all having their merits. This time I did suspect the culprit but, I still wasn't 100 % sure, just like it main Character Melanie!

As an animal fan, I love the information about Poodles, and as curious soul, the information about dog shows - and all that goes into them - fascinates me, even if I can't hold it all in my head!

Laurien Berenson is a very skillful and talented writer in my opinion. She has developed amazing characters and relationships between them, chosen settings that have lots of interest, and she's added lots of interesting facts, whilst managing to weave addictive murder mystery stories into her books. There is gentle humour that mothers /parents in general will especially relate to I think, dog owners too I suspect!

I adore Jessica Almasy's narration! she juggles numerous voices that are distinct and recognisable, often in fast paced exchanges between characters, and requiring her to switch voices in an instant. I find her astounding! She's a true professional, bringing characters to life faultlessly.

I can't wait to start the 3rd book! 🤩🥰🙏🏽