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New Tricks by David Rosenfelt
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snark-fest, law-enforcement, lawyers, murder, murder-investigation

The Dog Lawyer returns to drive Judge Hatchet nuts. Again with the dogs, but the energetic puppy is not exactly the client. Two murders are blamed on Andy's client, but there are more murders, the FBI, a premature unfortunate end to a high priced hit man, and lots more of the snarks we expect.
Grover Gardner continues to be the perfect voice of Andy. ( )
  jetangen4571 | Oct 10, 2018 |
Andy Carpenter is a lawyer in the happy position of being rich enough that he only has to take cases that interest him, and over the last few years he has come to be mainly interested in animal welfare cases. So it's not much of a surprise when a judge calls him in and appoints him to represent, and take temporary custody of, a dog who is the subject of a custody dispute between his deceased owner's son and widow. It seems a minor additional complication that the deceased owner was murdered.

At least, until the widow is also murdered, blown up just moments after Andy leaves the house taking the dog with him, and fifteen minutes after the departure of the son, who had had a loud argument with his stepmother. Oh, and the police think the son looks good as prime suspect for both murders. But he's the one the dog, and for that matter, Andy, likes.

So Andy finds himself defending the son against the murder charge.

The mystery gets nicely intricate and has a totally fair resolution you won't suspect until the end. Along the way, there's some nice character development on Andy, his law partner, his girl friend, and his dog. Yes, his dog. Tara is a treasure.

Becki's Rule: No dogs die in the course of this story. Andy wouldn't allow it.

A good, light, summer mystery. Recommended.

I borrowed this book from a friend.
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  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Andy has temporary custody of a show puppy nicknamed Waggy. Waggy's ownership is in dispute when his owner is killed. When the son of the deceased owner is arrested for murder, Andy is sure he is innocent. How could anyone who loves Waggy as much as he obviously does be a killer? Andy has a lot to chew on as he tries to separate the good guys from the bad. And those he loves may also be in danger. Great characters and great writing combine for a great story. ( )
  Maydacat | Aug 21, 2017 |
I always enjoy David Rosenfelt's books. He writes with a simple humor but always with an intriguing mystery at the heart that you have difficulty figuring out until he end. And his love of dogs always shines through his stories. In this one, defense attorney Andy Carpenter is in the unique postition of resolving a custody fight for a Burnese mountain dog puppy. The puppy belonged to the recently murdered Walter Timmerman, a prominent man of wealth. Walter's wife and son are now fighting for custody of the puppy, the son of a legendary champion show dog. Andy collects the puppy from Mrs. Timmerman, only to watch the house explode moments later. When Walter's son Steven is arrested for murder he hires Andy to defend him. But Andy has barely begun investigating the case when he gets a call that his girlfriend Laurie (visiting from Wisconsin) was critically wounded from shots fired in a drive-by of his house. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
This is definitely not serious literature but it is fast paced, fun and aof course has a happy ending. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that anyone around him is in danger, including his long-time girlfriend Laurie, and he will have to muster all of his wits to save those he holds most dear.

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"Edgar-award nominated author David Rosenfelt's hilarious hero, Andy Carpenter, plunges into a high-profile murder case in which a Bernese puppy and his golden retriever play instrumental roles"--Provided by publisher.

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