A Pedigree to Die For (Melanie Travis, Book 1) by Laurien Berenson

By Laurien Berenson

Win, position. . .Or Die.

The obvious center assault that killed kennel proprietor Max Turnbull has left seven puppies in mourning, and his spouse Peg suspecting foul play. however the in simple terms facts is their lacking prize pooch--a pedigreed poodle named Beau.

Enter Melanie Travis. together with her younger son fortunately ensconced in day damp, the thirty-something instructor and unmarried mom is talked into investigating her uncle's death--unofficially, in fact. Posing as a poodle breeder looking for the suitable stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut's elite dogs competitions, and reveals an best friend in fellow breeder Sam driving force. yet her affection cools whilst she's wear the odor of Sam's questionable earlier. . .and scorching at the path of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive assassin who isn't able to come to heel.

For, as Melanie quickly discovers, in a championship dog-eat-dog global, the intuition for survival, and profitable, can end up deadly.

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