Sunday, February 18, 2018

Review: The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt

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A Mysterious Review of The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt. An Andy Carpenter Mystery.

Review summary: What a delightful twist on a holiday tale. The mystery is nicely layered, and slowly comes to light as the story develops. As with the other books in this series, there is nothing to dislike about this one…unless the reader does not like family, dogs, humor or a well-crafted mystery. (Click here for text of full review.)

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas David Rosenfelt

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
David Rosenfelt
An Andy Carpenter Mystery
Minotaur Books (October 2016)

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Publisher synopsis: Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter usually tries to avoid taking on new cases at all costs. But this time, he’s happy—eager, even—to take the case that’s just come his way. Andy’s long-time friend Martha “Pups” Boyer takes in stray puppies that the local dog rescue center can’t handle, raises them until they’re old enough to adopt, and then finds good homes for them. Not everyone admires the work Pups does as much as Andy does, however. With Christmas just around the corner, one of Pups’s neighbors has just reported Pups to the city for having more than the legal number of pets in her home under the local zoning laws.

Andy happily takes Pups’s case, and he feels confident in a positive outcome. Who could punish someone for rescuing puppies, after all, especially at Christmastime? But things get a lot more complicated when Randy Hennessey, the neighbor who registered the complaint against Pups, turns up dead. Pups had loudly and publicly threatened Hennessey after he filed his complaint, and Pups was also the one to find his body. All the evidence seems to point to Pups as the killer, and suddenly Andy has a murder case on his hands. He doesn’t believe Pups could be guilty, but as he starts digging deeper into the truth behind Hennessey’s murder, Andy may find himself facing a killer more dangerous than he ever imagined.


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