Underdog (Melanie Travis Mysteries, #2)
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Underdog (Melanie Travis Mysteries #2)

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Melanie Travis is back. Now, the Connecticut teacher and single mother returns to elite canine circles, this time as the owner and handler of her own pedigreed poodle -- and uncovers a killer lurking among the dogged handlers and their prize-winning pets.

It's not easy being the underdog, but what Melanie and her five-month-old pup lack in experience, they make up in enthus...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Kensington (first published January 1st 1996)
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Another fun (if you can call murder fun) mystery set in the dog sow world. This one seemed to be more centered on the actual handlers, breeders, etc. than others and, like all competitive sports, it showed both the upbeat, fun side as well as the nasty, "win at any cost" side of competition. Little inserts about the behavior of other breeds (the Finnish Spitz rocketing out of his crate brought the biggest smile)clinches these books for me as I've had breed rescues as well as mutts over the years...more
Lis Carey
After the summer's entirely too exciting events connected to the theft of Melanie's Aunt Peg's prize standard poodle, Beau, Melanie herself is now the owner of a standard poodle puppy named Faith, whom Peg expects her to show to her championship. While she begins to enjoy dog ownership along with her five-year-old son, Melanie is also taking dog show handling classes with a well-known handler, Jenny Maguire. Melanie and Jenny are becoming friends, and when Jenny tells her that Ziggy, Jenny's muc...more
Second in series. A well known and successful handler, Jenny McQuire that Melanie has started taking classes from with her poodle pup is found dead. Melanie finds herself questioning all the people in Jenny's life and slowly discovers that it is murder that caused Jenny's death. It is not until a second murder of a competitor happen at a dog show that Melanie is able to close and confront the murderer.

Good, fast, easy read. The "romance" with Sam is developed more in this book too and Melanie c...more
Light easy mystery...this one I did figure out but still enjoyed it! Perfect wait in the car read!
Jennifer N
A great second book of one of the best series I have ever read!!! I recently finished reading this and I can honestly say the ending was surprising!!!! I am not going to add spoilers no matter how bad I want to! If you enjoyed the first of this series, A Pedigree To Die For, then you will enjoy this one! even if you haven't read the books in order since you can't get a hand on them, like me, this is still a great book, although like most series books, there may be a few spoilers of the the previ...more
Again a charming mystery of murder in the dog show world. Competitiveness brings out the worst in people sometimes. A woman is murdered by those who want her out of the way for various reasons. Later another victim falls pray to the same killer. Meanwhile Melanie gains more experience in showing her puppy and moves along further in her relationship with Sam.
Fun, quick, quirky murder mystery. Second in the series. Again a "dog" book that doesn't require you to cry. A single mother of a 5 year old boy, solves the murder of her obedience class teacher and a fellow dog handler.

Fun read. Part of a series of about 15 books. I will keep reading.
Matt Allen
Good Book, Slightly Corny; but most certainly a comfort book of mine.
This was a good book, I enjoyed the main characters and the relationships with each other. The mystery was good, i didn't know who did it until the almost end.I will read more of this series.
This is the second book in this series of dog show mysteries and I enjoyed it as much as the first. They are easy to read and very enjoyable, if you enjoy either mysteries or dog shows.
Michael crage
The good part of the book is that it showed something about showing dogs. That part was interesting. Otherwise I that it was kind of dull.
This is the first book I've read by Laurien Berenson. Not yet finished with it, but it's kind of slow. Not a bad read, just a little slow so far.
If you enjoy the world of Dog Shows you will like this book. I can hardly wait to read more of her books -- So Many Books, So Little Time.
Light, quick read. I sometimes wonder if I'm supposed to want a poodle after I read this books. It's not working.
Marcy Luikart
As a lifelong fan of mysteries and poodles I thoroughly enjoy this entire series. Good fun anytime!
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.
ho hum ---- although it was interesting reading about the behind scenes of dog shows ...
The second book in the Melanie Travis series. Fun cozy reads.
I love the Melanie Travis mystery series by Laurien Berenson.
Anna Vasalaki
Great book, just as good as the first one of the series!
A good book to read while walking the dog!
Keri Montgomery

Too predictable.
decent dog mystery
I loved this book.
Tonja Booher
Two thumbs up!
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