Peg and Rose Solve a Murder: A Charming and Humorous Cozy Mystery (A Senior Sleuths Mystery #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the A Senior Sleuths Mystery series.


Murder, She Wrote meets The Golden Girls in the award-winning author’s brand-new series! Two cantankerous septuagenarians, opposites in every way, put aside their differences to stop a killer… if they don’t throttle each other first!

Rose Donovan looks for the good in everyone. With her sister-in-law, Peg, that sometimes requires a lot of searching. Even a sixty-something former nun like Rose has her limits, and gruff Peg Turnbull sure knows how to push them. But after forty years of bickering, they’re attempting to start over, partnering up to join the local bridge club.

Peg and Rose barely have a chance to celebrate their first win before one of the club’s most accomplished players is killed in his home. As the newest members, the sisters-in-law come under scrutiny and decide to start some digging of their own. Bridge is typically seen as a wholesome pastime, yet this group of senior citizens harbors a wealth of vices, including gambling, cheating, and adultery . . .

By comparison, Peg and Rose’s fractious relationship is starting to feel almost functional. But as their suspect list narrows, they’re unaware that their logic has a dangerous flaw. And they’ll have to hope that their teamwork holds steady when they’re confronted by a killer who’s through with playing games . . .

“Lots of canine fun . . . Anyone who loves dogs, especially poodles, dog shows, and silver-haired sleuths, will enjoy this new cozy mystery series.” —San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

Laurien Berenson is an Agatha and Macavity nominee, winner of the RT Reviewers' Choice Award, and four-time winner of the Maxwell Award, presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. She and her husband live on a farm in Kentucky surrounded by dogs and horses. Visit her online at

Praise For…

Praise for Peg and Rose Solve a Murder

“With Melanie Travis away on vacation, it falls to her feuding aunts to solve a crime . . . If you love dogs and bridge, this character-driven mystery will be especially pleasing.” Kirkus Reviews
“This spin-off from Berenson’s Melanie Travis mysteries (Melanie is Peg and Rose’s niece) combines well-delineated but very different senior protagonists with details of raising, showing, and judging show dogs, especially poodles. The resolution of the long-standing feud sets the table for future outings starring cases for the sisters-in-law turned sleuths.” Booklist
“Fans of Laurien Berenson’s Melanie Travis Canine mysteries will enjoy seeing Peg and Rose, secondary characters in some of her other books, take center stage. Berenson gives Peg and Rose rich backgrounds that bring them to life, and her strong storytelling skills will have you guessing whodunit until the end.” Mystery Scene
“Fans of the Melanie Travis series will be delighted.” Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Laurien Berenson’s long-running Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries will be thrilled with Peg and Rose Solve a Murder, the first entry in a new spinoff series featuring Melanie’s engaging aunts, Peg Turnbull and Rose Donovan . . . [Peg and Rose] stand on their own as capable, witty women who are more than up to the task of crime-solving.” BookPage

Praise for Laurien Berenson and her Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries

“Toxic treats spell trouble for a school secretary at Halloween…once Melanie starts digging, she discovers a treasure trove of microaggressions and petty grievances in this quiet corner of Connecticut, with motives aplenty for murder. A quick and tasty tale of sabotage in the suburbs.” 
Kirkus Reviews on Howloween Murder

“When a new book by Laurien Bereson comes out, I’m on it like a dog on a liver treat…not only do readers get a diverting story, they also get lots of behind-the-scenes intel on dog shows and the main character’s preferred breed.” 
The Bark on Bite Club

“Anyone who has not read Berenson should venture into this cute and humorous mystery. The reader will feel they are a part of the story whether investigating the murder, playing with the darling puppies, or setting up holiday decorations.” 
The Military Press on Here Comes Santa Paws

“Filled with more dogs, more fun, and more mystery, this cozy is the perfect summer read.” 
Modern Dog on Bite Club

Bite Club is another satisfying title in Berenson’s Canine Mystery series. Boomer, Lilly and I give it our highest rating—ten dog biscuits!” 
Suspense Magazine

"Dog-loving mystery fans will welcome another Christmas caper featuring Melanie, Aunt Peg, and their Poodles." 
Library Journal on Wagging Through the Snow

"Well-drawn characters, especially Melanie and her acerbic aunt, contribute to the appeal here, along with the warm, sometimes humorous scenes of family life. Melanie’s beloved six dogs are woven throughout the holiday-themed cozy, which will appeal to readers of Susan Conant’s Holly Winter mysteries and Barbara Allan’s Trash ’n’ Treasures series." 
Booklist on Wagging Through the Snow

"This exciting Christmas whodunit is a great book to curl up with at any time of the year, and is one that is sure to keep you on your toes!" 
Modern Dog

"Berenson weaves together mystery, humor, dogs (of course!) and the effects of homelessness and alcoholism on families to create a short but sweet holiday tale." 
Philadelphia Daily News on Wagging Through the Snow

“Cozy mysteries may have cats galore to charm their readers, but dog lovers are well served by Berenson’s sweet series.” 
Publishers Weekly on Ruff Justice

“This long-running series continues to appeal with its combination of an always sprightly pace, a realistically harried but quick-thinking heroine, and a wealth of fascinating details about the dog show world.” 
Booklist on The Bark Before Christmas

“Melanie’s engaging narration, with its slightly sarcastic flair, makes her utterly relatable. Fans will roll over with joy, and new cozy readers will likely scoop up the rest of the series.” 
Publishers Weekly on Death of a Dog Whisperer
Product Details
ISBN: 9781496735782
ISBN-10: 1496735781
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: August 30th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: A Senior Sleuths Mystery