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Review: New Tricks

November 20, 2009

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.  Here he is talking about New Tricks:

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.   I am an Amazon Associate.
22 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2009 6:19 am

    I LOVE that cover! Anything with a dog, will have to be my fav 🙂

    This sounds like a great book but I definitely didn’t know that it was a series!

  2. November 20, 2009 6:51 am

    Love, love, love this series!!! I can’t wait to read it!

  3. November 20, 2009 6:58 am

    Sounds fun. I love books that feature animals but I want them to be okay!

  4. November 20, 2009 7:10 am

    Great review. I keep adding these books to my, to be read list and it has grown in to a small book of its own now. I will try to read this book soon.

  5. November 20, 2009 7:19 am

    the book sounds interesting…but I have to say I hate the cover. I don’t think it will help with it’s target audience, if mystery lovers, like myself, are part of the target.

    Of course, I could be

  6. November 20, 2009 7:36 am

    I don’t think I’ve heard of this series before and New Tricks sounds like a fun book!

  7. November 20, 2009 8:33 am

    Thanks for the review, I am definitely going to check this book out.

    What a great video. The dogs are beautiful, I love how they just roam with him.

  8. November 20, 2009 8:34 am

    The cover is kind of misleading, isn’t it? I mean, it sounds like more of a mystery, not the light read about animals which I thought it was. No problems for me though, I’m a mystery fan!

  9. November 20, 2009 8:45 am

    OK, so this guy has stolen my heart and I’ve not read a word he’s written. How amazing it must be to be able to nurture both of your passions…dogs and reading…all at one time. And a series at that! I feel a new relationship coming on.

  10. November 20, 2009 11:00 am

    I am so glad you enjoyed this book, Kathy. I have it on my TBR pile to read. I love the author’s story about how he and his wife saved well over 100 labradors. And the cover of the book is wonderful.
    Now I really can’t wait to read this book!
    Thank you for a great review!

    ~ Amy

  11. stacybuckeye permalink
    November 20, 2009 1:05 pm

    I love dogs and mysteries, how could I never have heard of this series?!

  12. November 20, 2009 1:20 pm

    Where have I been hiding? This author is new to me but not for long. This was super!

  13. November 20, 2009 1:36 pm

    I’ve never heard of this series or author, either, but I’m definitely intrigued — especially as an animal lover! I’ll be on the look out! 🙂

  14. November 20, 2009 1:53 pm

    Sounds like a fun series.

  15. November 20, 2009 2:31 pm

    I’m a sucker for books with dogs on the cover. Thanks for the great review.

  16. November 20, 2009 3:08 pm

    I don’t know if I’ll read this one, but the characters sound appealing – and I love the cover. Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of my favorite breeds – I like big dogs, and I cannot lie :-).

  17. November 20, 2009 5:03 pm

    I sometimes like dogs more than people. Is that a bad thing?

    Glad to read you don’t need to read this series in order, although I probably will. Thanks for recommendation.

  18. November 21, 2009 12:40 pm

    Oh.. this sounds soooo soooo good! Thanks for the review. I love B.M. dogs. A great cover doesn’t hurt either.

  19. November 21, 2009 9:35 pm

    I’m a sucker for a good book that features dogs.

  20. November 23, 2009 3:58 pm

    This sounds like it has a very unusual storyline. I think it might make a nice read for a rainy day. Thanks for the great review, I am going to add this one to my wish list.

  21. November 23, 2009 8:34 pm

    Gimme a book with doggies or animals in them and I’ll lap it up. Thanks for the review, Kathy. This one sounds good to me. 😀

  22. November 24, 2009 12:22 am

    Yay! I Love Andy and Tara (the best dog EVER). I’ve read all of the series except this one. So glad to see a new fan. Hope you go back and read the series from the beginning and enjoy it as much as The Hubster and I have.

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