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Title:
The Twelve dogs of Christmas : an Andy Carpenter mystery
Author(s):
Rosenfelt, David,
ISBN/ISSN:
9781250106766

1250106761
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Edition:
First Edition.
Physical Description:
328 pages ; 22 cm
Series:
Andy Carpenter novels.
Abstract:
"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. "-- Provided by publisher.
Pub Date:
Minotaur Books, 2016.
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Summary

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.

With his trademark wit, larger-than-life characters, and clever plotting, David Rosenfelt delivers another gripping mystery.


Author Notes

DAVID ROSENFELT is the Edgar-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author of several stand-alones and a dozen Andy Carpenter novels, including Who Let the Dog Out? . After years living in California, he and his wife moved to Maine with twenty-five golden retrievers that they've rescued. Rosenfelt's hilarious account of this cross-country move, Dogtripping , is available from St. Martin's Press.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Attorney Andy Carpenter defends Martha Pups Boyer at a zoning-board meeting after Martha's new neighbor, Randy Hennessey, lodges a complaint about the number of dogs Martha has on her property 26 more than the legal limit. It looks like the cantankerous Pups, who is well known for raising puppies until they are old enough to be adopted, will prevail until she finds Hennessey's body and is accused of his murder. Complicating matters for Andy, the gun that killed Hennessey also killed Pups' husband, Jake, who was murdered, along with a known gang member, in what was thought to be a drive-by shooting. Now Pups is charged with all three murders. Believing their client is being framed, Andy and his team delve into Pups' finances looking for a motive. Who profits if Pups is convicted of murder and can no longer claim her husband's large estate? This latest in Rosenfelt's long-running series constitutes a return to form for self-deprecating family-man Andy after a couple of somewhat lacklaster outings. Of course, dog lovers will continue to be enchanted.--O'Brien, Sue Copyright 2016 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Martha "Pups" Boyer, who's at the center of Edgar-finalist Rosenfelt's entertaining 15th legal thriller featuring Patterson, N.J., attorney Andy Carpenter (after Outfoxed), earned her nickname for her efforts to take in stray puppies that the local animal shelter can't handle and find them permanent homes. Near the holidays, Pups's new neighbor, Randy Hennessey, reports her for keeping more than the legal limit of animals. Andy, a long-time friend of Pups, figures that puppies and Christmas are key words that will ensure that the case is dismissed. He's right. But when Randy turns up dead, Pups is arrested for his murder. The evidence is stacked against her, but Andy refuses to believe Pups guilty. On the other hand, Andy and his team discover some alarming discrepancies when they dig through the assets of the wealthy Pups and her late husband. Rosenfelt integrates Andy's vocation of finding rescued dogs permanent homes-which the author shares with his character-without overwhelming the story. Author tour. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Rosenfelt's 15th mystery featuring Paterson, NJ-based defense attorney Andy Carpenter (Outfoxed) takes on the case of Martha "Pups" Boyer, who earned her nickname after years of rescuing and placing stray puppies. However, a neighbor complained to the city about the dogs, and now Pups is due in court to fight the zoning law. Although she wins that battle, she's soon hauled off to jail for allegedly killing the complainant. To make matters worse, that case calls into question the death of Pups's husband. Now Andy will have to prove her innocence and avoid the killer. -VERDICT The wisecracking, dog-loving attorney still has plenty of appeal in this fast-paced Christmas mystery that avoids any holiday sentimentality. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/16.] © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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