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New Tricks

New Tricks

Written by David Rosenfelt

Narrated by Grover Gardner


New Tricks

Written by David Rosenfelt

Narrated by Grover Gardner

ratings:
4.5/5 (102 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Released:
Jan 1, 2009
ISBN:
9781593164256
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that anyone around him is in danger, including his long-time girlfriend Laurie, and he will have to muster all of his wits to save those he holds most dear.
Released:
Jan 1, 2009
ISBN:
9781593164256
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

DAVID ROSENFELT is the Edgar-nominated and Shamus Award-winning author of more than a dozen Andy Carpenter novels, including One Dog Night, Collared, and Deck the Hounds; the Doug Brock thriller series, which starts with Fade to Black; and stand-alone thrillers including Heart of a Killer and On Borrowed Time. Rosenfelt and his wife live in Maine with an ever-changing pack of rescue dogs. Their epic cross-country move with the 25 of these dogs, culminating in the creation of the Tara Foundation, is chronicled in Dogtripping.


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  • (5/5)
    snark-fest, law-enforcement, lawyers, murder, murder-investigation The Dog Lawyer returns to drive Judge Hatchet nuts. Again with the dogs, but the energetic puppy is not exactly the client. Two murders are blamed on Andy's client, but there are more murders, the FBI, a premature unfortunate end to a high priced hit man, and lots more of the snarks we expect. Grover Gardner continues to be the perfect voice of Andy.
  • (4/5)
    Andy Carpenter is a lawyer in the happy position of being rich enough that he only has to take cases that interest him, and over the last few years he has come to be mainly interested in animal welfare cases. So it's not much of a surprise when a judge calls him in and appoints him to represent, and take temporary custody of, a dog who is the subject of a custody dispute between his deceased owner's son and widow. It seems a minor additional complication that the deceased owner was murdered.

    At least, until the widow is also murdered, blown up just moments after Andy leaves the house taking the dog with him, and fifteen minutes after the departure of the son, who had had a loud argument with his stepmother. Oh, and the police think the son looks good as prime suspect for both murders. But he's the one the dog, and for that matter, Andy, likes.

    So Andy finds himself defending the son against the murder charge.

    The mystery gets nicely intricate and has a totally fair resolution you won't suspect until the end. Along the way, there's some nice character development on Andy, his law partner, his girl friend, and his dog. Yes, his dog. Tara is a treasure.

    Becki's Rule: No dogs die in the course of this story. Andy wouldn't allow it.

    A good, light, summer mystery. Recommended.

