I love Andy Carpenter. No two ways about it. It doesn't really matter what the plot is or how unrealistic it is. The characters are what make it fun and laugh out loud funny..People in cars next to me must think I am crazy because I spend my commute laughing . Grover Gardner is perfect!!!!! If you want a fun listen this is the book to have!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is my first David Rosenfelt book. The story was interesting but from the advertisements I had seen I thought there would be more involvement with the dogs. This was primarily a court room drama but at least Milo, the German Shepherd, saved him when the "hit man" attacked him at his home. Grover Gardner did a great job in narrating the story. Over all a pleasant story.
Will keep my eye out for more by both the author and narrator.
The last installment of the Andy Carpenter series is another hit. The reader Grover Gardner is fantastic as always and the plot is terrific. Intricate plot which comes together in the end. For those of you that have not read this series, this is a 'who-dunnit' series through the eyes of a lawyer Andy Carpenter, funny and sarcastic. You could read this one first but the correct order is to read: Open and Shut first , then First Degree, then you can read any of the others after that. Sudden Death is another great book
Andy Carpenter is a very shrewd lawyer. He is independently wealthy so he doesn’t have to work too hard which suits him just fine. He loves dogs and he and his friend, Willie, an ex-con whom Andy helped release, set up a dog rescue.
Billy is a former cop who lost his leg while serving as a soldier in Iraq then came home to no job. He adopted his old police dog, Milo, and re-trained him to help steal to make a living. They were quietly waiting for a mark who was meeting for an apparent exchange. Milo leaps in to grab the envelope at the same time as the man is shot and the shooter turns the gun on Milo. Billy foils the shot towards the dog but becomes the prime suspect for the murder especially when the police realize that the murdered man was the army commander responsible for Billy’s injury. Milo is captured and locked in a cell with guards.
Andy is asked to represent Milo and get him released from incarceration. Billy is sure that the dog will find the envelope and that it will prove his innocence. Andy can’t let a dog stay in jail so he takes the case and springs the dog. One thing leads to another and soon Andy is representing Billy and investigation the army security team that was responsible for allowing the bomb attack in Iraq. During the trial a thug tries to kidnap Milo, threatening Willie’s wife, which brings out the ire in Willie. It is clear there is more going on than a simple robbery and murder. Slowly the evidence points to other murders, missing people, greed and corruption.
Andy sets his intrepid team of investigators to the task. His sweetheart companion, Laurie, is recovered enough to get back into PI work. His usual research expert has gone off on a mission trip but left a recommendation for Andy to use Hike. This fellow is an “always see the worst” sort but he turns out to be a great researcher. Andy’s brilliant accountant friend, Sam, who can hack any computer line, steps in to follow the money and the phone trails while Marcus, the intimidating human eating machine, guards Milo.
There is plenty of action and I loved the plot twists, the dog and human involvement and the usual underlying snarky humor that is a Rosenfelt forte. I didn't realize I was several books behind and I will be very glad to catch up. If you haven’t read this series I do recommend starting from the beginning - I think you’ll enjoy the fun run with the dogs.
Audio Notes: Grover Gardner does a great job with this series. It had been a while since I listened to an Andy Carpenter mystery but as soon as this started I felt right at home. Grover manages just the right inflection for the intensity and humor of the story. I completely enjoyed the narration and highly recommend this series on audio.
I thoroughly enjoy all the Andy Carpenter series. they are fast paced, full of twists and turns and frequently have unexpected outcomes. Have listened to them all. Grover Gardener captures the personality of Andy exceptionally.
This was an OK story, nothing thrilling but easy to listen to and able to keep my interest. I was expecting the dog to play more of a role than he did, but there was enough going on in the plot to keep me on my toes.
First of all, I want to make it clear that I meant four and a half stars when I gave four. It's just you can't give four and a half here.
This is another one of my favorite mystery series. One of my silly rules about the selection of books is I avoid those where lawyers or cops feature as The main character. This is because I don't want anything serious or too hard-core.
Though this series is about a dog-loving lawyer, he's not your average lawyer. All serious and aggressive. And the fact that the cases always involve dogs helps soften the whole plot.
If you are a cozy mystery reader but a little bit tired of too silly stories and still not want to switch over to hard-core thrillers, I would recommend Rosenfelt.
All of the Andy Carpenter Series has twists, turns, the occasional joke. The recurrant characters become part of the experience making it enjoyable to figure what part they will play. The banter and humour between friends makes this a pleasurable listen.
I had tried audiobooks before and didn't enjoy them. A friend made some recommendations and fortunatly I picked the first book of the Andy Carpenter series and was pleased at Grover Gardners narration. Once I finish this series i will try more by this narrator.