BUSH POODLES ARE MURDER by LOU ALLIN
In the third Belle Palmer mystery, the mid-forties realtor
takes her friend and employee on a snowshoe trek. Miriam
MacDonald brings along her spoiled toy poodle, a gift from
her investment broker boyfriend. Later that week, Miriam
discovers him bludgeoned to death in his condo. Although
Miriam's fingerprints alone are found on the Inuit
sculpture murder weapon, the collapse of his empire has
ruined hundreds of people and made him many dangerous
Miriam is eventually charged with second-degree murder and,
released on bail, rushes off to be with her ailing
daughter. Belle, struggling to pull the pieces of a very
complicated puzzle together, inherits the obnoxious poodle.
With the dog along, she drives hours into the bush after an
elusive clue involving stolen artwork only to find that
Miriam has actually been kidnapped and that she herself has
driven into the hands of a killer. In the biggest snow
storm of the season, Belle and the poodle are abandoned in
the remote woods to die of the cold.
They take refuge in an abandoned bear den, where Belle
discovers that the puffball poodle is actually an intrepid
killer of wildlife and a survivor as determined as Belle is
herself to wait out the storm and brave the subzero
temperatures. In a thrilling denouement, Belle trudges out
of the bush to face down the kidnapper and murderer and
save her friend Miriam from death and/or prison.
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