Saturday, September 16, 2017

Book 21 in the Melanie Travis Mysteries
by Laurien Berenson

Melanie Travis needs a little peace from her busy life this Christmas. But the usual holiday hubbub is a joy compared to the killer surprise she finds tucked underneath the tree . . .
With a demanding teaching job at Connecticut’s elite Howard Academy and five poodles scampering around the house, Melanie barely has energy for the upcoming Christmas rush. But she unwraps an unexpected challenge when her brother and ex-husband, elated by the recent success of their country cafĂ©, make a spontaneous bid on a dilapidated pine tree farm. Although the ten-acre lot had been a popular seasonal destination while the original owner was still alive, it’ll take some sprucing up—and a small miracle or two—before the neglected place is in shape for December. 
Unfortunately, the impromptu business venture goes cold when the group discovers a purebred Maltese whimpering in the snow-covered grove—right beside a dead body. Pete, a squatter who camped out on the land, apparently met his end after a fallen fir tree branch knocked him on the head. But as Melanie and Aunt Peg investigate Pete’s history and the terrible habit that cost him everything, it’s clear his death was no accident. Now, Melanie must run through a flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in time—or she’ll be next on someone’s deadly list.


Every time I think I’ve read the best Melanie Travis Mystery, author Laurien Berenson proves me wrong!

I adore this series. Melanie is a great protagonist, and a lot of fun to read. The supporting characters all add so much to it. And of course, there are dogs! Melanie’s dogs, all five of them, have the greatest personalities. The way Berenson describes them, I get clear pictures in my mind of each and every one of them. 

WAGGING THROUGH THE SNOW is another splendid installment in this wonderful series. An exceptional mystery that kept me guessing, and I still got it wrong. Author Berenson really knows how to throw plot curves into a story. By the time of the reveal, I was dizzy for all the twisting and turning!

Along with the mystery element, WAGGING THROUGH THE SNOW has a lot of laugh out loud moments. I had to wipe away tears during one particularly funny scene. I still find myself chuckling when I think back on it.

To be a shorter than normal cozy mystery, Ms. Berenson manages to pack in a lot of mystery, action, and hilarity into WAGGING THROUGH THE SNOW, without the story feeling rushed. She even gets a recipe in there for readers!

Available now for pre-order
September 26

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. Christmas-themed mysteries are a favorite of mine! I love reading them in December. Happy Saturday.

  2. Thanks for sharing your review. Lisa. Sounds like a not-to-missed book.