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The Twelve dogs of Christmas

by Rosenfelt, David,

Format: Print Book 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, oneof 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.

Published Reviews
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"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
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."
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Additional Information
Series Rosenfelt, David. Andy Carpenter novels.
Features Andy Carpenter, an animal lover and attorney in New Jersey who has a golden retriever
#1 - Open and shut
#2 - First degree
#3 - Bury the lead
#4 - Sudden death
#5 - Dead center
#6 - Play dead
#7 - New tricks
#8 - Dog tags
#9 - One dog night
#10 - Leader of the pack
#11 - Unleashed
#12 - Hounded
#13 - Who let the dog out?
#14 - Outfoxed
#15 - The Twelve dogs of Christmas
#16 - Collared
#17 - Rescued
#18 - Deck the hounds
#19 - Bark of night
#20 - Dachshund through the snow
Subjects Carpenter, Andy -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Ex-convicts -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Dogs -- Fiction.
Legal fiction (Literature)
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 328 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781250106766
1250106761
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