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The Bark Before Christmas Audiobook

The Bark Before Christmas: A Melanie Travis Mystery

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Audible Editor Reviews

"If you like dogs, you'll love Laurien Berenson's Melanie Travis mysteries!" (Joanne Fluke, New York Times best-selling author)

Publisher's Summary

Melanie Travis has her hands full with her two young sons, a part-time job, and a half dozen poodles to her name. But even with the busy holiday season approaching, she still has time to sniff out a Christmastime killer....

There's nothing lovelier than Christmas in Connecticut, but Melanie can scarcely find a moment to enjoy the festivities. With her youngest son approaching toddlerhood, she's decided to return to her old job at Howard Academy, a posh private school attended by the children of Greenwich's well-heeled gentry. Balancing work, motherhood, and the hectic dog show circuit takes some fancy footwork, especially when the headmaster taps her to be the chairman of the school's Christmas bazaar.

The Christmas bazaar is Howard Academy's biggest and most important fundraiser, so Melanie feels the pressure to make it a huge success. She even enlists her long-suffering sister-in-law, Bertie, to help with the Santa Claus and pets photo booth. But everything goes awry when a prize show dog goes missing, and Santa turns up dead. The dog's owner is one of the school's most perfectly pedigreed alums, and she enlists Melanie to help find the purloined pooch. But just as Melanie starts pawing at the truth, she digs up a sleighful of sinister secrets that leaves everyone feeling less than merry....

©2015 Laurien Berenson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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    M. L. Miller Minneapolis, MN USA 12-12-15
    M. L. Miller Minneapolis, MN USA 12-12-15 Member Since 2016

    mysterybooks and knitting

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    What did you love best about The Bark Before Christmas?

    I have read and listened to most of the Melanie Travis Mysteries. The author has a great sense of humor and family touch. Jessica Almasy brings it all together. There isn't a time in the story that I get confused as to which character is speaking and what a great "Kevin" job!!


    Any additional comments?

    I decided to write a short review because I was so impressed by the narrator. As you can tell, I have listened to a lot of audio books and feel narration can make or break a book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 11-21-15
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 11-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I Love This Series"

    This series is fun and entertaining. Melanie Travis butts her nose into other people's business and somehow saves the day. Aunt Peg, the dogs and the rest of the supporting cast are also back. I look forward to reading the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    wookie's mom 12-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!

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    "I wanted to like it"

    I really wanted to love this book. But I could not get past the narrator. It is poorly read and try as I might I couldn't get past that fact. I wouldn't waste a credit on this book.

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    Bonnie L. Anderson SWFL 12-22-15
    Bonnie L. Anderson SWFL 12-22-15 Member Since 2015

    Bons

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    Would you try another book from Laurien Berenson and/or Jessica Almasy?

    not with Jessica Almasy narrating


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    and so it goes ending


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    when she was the main character, her voice irritated me like fingernails on a chalkboard. She did OK when doing other characters so not sure why she used that voice.


    Was The Bark Before Christmas worth the listening time?

    ok, nothing special


    Any additional comments?

    Too much about the Poodles, poodles, poodels

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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