Death In Show by Judi McCoy is the third book in the “Dog Walker” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, June 2010

Professional dog walker Ellie Engleman doesn’t know much about the ins and outs of dog shows. But when one handler is killed, Ellie will learn that it’s a dog-eat-dog world.

Glitz and glamour are de rigueur at this year’s dog show, and Ellie’s soaking it all in as the guest of a client. But before the dogs and handlers can take their bows—and wows—one handler dies. So Ellie is asked to fill in and lead Lulu, one of her dog-walking charges, to victory.

When the death starts to look like foul play, Ellie’s sometime boyfriend, Detective Sam Ryder, gets assigned to the case. As she’s getting the hang of handling, Ellie tries to help find out who hated Lulu’s former handler. But now the killer might have it out for Ellie, and she and Sam will have to dig up the truth faster than a speeding bulldog.

Wouldn’t everyone like to know what their furry friends have to say? Ellie has that with her dog, Rudy, and her charges. Ellie is invited to get a backstage look at a dog show and by days’ end; she is the new dog handler. When her friend becomes the prime suspect, Ellie starts to investigate, against the wishes of her detective boyfriend. The conversations between Ellie and her pooches are humorous and I love when she hides their talking from the humans. What I like about this book was I knew who wasn’t the killer until that aha moment when the killer was clear to me. I love that in a mystery. Make no bones about it, this was a fun-filled mystery.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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