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Hot Dog (Melanie Travis #9)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  763 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
In an effort to escape tail-chasing males--namely her ex-husband Bob and boyfriend Sam--Melanie Travis opts to track down the elusive owner of Dox, an adorable Dachshund who's about to be put on the block at a charity auction. But the more Melanie discovers about the pup's background, the messier the case gets. It seems Dox is part of a divorced couple's emotional tug-o-wa ...more
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Kensington Books (first published September 1st 2002)
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Roger Bailey
Not having ever shown a dog in a dog show and not having ever attended a dog show I found all the discussion of dog shows to be kind of boring and there were a lot of dogs and dog shows were the setting in this novel. Fortunately there was more too, so the time I spent reading it was not a total loss. Melanie Travis is getting spooked when she realizes that she has a stalker and does not know who it is. She is not only being stalked, but she is having petty crimes perpetrated against her. Her wa ...more
Cynthia Sacks
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another Championship Read

This cozy series follows Melanie Travis, her son Davey, assorted friends and relatives, and Melanie's standard poodles. Books can be read individually or in order. As a standard poodle owner myself, the dogs are what started me on this series. However, it is the cogent writing, the always intriguing mysteries, and most importantly the character development and relationships that make this series so special. While many cozy series involve a lot of fluff writing and or sim
Lena Harper
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
*semi spoiler*
This book was a bit short on mystery but at this point I'm hooked enough on Melanie and Davey and the rest that I didn't mind. It was kind of a nice change to read a mystery where no one dies!
Vanet Jensen
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable quick candy read. The plot is not your typical cozy mystery.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good romp for a cozy mystery I have enjoyed learning about dogs, and the dog show mentality
I've read other books in this series and while I found the plot to be lacking in high drama, I remembered the characters and that the book was consistent with the author's writing. Melanie Travis, substitute teacher/single mom/poodle handler/magnet for trouble?, finds herself in possession of a dachshund puppy who was donated to a charity auction held by her uncle, Peter, but his origins are questionable. When Peter's wife, Rose, confesses their lack of canine expertise, Melanie agrees to hold o ...more
Debbie Heaton
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Berenson’s mystery novel, in an effort to put some space between herself and the men in her life, Melanie Travis takes on the responsibility of tracking down the owner of Dox, an adorable Dachshund who’s about to be sold at a charity auction. The more Melanie delves into the dog’s history, the more she discovers that Dox is actually a pawn in a divorced couple’s emotional tug-of-war.

As if navigating the marital woes of others isn’t stressful enough, Melanie has picked up some stalkers—a pesky
This is the only one of the "Melanie Travis Canine Mystery" books I have read. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had read others.

In this book, Melanie (& others) are show-dog people. Her aunt/uncle have received a donation of a dachshund puppy to be auctioned for charity. Melanie & her aunt are appalled that anyone would do this to a puppy and so are on a quest to find out who donated the dog & why.

At the same time, strange & frightening occurrences are happening to Melanie
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really interesting to learn about how show dogs are prepped for judging. However, I did find the character of Melanie quite surprising considering she had a young son and was being stalked that she didn't involve the police but had sense enough to have her ex-hubby take care of him. The story would have been more interesting if she had involved her aunts in what was going on, at least her Aunt Peg told her a few things she should be doing when her niece ...more
Emily Cullen
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dog show owner and teacher Melanie Travis is taking care of a dachshund puppy and trying to figure out who is stalking her. There's the noisy reporter following her for The Next Big Story since Melanie is known for solving murder cases. But when someone breaks into her house and the dog is stolen, Melanie knows there's something more going on. I really like this cozy mystery series. There's a whole of dogs shows so if dogs aren't your thing you may want to skip it. I also enjoy following Melanie ...more
Sue Kozlowski
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Author wrote lots of books centered around dogs. Melanie has standard poodles and show them. A dachshund puppy gets stolen from her house.
Donated to DPL may 2015
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this series, is like watching the next episode in a favorite tv show. Familiar characters and settings, just a relaxing read.
Sharon Thrasher
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great book to read.

Had a good time reading this. Only took me a few days. It was great and I had a few laughs and a few cry 's and some excitement. Way to go Laurien.
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another winner

I really enjoyed this one. Lauren Berenson has , once again, caused me to ignore the tv and enjoy another of her awesome books
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Single mother who has strange things going on in her home and being stalked not calling the police...not realistic. Getting more disappointed in this series with each book.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Davey gets a pony from his dad.
Dog to be sold at charity auction.
Melanie watched by news team.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this mystery. For a change, no one gets murdered! Still it is a mystery and a good one. Have loved all of these. On to #10!
Jennifer Fosberry
I like the insight into the dog show business. Interesting setting.
I enjoy reading Laurien Berenson Melaine Travis Series. The mystery was good and I love the dogs, and the character are fun to read about.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this fast moving mystery. Lots of interesting info on poodles and the world of dog shows as well as good characters and subplots.
Casey Johnson
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love the Melanie Travis series

Great character development and fun to read! I would definitely recommend this series. Download them in your Kindle app and get reading; enjoy!
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time read of this author. It was different and funny but I would class it as a light read. It is not heavy duty mystery but it does keep you guessing.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-mysteries
I love it when a heroine behaves exactly as I would myself in a given situation...makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and with it.
Not one of the stronger entries in this series. Very weak mystery. Supporting cast all needs to be punched in the nose.
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good light reading with this series. The second in the series that I've read. Kind of along the lines of Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton, not quite up to their league, but good to read.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect beach book
Felicia Fleming
rated it it was amazing
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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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