Peg and Rose Play the Ponies (A Senior Sleuths Mystery #3) (Hardcover)

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Rival sisters-in-law Peg Turnbull and Rose Donovan spent their summer doing the unthinkable: sleuthing for dangerous suspects and becoming (almost) friends. But when a September trip leads to more murder, it’ll be a miracle if the dysfunctional duo is still a team—and alive—by autumn . . .

Murder, She Wrote meets The Golden Girls in the third Senior Sleuths Mystery!

From the moment Peg arrives in Kentucky, dragging level-headed Rose along for the week-long excursion proves a smart move. Because after she brings her canine expertise to prestigious conformation shows, next on the agenda is selling her Thoroughbred broodmare's offspring at a high-stakes yearling sale. And when the ladies arrive to meet the young horse at Six Oaks farm, something seems off about the place—especially Jim Grable, the yearling manager with serious anger issues . . .

While Peg feels comfortable again judging pedigree pups over Labor Day Weekend, Rose judges a shocking new turn of events. Jim has been found dead on the farm and a young employee needs help convincing police she didn’t kill him. As disjointed clues lead to a list of misdeeds swirling around Six Oaks, everyone connected to Jim agrees on one thing—he had it coming . . .

It isn’t until Peg guides her colt’s journey to the auction ring that she grasps how much Jim had been manipulating the process behind the scenes. Now, unable to rely on her instincts alone, Peg must also trust in Rose’s talents to expose the real culprit. But the two need to have each other’s backs before tangling with a killer—a deadly criminal set on halting their dog and pony show for good!

About the Author

Laurien Berenson is the bestselling author of the Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries and the Senior Sleuths Mystery Series. An Agatha and Macavity finalist, she’s a 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 the Senior Sleuths Mysteries by Laurien Berenson
“Clever and sharp twists and turnstracked by two spunky retiree protagonists--will once again charm and delight cozy mystery lovers." —Shelf Awareness on Peg and Rose Stir Up Trouble
“Endearing…Berenson supplements the mystery with several welcome trips to the dog show ring. This will appeal to dog lovers and mystery readers.” —Publishers Weekly on Peg and Rose Stir Up Trouble

“Gentle Rose and determined Peg make an appealing pair…Long live the senior sleuths.” —Kirkus Reviews on Peg and Rose Stir Up Trouble
“This Golden Girls–style cozy mystery has plenty of humor and style… Perfect for cozy aficionados looking for a new series and some laughs.” —Library Journal on Peg and Rose Stir Up Trouble

“The well-drawn bickering senior sleuths, sympathetic secondary characters, the frame of the women’s shelter where Rose works, and Peg’s dog show world (and love of poodles) all add up to a satisfying cozy.” —Booklist on Peg and Rose Stir Up Trouble

“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 on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder
“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 on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder
“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 on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder
“Fans of the Melanie Travis series will be delighted.” —Publishers Weekly on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder
“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 on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder

Peg and Rose Solve a Murder really does have the sass of The Golden Girls mixed with the shenanigans of Murder, She Wrote, though with a lot more animal friends than either. I’m greatly looking forward to being charmed by more of Peg and Rose’s adventures together as this warm, witty series continues.” —Criminal Element on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder

“Author Laurien Berenson writes with a breezy flair that’s perfect for this kind of mystery, and that breeze blows in the humor…Mystery mavens who love dogs will particularly love this book, as will readers who enjoy sleuths who are past A Certain Age.” Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm Syndicate on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder

“A real hoot!” —Suspense Magazine on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder
“Lots of canine fun…Anyone who loves dogs, especially poodles, dog shows, and silver-haired sleuths, will enjoy this new cozy mystery series by Lauren Berenson.” —San Francisco Book Review on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder

“Fans of the long-running Murder, She Wrote television show, featuring the late Angela Lansbury, will welcome Versailles, KY author Laurien Berenson’s new Senior Sleuth Mystery book series.” —Kentucky Living on Peg and Rose Solve a Murder

Product Details
ISBN: 9781496746689
ISBN-10: 1496746686
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: June 25th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: A Senior Sleuths Mystery