A California Magazine with Local Focus and Global Appeal:
Community - Entertainment - Human Interest

Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.

Previous post:

Next post:

Here Comes Santa Paws By Laurien Berenson: Review/Giveaway

IN THE December 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andMental Health,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Here Comes Santa Paws, a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Melanie Travis has a complicated family life. Most people do, but her family takes it to extremes. She has an ex-husband and a shared pre-teen son. Ex has married Claire who is now one of Melanie’s best friends. Melanie has Sam, her husband of a few years. They share Kevin, a toddler who is a champion at getting into messes. Aunt Peg, well, she’s of the opinion she knows everything and everyone which is pretty much true. She also lets others know they are lacking. Tact is not her strong suit. Of course, no home is complete without a dog. Melanie has six. Five are black standard poodles, and then there’s Bud. He’s a little dog but no one’s had the heart to tell him so. He loves food, Kevin, and finding his own entertainment—he has no remorse, even when caught red-pawed. mystery

Claire started her own business, personal shopper for the time challenged. Since Christmas isn’t that far away, she’s running to keep up. Part of her service is to buy, wrap, and deliver gifts to the client’s home. Her newest client is Lila. Delivering gifts is fun. Finding Lila dead, is not.

Claire calls Melanie for help, but as soon as police are done questioning Claire, she’s in her car and gone, leaving Melanie wondering what just happened.

Lila lived in the dilapidated gatehouse of the Mannerly estate. It’s rumored the owner does live in the mansion but no one’s seen her in many years. Lila had a good job so why she wasn’t living in an upscale condo instead? The more Melanie learns about Lila, the more she knows where Lila lived wasn’t the puzzling part of her life. It was, how had Lila lived this long?

This is book twenty-four in the long running series. Melanie’s life has changed drastically from the first books, when she tutored rich kids and her son Davey was in grade school. Melanie remains calm in any situation, a lesson that’s helpful when dealing with two kids, Aunt Peg, six dogs, and murders. For glimpses behind the scenes of dog shows, murder investigations, family life, and good relationships, this is a series readers will love. Start with this book and then ask your personal shopper to put the rest of the series under the Christmas tree this year. Read it now, and when egg nog hits the stores, read it again.

To enter to win a copy of Here Comes Santa Paws, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “santa paws,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 14, 2019. U.S. residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. You can read our privacy statement here if you like. We delete all emails after the contest is over.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. A new episode went up this week featuring a Christmas mystery short story by Donna Andrews.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

Opens to author website

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 David December 7, 2019 at 10:06am

I’m sure it will great as always!


2 Donamae December 7, 2019 at 10:25am

Sounds interesting and fun to read. I want to read it soon. Thank you for the chance I’m new to you.


3 Glen Davis December 7, 2019 at 10:30am

Sounds interesting! Count me in!


4 Jeanne Kennedy
Twitter: @jeanneakr
December 7, 2019 at 12:58pm

I love cozy mysteries and and you had me with the cover. Thank you for the chance.


5 Kay Chambers December 7, 2019 at 1:59pm

Love the Melanie Travis series! I have read all..except the last 2..would love to win a copy


6 Lisa December 7, 2019 at 3:09pm

Looks like a great birthday gift. Hint hint


7 Tori Evans December 7, 2019 at 4:37pm

I read the first two books and I am onto the third. They are great quick reads and sounds like you are right in a conversation with the characters. I have a standard poodle and they all have involved the breed. She puts facts into the story about the show dog world, poodles and other dog info that I didn’t know before.


8 Carol Knudtson December 7, 2019 at 5:51pm

I love this series. Thanks for the contest.


9 Dianne B December 7, 2019 at 6:50pm

I love the cover. I think I’d buy it just because of the cute dog on the front. But it sounds like a great read and I do so enjoy Christmas themed mysteries!


10 Pam K. December 7, 2019 at 9:24pm

I’ve read most of the Melanie Travis mysteries. It’s always fun to read a new one. The puppy on Here Comes Santa Paws is so cute! Thanks for the chance to win the book.


11 Alicia December 8, 2019 at 6:47am

Read a couple of the older ones. That cover is so cute!


12 Anne
Twitter: @anne
December 8, 2019 at 11:35am

Wonderful author and great book,


13 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
December 8, 2019 at 12:48pm

Sounds complicated enough to be fun! I would like to read this!


14 NANCY December 8, 2019 at 1:01pm

Cute cover positive DOT ideas DOT 4you AT gmail DOT com


15 Donamae December 8, 2019 at 3:16pm

Sounds interesting and fun to read. Cover is gorgeous and the title is really eye catching.


16 Carl December 8, 2019 at 3:29pm

A fun story and the cutest puppy ever on the cover. Thanks for the chance to win Here Comes Santa Paws. crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


17 Dianne Casey December 8, 2019 at 3:37pm

Great cove, another great holiday read.


18 Laura
Twitter: @DogsMomLaura
December 9, 2019 at 8:18am

Sounds like a family centered heart felt mystery to enjoy


19 marylouh December 11, 2019 at 4:49pm

It would really be Christmas if I got this
package of books. I read most of these
series. I could spend the holidays
catching up with my book friends.
All of the series are wonderful.
Here’s hoping. thanks


20 Kara Marks December 11, 2019 at 10:15pm

This looks so good!



21 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
December 16, 2019 at 9:54am

We have a winner!


Leave a Comment

Twitter ID
(ID only; No links or "@" symbols)

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post:

  • Arts & Entertainment

  • Books & Tales

  • Community

  • Education

  • Food Fun

  • Helping Hands

  • Hometown History

  • Pets

  • Teens

  • Terrific Tales