    I borrowed this book from a friend.
  • (4/5)
    I always enjoy David Rosenfelt's books. He writes with a simple humor but always with an intriguing mystery at the heart that you have difficulty figuring out until he end. And his love of dogs always shines through his stories. In this one, defense attorney Andy Carpenter is in the unique postition of resolving a custody fight for a Burnese mountain dog puppy. The puppy belonged to the recently murdered Walter Timmerman, a prominent man of wealth. Walter's wife and son are now fighting for custody of the puppy, the son of a legendary champion show dog. Andy collects the puppy from Mrs. Timmerman, only to watch the house explode moments later. When Walter's son Steven is arrested for murder he hires Andy to defend him. But Andy has barely begun investigating the case when he gets a call that his girlfriend Laurie (visiting from Wisconsin) was critically wounded from shots fired in a drive-by of his house.
  • (5/5)
    Andy has temporary custody of a show puppy nicknamed Waggy. Waggy's ownership is in dispute when his owner is killed. When the son of the deceased owner is arrested for murder, Andy is sure he is innocent. How could anyone who loves Waggy as much as he obviously does be a killer? Andy has a lot to chew on as he tries to separate the good guys from the bad. And those he loves may also be in danger. Great characters and great writing combine for a great story.
  • (4/5)
    Wit, sarcasm, legal dilemnas, relationships, and DOGS ;-). The Andy Carpenter series is delightful - read them all and be sure to start with "Open And Shut!"
  • (4/5)
    This was a quick and cozy mystery. The attorney is sarcastic and witty and a fun character to read. If you like dogs and mysteries, then I recommend this book.
  • (4/5)
    A great read for mystery fans out there or even those just looking to step into the genre. Author David Rosenfelt successfully crafted a series in which each book can either work together or stand on its own....either way the reader can follow the story without missing a beat....something I experienced first hand. The characters are great, in fact if the main lead, Andy Carpenter, was an actual person, I would definitely want to count him among my friends....and Marcus as well, because if not, I'd have to be sure to at least stay on his good side! If you love a story that lays the pieces in front of you, but allows you to draw your own conclusions until the last few pages when everything you thought you knew is blown apart....this one's for you! Of course, if you are merely a dog lover and looking for a good story, this would certainly work as well, what with Tara and Waggy bringing the canine fun. Happy reading!
  • (5/5)
    I told you I couldn't wait! Neither could my husband. So, I used my Audible.com credit. We then spent about 7.5 blissful hours listening to Grover Gardner read David Rosenfelt's book to us. What a grand job he did of a really fun story and some very interesting characters!The following is how the publisher summarized it:Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want.It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that anyone around him is in danger, including his longtime girlfriend, Laurie, and he will have to muster all of his wits to save those he holds most dear.Looking at the cover photo and seeing how cute Bernese puppies are, why would/could someone kill such, any less people around it!? There is wit and passion in this thrill ride of a "who done it" along with the dogie fun and human love. Will you figure out why people are willing to kill the puppy, as well as humans, before the stories end? And why? How many death's are incurred along the way?Now should you fall in love with the wit and attitude of Mr. Rosenfelt's Andy and his dog, Tara, you are in luck! There are more books! I can only assume they too are complete and stand alone. Oh, there is more information about Andy's relationship his girl friend and Tara but the stories work as stand alone and could be read as such.The newest epic, Dog Tags, has just been released.It will be difficult, but I must not get this or any of the others Mr Rosenfelt's stories until my TBR pile is lower. It will be hard (very hard) but...
  • (4/5)
    I loved this book. It's the first in the series I've read and I am looking forward to starting from the beginning. The mystery was engaging (but don't look too hard at the central issue), the characters are great. A lot of fun.
  • (5/5)
    Tail wagging good mystery. Great audiobook for car trips with dog.
  • (4/5)
    This was a new mystery wriiter for me and I really enjoyed the book. I'm going to try to get the back list from the library. The mystery was complex enough to keep me guessing for a while. However, one of the actual villains was under his nose all along and the lead character didn't realize it until the end of the book. But there was no "villain explains the plot" write-up at the end of the book as too many authors do, so kudos for that.
  • (4/5)
    A mystery is only as good as the ending, and this is the area where New Tricks falls flat. A lawyer that specializes in cases with dogs gets caught up in a defending someone on multiple murder counts. The action and pace are really well done and the writing is very clean, if not a bit simple. The only problem with this book is the ending is not very imaginative. There were so many interesting ways the plot could have wrapped up that it’s a disappointment when the killer is finally caught. I would advise people to stop reading the book before the last 20 pages and just let their imagination solve the crime.
