Win, Place...Or Die.
The apparent heart attack that
killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left seven pups in mourning, and
his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their
missing prize pooch—a pedigreed poodle named Beau.
Travis. With her young son happily ensconced in day camp, the
thirty-something teacher and single mother is talked into investigating
her uncle's death—unofficially, of course. Posing as a poodle breeder in
search of the perfect stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut's elite canine
competitions, and finds an ally in fellow breeder Sam Driver. But her
affection cools when she's put on the scent of Sam's questionable
past...and hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive
murderer who isn't ready to come to heel.
For, as Melanie soon discovers, in a championship dog-eat-dog world, the instinct for survival, and winning, can prove fatal.