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 enemies. 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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Bush Poodles Are Murder
by Lou Allin

October 1, 2003
ISBN #1894917049
296 pages
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