Underdog : A Melanie Travis Mystery

  • by Laurien Berenson
  • Narrated by Jessica Almasy
  • Series: A Melanie Travis Mystery
  • 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to an elite Connecticut kennel club where shocking secrets gnaw at the best of the breed and competition has a sharp - and deadly - bite. As if raising her son Davey, training her rambunctious Poodle Faith for the show ring, and grooming fellow handler Sam Driver for romance aren't enough, Melanie Travis's entre into the exclusive Belle Haven Kennel Club has been met with a grisly murder. Unfortunately, the only witnesses to the crime were the victim's startled pair of Beagles. And they aren't talking - Melanie hadn't intended to do any serious snooping, what with coping with the unexpected arrival of an ex-husband out to get joint custody of the son he's never known. In need of some serious distraction, she's off to sniff out dangerous secrets - only to discover that everyone at Belle Haven has something damning to hide.As the shocking truth slowly comes to light - and her own domestic drama moves center stage - Melanie finds herself eager to put the bite on a dogged killer who's desperate enough to strike again.

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What the Critics Say

"A story as controlled as a well-behaved dog on a lead." (Publishers Weekly)
"Don't make me sit up and beg. Read this book today." (Dorothy Cannell)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Narrator pacing is just a little to fast

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If I could play this audiobook at .90 speed, it would be perfect. The narration pacing seems really rushed, like the narrator can barely breathe. The narrator doesn't have a vast range: the one African American character sounds exactly like the white main character. Actually I also though the narrator sounded really young and squeaky. But that could just be me. I've just finished listening to Grover Gardener read all the Andy Carpenter mystery, and this is very very different from his narration.


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

No. narration was too rushed.


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- Catriona Esquibel

Story good - narrator awful

Would you listen to Underdog again? Why?

Yes, I often listen to or read books more than once.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Underdog?

Not exactly a "moment" - I enjoy the knowledgible way the dog world is depicted and Aunt Peg's character is a hoot.


How could the performance have been better?

Get another narrator! This woman's voice is high, "little girlish" and irritating and way too fast. I've never before had to put an audiobook on a slower play speed.


Any additional comments?

I will continue to enjoy the book series in spite of the narrator.

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- Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios