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Best in Show (Melanie Travis #10)

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Murder's on the ticket when intrepid poodle breeder Melanie Travis travels to Maryland for a world-famous dog show where the competition isn't the only thing that's cutthroat. . .

There are dog shows. And then there's The Poodle Club of America National Specialty Dog Show. For poodle purists, it's the pinnacle of the season, drawing competitors and spectators from all over

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Kensington Books (first published 2003)
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May 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second venture into Poodledom with Melanie Travis. This time, the setting is the national Specialty Show---the Superbowl of poodle competition. Although this is aimed primarily at dog lovers, non-dog people might enjoy the excitement of America's biggest poodle competition and and the antics of rabid (pardon the pun) competitors. A couple of nice plot twists (although I guessed the outcome halfway through the book, and good strong characters make this an enjoyable read.
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I have read one of the newer books in this series and being that I really liked that one, I thought for sure I would love this one. But, that was not the case. I did not connect to any of the characters in this book. The Boone sisters were cute with their constant bickering though. A positive note about the book is that it's very informative on the dog show world.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Poodle show at Show Place Arena.
Very cute.
Melanie helps with raffle.
2 older sisters look alike.
1 is murdered. The other pretends she is the other sister.
Aug 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition was ok. Would be better if you were a big fan of dog shows. Decent story but not hard to guess the next twist.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I learned more about poodles than I needed to know, but it was entertaining nonetheless. The subplot with the lookalike sisters was a bit predictable.
Vanet Jensen
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than the previous in this series. Melanie finds herself in the middle of the most prestigious poodle show in the world and then there is a death of one of the sisters who are the owners of Bubba. I really enjoy the fact that Melanie is on the outside looking in to figure this out. There is Sam her once fiance who wants to come back into her life after taking off without a word. Her aunt who is the poodle expert and has recently become a judge is a great source of informa ...more
Teresa in Ohio
Road trip for this book, off to Maryland the group for a HUGE poodle show. Once again Aunt Peg ropes Melanie into a job she isnt sure she wants. She ends up being an assistant to two senior citizen sister who run the raffle at the show. Early on, one sister is found unresponsive on the patio and dies. Is it accident or murder? For most of the book, it is really the concern of most at the show. Melanie at the end figures it out, this book was just okay in the series but I will read the next one.
Lena Harper
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Like a mystery version of the movie with the same name. As much as I like reading about Melanie's day-to-day life, a vacation is always a welcome change.
Emily Cullen
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the premiere Poodle show in America, and Melanie Travis has entered her puppy in the competition. Her Aunt Peg drafts her into being on the raffle committee along with two elderly sisters. When one of the sisters is murdered, Melanie delves into the (really!) cutthroat world of dog showing to find out who did it. I really enjoy the "Melanie Travis" Mysteries. The stories are always interesting plus Melanie has a very realistic romance going on.
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most enjoyable books by this author I have read. As a long time Dog exhibitor andshow addict, i found this one where she goes to the Prestige show of her breed, the Poodle club of America a fun read. Having experienced many similar people at my own national specialty and also local dog shows, and having gone through the jitters of showing at Nationals, I know exactly how she felt the first time showing there. There is also a murder of course, and Melanie is right in the middl ...more
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on tape while I scrapbooked last weekend. The setting of the story is the Poodle Club of America's National Specialty dog show. It would be hard to think of something that is of less interest to me, but I'm trying to widen my world. Melanie Travis must
be the subject of many 'light' mysteries. She's pleasant enough but the
character development is minor compared to Kinsey Milhone of the ABC
mysteries. The plot is too simple; I easily figured out the murderer.
Also the dialogu
The incredible ease of these books leads to me reading them too often and getting frustrated at their shallowness. Easy, breezy, silly, and predictable.

Who am I kidding? I'll keep reading.
Lindsey Smith
Fun for dog lovers, very light
Jessica Brodman
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
new author very good
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like dogs
I love murder mysteries - this was a light read very entertaining - a lot about dog shows also - plan to read more of her books - just discovered this authoress by accident at library
I might have to go back and reread the ending, I am not clear on what Mel did with the information about the old lady and if she let her get away with what she was doing.
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue to enjoy this series. Perfect for a lazy, rainy weekend.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Another winner from Berenson. I like that most of the book talked about what was going on at the show and the murder mystery took second place - after all, it is the PCA. :)
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a previous owner of a standard poodle and an avid mystery fan I am enjoying this series. Looking forward to finding more.
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
An awful lot of kissing in this for a dog book. Let's see, people die or are run down, but dogs barely get kicked. I think I can see where the priorities are here.
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laurien Berenson is the bestselling author of the Melanie Travis canine mystery series. Her books revolve around the world of dog shows, a milieu she knows well as her family has been involved in the sport of dogs for three generations. There are currently twenty-two Melanie Travis mysteries, including the newest book, RUFF JUSTICE.

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