David Rosenfelt had a career in the movie industry before becoming a novelist.  He served as President of Marketing for Tri-Star Pictures and wrote feature films and TV movies before quitting.  David and his wife started the Tara Foundation, named after their golden retriever.  They have rescued approximately 4,000 dogs and currently have 27 dogs of their own.  Their own dogs are dogs that are too old or sickly to be wanted by others.

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas is the fifteenth book in the Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt.  Andy Carpenter is a defense attorney who has made enough money to retire and work with his dog rescue.  But he keeps getting pulled into new cases.  In “The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, one of his friends, Martha “Pups” Boyer needs his help.  Pups got her nickname because she takes in stray puppies that the animal shelter can’t handle, then raises them until they are old enough to adopt and finds homes for them.  Pups is a prickly character without many social skills.  With Christmas coming one of her neighbors has reported Pups to the city for having more than the legal number of pets in her home under the current zoning laws.  Andy assumes that this will be a quick easy case to handle.  But when the neighbor that complains ends up dead and Pups is arrested, the case becomes much more complicated.

My husband and I both love David Rosenfelt.  He is our go-to author when we take car trips as the audio book we will listen to in the car.  My husband and I have different taste in books. He likes scary thrillers, while I prefer cozy mysteries. But we both enjoy David’s humor in his stories and of course the dogs.  The story is fast-paced. He offers the reader intriguing, quirky characters and a solid plot.

You do not have to start at the beginning of the series to follow the book.  Sometimes in long series, the stories get repetitive.  However, I find each book I read in this series to have the charm of the characters I love with fresh new plots.

The book is read by Grover Gardner, an award winning narrator. In my opinion a good narrator makes an audio book. And he is an excellent narrator.

I recommend this book and this series.  I also have to put this on my list as one of the cutest book covers ever.

Five stars out of five.


In accordance with FTC guidelines for reviewers, I would like to clarify that this book was provided to me by the publisher free of charge.  I am not compensated by the author or publisher for my review. All they expect is an honest review of the work.