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.