  • (4/5)
    This is definitely not serious literature but it is fast paced, fun and aof course has a happy ending.
  • (3/5)
    Another fun mystery with more dogs. Better than the last, although the end was a bit too Perry Mason.
  • (4/5)
    Another great book by Rosenfelt! My ninth one I have read by him and I am going to keep going until I get closer to his latest book.
  • (3/5)
    The latest in Mr. Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series we again join Andy and his group of misfit lawyers and investigators on another murder case. This one starts off with Andy Carpenter being appointed the guardian for a rambunctious puppy destined to be a champion show dog. It seems that everyone associated with this little puppy winds up dead or in the hospital. Can Andy solve the case? Hopefully before his dog Tara gets too upset with the upstart little puppy getting all her dog biscuits!
  • (4/5)
    This is book #7 of the stand-up comedy/mystery/dog-related legal procedural series featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever Tara.The local murder of pharmaceuticals “semi-titan” Walter Timmerman is making the news, and Andy is appointed to help adjudicate custody over Walter’s dog, which comes from a valuable genetic line of show dogs. The two claimants are Walter’s recent wife Diana, and Walter’s son Steven. Andy is asked to retain possession of the seven-month old Bernese mountain dog (called Waggy) until custody is determined.[This is not at all an outrageous plot element. Just this past March, 2011, "Hong Dong," an 11-month old red Tibetan mastiff puppy, sold in the Chinese city of Qingdao for 10 million yuan, or around $1.5 million U.S. dollars.]Just after Andy leaves Diana Timmerman’s house with Waggy, the house is blown up, and Steven is arrested shortly thereafter. Andy agrees to represent Steven as well as Waggy. Meanwhile, Andy’s out-of-town girlfriend Laurie comes to visit, and is almost killed while watching Waggy. Clearly something sinister is afoot.Evaluation: This book (which can be read as a stand alone by the way) is not as funny as the others in the series, and the culprit is obvious far sooner than the author probably intended, but it is still a very entertaining and endearing book. There is plenty of enjoyable repartee, and I really like the way the author has Andy express his feelings for Laurie. It seems so real that I feel like the author must be giving Andy the feelings that he himself has about his wife. If so, she's pretty lucky!
  • (4/5)
    When wealthy businessman and scientist Walter Timmerman is murdered, his son, Steven and wife (Steven’s step-mother) fight over custody of his Bernese mountain dog puppy, Waggy. The court has appointed lawyer Andy Carpenter to resolve the dispute, and to retain custody of the dog until that happens.Andy heads to the Timmerman home to take possession of Waggy. Steven is just leaving after arguing with his step-mother. Andy picks up the dog, and as he’s getting back in his car, an explosion rocks the house, killing Steven’s stepmother. Steven is arrested for the murder, and Andy finds himself representing both Steven and Waggy.NEW TRICKS by David Rosenfelt was my first Andy Carpenter book (it’s the seventh in the series) but it definitely won’t be my last. This book can certainly stand on its own, but I’d like to read the series from the beginning. The book has it all – a solid mystery, a little romance and witty banter. I love Andy – he’s sarcastic, dedicated, a little bit lazy and crazy about dogs. He’s a great guy who struggles with showing his emotions. He’s in love with his long distance girlfriend and determined to solve the mystery and do right by Waggy. I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining book and recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries and/or dogs.David Rosenfelt is the former President of Marketing for Tri-Star Pictures. He and his wife operate The Tara Foundation, a dog rescue organization. They’ve rescued over 4,000 dogs and take home the ones that are too old or ill to be adoptable. I suspect Andy Carpenter is based on him.
  • (3/5)
    Wealthy pharmaceutical industry scientist Walter Timmerman has been murdered, and when part-time attorney Andy Carpenter is summoned by the judge on the case, he assumes he’s been pegged for a pro-bono defense of the accused. Instead, the judge assigns Andy to represent Timmerman’s show-quality Bernese mountain dog, Bertrand II (aka: “Waggy”), in a custody fight between the deceased’s second wife and his adult son. When that widow is murdered soon thereafter, Andy finds himself housing the dog and defending the new accused -- the son -- in the now double-murder case.I came to this book new to the author and primed to enjoy the dog-oriented Andy Carpenter series. I came away disappointed. What opens as a light, fun read is made tedious by Andy’s endless mental mulling of the case, much of which occurs to the reader before it does to Andy. Perhaps the series characters were developed well in earlier installments, but here they are stick figures. Lacking strong characters, a mystery needs plot -- but these murders are routine, while a far more interesting aspect (the motive) is under-researched and under-developed. And the dogs … where are the dogs? Alas, they're mostly background, gnawing on bones or accompanying Andy on walks where he mulls more facts and loops them past the reader again.Rosenfelt's dialogue is great and I wonder if I would have enjoyed this book more if I’d read the earlier installments? Thus I strongly recommend that readers new to the series begin with a book other than New Tricks.