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Santa's Little Yelpers: An Andy Carpenter Mystery (An Andy Carpenter… (edizione 2022)

di David Rosenfelt (Autore)

Serie: Andy Carpenter (26)

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Lawyer Andy Carpenter and his humorous investigating team return in Santa's Little Yelpers, the latest 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's newest litter of puppies has been dubbed "Santa's Little Yelpers". Eight puppies are a lot to handle, and Andy is relieved when volunteer Scott Tillman agrees to foster them. Tillman, a newer volunteer, did time for a crime he swears he didn't commit. When Tillman discovers a key witness against him lied on the stand and there's evidence that never made it to his lawyer, he goes to Andy for advice. After Andy does some digging, he thinks they can have this conviction overturned by Christmas, no problem. But when the witness is murdered, and the evidence Andy uncovers points to Tillman, 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 Tillman is innocent.… (altro)
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Titolo:Santa's Little Yelpers: An Andy Carpenter Mystery (An Andy Carpenter Novel, 26)
Autori:David Rosenfelt (Autore)
Info:Minotaur Books (2022), 304 pages
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In this 26th Andy Carpenter mystery, an employee of Andy’s dog rescue foundation, a disbarred lawyer, is accused of murder. Andy, a reluctant lawyer himself, agrees to represent him and begins an investigation. This was a more complicated and satisfying legal mystery then the silly title led me to believe. Lots of snarky humor, an interesting case, dogs, and the Christmas season (not to mention the northern NJ setting) made it a winner for me. Having only read the first three books in the series, I didn’t feel at a loss at all. A light, entertaining legal mystery. Fans of Chris Grabenstein’s John Ceepak series may enjoy the similar tone.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martins/Minotaur for the egalley. ( )
  Copperskye | Nov 17, 2022 |
This is #26 in the Andy Carpenter crime/legal procedural series that always manages to get me laughing out loud in spite of brutal and complex crimes.

Andy thinks of himself as a retired lawyer, but when a case comes along that somehow involves a dog, he can’t resist getting involved, as much as he pretends he doesn’t want to. In this instance, Andy is asked to help Chris Myers, an employee at Andy’s Tara Foundation for dog rescue. Chris is a former attorney who served a two-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter. He wants to be exonerated and Andy agrees to help him. After all, Chris has just agreed to foster a new litter of eight puppies, or “Santa’s Little Yelpers,” in honor of the Christmas season.

Chris claims he did not commit the crime for which he served time, and indeed, as the series progresses, Andy seems to be specializing in defending people who had been framed. (Or one could also conclude in New Jersey, a lot of innocent people are framed.). Chris informed Andy that the key witness against him two years before recently told Chris he was paid to lie, and he was willing to recant as long as it could be kept confidential.

Alas, the witness, Charlie Burgess, abruptly cancelled his scheduled recanting. Chris went to see him to find out why, and perhaps convince him otherwise. While Chris was at Charlie’s house, however, Charlie was shot in the head with a bullet that came from outside. Chris, scared and worried he would be blamed at the least, or at worst, killed also, ran out of the house. He was sighted by neighbors, and before Andy could even get started on Chris’s exoneration for his old crime, he was accused of this new murder.

Clearly something deeper and more sinister is going on, and Andy and his crew are determined to find out what. They suspect it all has something to do with Chris’s former law cases, and they set out to investigate some of the dodgier clients Chris handled before his conviction.

As the investigation proceeds, Andy uncovers a convoluted plot of corruption and of course also has his own life threatened. As usual, he is saved by his much braver wife Laurie and Laurie’s muscle, the always amusing, albeit usually taciturn and unintelligible Marcus. But can Andy save Chris? It’s up to the jury, and the outcome is unclear until the very end.

Evaluation: I look forward to new entries in this series, which, by the way, you don’t really need to read in the order they were written. Andy’s sarcasm and wit are unfailingly entertaining, as are his relationships with the rest of his team. I also appreciate the way he presents legal principles and complicated crimes in a way even I can follow. For a quick, diverting read that challenges you at the same time, you can’t go wrong with David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series. ( )
  nbmars | Nov 7, 2022 |
Andy may be a great defense lawyer, but he sure is a failure at retiring. He has picked up another case that he thinks shouldn’t take too long. Chris Myers wants to get his convection overturned so he can practice law again. The only witness is ready to recant, but then things go horribly wrong, and he is arrested - again. Now Andy and the K Team goes into overdrive, just before Christmas. It may take a Christmas miracle to free Chris, or maybe it will just take a lot of digging and Andy’s smarts to make it happen. This mystery, like all the other ones in this marvelous series, is very well written and sprinkled with wit and humor. The characters feel like real people, the canines seem real as well, and all the elements in the story go together like clockwork. The entire series is highly recommended. The only thing I hate is finishing one of the books and having to wait months for the next one. Please write faster, Mr. Rosenfelt! ( )
  Maydacat | Oct 20, 2022 |
organized-crime, dogs, animal-rescue, animal-shelter, false-identities, false-information, family, family-business, family-dynamics, framed, friendship, situational-humor, verbal-humor, snark-fest, fast-pace, thriller, murder, murder-investigation, laugh-out-loud, law-enforcement, lawyers, teamwork, courtroom-drama*****

