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Live and Let Growl

(Melanie Travis #19)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  641 ratings  ·  98 reviews
"If you like dogs, you'll love Laurien Berenson's Melanie Travis mysteries!" --Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author

When her Aunt Peg lands a gig as judge at a Kentucky dog show, Melanie Travis welcomes the opportunity for a road trip. Too bad a killer has planned a deadly detour . . .

For a dog lover like Melanie, the opportunity to attend the Kentuckiana Dog S
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Kensington
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Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge

3.5 stars

In this 19th book in the 'Melanie Travis Mysteries', Melanie helps investigate a suspicious death in Kentucky - and learns all about dog shows and horse racing. The book can be read as a standalone.


Melanie Travis lives in Connecticut, teaches at Howard Academy, and shares a loving home with her husband, two sons, and five Standard Poodles. Over spring break Melanie and her favorite poodle, Faith, accompany Aunt Peg and sister-in-law Bertie to the Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster in L
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
This wonderful mystery will have you barking with delight, and leave you begging for more!

Before I knew what cozy mysteries were, when I was reading suspense thrillers, I was trying you encourage my younger sister to read more by buying her the Author Laurien Berenson’s series because they were nice clean stories and they were about dogs. I could kick myself now for letting my sister pass them on after she read them. But I will own the entire series again one day. Yes, they are that good!

Linda 📚
Melanie Travis, her Aunt Peg, and her sister-in-law, Bertie, travel from Connecticut to Kentucky on a dual mission--compete in and judge a dog show, and meet a Thoroughbred horse Aunt Peg has inherited. Upon arrival, Peg also reunites with an old friend and retired show competitor, Ellie Gates Wanamaker, who's also knowledgeable about horses.

When the women find themselves in two different fields--one canine, the other equine; bitter rivalries, greed and corruption become a tangled mess of leashe
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice light change from the psychological thrillers that form the main bulk of my reading. This was very enjoyable reading for anyone that loves dogs and is interested in the way dog shows work- I come into that category! As a murder mystery this wasn't terribly demanding but that wasn't a problem for me. I would like to read more in this series.

Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read and review this fun book.
Lisa Morin
It's time for Spring Break and where do you think Melanie Travis will be spending hers? At the Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster of course!
Instead of relaxing during her break from Howard Academy, Melanie finds herself traveling with Aunt Peg,who is doing a week long judging stint and of course, Melanie's canine companion, Faith.
While in Kentucky, Aunt Peg plans to reconnect with an old friend. Reunions are fun, however, when an accident takes the life of Miss Ellie, Aunt Peg and Melanie are fast to
Clare O'Beara
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well done to the author on keeping this series fresh. Melanie and her Aunt Peg with their large Poodles are in Kentucky looking into a matter of Peg's having inherited a brood mare. As Peg knows everyone in the dog show world, they meet up with a senior lady who used to be big in showing and take her to a show; a murder inevitably occurs as old wounds are re-opened. Plenty of the scene however is set on a stud farm.

