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Publisher's Summary

This Christmas mystery, featuring criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful golden retriever, Tara, showcases Rosenfelt’s trademark humor and larger-than-life characters.   

Reluctant lawyer Andy Carpenter doesn’t usually stop to help others, but seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires him to give the pair some money to help. It’s just Andy’s luck that things don’t end there. Soon after Andy’s encounter with them, man and dog are attacked in the middle of the night on the street. The dog defends its new owner, and the erstwhile attacker is bitten but escapes. But the dog is quarantined, and the man, Don Carrigan, is heartbroken.   

Andy’s wife, Laurie, can’t resist helping the duo after learning Andy has met them before...it’s the Christmas season, after all. In a matter of days, Don and his dog, Zoey, are living above Andy’s garage and become two new additions to the family. It’s not until Andy accidentally gives away his guest’s name during an interview that things go awry; turns out Don is wanted for a murder that happened two years ago. Don not only claims he’s innocent, but that he had no idea he was wanted for a crime he has no knowledge of in the first place. It’s up to Andy to exonerate his new friend, if he doesn’t get pulled into the quagmire first.   

David Rosenfelt’s signature wit, charm, and cleverness are back again in this most exciting installment yet. 

©2018 Tara Productions, Inc. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Fun But predictable

Andy Carpenter...Rich, lazy and cowardly lawyer who dashes in to save the day. I like him a lot, but the books are very predictable... but the characters are great. I am a dog lover, but Rosenfelt goes too far with it. If you love dogs, Andy Carpenter is your friend. If you don't like them, then you're a bum. Ridiculous!

But, they are entertaining and light-hearted stories and I will continue to read them

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Most fun n entertaining

I don’t think David Rosenfelt can write fast enough. I absolutely love his books You get me thru any traffic n make me laugh Thank you.
Keep them coming

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Another Winner

I am a true fan of this series - I own them all and have listened to all of them more than once, especially when reality becomes a little too real and I need an escape. The books are fun and clever, Grover Gardner is outstanding, and of course Tara is adorable. Please keep 'em comin', Mr. Rosenfelt! #clever #FeelGood #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 11-08-18

Andy Rides Again!

I’m a huge fan of Andy Carpenter, and if David Rosenfelt keeps writing his story I will be reading them. I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to more in the future. I will be the first to admit the mystery is not the most intriguing story line but there is something about David Rosenfelt’s books that give you a feel good feeling. I love all the characters and feel like I got to see the gang again while listening. Grover Gardner is an excellent narrator, and to me he is Andy Carpenter.

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Crying with joy

This is a must read for anyone loving dogs and mysteries. There is always witty dialogue and imaginative plots in this series of books. David Rosenfelt is a most brilliant writer.

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  • Tim
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 11-05-18

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Complex but one of his best. Andy becomes a bit of a detective. Great read. Recommended!

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Best yet

I love, love, love the series and this is the best book yet. If you’re looking for something smart and funny this is it. For those of you that know the series, this book moves all the main characters forward. The legal and detective stories are intriguing. The only negative is that sometimes the narrator doesn’t distinguish well between the characters.

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Grover Gardner is the best

Love these stories and Grover Gardner is perfect for reading it. He is Andy Carpenter and his humor brings the character alive. Hoping for more.

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A very truly real Christmas story full of hope

Every one of the Andy Carpenter books narrated by Grover Gardner are brilliant. I always come away feeling happy. Everyone is like a known family to me. I just want to say too that with so much negativity right now around us, Deck the Hounds gave me 8 hours of of pure joy. I really can’t wait for the next chapter. Thank you

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Another success

I had to listen to it straight through. Lots of chuckles....and I didn’t see the end until the audience was told.

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  • mary morrissey
  • 11-06-18

Brilliant

Brilliant book funny and interesting I thoroughly recommend it I’m going to go back to the beginning and download the whole series