FICTION

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas: An Andy Carpenter Mystery

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Oct. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781250106766. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250106773. MYS
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Rosenfelt's 15th mystery featuring Paterson, NJ-based defense attorney Andy Carpenter (Outfoxed) takes on the case of Martha "Pups" Boyer, who earned her nickname after years of rescuing and placing stray puppies. However, a neighbor complained to the city about the dogs, and now Pups is due in court to fight the zoning law. Although she wins that battle, she's soon hauled off to jail for allegedly killing the complainant. To make matters worse, that case calls into question the death of Pups's husband. Now Andy will have to prove her innocence and avoid the killer.
VERDICT The wisecracking, dog-loving attorney still has plenty of appeal in this fast-paced Christmas mystery that avoids any holiday sentimentality. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/16.]

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