Best in Snow
by Rosenfelt, David

"In this Christmas mystery, lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, are on the beat after a body turns up in the snow and a journalist is the prime suspect. Christmas has come early to the town of Paterson, New Jersey, in the form of a snowstorm that dumps two feet of snow on the ground. Lawyer Andy Carpenter likes snow - white Christmas and all that - but it can cause problems for the walks he takes his dogs on every day. When Andy's golden retriever, Tara, goes to play in the snow and instead discovers a body, Andy ends up on the phone with the local newspaper editor. The murder victim is Mayor Alex Oliva, who had an infamous relationship with the newspaper. Last year a young reporter published an expose, and Oliva had him fired for libel. Now, the young reporter - and prime suspect - is in need of a lawyer. Andy agrees to take the case, though it's not looking good this holiday season. The evidence is piling up faster than the snow in Best in Snow, the latest Christmas mystery in the bestselling Andy Carpenter series from David Rosenfelt"-

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

Andy Carpenter-work-hating defense attorney, video-game lover, wisecrack addict, sports fan, and well-known dogophile-is back. But here, in his twenty-fourth appearance in author Rosenfelt's popular series, Andy's spontaneous self is surprisingly subdued. Procedural elements, like working the phones and scowling at a computer screen, take the foreground, and that's both a blessing and a problem. It's Christmastime, and Andy is walking his pup when he comes across a snow-covered body. A suspect is quickly identified and arrested, but the details don't add up. Did the accused, zonked to the hairline on booze and fentanyl, really dispatch his victim and lug the corpse on a three-block trip? Along the way to Andy answering that question, Rosenfelt falls prey to some overpeopled and overcomplex prose, the sort of thing book doctors diagnose as the muddle in the middle. Still, readers staying the course will be rewarded with a zinger of a courtroom scene. And there's enough of the old waggish Andy to keep his fans eager for more. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

It wouldn't be Christmas in Paterson, New Jersey, without a dead body covered by snow in Eastside Park. It's a bonus that the corpse is that of Paterson Mayor Alex Oliva and that it's discovered by Tara, the beloved golden retriever of Andy Carpenter, the city's most work-averse lawyer. As usual, Andy's inclined to walk away from his discovery, but that quickly changes with the arrest of disgraced reporter Bobby Nash, whom Andy's old pal, executive editor Vince Sanders, fired after a story he reported exposing a pay-to-play scheme that linked businessman Richard Minchner to Oliva's gubernatorial campaign was proved false and Bobby's principal informant, election committee member Theresa Minardo, said she'd never talked to him. Andy doesn't owe Vince a favor, but when Vince points out that he'd certainly pay up if he owed Andy, he reluctantly takes on Bobby's defense. It's a good thing, too, since the case is about to blow up-literally for Theresa Minardo and several other locals hanging around structures that shadowy forces seem to have targeted for demolition. Bobby is poisoned during his stay in the prison hospital; prosecutor Dylan Campbell is clearly licking his chops over the surfeit of forensic evidence linking Bobby to the crime; and as Andy prepares his impossible defense, he can't help wondering why the killer, after shooting Oliva in his driveway, would take so much trouble to dump his body a mere three blocks away. Very little mystery, with surprisingly muted canine roles. The wily prosecutor turns in the single strongest performance. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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