>> Friday, March 2, 2012
New Tricks by David Rosenfelt
Series: #7 in the Andy Carpenter Series
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio
Publication Date: 2009
Read by: Grover Gardner
The Short Version:
Andy Carpenter’s assignment to determine the best home for a dog becomes a full-fledged murder investigation that has Andy and his friends as well as the dog in danger.
Why I Read It:
I’ve read and enjoyed the earlier books in this series and when I found out that Grover Gardner narrates the audios I decided to give this one a try.
Andy Carpenter is called into Judge ‘Hatchet” Henderson’s court. Expecting to be assigned a pro bono case to defend the accused in the well publicized murder of a local millionaire, Andy is surprised to be assigned as the arbitrator of who will get custody of the dead man’s dog. Waggy is a young Bernese mountain dog. His father was a champion show dog and the deceased’s widow and estranged son both want custody of the puppy.
Once again Andy’s nickname of “Lawyer to the Dogs’ seems to fit. Before long however things get very very complicated. Waggy is in danger, Andy’s girlfriend is in danger, there are more murders and Andy is suddenly defending the millionaire’s son for the murder of his father. Andy just happens to know that the son is innocent but for a variety of reasons, he cannot use that information in his defense.
This case gets personal and Andy has to find a way to keep his client from going to jail for a murder he definitely did not commit.
I’ve enjoyed this series for several years. Andy is one of my favorite fictional characters. I like his wisecracking ways. I like his friends and the recurring characters. I love his dog Tara. I enjoy the mix of humor and mystery in the books.
I tend to be format loyal with my series. If I start a series in print format I stick with it and if I start a series in audio I stick with that. It’s rare that I change formats mid-series. I’m always hesitant to switch to audio for a series I’ve been reading. It’s annoying when suddenly a character that has existed in my head sounds or seems completely different as characterized by an audiobook narrator.
I took the leap of faith with this series because of Grover Gardner. I have a Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of third hand connection to him and I decided that it was high time I listen to one of the books he’s read. When I went browsing on the library website I discovered that he’s read all of this series. It’s one of the series I’d targeted for catching up with in 2012 so it was kind of meant to be.
I have to say that I plan to continue this series in audio format. Grover Gardner does an excellent job with Andy and all of the other characters in this series. He’s great as Andy (who tells the story) and his version of Marcus (the bodyguard/investigator) is just a crackup.
As is typical of this series the mystery plays out with plenty of wisecracking humor mixed in. There were probably equal parts predictable and surprising but it’s such fun along the way I didn’t care.
If you’ve read any of this series I’d encourage trying the audio versions and if you haven’t read any, the audio is as good a way to start as the printed format.
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