Melanie Travis #26
BY Laurien Berenson
August 25, 2020/ ISBN 9781496730572
|Halloween season is
in full swing in Greenwich, Connecticut, and everyone at Howard
Academy is looking forward to the school’s annual costume
party almost as much as they are looking forward to Harriet
Bloom’s marshmallow puffs.
As the headmaster’s secretary, Harriet is well known to
everyone at the school and is highly respected professionally
and personally. She makes the marshmallow treats every year
and hands them out to her neighbors, trick-or-treaters, and
she also brings them to school.
Harriet’s elderly neighbor, Ralph Penders, has died, and
it seems that he was poisoned, and that the poison was in Harriet’s
puffs. Harriet is immediately the chief suspect. Everyone who
knows Melanie Travis knows she’s helped catch quite a
few killers, so Harriet turns to her colleague for help.
As Melanie canvases Harriet’s neighborhood, she hears
a lot of gossip, but nothing that immediately turns up a viable
suspect. However, as she gets closer to the truth, the killer
prepares to eliminate Melanie.
Melanie Travis is an interesting and intelligent amateur sleuth.
I enjoyed reading about her family and her work as a special
needs teacher, and I loved reading about her dogs, too. Faith,
a lovable poodle, is Melanie’s dearest companion and is
an important character in this book.
Cozy lovers will enjoy this Halloween mystery, which is carefully
plotted, fast-paced, and a fun fall read. It is a short book
at 198 pages, which makes for a fast read and provides for a
nice little break with a good story.
This book checks all the boxes for a solid cozy mystery and
I highly recommend it. It’s great as a stand-alone read
and will also be enjoyable to regular readers of the Melanie
Travis Canine Mystery Series. Treat yourself to a copy of Howloween