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A Furry Little Christmas

A Furry Little Christmas

Current price: $14.95
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Kensington Cozies
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Connecticut, but Melanie Travis and her brood of Standard poodles finds surviving the holiday season deadlier than expected in these two cozy mystery holiday romps bundled together for your yuletide pleasure . . .

The perfect stocking stuffer for mystery lovers and fans of dog mysteries by David Rosenfelt and Spencer Quinn!

"The perfect introduction to the delightful Berenson, this volume brings together two previously published novellas—and five standard poodles!—set during Christmas in Connecticut." - firstCLUE

With a demanding teaching job and five poodles scampering around the house, Melanie Travis barely has energy for the upcoming Christmas rush. When an unexpected business venture leads to a dead body, Melanie must run through a flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in time—or she’ll be next on someone’s deadly list.

As Melanie attempts to deck the halls in a house overrun by pampered Poodles, her event planner friend, Claire, is busy playing Santa for the wealthiest clientele on Connecticut’s Gold Coast. But when Claire’s stylish stint uncovers a dead body, Melanie and her nosy Aunt Peg dash into a dizzying investigation to rein in a sinister Kris Kringle before they’re the next ones on someone’s deadly wish list . . .

About the Author

Laurien Berenson is the bestselling author of the Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries and the Senior Sleuths Mystery Series. An Agatha and Macavity finalist, she’s a four-time winner of the Maxwell Award, presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. She and her husband live on a farm in Kentucky surrounded by dogs and horses. Visit her online at

Praise for A Furry Little Christmas

Praise for Laurien Berenson and her Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries

"The perfect introduction to the delightful Berenson, this volume brings together two previously published novellas—and five standard poodles!—set during Christmas in Connecticut." - firstCLUE on A Furry Little Christmas

“Toxic treats spell trouble for a school secretary at Halloween…once Melanie starts digging, she discovers a treasure trove of microaggressions and petty grievances in this quiet corner of Connecticut, with motives aplenty for murder. A quick and tasty tale of sabotage in the suburbs.” Kirkus Reviews on Howloween Murder

“When a new book by Laurien Bereson comes out, I’m on it like a dog on a liver treat…not only do readers get a diverting story, they also get lots of behind-the-scenes intel on dog shows and the main character’s preferred breed.” The Bark on Bite Club

“Anyone who has not read Berenson should venture into this cute and humorous mystery. The reader will feel they are a part of the story whether investigating the murder, playing with the darling puppies, or setting up holiday decorations.” The Military Press on Here Comes Santa Paws

“Filled with more dogs, more fun, and more mystery, this cozy is the perfect summer read.” Modern Dog on Bite Club

Bite Club is another satisfying title in Berenson’s Canine Mystery series. Boomer, Lilly and I give it our highest rating—ten dog biscuits!” Suspense Magazine

"Dog-loving mystery fans will welcome another Christmas caper featuring Melanie, Aunt Peg, and their Poodles." Library Journal on Wagging Through the Snow

"Well-drawn characters, especially Melanie and her acerbic aunt, contribute to the appeal here, along with the warm, sometimes humorous scenes of family life. Melanie’s beloved six dogs are woven throughout the holiday-themed cozy, which will appeal to readers of Susan Conant’s Holly Winter mysteries and Barbara Allan’s Trash ’n’ Treasures series." Booklist on Wagging Through the Snow

"This exciting Christmas whodunit is a great book to curl up with at any time of the year, and is one that is sure to keep you on your toes!" Modern Dog

"Berenson weaves together mystery, humor, dogs (of course!) and the effects of homelessness and alcoholism on families to create a short but sweet holiday tale." Philadelphia Daily News on Wagging Through the Snow

“Cozy mysteries may have cats galore to charm their readers, but dog lovers are well served by Berenson’s sweet series.” Publishers Weekly on Ruff Justice

“This long-running series continues to appeal with its combination of an always sprightly pace, a realistically harried but quick-thinking heroine, and a wealth of fascinating details about the dog show world.” Booklist on The Bark Before Christmas

“Melanie’s engaging narration, with its slightly sarcastic flair, makes her utterly relatable. Fans will roll over with joy, and new cozy readers will likely scoop up the rest of the series.” Publishers Weekly on Death of a Dog Whisperer

"A tasty tale full of twisty turns and fun treats. Highly recommended." Suspense Magazine on Howloween Murder