Search Results: "Laurien Berenson"


BOOK REVIEW

UNLEASHED by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Strictly run-of-the-puppy-mill."
Life's a bitch for Melanie Travis (Hush Puppy, 1999, etc.), schoolteacher and novice trainer of canine champions. Read full book review >

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CHOW DOWN by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 2006

"Although there's some question as to who'll become the Champions spokesdog, Melanie's success in solving the murder is never in doubt."
A breeder gets wound up tighter than her poodle's topknot when murder disrupts six pooches' bids to become top dog in a kibble contest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOUNDED TO DEATH by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A thin mystery filled with dog lore that canophiles will lap up."
Canine-loving compatriots take a vacation and solve a murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAGGING THROUGH THE SNOW by Laurien Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Melanie's adventure in winter wonderland provides a welcome break from her usual tales, which stick doggedly to show-pooch settings."
Connecticut dog breeder Melanie Travis (Murder at the Puppy Fest, 2017, etc.) finds a sleighful of trouble when her brother buys an abandoned Christmas tree farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOT DOG by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Like a poodle with a puppy cut, Berenson's ninth is all fluff."
In the world of Standard Poodle breeding, competition for Best of Opposite Sex is keen. Read full book review >

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WATCHDOG by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The interested canines take a lot of grooming, but at least they don't try to solve the mystery."
Frank Turnbull just can't stay out of scrapes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOUNDED TO DEATH by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A thin mystery filled with dog lore that canophiles will lap up."
Canine-loving compatriots take a vacation and solve a murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURDER AT THE PUPPY FEST by Laurien Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Whatever you think of the mystery, the heroine's interviews of the nine Brody kids, each crazier than the next, are worth the price of admission."
It's mutts vs. purebreds as Melanie Travis (Live and Let Growl, 2016, etc.) investigates the death of a dog-loving philanthropist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOG EAT DOG by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Only the author's amiable heroine and cozy narrative style might hold the nonenthusiastic reader to the end."
A third outing for Melanie Travis, Connecticut teacher and single parent, presently coping with five-year-old Davey, boyfriend Sam Driver, an ancient Volvo, her bossy, dog-breeder Aunt Peg, and Peg's recent gift—a poodle pup named Faith. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAIR OF THE DOG by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"All else here is absurdly contrived and unconvincing."
A third time on the Westchester/Connecticut dog-show circuit with Melanie Travis (Dog Eat Dog, 1996, etc.), divorced teacher, mother of five-year-old Davey, and lover of rugged computer designer Sam Driver. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUSH PUPPY by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"She then goes to the head of the class—way ahead of a mysterious young Jane Doe and Melanie's unhappy sweetie Sam Driver—when she and her Aunt Peg nail his killer. (Author tour)"
Hush Puppy ($20.00; Oct.; 304 pp.; 1-57566469-0) It's back to school for Melanie Travis and her Standard Poodle Faith, as Melanie (Watchdog, 1998, etc.) signs on as Howard Academy's new drama coach just in time to rub cantankerous caretaker Eugene Krebbs the wrong way before he's rubbed out for real. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNDERDOG by Laurien Berenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Melanie's second adventure (A Pedigree to Die For, 1995) provides more low-key entertainment for dog fanciers even while gently suggesting that poodles are never quite Woman's Best Friend."
Ever since receiving her autocratic Aunt Peg's gift of a Standard Poodle—and the fence around her suburban Connecticut yard—Melanie Travis has found herself edging gingerly into the world of dog shows. Read full book review >