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With just a few days left before Halloween, everyone at Howard Academy is anticipating the guaranteed sugar high they’ll experience from gorging on Harriet Bloom’s famous marshmallow puffs. The private school’s annual costume party revolves around the headmaster’s assistant and her seemingly supernatural batches of gooey goodies. So, it's a shock when Harriet’s elderly neighbor is suddenly found dead with the beloved dessert in his hand. In a snap, police start questioning whether Harriet modified her top-secret recipe to include a hefty dose of lethal poison . . .
Melanie knows her tenured colleague would never intentionally serve cyanide-laced puffs to a defenseless old man. But as explosive neighborhood gossip reveals a potential culprit, it also brings her closer to sealing her own doom. Because on an evening ruled by masked revelers, bizarre getups, and hidden identities, Halloween might just be the perfect opportunity for a cold-hearted killer to get away with murder once again—this time sending a nosy, unsuspecting sleuth to an early grave!
Praise for Laurien Berenson and her Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries
“When a new book by Laurien Bereson comes out, I’m on it like a dog on a liver treat…not only do readers get a diverting story, they also get lots of behind-the-scenes intel on dog shows and the main character’s preferred breed.” —The Bark on Bite Club
“Filled with more dogs, more fun, and more mystery, this cozy is the perfect summer read.” —Modern Dog on Bite Club
“Bite Club is another satisfying title in Berenson’s Canine Mystery series. Boomer, Lilly and I give it our highest rating—ten dog biscuits!” —Suspense Magazine
"Dog-loving mystery fans will welcome another Christmas caper featuring Melanie, Aunt Peg, and their Poodles."—Library Journal on Wagging Through the Snow
"Well-drawn characters, especially Melanie and her acerbic aunt, contribute to the appeal here, along with the warm, sometimes humorous scenes of family life. Melanie’s beloved six dogs are woven throughout the holiday-themed cozy, which will appeal to readers of Susan Conant’s Holly Winter mysteries and Barbara Allan’s Trash ’n’ Treasures series." —Booklist on Wagging Through the Snow
"Berenson weaves together mystery, humor, dogs (of course!) and the effects of homelessness and alcoholism on families to create a short but sweet holiday tale." —Philadelphia Daily News on Wagging Through the Snow
“Cozy mysteries may have cats galore to charm their readers, but dog lovers are well served by Berenson’s sweet series.” —Publishers Weekly on Ruff Justice