by Laurien Berenson
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Pub Date 29 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 02 Jul 2021
Kensington Books, Kensington
While usually protective, Melanie feels comfortable sending her sons to the Graceland School's summer camp for two reasons: The institution is well-regarded and proprietor Emily Grace is a trusted friend. But Emily has been acting strange since three rambunctious Dalmatian puppies suddenly appeared on her doorstep. The unusual arrival marks the first of several mysterious happenings at camp, each more intense than the last. Emily's rough streak takes a frightening turn with a discovery in the nearby woods--the body of her estranged ex-husband.
As suspicions rush in, proving that Emily didn't murder her biggest mistake will be about as easy as raising prize-winning show dogs. Realizing she's the only one who can prove her friend's innocence and keep the Graceland School from shutting down, Melanie dives into an investigation on the victim's whereabouts leading up to his demise. With a few spotty clues and Aunt Peg's growing curiosity about the Dalmatian pups' origins, Melanie must name the culprit before good intentions come back to bite!
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Author Laurien Berenson swept me away to the hectic world of mom, Melanie Travis, and her beloved family, with short, fast chapters that flowed to perfection. This twenty-seventh installment was a delight to read, and my favorite story now, in the series.
Protagonist Melanie Travis’s entire family is involved in showing champion Standard Poodles at dog competitions. Her oldest son, Davey, is a junior counselor at Graceland Nursery School summer camp; and youngest son, Kevin, will be attending camp, too! To Melanie’s surprise, Emily, the school owner, has three precious, yet rambunctious Dalmatian puppies running loose the first day of camp. I enjoyed the mysterious plot explaining how Emily wound up with Posie, Poppy, and Pansy; and how the author wove them into the murder mystery storyline was creative.
I’ve never read a Melanie Travis Mystery I didn’t like, and this story is no exception. Aunt Peg is a treasure, and has a fairly prominent role in this story as an amateur sleuth.
The action is non-stop. The mystery is top-notch, and, of course, people are never who they seem to be on the surface. There are tender moments, funny moments, sad moments, and ecstatic moments! This is a fun, relaxing cozy to sit and enjoy reading. It’s a fantastic series for dog lover’s and mystery enthusiasts.
I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. All opinions are my own. Thank you.
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