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.
mysterybooks and knitting
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!!
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.
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.
Some of the characters, as read, talked in a British accent, weirdly. Including the main character's aunt, for some unexplained reason. Was distracting.
Being a dog person that shows in performance events and occasionally confirmation, I really enjoy the Melanie Travis books. The information is spot-on and the stories are always a delight
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
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.
not with Jessica Almasy narrating
and so it goes ending
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.
ok, nothing special
Too much about the Poodles, poodles, poodels
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