I love David Rosenfelt's books. If you're an animal lover you will enjoy the Andy Carpenter books. David includes a golden named Tara in his books. David Rosenfelt is a dedicated animal rescue guy. In this book he and a friend start up an animal shelter for homeless dogs. And Andy thinks his dog Tara is smarter than anyone or anything. Good twists and turns in his books. David Rosenfelt enjoys getting feedback about his books using his web site. I feel the money I spend on his books is being put to rescuing goldens. He has pictures of his goldens on his website too.
Really enjoyed attorney Andy Carpenter's smart-mouthed, wise-cracking comments....kept me smiling throughout the book! His relationship with private investigator, Laurie Collins was refreshing to read also. The edge-of-your-seat detective storyline kept you going til the end. It was a quick read but most enjoyable! I will definitely be reading more of Rosenfelt's books.
A cop's body is found decapitated and burned beyond recognition. At first, a local thug is seen as the perpetrator, but then things turn around and soon a local detective who had had a run in with the dead cop is suspect #1.
I just cannot get enough of David Rosenfelt! I keep thinking that at some point one of his books will not measure up to those which I have already read (at least four if not more - I am an avid reader and seem to lose track). He has yet to disappoint. He has an amazing style of writing with a captivating sense of humor and ability to keep me in suspense. My only complaint is that he has kept me sleep deprived - I look forward to reading more by him. This book was wonderful! Another publication which I highly recommend!
Joanna H. reviewed First Degree (Andy Carpenter, Bk 2) on
All of David Rosenfelt mysteries are highly entertaining. It is fun to read several of them because of the character development and running humor, but not necessary to enjoy them. This was another winner!
I'm glad David gave up California to move to Maine with his 27 dogs and write more mysteries!
Loved this one more than the first in this series! Can't wait to read No. 3! Rosenfelt's style is quickly paced and to the point...doesn't waste any words with unnecessray tedious explanations... he describes in detail what needs to be described and nothing more....I like that! Love the wit and humor he uses as well!
This was another fun book! Some of the suspense had been removed for me since I discovered this series by reading the first thirty or so pages of the sixth book in the series (_Play Dead_). Still, this was fun to read and I was pretty surprised by the way it all turned out. I really liked the way the Tara Foundation is set up and I am excited to keep reading this fun series! It is kind of like watching a TV show in some ways because of the humourous narration.
Finding the headless and charred body of Alex Dorsey is the opening salvo of this great story. I liked it even better than the first Andy Carpenter story, OPEN AND SHUT (see below).
Alex Dorsey was a cop with doubtful ethics; Andys love interest, Laurie Collins, blew the whistle on his dishonest dealings while she was a police officer. The only thing that changed was that Laurie left law enforcement and became a private investigator.
When the police start looking for the Alexs killer, Laurie looks like the perfect choice. Theres lots of circumstantial evidence against her. The pacing is fantastic; Andy and Kevin (Andys lawyer associate) rush to punch holes in the meticulously-orchestrated frame up of Laurie. I dont know how Rosenfelt does it; although tension mounts, bodies keep falling the jokes keep coming.
This was a well-crafted, quick read. This seemed to be the perfect mystery until the last few pages; they just seemed unnecessary.
1. Open and Shut (2002)
2. First Degree (2003)
I love humor in the cozy mystery books I read, and âFirst Degreeâ is now near the top of my favorites list. It is a personal case for Andy Carpenter this time because it involves his girlfriend Laurie Collins. It's a real nail biter right up to the very end and then it finishes with a bang! I really enjoy this series. I'm going to read the next one as soon as I can!