Sunday, June 30, 2019

Book 23 in the Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries
by Laurien Berenson

Melanie Travis’s new book club caters to readers craving fiction—with bite! But when a real-life murder case bares its fangs, she’ll need to swap dog-eared novels for a lengthy suspect list . . . 
Thanks to Aunt Peg and her enthusiastic pedigree dog show pals, Melanie’s aptly named Bite Club reading group has book lovers all over town burying their noses in thrilling murder mysteries. But another pet project surfaces when Melanie reluctantly agrees to train a Bulldog puppy for elusive member Evan Major. Between the unusual bruise on his face and a bizarre run-in with an unknown dog show attendee, introverted Evan can’t dodge trouble. It even sends him to an early grave—while landing Melanie in the hot seat for homicide . . .
Caught at the wrong place at the wrong time, Melanie delves into the victim’s shady past to prove her innocence. As she uncovers a juicy scandal that cost Evan his marriage and, possibly, his life, Melanie realizes that booking the real culprit comes down to gathering her pack of suspects together at the next Bite Club meeting. What she doesn't know is Aunt Peg has been hiding some explosive secrets of her own—secrets that, once unleashed, could pit Melanie against an unpredictable killer bent on bringing this story to an abrupt end . . .


I’ve been reading the Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries for years. I purchased the first one for my sister long before I had even started reading cozy mysteries myself. Now, at book twenty-three, this series is still sharp, fresh, and as well written as ever.

BITE CLUB is as vastly entertaining as previous installments of this series. With another superb plot, I devoured this book in one sitting. I simply couldn’t put it down!

Protagonist and series namesake, Melanie Travis, has truly grown as a character, but not so much as to take away what attracted me to her and this series to begin with.

Other than the gripping mystery, and of course, the entire story itself, one of the things I enjoyed most was that the murder didn’t occur until well into the book. This allowed for time to get the feel of what’s happening in the story leading up to the discovery of the body.

I have no doubt cozy mystery fans will agree, BITE CLUB is a cover to cover clever read. Not to mention a real must have for dog themed mystery fans!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your review. This sounds like a great book. So far the mysteries that I have read that have animals in them are just wonderful.
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