The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
Author: David Rosenfelt
**I received a copy of this upcoming book from St. Martin's Press Via NetGalley in exchange for a fair, honest review**
I have to admit that the holiday cover art adorned with cute, fuzzy puppy faces drew my attention to this book immediately. Great marketing St.Martins -- who can resist a sweet puppy face? Definitely not this reviewer. Once I started reading though, I couldn't put the book down. This is the first book by David Rosenfelt I've read, and I found his writing engaging, humorous, and witty.
This is the 15th book in the Andy Carpenter mystery series. It isn't necessary to have read any of the prior books to enjoy this one. I jumped right in and enjoyed the story with no prior knowledge of the characters.
The action starts from the first page and the book continues a nice, suspenseful pace to the end. The dialogue between characters is witty and humorous. The characters are well-developed and interesting. The plot starts out basic, but soon becomes larger-than-life, but in a believable way. It doesn't come off as cheesy or over the top. This book is a fun mystery with a touch of Vegas thriller. It also throws in a bit of a holiday season theme, without taking it too far. The Christmas puppy angle doesn't over shadow the mystery, it's just a bit of garnish to decorate the plot.
The basics: Local dog rescuer "Pups'' Boyer comes under the scrutiny of the local zoning board after a neighbor complains about the number of rescue puppies at her home. Andy Carpenter steps in to assist her with the zoning issue because she does so much good for the local dog rescue center. The case soon becomes much more serious after the complaining neighbor is murdered and the gun discovered in Pups basement. As Andy digs into the case, he discovers there is more going on than feuding neighbors. Much, much more.
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas will be available from St Martins Press on October 18th.
I am definitely going to read more of the Andy Carpenter series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Find out more about David Rosenfelt and his books on his website: www.davidrosenfelt.com