Much talk about the background work involved in showing large fluffy dogs. Much
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laurien Berenson's Live and Let Growl (Kensington 2016),#19 in the Melanie Travis series, is a delightful cozy mystery starring special ed teacher Melanie Travis. She's been working full time, raising a three-year-old and caring for a house full of poodles (the silent stars of the series). Her husband arranges a surprise vacation to a Kentucky dog show to accompany Aunt Peg on two tasks: look into a thoroughbred horse she's inherited and help a pregnant cousin at a dog show where's she is showin ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: what-an-animal
" 'Kentucky seemed like such a safe place,' Sam mused...'Serene, pastoral...just farms and bluegrass and happy horses...' "
Melanie Travis and her Aunt Peg Turnball are off for an adventure.
If you are a fan of this series you would expect it to include a dog show, would probably be disappointed if the book did not have a certain focus on dogs, but we are also gifted a new world to explore -- the world of thoroughbred race horses!
Aunt Peg is judging a dogshow in the midwest, the southern midwest
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books, dogs
It is Spring Vacation time and Melanie goes with Aunt Peg to a cluster of dog shows in Kentucky. Aunt Peg has judging assignments in 3 of the shows. Bertie takes her string to the shows. While there Aunt Peg is interested in Thoroughbreds as she has inherited a broodmare. Miss Ellie is a friend and Aunt Peg is delighted to see her again learn about her horse.A lot good information on thoroughbred racing is included which I enjoyed reading. Miss Ellie attended one of the dog shows and there were ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Live and Let Growl by Laurien Berenson is the 19th book in the Melanie Travis mystery series. Reading this book made me feel like I was visiting good friends, and catching up on their latest adventure. Melanie and her Aunt Peg travel from their home in Connecticut to Kentucky where Aunt Peg is judging the Kentuckiana Dog Show, and to see the race horse she recently inherited. While in Kentucky, Aunt Peg connects with her old friend Miss Ellie, who is an expert on show dogs and thoroughbred horse ...more
Nancy Baker
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melanie Travis finds herself on a surprise trip to Kentucky with her Aunt Peg. While Peg is in Kentucky judging a dog show she wants them to check out a retired race horse that she just inherited. But when Peg's friend, Ellie Wanamaker Gates, has an accident and ends up in the bottom of a ravine Peg and Melanie question if it truly was an accident. They begin to investigate and they find out there is more than one secret in the Gates family.
This is book #19 in A Melanie Travis Canine Mystery s
This cozy mystery is by a new-to-me author. I chose it because the blurb on the back sounded interesting and it was set in Kentucky which was a state I was trying to fill in on the 50 state challenge. The book was all right but I felt overwhelmed about halfway through with all the dog show information that was included. I also felt the cozy mystery thread was somewhat light and the characters were not as well developed as they could have been causing me to not really connect with any of them. Be ...more
Jayme(the ghost reader)
This is the nineteenth book in the series. In this installment, Melanie goes to Kentucky with her Aunt Peg and her sister in law Bertie for a dog show. Aunt Peg runs into an old friend, Miss Ellie who used to show standard poodles. Not everyone is happy to see Miss Ellie. Memories run long and there seems to be some bad blood between her and her former competitors. The next day, Miss Ellie is found dead and it is up to Melanie to solve the case. Other than learning about dogs, I learned about th ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This takes place in the spring in Kentucky. The story involves dog shows, a horse, a farm, an accident, and fraud. Melanie and her aunt, Peg, and sister-in-law go to Kentucky for dog shows and a horse. There are several possibilities for what happened at the farm, and I was surprised by what actually happened.
Heidi Burkhart
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melanie, Faith, and Aunt Peg head for Kentucky after Peg inherits a race horse. I learned a lot!
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The change of scene (Lexington, KY) was fun but I have a problem with murder mysteries that don't really solve the murder. I personally like the artificiality of having all the loose ends meticulously tied up.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Live and Let Growl is a cute, cozy mystery. I had not read any other Meanie Travis books in the series, so I can readily say that this is a stand-alone book, although part of a long series. In this book, Melanie is approaching spring break. Her Aunt Peg has landed a stint as a judge at a Kentucky dog show while, at about the same time, inheriting a Thoroughbred broodmare named Lucky Luna, who's stabled at a horse farm there, so Melanie, not working right then, travels with her aunt to the show a ...more
Live and Let Growl by Laurien Berenson is the nineteenth Melanie Travis Mystery. Melanie Travis is looking forward to spring break. Then it is sprung on her by her family that she is going with Aunt Peg to Kentucky. Aunt Peg has just inherited a thoroughbred named Lucky Luna and wants to check it out. Aunt Peg (Margaret Turnbull) is also a judge of Standard Poodles in a dog show nearby. Before checking out the horse, they meet up with Ellie Gates Wanamaker. She is an old friend of Peg's (she use ...more
Anam Cara
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
One of the things that amazes me about cozy mysteries is how much information the author has to know to write a good one. This particular book is a good example.

The setting of the story is a dog show. Everyone has probably heard of the Westminster Dog Show and some have probably even watched some of it on TV. But to flesh out this novel and make it believable, the author has to know what happens behind the scenes of a dog show. She went into scoring and classes of dogs. There were levels of info
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Racehorses and dogs come together as Melanie, Bertie and Peg head to the Kentuckiana Dog Show Cluster and to check out Peg’s new inheritance. They aren’t just horsing around either when one of Peg’s old friends, Ellie Gates Wanamaker, is found dead. Accident or murder, Peg is like a dog with a bone to get answers.

I am so late to the Melanie Travis Mystery Party and I still don’t understand how I have missed this series. But let me tell you, Laurien Berenson made me feel right
RO G'ma
Live and Let Growl is the 19th book in Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis series. This is the first book I’ve read in this series; however, the author provided great character background and I easily understood their backgrounds and relationships and didn’t feel lost jumping in this far into the series. I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about dog shows and thoroughbreds horses but I was disappointed that there wasn’t more of a mystery aspect in the book.

