Bark of Night

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Andy Carpenter, Bk. 19). Jul. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781250133090. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250133113. M
In this 19th “Andy Carpenter” mystery (following Deck the Hounds), the New Jersey lawyer is called into his vet’s office for some legal advice. Someone has brought in a French bulldog to be put down. However, the dog turns out to be healthy, and his microchip reveals that his name is Truman and his owner has been murdered. A young man has already been arrested for the crime, and Andy certainly doesn’t want to get involved. Pressure from his wife and concern for Truman soon propel him into the young man’s defense. A mob hit man’s body found in a local river and several suspicious deaths of homeless men complicate the case, which broadens to include Philadelphia, Boston, and Florida’s Gulf Coast. Andy and his legal team must figure out whodunit and why before the trial is over.
VERDICT Fans of the series will enjoy this latest installment, and newcomers won’t be put off since not too much prior information is required to jump in. One shortcoming of the book is that Truman, the catalyst for the whole plot, is whisked offstage to the Tara Foundation, Carpenters’ dog-rescue center, until his happy ending. [See Prepub Alert, 1/7/19.]

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