Lawyer Andy Carpenter and his humorous investigating team return in Santa's Little Yelpers, the next Yuletide mystery in David Rosenfelt’s bestselling series.
'Tis the season in Paterson, New Jersey: Lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, are surrounded by holiday cheer. It’s even spread to the Tara Foundation. The dog rescue organization, not used to having puppies, has their hands full with a recent litter. Eight puppies are a lot to handle, and Andy is relieved when his co-worker Chris Myers agrees to foster them.
Myers, a newer employee at the Tara Foundation, did time for a crime he swears he didn’t commit. When Myers discovers a key witness against him lied on the stand, he goes to Andy to ask for representation in getting the conviction overturned. Myers thinks they can have this wrapped up by Christmas, no problem.
But when the witness is murdered, and Myers is arrested for the crime, things go from bad to worse. Suddenly, it’s all elves on deck to make a list and check it twice, so they can prove Myers is innocent.
In Edgar finalist Rosenfelt's pleasing 26th mystery featuring semiretired Paterson, N.J., lawyer Andy Carpenter (after Holy Chow), Chris Myers, an employee at the Tara Foundation, a dog rescue center Andy runs, needs his help. A disbarred lawyer, Chris was convicted of involuntary manslaughter as the result of a bar fight almost three years earlier. He has always insisted he was innocent of the crime, and now a prominent witness in the case against him has come to Chris saying that he was paid to give false testimony. Before the motion to have Chris's conviction overturned is processed, though, the recanting witness is found dead, and Chris is arrested for murder. Andy and his investigative team, which includes his wife, Laurie, a former cop with the Paterson, N.J., PD, and Marcus Clark, a "remarkably scary and dangerous" person, who saves Andy's bacon whenever fisticuffs are called for, set out to clear Chris. In the process, they unmask a nefarious scheme. A nice group of supportive human pals, adorable dogs, and a plot that's just complicated enough make this a winner. Cozy fans not already familiar with this series should check it out. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House.
It was an interesting story with unusual twists.
I’ve always liked the humor in Rosenfelt’s books and this was no exception.
I gave it four stars because the use of foul language was beyond normal for this writer. I really have issues with taking the Lord’s name in vane.
Rosenfelt has been my favorite write for several years, but I will move on if the blasphemy continues.
Good plot - but….
Mr. Rosenfelt - this novel had nothing to do with the little yelpers! Uh-oh. Good plot. Never saw it coming.