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Peg and Rose Solve a Murder

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Peg Turnbull is in the middle of judging a dog show when she spots a familiar face in  the stands. She’s both shocked and puzzled to see her sister-in-law,  Rose. The two met decades ago when Rose’s brother Max introduced Peg as his new fiancée, and there was instant dislike on both sides. Since Max’s death, their paths had seldom crossed, and they preferred it that way.
		Rose has decided, with some urging from her husband, that it’s time to mend fences. She’s joining a bridge club, and asks Peg to be her partner. Peg at first rejects the idea, but Rose does seem to be sincere, and they weren’t getting any younger.
		The other members are for the most part convivial and welcoming, and the two ladies have fun despite their miserable showing. Peg, ever inquisitive, does notice a couple of odd things: one couple are cheating, and there is discrete gambling going on.
		Things take a serious turn when one of the players is murdered. Peg, who’s had some experience with crime solving, enlists Rose to find the murderer. Rodney Sturgill,  the detective assigned to the case, is well known to Rose. She’d helped him with a previous case, and believes she’s perfectly qualified to work on this one. The detective does not agree, and warns her off, saying it’s too dangerous. Peg doesn’t let a little thing like being told not to do something stop her, and she plunges in full speed, dragging Rose along with her.  
		This is a fun cozy with two engaging protagonists and plenty of adorable doggies.
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Peg and Rose Solve a Mystery is a solid series debut. Following armchair sleuth sister-in-law duo Peg and Rose. This book definitely had its ups and downs. Very good cozy mystery setup - but very heavy on the descriptors and information dumping. I felt a bit bogged down while reading and it took me out of the story. The major conflict between Peg and Rose was very off putting as well. 
While it was a slow start for me, I did like how the dynamic of the sisters evolved and how their personalities played off each other. 
Bonus - I Absolutely loved all the animals!  Especially the mentions of animal rescue & importance of getting pets spayed/neutered. 
All in all an enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what Peg and Rose are up to in the next installment. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
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If you love senior sleuths this is the series for you. Peg and Rose are very clever and entertaining. I love their banter and quirkiness. There were some references to the author's other series that I have not read but if you have enjoyed her previous books you will also enjoy the show dog scenes in this one. I'm looking forward to the next book in this seres!
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Peg and Rose Solve a Murder is the first book in a new series by Laurien Berenson.  Fans of Berenson’s Melanie Travis series will recognize Aunt Peg.  Aunt Peg and her sister-in-law, Rose, have never been friends.  They have been bickering for 40 years. The two have nothing in common.  Peg is a dog show judge who raises poodles, while Rose is not a dog person at all.  Peg is not afraid to speak her mind and often comes across as bossy and demanding.  Rose is a former nun who has spent her life helping people.  Much to Peg’s surprise, Rose asks her to be her bridge partner.  Peg decides to give it a try. Their relationship can’t get any worse.  The bridge club has been together for years and are somewhat wary of the new team.  When one of their members is murdered, they immediately suspect Peg and Rose.  The ladies conduct their own investigation to figure out who the real killer is.  As they investigate, their relationship improves.  

Told in alternating chapters from each woman’s point of view, the reader gets to know each of the characters better.   The antics of these two senior citizens as they try to solve the mystery had me laughing out loud.  Having read many of the books in Berenson’s Melanie Travis series, I wasn’t sure if this spin-off would measure up.  It exceeded my expectations!  This new series is just as good or better than the Melanie Travis series.   I look forward to the next book in this new series.

Thank you to Netgalley and to the publisher for providing me with an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Instead of Aunt Peg working with her niece Melanie, this one has Peg working with her sister-in-law Rose, and their animosity from he past is hard to overcome. Enjoyed this one, and glad to see Peg and Rose work together and start to appreciate each other while solving a murder. Who knew bridge could be so deadly? Would recommend.
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This  is a new to me author and I have to say I am looking forward to reading more by this author!  I loved this book
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Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

I made it halfway through this arc before deciding it was great, but ultimately not for me. I think I would recommend this to fans of Rosemary and Thyme, and cozy mysteries. On paper it had everything I love: great characters and a mystery afoot with a quirky take. I just couldn’t get into it.
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I was drawn to this title by its cover. It looked exactly like the sort of cozy that I might enjoy. Plot lines are right there for the reader to discover. Plus, I have enjoyed books by this author for many years.

