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I did not particularly enjoy the last couple of books in this usually reliably great series. I was wondering if David Rosenfelt was running out of great plot lines. Well this book completely restores my enthusiasm for the exploits of lawyer Andy Carpenter and his dog(s), family and friends, and reassures that Rosenfelt has not lost his golden touch. If anything, this is one of the best books in the whole series. The story line was just wonderful, a really good blend of characters, story and humor.
In this book, Andy is called to defend "Pups," a woman accused of murdering an annoying neighbor, a woman who is dear to Andy's heart because she, like him, rescues unwanted dogs and cares for them. Andy knows she has to be innocent of the charges, but he (with the help of his wife and friends) must solve the mystery of what has actually happened. Naturally, this leads him into a deeper, sometimes dangerous, look at background issues in her life.
This would be a good story, no matter what. But over time Rosenfelt has created a set of delightful characters who click with (this) reader/listener very well. Including his awesome dog Tara (now joined by canine pal Sebastian). And there are often some laugh out loud moments of humor to lighten everything up. But what really brings these books to life (even the couple past ones I didn't otherwise enjoy as much) is the perfect narration of Grover Gardner. Sometimes a narrator and book just work perfectly together, and this series would be lacking with any other narrator. Altogether, author and narrator have provided a really fun listening experience. I really recommend this book, and also the whole series.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes! I'm envious of those who have just found David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series and have several books to enjoy. As for the rest of us, we have to impatiently wait for the next book.Best thing is, the author is a great writer AND a great person in real life that's devoted to rescuing dogs that most wouldn't adopt. Even his Facebook posts make me laugh. I'm a huge fan!
What did you like best about this story?
Love the self-depricating, quick witted Andy Carpenter and his fun characters (I do miss the "song talk" with Sam!).
What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?
Perfection. My favorite narrater. Excellent. You forget it's one person reading for all the characters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I always laugh while listening to this series, and the touching moments are spot on.
Any additional comments?
I appreciate a good mystery with a dose of humor and the absence of unneeded gore or anything overly sad. I love good characters that don't all blend together, and a narrater that can bring it to life. This is all of that!
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