MURDER AT THE SPANIEL SHOW by Lynn Hall

MURDER AT THE SPANIEL SHOW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A brisk mystery with an unusual setting and a likable heroine, from a prolific author of YA books. Tabby is spending the summer before her junior year as an assistant at a kennel for springer spaniels, owned by blind Turner Quinn, and is deeply involved in arrangements for the national springer trials and show to be held there. One of the judges is Turner's twin, Teddy. On his arrival from England, Teddy immediately begins to receive death threats; Tabby, the Quinns, and the police try to discover how serious these threats are and who is making them. The fast-paced narrative culminates in a claustrophobic, suspenseful sequence--with Tabby trying to escape a dog carrier in time to warn the intended victim. While the solution to the mystery is never in much doubt, Tabby's breezy, humorous voice is always believable. The denouement is a bit cursory, but the suspense holds taut and the atmosphere is vividly rendered. A fast read with an offbeat, downbeat ending.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1988
Page count: 118pp
Publisher: Scribners