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Deck the Hounds

Minotaur: St. Martin's. (Andy Carpenter, Bk. 18). Oct. 2018. 472p. ISBN 9781250304230. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250198495. M
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OrangeReviewStarThe latest title in this long-running series has all the elements dedicated readers will be expecting, wrapped up in a festive Yuletide setting. Andy Carpenter is drawn to Don, a homeless man, who is huddled up against the cold air with a golden retriever-mix dog named Zoey. Later that evening, Don and Zoey are assaulted, and Zoey bites the attacker in defense. Andy's wife and son encourage the reluctant lawyer but committed dog rescuer to step in and help; little do any of them know Don's been accused of a serious crime and Andy's work is cut out for him.
VERDICT The untangling of so many twisted tales (or tails?) keeps this story moving at a fast pace; sweet moments of puppy love will have readers smiling.

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