Peg, is Aunt Peg, from the long running series of dog mysteries that Ms. Berenson has penned. Here Peg teams up with Rose who is her sister-in-law. The two are very different; Rose is a former nun who always looks for the good in people while Peg is more blunt.

In this book, as can be seen from the cover, Peg and Rose have taken up bridge. It’s supposed to be a game that does not result in murder but…here we are. Enjoy solving the case with these gray haired sleuths. It is a fun read.

This book is part of what seems like a trend now. While senior sleuths have existed since Jane Marple, now we are seeing more of them. There are the title by Richard Osman and Deanna Raybourn’s latest to name just two. Peg and Rose will be welcomed by readers as well.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for this title. All opinions are my own.
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Peg is a very familiar character if you read Laurien Berenson books.  This is book 1 in a new series called Peg and Rose.  I really enjoyed this one with both the characters being senior women who have lived full lives.  Rose is Peg's sister-in-law and decides it's time to bury the hatchet with their long time feud.  They join a bridge club and shortly thereafter one of the members is killed.  Peg is still busy with judging dog shows and keeping up with her poodles.  Rose is running a shelter for women who need help.  Great book 1 and I'm looking forward to more.  The only thing missing was  some interaction with characters from the Melanie Travis series
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Peg and Rose Solve a Murder is the first book in a new cozy series by Laurien Berenson. Released 30th Aug 2022 by Kensington Books, it's 288 pages and is available in hardcover and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

This is a really well written and engaging cozy with a distinct Odd Couple vibe with a little bit of Golden Girls thrown in for good measure. The plot is fun; late middle aged sisters-in-law with decades of unpleasantly fractious interactions decide to join a local bridge club as partners (and repair/build a relationship with one another). They couldn't be more different, one's a former nun who renounced her habit to marry a priest, the other is a pragmatic professional purebred dog show judge who generally has little time for what she considers distractions and non-practicalities. 

As with most of the author's oeuvre, there is a surprisingly educational amount of minutiae and interesting behind-the-scenes nuts and bolts info about the dog show world and especially poodles.  The book shows some of how professional handlers and their assistants function in the dog world and how judges interact with them and the dogs themselves.

The plotting is well paced and the climax and denouement are fair-play and satisfying. The characterizations are where it really shines though - the author is very adept at making them come alive in all their imperfections and iracsibility. 

Four stars. Recommended for fans of cozies, and especially for fans of the author's other work. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.
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This was such a fun cozy! I loved the bridge club group, and Peg and Rose are a hoot. Their hijinks were so much fun to follow, and I cannot wait for the next book!
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A fun start to a new series!
At first I didn't know if I was going to care for this book.  The beginning of it had a lot of focus on dog show/dog show judging and that is just really not my thing, but when the gals joined the bridge club I was hooked.  I loved the bridge club group, meeting all the teams, learning about all the extra curricular activities that were going on besides cards, and especially our two main characters Peg and Rose.  These two women are opposites, but both loved the same man.  Peg's deceased husband was Rose's brother.  
They want cards to "bridge" their relationship, but it ends up being teaming up to find a killer that allows these women to come together.    
I can't wait to read what hijinks these ladies get up to next!
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author Laurien Berenson, and the publisher for this opportunity.
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Peg and Rose Solve a Murder is the first in a new cozy mystery series by Laruen Berenson. I love a good cozy and I'm all in for some older protagonists, like Peg and Rose. Also, if a character is described as grumpy or a curmudgeon, I'm 100% along for the ride. 

Rose is a former nun who has NEVER felt warm and fuzzy toward her sister-in-law, Peg. Peg is holding some long (40 years long) grudges against Rose. But seemingly out of nowhere, Rose asks Peg to be her partner in a local bridge club. As they are slowly working toward having a civil conversation and brushing up on long dormant bridge skills, one of the club members is murdered in their home. 

In trying to work together to narrow down their list of suspects, Rose and Peg also learn to communicate and let go of some of their long-held resentments and misunderstandings. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery and the characters of Peg and Rose. Marketing calls it Murder, She Wrote meets The Golden Girls, and I don't disagree. 

Thank you to the author, Kensington Books and NetGalley for the advance digital copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sisters-in-law Peg Turnbull and Rose Donovan are complete opposites and have a rocky relationship but Rose decides to take the bull by the horns in hopes they can build a healthier less contentious connection. She asks Peg to join a local bridge club with her and be her partner. Peg has not played bridge in years and she questions Rose’s motives but finally agrees to give the group a try. They don’t fair too well on their first day which Rose blames Peg for and Peg counters that some of their opponents may have been cheating. Still, they agree to return the following week.

