>> Thursday, September 17, 2009
Series: #6 in the Andy Carpenter series
Publication Date: 2007
Challenges: TBR 2009 Challenge Alternate #12
Once again David Rosenfelt kept me interested and guessing about the mystery while at the same time laughing. Andy Carpenter is a smart-mouthed wisecracking New Jersey lawyer who irritates both judges and prosecutors in the process of doing the right thing for his clients. This is true even when his client is a dog.
As this book opens Andy finds himself petitioning to save a golden retriever from certain death after it bites the person who claims to be it’s owner. Andy has a soft spot for goldens because his own dog, Tara (according to Andy) has had her official title updated to “Tara, the Greatest Creature on this or Any Other Planet and if You Can’t See That You’re an Idiot, Carpenter”. As Andy says “It’s a little long, but it’s apt.
What comes as a total surprise is that the dog Andy is trying to save may turn out to be the key to proving the innocence of a man found guilty of murder five years ago.
It’s not all fun and giggles in this series. It’s a good mix of interesting and twisting mystery with some fun humor and quirky returning characters thrown in.
This is a fun series. If you haven’t tried it yet, pick up a copy of the first book (Open and Shut) and give it a chance.