It’s almost Christmas in Connecticut and Melanie Travis is busy – kids, Poodles, shopping, getting ready for the big day – then her friend Claire calls with the worst of news. Claire’s thriving business as a personal shopper for the well-heeled in New Canaan has run into a major obstacle.

Claire was delivering purchases to a client’s home when she discovered said client dead. And she’s now a prime suspect in her murder.

Claire begs for Melanie’s help, given her reputation for solving murders, and Melanie is more than glad to assist. But her investigation leads to more questions without answers. Who is the victim Lila and where did she come from? Why was Lila living on the estate of a wealthy former socialite turned recluse? What secrets was she keeping? Did they get her killed? What’s with the litter of rescue puppies dropped off at Aunt Peg’s? And when is Melanie going to get her Christmas prep done in the midst of helping Claire get out from under suspicion of murder?

Don’t miss this latest Melanie Travis adventure. It has all the elements we’ve come to appreciate from author Laurien Berenson. This is a great gift for yourself or a fave reader on your list for the upcoming holidays. Curl up with a warm throw and a Melanie Travis mystery to brighten up any dreary snow day!

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