Sadly before they can get a rematch one of the group’s players is murdered in his home. All of the members of the tight-knit group are questioned but as the newest members, Rose and Peg are given extra attention. Peg knows the drill, to clear their names they need to do some investigating on their own.   An investigation that uncovers their new friends have some skeletons in their closets. Could one of those skeletons have stacked the cards against the newly deceased? Will Peg and Rose solve the murder before the killer turns the tables on them? Can the two septuagenarians’ new closer relationship trump everything and keep them safe?

We have met and gotten to know well Peg Turnbull in Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis Mystery Series. She is a treasure, set in her ways and not afraid to give her opinions and tell you what she thinks about almost any subject but her life revolves around her dogs. She is a breeder/owner of several standard poodles and also a judge of many breeds at dog shows near and far. Her usual sleuthing partner is her niece Melanie but Melanie is traveling across the country on a family vacation. So she takes what she has learned from her escapades with Melanie and teams up with Rose to solve the murder. Rose is a former nun who has traveled the world and fell in love with a priest who she married. They have recently returned to town and have opened a woman’s shelter. These women couldn’t be more different but that starts to change within the pages of this book. The author has these characters take some very interesting steps as they investigate and learn about what really happens in each other’s lives.

The murder mystery has several viable suspects and I enjoyed following along with Peg and Rose as they worked through each of them coming up as to why each had a motive to kill. The clues were cleverly dropped to keep the story moving at a nice pace leading up to a great reveal.

With the unique relationship between Rose and Peg, the story contains quite a few humourous moments. I also loved that Peg’s dogs were featured and that Peg even took on helping a new little pup. Ms. Berenson knows dogs and she crafts them so that each one has its own distinct personality. It really makes them as true to life as her human characters.

Peg and Rose Solve A Murder was a darling little read and has set this series off to a fine start. I am looking forward to seeing how this series moves forward knowing that Peg is a key character in the author’s other series.
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Rose Donovan and Peg Turnbull could hardly be more different. Rose is a former nun who runs a women’s shelter with her husband. She has no pets and always tries to find the good side of people. Peg, her sister-in-law, is brusque and completely devoted to her Poodles, judging dog shows and generally running whatever she’s involved with at the moment. Rose and Peg have bickered for over forty years…from the time when Peg met, then married Rose’s brother Max, the love of Peg’s life. 

When Rose and her husband move back to the area, she attempts to find a way to reconnect with widowed Peg. And the two end up teaming up to join a local bridge club. They are starting to find ways to get along a bit more smoothly when one of the club members is murdered. Since Rose and Peg are the newest members, suspicion falls on them. Peg, of course, is hot on the trail to find the killer, dragging Rose along with her. As the two work together, they find out a lot more about the people with whom they’ve been playing bridge. And they draw the attention of the murderer as well.  

I wasn’t sure how it would work to have the least appealing character (for me) in the Melanie Travis mystery series have her own spin-off. We’ve all known or have a Peg in our lives who bosses everyone around, expecting everyone else to follow their lead, jump to do their bidding and who wants to make the decisions. But Ms. Berenson did a good job by balancing Peg’s abrasiveness with Rose’s genuine kindness and regard for others. And they end up making a very good team. 

It’s lovely to see two sixty-plus women portrayed as active, contributing, energetic members of their community, improving the situation for others. 

Well done, Ms. Berenson.
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I adore a cozy with an older sleuth, and Peg and Rose Solve a Murder is double the fun…and the mystery!

These two grumpy septuagenarians will steal readers hearts from the very first page. Witty, whimsical, and delightfully cozy, this is a must-read for cozy mystery fans!
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When Peg Turnbull had to take a break from her job judging dogs in the local dog show, she was irritated. Not so much for the break, but for the person waiting to talk to her. It was her sister-in-law Rose, someone she’d had a long and contentious relationship with. Peg had been married to Rose’s brother, and the two women had never gotten along well, not since Peg had first met Rose at the convent. 

Now Rose was sitting in the small audience section at the dog show, waiting on Peg, while Peg has a busy day of judging that’s only half over. During her short lunch break, Peg goes to find out what Rose wants and is surprised when Rose asks her to be her partner in a local bridge club. Peg hadn’t played bridge in years, but she was curious about why Rose had chosen her. She thought she’d give it a try. 

