The world of dog shows is interesting, but the central setting -- a competition to become a dog-food representative --
is less than enthralling. Plus, it's difficult for any reader, especially one
new to the series, to become fully involved in the murder of a character that was just introduced. Many characters border on caricatures, but Melanie
is a likable heroine. The scenes that focus on her family are the most
interesting part of a story that gives too much space to poodle grooming styles.

In this installment of the Melanie Travis series, Melanie and her beloved poodle Faith are less than enthusiastic entrants in a competition to be the face of a new dog food. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the owners is murdered and his wife goes missing. It's up to Melanie to solve the murder before any other people (or dogs) meet with foul play. (KENSINGTON, Sep., 304 pp., $22.00)
Reviewed by: 
Stephanie Schneider