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Doggie Day Care Murder (Melanie Travis #15)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  809 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
Pine Ridge Canine Care Center. A place where pampered pooches go to kick back, get primped, and watch a little TV in luxurious individual accommodations. To Melanie Travis, it all seems a bit much and a most unlikely setting for a murder. But when the day care center's co-owner turns up dead in his office, that's just what she finds...

Melanie Travis thought her sleuthing
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published (first published September 1st 2008)
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Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
This was my first Melanie Travis story and it was delightful!! I loved all the animals, I loved Melanie and her family. There is a lot of humor. The plot was great, and thoroughly entertaining! Dog lovers will enjoy this story, for sure! I want to read ALL the books in this series now!
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Melanie Travis mystery, although I have seen them before. I always hesitate over mystery books; I have one series I beyond adore (The Cat Who) but I've never found another series to honestly compare. I was in the mood for something similar, and this book definitely didn't disappoint!

I know it's a bit strange to start a series with number fifteen, but this book drew me in effortlessly and kept my interest throughout. I found out previous things that had happened in this series, a
Sep 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Melanie Travis mysteries are some of my favorites. I am so glad to find a new one - so far it does not disappoint.
Lori Whitwam
Berenson's dog mystery series is always good. Some are better than others, and this one was about average. Perhaps I was less-enamored because in this one, for a dog-lover like me, only distracts me from the dogs.

Melanie is asked to check out a doggie day care center for a friend. Skeptical at first, she finds it's a well-run, hospitable place for the dogs of the terminally busy. The brother/sister owners seem to love the place, and the brother is very handsome and charming. The next day he is f
Kathy Davie
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifteenth in the Melanie Travis mystery series revolving around Melanie Travis, a former dog handler and now a second-time mom, in Stamford, Connecticut.

The Story
Married a year now, Melanie and Sam are the proud parents of three-month-old Kevin and nine-year-old Davey is thrilled to have a new brother. Enjoying her role as a stay-at-home mom, Melanie's best friend, Alice, flatters her into checking out the Pine Ridge Canine Care Center. Seems Alice is all too ready to give up the stay-at-home ro
Beverly Harrison
I enjoyed the first person narrative and the protagonist, for which I give the two star rating. Otherwise, I had too many technical issues and plot or structural annoyances keeping me from enjoying the book. For example, the story really begins on page 90. Up to page 90 is back story and not terribly interesting. Although it is peppered with witty internal monologue. Another example is, (spoiler) the protagonist is an idiot not to know she was in danger working alone at night at the doggie dayca ...more
Jayme(the ghost reader)
This is the fifteenth book in the series. The book jumps ahead three months from the last book. The main character Melanie is married and has a three month old son. Her older son is going into the fourth grade. It is the start of summer. Her best friend Alice asks Melanie to check out a local dog daycare because she is going back to work and doesn't want to leave the family pet all alone. Melanie agrees to check it out. On the surface, it seems like a great place and the dogs are happy. However ...more
Dec 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, light read. It is better than her earlier books (which I added to my "avoid" list), the information on dogs is good: obviously written by somebody very knowledgeable about the dog show circuit.
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love a good mystery, and this was grossly lacking. Our protagonist is an idiot with way too much time on her hands, a perfect family & no common sense. I knew who the murderer was as soon as the character appeared in the book.On a brighter note, the author does seem to know her dogs.
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeah. What was I thinking? LOL It was a quick, mindless read, though.
May 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, animals
Eh. Not so good, not so bad. I could have done without the über-cliched ending. The novel could have ended without that particular little soppy-eyed event. Gag.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun little romp, especially for dog lovers. Melanie Travis is in a happy 2nd marriage with a new baby, a 9-year old, and 5 standard poodles. When her friend goes back to work, she asks Melanie to check out a doggie day care to see if it looks like a good place for her dog while she's at work. Days after Melanie's visit to the facility, one of the owners is murdered, found shot in his office. Melanie has a history with solving murders before the police or helping them solve murders, so the surv ...more
Amanda Gilles
I found this book in looking to broaden my reads in the mystery genre....and in having a shitzu-poodle I thought this would be a great read. I was a bit unsure since it is #15 in the series but like other readers had said it was easy to get into and my understanding was not altered by not reading the previous books in the series. Overall the book was not bad-it has several drops of humor sprinkled throughout however the mystery itself moves slower than I expected with the murder early on but sol ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series.

