The Twelve Dogs of Christmas Review

Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:

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.

With his trademark wit, larger-than-life characters, and clever plotting, David Rosenfelt delivers another gripping mystery in The Twelve Dogs of Christmas.

About: The Twelve Dogs of Christmas is a Christmas mystery written by David Rosenfelt. It was published on 10/18/16 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, paperback, 336 pages. The genres are mystery, fiction, Christmas, and Dogs. This book is part of An Andy Carpenter Mystery and it’s the number 15th book. According to Macmillan’s website, “Minotaur Established in 1999, Minotaur is a premier publisher in the bestselling category of crime fiction. St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading The Twelve Dogs of Christmas on 1/9/18 and finished it on 1/15/18. This book is absolutely an awesome read! I love how charming and witty Andy is. I like how he handles the courtroom. This book is great for new lawyers because it has many tips and tricks of how a lawyer should think. I’m surprised to learn that lawyers do a lot of detective work on their own in order to defend their case in court. I like learning a lot of what lawyers do in this book! This book has fantastic humor! I agree about the Chicago airport and undecorating the Christmas tree 🙂 Though this book is part of a series, it can absolutely read as a standalone.

This book is told in the first person point of view following Andy Carpenter, a well-known criminal defense lawyer in Paterson, New Jersey. Andy likes football and when Christmas is three weeks away, he just wanted to relax and enjoy watching the games. Nothing goes according to plans when his friend Martha “Pups” Boyer was brought to court by the Zoning Board restricting her from saving puppies out of her house. Andy defended Pups by telling the courtroom that the Mayor’s wife is making and selling chocolates out of her family home’s basement and won the case. A week later, Pups is under arrest for shooting a neighbor, the one she believes made the complaint to the Zoning Board about her puppies and the same neighbor whom she threaten to kill in court during her recent trial. To make matter worse, the murder weapon is found hidden in her basement to be the same weapon that killed her husband and a gang member eighteen months earlier in a drive-by shooting. That drive-by shooting case was never solved. Andy is now left with a tough case to defend.

This book is very well written and developed. The characters are all well-liked. The plot is interesting. I like Andy and his family and his legal team. The story occur during Christmas but Christmas is not overwhelming. I like the sense of suspense with that mysterious character Caffey. I like the puppies’ roles and appreciate the people who dedicated their time to rescuing them. I like following Andy’s train of thoughts and how he slowly unravel the puzzle to defend his client. Reading this book is excellent because I feel like Andy is telling me a story of what’s going on and what he will do next. The ending is awesome and I didn’t even see it coming. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!

Pro: fast paced, page turner, mystery, suspense, witty, charming, puppies, light-hearted mystery,

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

David Rosenfelt is the Edgar-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author of several stand-alones and a dozen Andy Carpenter novels, including Who Let the Dog Out?. After years living in California, he and his wife moved to Maine with twenty-five golden retrievers that they’ve rescued. Rosenfelt’s hilarious account of this cross-country move, Dogtripping, is available from St. Martin’s Press. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Macmillan website).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. I’m very surprised to have received this book for Christmas 🙂


11 thoughts on “The Twelve Dogs of Christmas Review

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Wow, a five star review! I love puppies and dogs in general so I can already tell this would be a great book to read, especially on Christmas which I love too! So win win here hahaha
    I wasn’t expecting such an adorable person such as Pups, who does such nice deeds, to be accused of murder. But then again, anything unexpected makes for a very cool story 🙂 I hope she’s not actually a killer but sometimes people do desperate things when in desperate situations!
    Lovely review, Jasmine, and I’m glad you loved this one so much! ❤

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    • Jasmine says:

      Thanks Sophie! The plot is interesting when placing a person doing charity work as a murder suspect and with all evidence pointing against her makes it feels like a dead-end for the lawyer to save her. I like close calls like this and this lawyer is wonderful to read about. I hope you will enjoy the read if you decide to pick it up!

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