The Twelve Dogs of Christmas (Andy Carpenter Series #15)

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas (Andy Carpenter Series #15)

by David Rosenfelt

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The Twelve Dogs of Christmas (Andy Carpenter Series #15) by David Rosenfelt

"Laugh-out-loud funny and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful…dog lovers across the country drool at the thought of a new mystery about the curmudgeonly lovable lawyer and his quirky entourage.”—Huffington Post

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 and then finds good homes for them. Not everyone admires her work. With Christmas just around the corner, one of her 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. Who could punish someone for rescuing puppies, after all, especially at Christmas time? But things get a lot more complicated when Randy Hennessey, the neighbor who registered the complaint against Pups, turns up dead. All the evidence seems to point to Pups as the killer, and suddenly Andy has a murder case on his hands. 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.

“Dog lovers will adore this book but serious mystery fans will love the puzzle.”The Globe and Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250145611
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: Andy Carpenter Series , #15
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 108,475
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Twelve Dogs of Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and would reccomend it to everyone who loves and appreciates humor, mystery and courtroom drama cannot get enough of David Rosenfelt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This mystery kept me guessing until the very end. I love his humor and way of telling a story.
HowUsefulItIs More than 1 year ago
About: The Twelve Dogs of Christmas is a Christmas mystery written by David Rosenfelt. It was published on 10/18/16 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, paperback, 336 pages. The genres are mystery, fiction, Christmas, and Dogs. This book is part of An Andy Carpenter Mystery and it’s the number 15th book. My Experience: I started reading The Twelve Dogs of Christmas on 1/9/18 and finished it on 1/15/18. This book is absolutely an awesome read! I love how charming and witty Andy is. I like how he handles the courtroom. This book is great for new lawyers because it has many tips and tricks of how a lawyer should think. I’m surprised to learn that lawyers do a lot of detective work on their own in order to defend their case in court. I like learning a lot of what lawyers do in this book! This book has fantastic humor! I agree about the Chicago airport and undecorating the Christmas tree :-) Though this book is part of a series, it can absolutely read as a standalone. This book is told in the first person point of view following Andy Carpenter, a well-known criminal defense lawyer in Paterson, New Jersey. Andy likes football and when Christmas is three weeks away, he just wanted to relax and enjoy watching the games. Nothing goes according to plans when his friend Martha “Pups” Boyer was brought to court by the Zoning Board restricting her from saving puppies out of her house. Andy defended Pups by telling the courtroom that the Mayor’s wife is making and selling chocolates out of her family home’s basement and won the case. A week later, Pups is under arrest for shooting a neighbor, the one she believes made the complaint to the Zoning Board about her puppies and the same neighbor whom she threaten to kill in court during her recent trial. To make matter worse, the murder weapon is found hidden in her basement to be the same weapon that killed her husband and a gang member eighteen months earlier in a drive-by shooting. That drive-by shooting case was never solved. Andy is now left with a tough case to defend. This book is very well written and developed. The characters are all well-liked. The plot is interesting. I like Andy and his family and his legal team. The story occur during Christmas but Christmas is not overwhelming. I like the sense of suspense with that mysterious character Caffey. I like the puppies’ roles and appreciate the people who dedicated their time to rescuing them. I like following Andy’s train of thoughts and how he slowly unravel the puzzle to defend his client. Reading this book is excellent because I feel like Andy is telling me a story of what’s going on and what he will do next. The ending is awesome and I didn’t even see it coming. I highly recommend everyone to read this book! Pro: fast paced, page turner, mystery, suspense, witty, charming, puppies, light-hearted mystery, Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. I’m very surprised to have received this book for Christmas :-) xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Andy Carpenter is more interested in sports than the law, but that hardly stops him from winning murder cases. This one starts when a zoning board cites a friend of his, Martha “Pups” Boyer, for having too many pets on her premises, the law permitting merely three. The complainant is a neighbor who is subsequently murdered, and “Pups” is accused of shooting him. It is up to Andy and his rag tag team to uncover what essentially is a plot against “Pups” to solve the case. All the evidence seems to indicate her guilt: she was seen as she was leaving the scene of the murder; the murder weapon was found in her basement; and it was the same gun used to kill her husband and another a year or so earlier. The trial against “Pups” includes a charge for the murder of her husband. Each of the novels in the series combines mystery, courtroom drama and humor throughout, and Twelve Dogs repeats the formula. The final twist in this novel, however, not only is the usually unexpected fillip, but is based on Andy’s passion for sports. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The humor, the drama, the caring, the love; so refreshing. And, so fun & funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fasr read
