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Book Review: Twelve Dogs of Christmas


Twelve Dogs of Christmas (Andy Carpenter #15) by David Rosenfelt

Genres/Themes: Mystery – crime, Adult, Cozy Mystery (?), Christmas, Puppies!!

★★★☆☆

*I received this book from Netgalley, but all opinions are my own*
I should also mention that I took so long getting around to reviewing that I decided to listen to the audiobook version in order to get through some of backlog faster.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter usually tries to avoid taking on new cases at all costs. But this time, he’s happy—eager, even—to take the case that’s just come his way. Andy’s long-time friend Martha “Pups” Boyer takes in stray puppies that the local dog rescue center can’t handle, raises them until they’re old enough to adopt, and then finds good homes for them. Not everyone admires the work Pups does as much as Andy does, however. With Christmas just around the corner, one of Pups’s neighbors has just reported Pups to the city for having more than the legal number of pets in her home under the local zoning laws.

Andy happily takes Pups’s case, and he feels confident in a positive outcome. Who could punish someone for rescuing puppies, after all, especially at Christmastime? But things get a lot more complicated when Randy Hennessey, the neighbor who registered the complaint against Pups, turns up dead. Pups had loudly and publicly threatened Hennessey after he filed his complaint, and Pups was also the one to find his body. All the evidence seems to point to Pups as the killer, and suddenly Andy has a murder case on his hands. He doesn’t believe Pups could be guilty, but as he starts digging deeper into the truth behind Hennessey’s murder, Andy may find himself facing a killer more dangerous than he ever imagined.


I will admit, the narrator grated on me, but I ended up getting used to it and kinda liking it.

It is a different kind of book for me, so I am glad I listened to it. There is a ton of explanation, even explaining conversations with a few only a few lines of “talking”. This took a long time to grow on me and I think I am okay with it, but I wouldn’t actively seek out this type of book again. (this honestly brought the rating from 4 –>3 stars) My other problem was that the case seemed so easy and the prosecution seemed to have done almost no research…

On the other hand, it was enjoyable and an easy listen. The story was pretty easy to understand and even coming in at book 15 without reading the other books was done easily. I was pleasantly surprised. I liked this book enough and the characters that I would recommend this book to friends who I thought might like this style!

If you prefer books with less conversations, cozy mysteries, and clean novels, then I really think you will like this novel!

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