Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson

Are you a fan of dogs and cozy mystery series? Then I definitely recommend Laurien Berenson's Melanie Travis series to you.

I read A Pedigree to Die For, the first in the series, because it was Overdrive's Big Library Read title in June 2014. For two weeks, it was available for checkout and download from the Galesburg Public Library's ebook service for as many people who wanted to borrow it. I appreciate the author and her publisher making it available.

This is a straightforward, quick read. It passed the time quickly for me on a travel day involving waiting at airports and sitting on planes. I'm not especially a fan of mystery series involving dogs, so that no doubt affected my interest level.

It is clear that the author knows what she is talking about so far as the dog breeding and dog show information. All of the descriptions and dialog about that came across as true to life. Some of the writing is unoriginal and predictable, but there is a nice plot twist at the end and some nicely written passages.

A Pedigree to Die For is not great, but good. There is plenty of potential for character development in future titles, and the first book in a series is often not the best. This is a fine start to a cozy series. The series is available in ebook format through the Alliance Digital Media Library ( and also as print books through the Galesburg Public Library and its partner libraries in the area.

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