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Holy Chow: An Andy Carpenter Mystery

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Holy Chow: An Andy Carpenter Mystery

Not everyone in the fictional world of wanna-be-retired attorney Andy Carpenter loves him. But IRL (in real life), David Rosenfelt's fans adore the irascible, humorous and self-deprecating lawyer whose dialogue literally makes us LOL (laugh out loud). HOLY CHOW is the latest mystery starring Andy Carpenter and his motley crew of investigators. As the series has progressed, the cast of supporting characters has grown. In addition to Andy's wife Laurie, who acts as his investigator, there’s retired cop Corey Douglas and his K-9, Simon Garfunkel. They, in fact, star in their own spinoff series, K Team (the "K" refers to the amazing Simon).

"Each book in this series brings new dogs, new mysteries and new ways for Rosenfelt's clever narrative to entertain us."

HOLY CHOW introduces readers to Rachel Morehouse, a lovely lady who adopted a Chow Chow from Andy's rescue, the Tara Foundation. She has asked Andy if he would take her dog, Lion, if anything happened to her. Initially she planned to ask her stepson, Tony, and entertained hopes that they would bond during his visit. When Rachel dies, Andy is notified. At that point, he also realizes that she was married to Stanley Wasserman, a billionaire investor who left her all his assets.

Andy is present when Tony is arrested for Rachel’s murder at the reading of her will. Tony begs Andy to represent him as he swears he didn't kill her. He claims he didn't care that he got nothing from his late father and stood to receive little from Rachel. He also wants to assume custody of Lion, as Rachel had wished. Reluctantly (as always), Andy decides to take on the case and thus begins the investigation.

Andy is not just a lawyer; he is a master investigator who solves the most mysterious and perplexing of crimes. This particular murder is quite puzzling. Most of the story is written in the first person from Andy's point of view. We laugh at his laziness and self-professed fear of violence as he puts himself in harm's way to fight for justice for his client. Other chapters are written in the third person, and they give us a peek into who the bad guys really are and what is going on when Andy is not present.

While justice prevails in the end, we reflect on the ingenuity of Rosenfelt's plot. And we appreciate the glimpse he has provided into the world of dog rescues, which he knows from experience. He and his wife, Debbie Myers, ran the very real Tara Foundation. They rescued and found homes for thousands of dogs before moving to Maine, where they still take in older canines and those with medical needs.

Each book in this series brings new dogs, new mysteries and new ways for Rosenfelt's clever narrative to entertain us. Enjoy reading about the Bubelah Brigade, a group of octogenarians whose hacking abilities would be the envy of any spy organization, with the added bonus of homemade rugelach. Escape into the world of Andy Carpenter, where every dog deserves a home and every dog lover deserves a good lawyer.

Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on July 8, 2022

Holy Chow: An Andy Carpenter Mystery
by David Rosenfelt

  • Publication Date: July 5, 2022
  • Genres: Fiction, Mystery
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books
  • ISBN-10: 1250828872
  • ISBN-13: 9781250828873