Melanie Travis, her sister-in-law, Berti
Doward Wilson
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mesmerizing adventure set in the world of show dogs and thoroughbred horses. Meet Melanie Travis and her Aunt Peg, breeders and exhibitors of Standard Poodles in Connecticut. Aunt Peg has been asked to be a judge at a prestigious dog show in Kentucky at the same time she inherits a thoroughbred broodmare in the same area as the dog show. Seeking advice about her new horse, Aunt Peg renews her friendship with Miss Ellie, a member of a famous Kentucky horse raising family. At one time Miss Ellie ...more
Christine Lowe
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Horses and Dogs and Murder, Oh My!

Reading a new Laurien Berenson novel is like a family reunion. I look forward to catching up on all the latest with Melanie Travis and her family and then all too soon the festivities are over and I'm waiting for our next get together. I don't remember the first book I read but I liked it enough to begin reading the series in order, starting with book 1.

In the latest book we are introduced to the world of horses. Aunt Peg is bequeathed a broodmare that is being
Libby Mckinmer
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Live and Let Growl
by Laurien Berenson

When Melanie Travis and her aunt Peg Turnbull set out for the Kentuckiana Cluster dog show, loyal fans know the trip will be adventure-filled. And author Laurien Berenson does not disappoint in this newest addition to the series.

It’s spring break, and Peg has been invited to judge Poodles at the show, so off to Kentucky they go, meeting some of the series regulars there – Bertie, Terry and Crawford, top handlers and friends, who are showing. While
Gena - My Book Reviews for You
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-first
This is the 19th book in the Melanie Travis series. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that now I am caught up with the series and have to wait months for the next book to be released! It's spring break time. Melanie somehow ends up going along with Aunt Peg to Kentucky for some important dog shows. Melanie's sister-in-law Bertie and their friends Crawford and Terry are attending the dog shows also. Sounds like a nice relaxing vacation break for Melanie with some of her favorite pe ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I have fallen in love with Standard Poodles since I have read this series. Unfortunately, I cannot have that big a dog in our condo. Sigh. This book, “Live and Let Growl”, is another winner, even though the only poodle in this one is the inimitable Faith. She is enough. Melanie, Aunt Peg and Bertie are in Kentucky. Peg is judging a dog show there and working on knowing the horse business. A friend has left her a pregnant broodmare and she wants to find out what she can about thoroughbreds. Berti ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melanie is off to Kentucky with her Aunt Peg for a restful week before she goes back to work as a special-ed teacher. Aunt Peg is judging at a dog show and checking on a race horse she inherited. While there, they meet an old friend, Ellie, from the poodle dog shows. Ellie dies in a fall, but Peg is suspicious. Now Melanie's restful week turns active as she and Peg investigate. Always enjoyable, this series is always a fun read and a good mystery. Not only do we see the dog show from an insider' ...more
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read in the series. There was plenty of information given about the characters that I didn't feel like I missed anything. Melanie Travis, her poodle Faith, and Aunt Peg, head to Connecticut after Aunt Peg receives a thoroughbred as an inheritance. As they become immersed in the racehorse industry and try to connect with an old friend Ellie, they become tangled in Ellie's family drama. This was a fun cozy read with lots of info about dog shows and racehorses. Animal love ...more
When I was approved for this book I don't know why I didn't realise that it was the 19th book in the series! I was hoping that I wasn't missing way too much back story into it. I needn't have worried.

There was enough information to move the story and to get some background on the characters without being bogged down or confused.

Was a good read but I think I'd need to start at the beginning as this felt a little slow for me, a very slow build up and a very quick ending.

*Huge thanks to Laurien Ber
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This dog series has been around for a good while, this is # 19. Melanie Travis has grown into a cozy lovers delight. This offering has Melanie and Aunt Peg going to the dog show in Kentucky. Aunt Peg is also looking at a horse she inherited. A murder of a local matriarch of the horse world has Peg and Melanie investigating her murder. Well written and lots of horse and dog lore. Faith, Melanie's standard poodle is back with her wise and sympathetic nature.
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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-five Melanie Travis mysteries, including the newest book, GAME OF DOG BONES.

Berenson is a four time winner of the Maxwell Award for Fict

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