Jani8 More than 1 year ago
In the latest story of the Andy Carpenter series, he finds himself taking on a client that takes abandoned puppies and raises them until they are adopted. He’s know her for years and her nickname is Pups. She is brought to court by a new neighbor that is complaining that she has more than just the 3 pets she is allowed to have. Unfortunately, she threatens the home owner, even though she wins. You guessed it. The neighbor is murdered and the police focus on Pups and arrests her within a few hours and the story takes off. This one even sends Andy to South Dakota to find Pups step-son. Mr. Rosenfelt has written his characters with depth and make them so engaging. His plot is a delight. The only bad thing is this is the last book of the series so far. I’ll have to wait until July to read the next one! Dang!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: The Twelve Dogs of Christmas - Andy Carpenter Mystery Book 15 Author: David Rosenfelt Published: 10-18-2016 Publisher: Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press Pages: 336 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Animals ISBN: 13: 9781250106766 ASIN: B01DJ18YEU Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: I received a copy of "The Twelve Dogs of Christmas" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: 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. My Review of "The Twelve Dogs of Christmas": If you have never read any of the Andy Carpenter Mysteries then you are in for a treat. Andy Carpenter is well off, a lawyer who prefers his work with the Tara Foundation, an animal rescue organization he helped set up, than the actual practice of law. In "The Twelve Dogs of Christmas" he is eager to lend his legal expertise to aid the feisty Martha Voyer when she is arrested for the murder of man trying to have her arrested for animal control infractions and get rid of her many rescue dogs. A multiple layered plot. The newest murder may have something to do with the murder of Ms. Boyer's husband eighteen months before. There are multiple criminal connections. The many threads come together in the end, but there are numerous obstacles to over come to get the final resolution and the cost may be high. Filled with a wide range of characters, some old and some new, "The Twelve Dogs of Christmas" will keep you guessing and up all night as Andy works to save Martha, the dogs and even his own life from threats from within and without. My rating of "The Twelve Dogs of Christmas" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
A Solid 4.5 Star read. The Twelve Dogs of Christmas is the fifteenth book in the Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt. I do not know who I missed this author as I enjoyed the story immensely and will definitely have to go back and read more in this series. I found this novel to be a lighter John Grisham story. My only problem with reading this book without the others is that the characters were not fleshed out and I did not really get to know them. I am sure this was done in previous books so I will have to rectify that. Basically the story is about Andy Carpenter, a defense lawyer, trying to seek justice for his client Martha Boyer, aka Pups. When her husband was killed in a drive by shooting 18 months earlier, she inherited a substantial estate in both cash and property. This gave her the means to rescue puppies and their mothers. She spent most of her money on that. Puppies or newborns create a particular problem for shelters and take special care. They are prone to disease. This is where Pups steps in. People bring the puppies directly to her, even the shelter managers sends them to her. When her new neighbour complains to the zoning commission that she is breaking the 3 pet limit, she asks Andy for help. He takes it to court. When the man who complained ends up dead a few days later and Pups is the one to find the body, she is now on trial for murder. Many plot twists and turns occur in this book to make it one that I could not put down. When I picked this book up, I thought it was a cozy mystery, but I was wrong. It is a legal thriller with plenty of mystery, suspense, wit, skill, and detective work. The fact that it takes place during the Christmas Holiday makes it just a little more fun. The character of Andy Carpenter is that of a fun-loving witty lawyer with a lot of expertise. He is disliked by many of the cops he deals with because he has won so many cases. He has a dedicated staff and family that definitely add to the story and to the human side of Andy. A definite must read for those that like a legal mystery with a little less violence and darkness to it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.