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Chow Down

(2006)
(Book 13 in the Melanie Travis series)
A novel by

 
If Melanie Travis was planning on a quiet family summer with her Standard Poodle Faith, son Davey, and new husband Sam, her plans are about to turn upside down. An unexpected competition, a trip to New York, and - oh yes, a murder - later, Melanie finds herself in a choke collar of deceit and corruption. When she receives the letter from the Champions Dog Food Company informing her that Faith has been selected as a finalist in the "All Dogs Are Champions" contest, Melanie is mystified - until she discovers it was Davey who entered Faith in the contest. Since he also signed the entry form that legally prohibits contestants from withdrawing, Melanie and Faith swallow their pride, tweak their top knots, and enter the ring. The winner will be the spokesdog for Chow Down, a new - and decidedly not poodlicious - dog food the company is launching, and receive a hundred-thousand-dollar modelling contract. Too bad Melanie and Faith are less than interested in winning this contest. At the reception where they meet the other finalists - Ginger, a Brittany owned by perky couple Bill and Allison Redding; MacDuff, a Scottish Terrier belonging to Dorothy Foyle, an older woman; Brando the Boxer, owned by Ben O'Donnell, an out-of-work actor; and Yoda, a Yorkshire Terrier who belongs to aloof couple Suzanne and Larry Kim - Melanie immediately picks up the scent that this pack is a bone's throw away from a major dog fight. Leaving the reception with Faith, who doesn't care for elevators, Melanie heads for the fire stairs. Above them a door opens and voices waft down followed by a blood-curdling scream as Larry Kim comes tumbling to his death. The police label the fall an accident, but something smells rotten to Melanie, starting with the fact that no one comes forth as the person Larry talked to before he fell. Odder still, Suzanne chooses to keep Yoda in the contest despite Larry's tragic demise. With the final decision drawing near and the competition getting downright ferocious, Melanie and Faith will have to watch their backs - because Melanie's digging may well unearth a barking-mad killer who'll do anything to win.

Genre: Cozy Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

December 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Chow Down: A Melanie Travis Mystery
Author(s): Laurien Berenson
ISBN: 0-7862-9125-7 / 978-0-7862-9125-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Chow Down (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Author(s): Laurien Berenson
ISBN: 0-7582-0815-4 / 978-0-7582-0815-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Chow Down (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Author(s): Laurien Berenson
ISBN: 1-4967-0484-3 / 978-1-4967-0484-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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July 2007 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Chow Down (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Author(s): Laurien Berenson
ISBN: 0-7582-0816-2 / 978-0-7582-0816-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: Chow Down (Melanie Travis Mysteries)
Author(s): Laurien Berenson
ISBN: 1-5226-0974-1 / 978-1-5226-0974-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: Chow Down
Author(s): Laurien Berenson
ISBN: 1-5113-2023-0 / 978-1-5113-2023-8
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2015 : USA Audio edition
Title: Chow Down: A Melanie Travis Mystery
Author(s): Laurien Berenson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

May 2015 : UK Audio edition
Title: Chow Down: A Melanie Travis Mystery
Author(s): Laurien Berenson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

August 2007 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Chow Down (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Author(s): Laurien Berenson
Publisher: Kensington
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