This series can easily be read out of order or just drop in anywhere and have a good read while laughing your sox off! This is NOT an unbiased review! I love the Andy Carpenter and K-Team books! The stories are imaginative, somewhat plausible, totally engaging, and off-set reality.
Andy Carpenter is a wise-mouthed lawyer who can afford to take semi-retirement by only representing innocent clients while supporting an animal shelter. Add in that his wife is no longer law enforcement but works as his private investigator and more and you have the baseline for these convoluted mysteries. There are many other people who help Andy find out what the truth really is and make it courtroom admissible (The K-Team).
This time the client is a guy on parole who works at the Tara Foundation rescue/shelter who states he was innocent then and is innocent of the charge laid on him now. Let the sleuthing begin! The mysteries are always intriguing, and I cackled my way through the whole thing (again)!
Grover Gardner perfectly personifies Carpenter's snarky self!
I requested and received a temporary audio copy from Macmillan audio via NetGalley. Thank you! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Oct 5, 2022 |
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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WHAT'S SANTA'S LITTLE YELPERS ABOUT?
There's a new employee at the Tara Foundation—he's an ex-con, and an ex-lawyer (the former led to the latter). Chris is clear that he was wrongly convicted, but is trying to rebuild some sort of life and move on from there. Andy, Willie, and Sondra are happy to have him on board—especially because one of the shelter's dogs just had a litter, and Chris has taken mom and her pups into his house until they're ready to be adopted.

But since this is an Andy Carpenter novel, you know what's coming next—the dog lover introduced at the beginning of the book is headed for trouble. Chris is told by the major witness in the case against him that he was lying and will recant in court. But before Andy can get anything filed on Chris's behalf, the witness changes his mind. Chris goes to confront him, the witness is murdered, and, as we all expected, Chris is arrested for that crime.

It's up to Andy, The K Team, and the rest of Andy's team to try to prove him innocent of the murder—and maybe the initial crime.

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK (A LITTLE) LIKE CHRISTMAS...
I'm not sure why Minotaur keeps doing these Christmas-themed Carpenter novels—there's very little Christmas-y (or other holidays) in them. The Christmas content in this one is less than usual—don't worry, there's enough to justify this being considered a holiday novel or to satisfy those who want that content. But just enough for that—not one sentence more.

I should stress—I'm not complaining about this. I'll take any excuse for an Andy Carpenter novel, and this gives us two in a year—and some of these "Christmas" novels have been better than the others released that year. I'm just wondering.

SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT SANTA'S LITTLE YELPERS?
Between the 25 previous books in the series and the 3 K-Team books, I like to think I'm pretty familiar with Rosenfelt and his bag of tricks—the series and I are old friends by now, and while I have a ball with these books, I pretty much see most things coming. Or so I thought. Sure, most of the book went as I expected, and I was enjoying it as much as I expected to. And then Rosenfelt pulled off a twist that I didn't see coming—my interest and appreciation for the book increased.

And then he did it again. I wouldn't have guessed that by book 29, Rosenfelt would be surprising me twice in one book. I'm not saying that I don't appreciate the twists and the turns of the stories in most of his books, because I really do—but I usually know something like them is coming—I didn't see either of these coming at all. (I do think I should've been in the ballpark for one of them, though, if I'd been on my game). And because of these reveals, a lot of the book played out in ways I didn't fully expect. I love it when an author does this.

Are all semi-savvy readers going to experience this? Not necessarily—but you just might.

Even without that—this is a classic Andy Carpenter book, there's some good Ricky material, Laurie and Marcus get to do their thing—Corey and Simon Garfunkel get some nice moments, too. Sam Willis (very minor spoiler) gets some out-of-the-office work, which is fun. And Andy meets a new judge and prosecutor and doesn't totally alienate them (I'm not sure he endears himself to either, either).

It's a good time, a clever case, with some typical quotable lines. Everything an Andy Carpenter fan wants—and, as always, this would be a good jumping on point for a newbie looking for an enjoyable mystery/legal thriller to read. ( )
  hcnewton | Oct 4, 2022 |
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Lawyer Andy Carpenter and his humorous investigating team return in Santa's Little Yelpers, the latest 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's newest litter of puppies has been dubbed "Santa's Little Yelpers". Eight puppies are a lot to handle, and Andy is relieved when volunteer Scott Tillman agrees to foster them. Tillman, a newer volunteer, did time for a crime he swears he didn't commit. When Tillman discovers a key witness against him lied on the stand and there's evidence that never made it to his lawyer, he goes to Andy for advice. After Andy does some digging, he thinks they can have this conviction overturned by Christmas, no problem. But when the witness is murdered, and the evidence Andy uncovers points to Tillman, 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 Tillman is innocent.

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