I love the Melanie Travis' books. Sorenson has created such interesting characters that add such depth to every story. In this book Melanie agrees to check on the areas only doggie day care center for her best friend Alice. As always Melanie stumbles upon the murder of one of the co-owners. She then promises his sister to try and find out who did it. With new baby Kevin in toe Melanie does just that while helping to build the back stories of our main characters. I really enjoyed the
Emily Cullen
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melanie's best friend asks her to check out a doggie day care for her pet. The place looks amazing but the dog owner is killed and there's no shortage of suspects. Steve's sister is suspect #1 and she asks Melanie to help find her brother's real killer. Melanie's very busy these days with an infant, an older son and five poodles but she agrees to look into things. I love the Melanie Travis cozy mystery series. A great heroine, good stories and I like how Melanie and her family grow up and change ...more
Joan Skinner
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Doggie Daycare. Quick read, fun characters, dog show fun. Since I'm hooked on dog shows I love this series! I read them between heavier type mysteries.
Reliable, entertaining, easy reads. You won't be challenged, but it's nice to hang out with Melanie.
Oct 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, readit
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Christopher Gilland
please! Do not let the synopsis nor the title of this book Full you! I am telling you now! This book is absolutely to die for! No pun intended. if you do not know by now, I am a huge murder mystery type of guy. When I first solve the title of this book, and even more so the books description, I was just like… Ah, Jesus H Christ! You've got to be kidding me. How dumb can you get. I finally bit the bullet however, again, no pun intended, and read the book. Boy am I glad that I did! I almost birded ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers, mystery lovers
Recommended to Robin by: library
I really enjoyed this story. At this point the main character is a new Mom for the second time in her life. She has 5 Standard Poodles, an ex husband who she gets along with (barely present in this story) & an Aunt who is part bulldozer. The characters are realistic. The mystery is not earth shattering but is well constructed. I enjoyed the read & will be looking for more from this author/series. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a light read, cozy mystery or who enjoys stories wi ...more
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2008
Another entry into the Melanie Travis Mystery Series.

I enjoy this light mystery series which features Melanie Travis as an amateur sleuth, usually solving something to do with dogs, as she shows Standard Poodles and her aunt is a champion breeder and dog show judge.

This novel didn’t disappoint with its breezy, easy story. Melanie investigates the death of the owner of a doggie day care facility. Not much character development, except for Aunt Peg teaching Melanie’s son Davey how to show dogs (an
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
As I'm sure you can tell, I'm very bad about keeping up with my books. I've read about 10 more books or so, since I finished this one. I finished this within a week of my original posting. From what I recall, since it's been a while, it was an enjoyable read, though the story was a bit predictable. Even so, I guess I just enjoyed the "easy" read so much that I didn't identify the murderer until the last minute. Though the story is "light", so to speak, I like these reads because they help me unw ...more
Jun 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Melanie Travis is a new mother (again) and very very tired when her friend Alice decides to go back to work. Alice wants to sign her dog up at the local dog daycare center but she wants Melanie to check it out first since she knows more about dogs than she does. Well, that leads to Melanie being there when one of the owners' dead body turns up. And Melanie is once again doing her amateur sleuthing.

I have enjoyed every book of this series. I love the characters and the dogs. LOL This one Went rea
Deb Todd
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love this book but I liked it. The author's writing style is very easy to read and for the most part , the story moved along at a good pace. I love dogs and I love mysteries, so I enjoyed the subject matter. The mystery wasn't all that much of a mystery but it wasn't intended to be a heavy read. The thing I disliked the most were the curse words here and there. There were none in the first 1/4th of the book but then they kept popping up along the way and were very distracting from an ot ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-fiction
This book was a fun mystery involving a doggy day care. Okay, the murder aspect wasn't fun, but Melanie Travis' crime-solving skills were enjoyable. I'm particularly happy that the book wasn't predictable, because sometimes prolific authors fall into a pattern. I didn't find that to be the case here.

I recommend this to dog lovers that enjoy a good mystery. Time spent with Melanie and friends and family is time well-spent.
Lynn Demsky
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was really a cute mystery --- and being a dog lover I adored all the cute little and big ones running around in the story – plus the main characters little children and their responses to the dogs and the dogs responses to the kids and the family. Plot was interesting, with twists to keep you on your toes, well written and the ending was a surprise plus I managed to read it all in a day, so quite a happy reader here! Even made me chuckle out loud a couple of times, fun read!
With a new baby in the house Melanie Travis has enough on her hands, but her best friend Alice wants her opinion on a possible day care setting for her golden retriever. The first visit goes well, but when Mel returns for a second visit, she is present when the body of one of the owners is found murdered. The other owner, sister of the dead man, asks Mel's help, and before she knows it, Mel is involved in a puzzle that poses a threat to her own life.
Sharon Thrasher
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery

I think I would like a Standard Poodle. The characters were written well. The dogs were good also. Good writing all the way around. I liked the attitude of Peg.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My summary: The main character has a lot of terse conversations with a lot of disagreeable minor characters. That's pretty much all that happens. The plot doesn't have much action or any twists, which might have been fine if there were fun characters or clever humor or snappy dialogue. Instead it felt like a lot of bickering and then a fizzle of a "big reveal." Not sure I would recommend this one, even if you're way into both dogs and mysteries.
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