It is so much less the mystery and the characters that I so dearly love about these books Loving watching Melanie
s life grow On to the next one Love DogsI kiss love this series The life grow On to the next one Love DogsI kiss love this series The are fun and the dogs and breed information makes me want to get another dog every time I ick up one of
the books in the series So happy I found it again after a decade or two Last time I books in the series So happy I found it again after a decade or two Last time I recently a Melanie Travis book her son Davey was 5now he is 6 Where does the time go I adore this series while so many
books sit on my shelves The lots are different from book sit on my shelves The lots are different from book book but the subplots a intricately created all to crest to a fine end with the threads of the next adventureThis one finds a romance heating up an Aunt being beat at her own game her brother getting into trouble and introducing some new characters Melanie is increasing both her teaching and skill sets challenged at a new school and clearing brother Frankarrested development which I suppose will become a bigger issue as we continue into the series some of us always have one sibling who will suck the oxygen out of the room when well intended or not comes knocking at Melanie s door Faith is now in the 12 18month group to be judged and Sam has been given the opportunity by Aunt Peg to take on a new Leyendas Negras puppy which is named Tar Trouble ensues when Frank enters into a joint opportunity to go into a business venture with a known manipulative operator who seemed to be out of the business and open a coffee bar Oh there are so many threads herebut I suggest you the reader discover that on your own Love this series Enjoyable mystery romp in the dog show worldAnother fun adventure featuring Melanie Travis Recommend it highly for your beach reading list A light read that wasn t lighting in More like a 25 star read Pleasant enough Read in an afternoon sitting on my deck getting some Sun and enjoying a cocktailwhich is exactly the kind of book this is As long as you don t expect muchyou ll be contentSPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILERI hope moving forward not EVERY murder is committed because of dog breedinggene issues Of the 5 I ve readat least 3 revolve around thatI know they are dogcentric booksbut seriously it makes it way too easy to solve for the reader Who s the breederthere s your murdererBranch out on the motiveand I might stick around to read the next 20 in the seriesOtherwise I m moving on to one of the other. It's autumn in Connecticut Melanie Travis has just started a new job and with the added excitement of showing her standardoodle Faith in the fall shows the last thing she wants is to become embroiled in yet another of her brother Frank's moneymaking schemes His current brainstorm remaking an old store in stylish suburban Fairfield County into ,
50 series I ve got ueued up to read Rating 4 out of 5 starsI really enjoyed learning about Frank and his relationship with Melanie I feel that the revious books helped to set a background of what their relationship is like and the reasons why so when reading this book I was able to focus on the story I found it interesting to see how confused Frank was #About What He Wanted To # what he wanted to and just how much he didn t know about the world of business I also liked seeing how Melanie felt In the Cavern of the Night protective of him as her little brother and how thatrotective nature was mixed with exasperation at his decisions sometimesI really enjoyed the mystery in this book I liked reading about the the bad boys of butte people involved and the different motiveseople had for acting how they did I also learned about some new concepts dealing with dog breeds and Romancing the Customer pedigrees that I found rather interestingIn terms of romance I felt Sam was a bit harsh with Melanie about herrotectiveness toward Frank but can understand where he was coming from in wishing Melanie would let Frank fail sometimes That said I m so excited about their relationship and I can t wait to read Melanie and Sam moments I also enjoyed seeing Peg s relationship with Douglas and found it funny to see how the tides turned from Melanie being the one hounded for information to Peg being the one houndedOverall I really
enjoyed this book in the series and am excited to read on Getting better and better I mthis book in the series and am excited to read on Getting better and better I m of glad I waited so long to start this series so I have to read While other readers have criticized the amount of information about dog shows and The Articles of Release (The Release poodle groomingrovided in the series and this The Sleepwalkers particular book I find that an interesting addition Those who don t enjoy reading about such activities might be better served by seeking another cosy mystery series I like the threads of humor from Melanie and I like the character development A really enjoyable series This fifth in the series is another light hearted cozy mystery with well developed characters andlenty to learn about dog handling and shows The title of the book refers to Melanie s roll as watchdog and diligent big sister when her brother Frank approaches her with another moneymaking scheme School is back in session and single mom Melanie Travis has a new job She is now an on campus tutor at Howard Academy which is a rivate school near downtown Greenwich Connecticut One morning Frank shows up asking. Trendy coffee bar already has the neighbors snarling Worse wealthy Marcus Rattigan who's bankrolling the roject is found murdered on the Haunted Marion, Ohio premises and theolice think Frank did itAlways the family watchdog and faced with Frank's imminent arrest Melanie has no choice but to take on the investigation Drawing on her connections in the dog world Me. For money for his latest business adventure He wants to renovate Haney s General Store in a housing development and turn it into a trendy coffee bar His financial backer is wealthy and sleazy businessman Marcus Rattigan Rattigan is known for buying up tracts of land then bending local zoning laws to the breaking oint in
ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE THE GREATEST POSSIBLE HOUSING DENSITY FRANKto accommodate the greatest Protectors of the Stars (Theias Moons, possible housing density Frank running low on funds and wants Rattigan to think he can handle the renovation on his own When Melanie refuses to help him Frank approaches Aunt Peg who gives him the money Then things start happening at the coffee bar Frank calls Melanie in aanic He has found a sign that reads GO AWAY WE DON T WANT YOU HERE and the building is flooded in two inches of water from a supposedly burst The Total Fishing Manual (Field Stream) pipe The next frantic call from Frank reveals a gaping hole in the floor where a worker fell through to the basement and broke his leg Were the supportosts cut Then Rattigan is found dead at the coffee bar where he has been ierced by a large jagged iece of glass from a fallen skylight It sure looks like murder The Informing the Future police show up and Detective James Petrie considers Frank as a likely suspect So Frank asks Melanie to help solve this murder because she has done so before No mention of theolice and their investigative Dragons Do Eat Homework (The Bailey School Kids Jr. Chapter Book, progress throughout most of the book Melanie begins interviewingossible suspects which include Rattigan s bitter ex wife his business The Last Ride of German Freddie partner his secretary and spurned mistress and John Monaghan who lead therotests against the coffee bar It turns out Rattigan had once been a co owner of a legendary Wire Fox Terrier show dog named Summer and
john was hiswas his Sam Driver Melanie s boyfriend is not happy she is out sleuthing again And Aunt Peg does nothing but encourage it In the mean time Faith who is Melanie s Black Standard Poodle has moved from the Puppy class to the 12 18 month Class We get to experience some dog show competition and are educated in all that involves especially 16 v ja haku päällä preparation grooming and handling Kate one of Melanie s students helps her ferret out the murderer The murderer and his motives are a surprise with some convolutedlot twists Sam has a The Malbim Esther proposal for Melanie on Halloween night that she readily says YES to Looking forward to the next installment to find out further developments And Davey her son and his friends are as cute and active as ever A series well worth readin. Lanie is soon successfully unmuzzling the dead man's nearest and dearest including a bitter ex wife a spurned mistress and an ambitious second in command But Melanie is about to learn that being a watchdog can sometimes be dangerous especially when every clue she uncovers leads her one step closer to a murderer who is desperate enough to kill aga.