When a neighbor, Randy Hennessey reports her for having too many pets, she asks Andy to take her case. Unfortunately, although this was an easy win for him, complications arise with the murder of Hennessey. Pups is accused of the murder, and Andy is faced with another murder trial...and another innocent client who seems guilty to all who see her.
It is Rosenfelt's characters that capture his audience much more than the plots he presents. Pups is an ornery woman with a heart of gold, who has little interest in the huge sum of money her late husband left her. The readers might not want to invite her to dinner, but we sure don't want to see her in jail. The reoccurring characters in the Andy Carpenter series are as captivating as ever, from Hike, his pessimistic partner to Edna, his non-working secretary. Sam, his computer wiz guy, and his gang of senior citizen hackers, are a joy to follow, and Marcus, the giant of a man who speaks very little but scares people with his very presence is a terrific addition to an unbeatable team. I love Andy's nights at the bar with newspaperman Vince and police detective Pete, and the banter between Andy and wife, Laurie is perfect.
Like all of Rosenfelt's novels, Andy finds a way out of all of his impossible jams and leaves us waiting anxiously for the next book in his series.
Publisher - MacMillan
Date of Publication - October 18, 2016