After decades of service as a nun, Rose had left the convent and married. She and her husband had traveled for awhile, helping where they could, and now they’re back in Connecticut, running a home for women who were in transition from dangerous relationships to a better life. But when Rose had been asked to join a bridge club, she wanted to say yes. She just needed to find a partner. She knew that Peg had played back in college, and while they had their problems through the years, Rose thought that maybe it was time to make peace. And maybe this was her opportunity. So she asked her. 

Their first afternoon at the bridge club had not gone well. Everyone was friendly, and there were lovely snacks. But Peg was rustier than she thought, and she and Rose just couldn’t seem to get on the same page. Their second attempt was better, and they even managed to win against the first team they were matched against. (It helped that Rose had figured out that they were cheating and came up with a way to thwart them.) But they lost their second match, to longtime friends Stan and Mick. 

Before they can try for a third meeting with the bridge club, Stan is shot in his home. 

Peg has never been one to let things go, and this situation is no exception. Rose, too, is concerned about the people in the bridge club and wants to know who could have done such a thing. The two women, despite being in their 70s, decide to ask some questions of their fellow competitors. It seems innocent enough, just asking questions of new friends, until someone shoots out the window of Peg’s kitchen. Clearly, someone is not happy about these women investigating the murder. But will that be enough to stop them from finding the truth? Or will they keep putting themselves in the path of danger until it’s too late? 

Peg and Rose Solve a Murder is a charming new cozy mystery from Laurien Berenson, who writes the popular Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries. Peg and Rose are both characters who have appeared in the Melanie Travis series, as Peg is Melanie’s aunt, so this book is written into a universe that has already existed for almost 30 novels and is completely at ease with the setting and the characters. 

I enjoyed Peg and Rose Solve a Murder not only for the characters but for the friction that always seems to be fizzing between them. They are very different women, with very different backgrounds, and watching them try to work together first as bridge partners and then trying to solve a murder together was lots of fun. The murder mystery was interesting and smartly plotted, but in this book, Peg and Rose are very much the stars. There are poodles, there is cake, there is a little gardening. But mostly, there is Peg and there is Rose, and I think that’s about all you need to create an entertaining story. 

Egalleys for Peg and Rose Solve a Murder were provided by Kensington Books through NetGalley, with many thanks.
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Love, love, love this clever book! 
Peg Turnbull is a dog show judge, lover of poodles and a no-nonsense woman. When her sister-in-law Rose Donovan surprisingly asks Peg to join a bridge club, Peg wonders about Rose's ulterior motive. The two get off on a rocky start thanks to years of animosity and hurt feelings, but soon, they find themselves working together to solve the murder of one of the bridge club members. As the women build a partnership, they just might learn to like each other. Now if only Rose would begin to like dogs, all would be well.
I like the humor and clever one-liners in this book. It's funny! 
And Peg and Rose and real women. They have strengths, worries and imperfections but are also likable. I want to be Peg and Rose! 
I like the inclusion of pets - I even learned something about dog shows and poodles. I appreciated the social justice aspect, too. 
While the mystery is fairly obvious, it was still pleasurable to read as Peg and Rose solved the challenge. 
I can't wait for more Peg and Rose antics!
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In the spin-off from the Melanie Travis mystery series, Peg and Rose Solve a Murder by Laurien Berenson delves deeper the personality and background of Melanie’s Aunt Peg, who is a dog breeder and dog show judge.  We also get to know Rose, Peg’s sister-in-law and a former nun.
Peg and Rose, both strong minded females, have had a contentious relationship from the very beginning.  Rose talks Peg into joining a bridge group with her so that they can work on improving their relationship.  Of course, a murder occurs soon after which they team up to solve.
I loved getting to know Peg and Rose, and their back stories.  What a fun cozy series this will be, creating a fresh new voice and reminding us that older protagonists are quick witted and resourceful.  (I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy and all opinions are my own.) Can’t wait for the next book in this series!
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Where have Peg and Rose been all my life? This is exactly the kind of cozy mystery I've been craving!

For that matter, why have I never read Laurien Bernstein before? She's brilliant! 

Let's start with Peg, and the fact that she judges dog shows! Honestly, one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is the televised dog show. So obviously, I already had a soft spot for this character.

And Rose? Her naivete as a former nun makes her such an interesting character! (And I can't help but compare her to another famous Rose, played by the inimitable Betty White.)

Add in a quirky murder mystery, and it's the perfect combination! I love how the two are learning how to get along - maybe even like each other? Such a great odd-couple combination.
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