Saturday, March 30, 2024

'Twas The Bite Before Christmas – Book Review

An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt

Golden Retriever dressed for Christmas with a Christmas Tree in the background

Synopsis of Book #28 of 30 in the Andy Carpenter Mystery Series

Andy Carpenter is a lawyer who works at his profession reluctantly.  His deep passion is the dog rescue organization – Tara Foundation – he and his wife sponsor and run. The organization acquired its name from that of Andy and Laurie's Golden Retriever rescue, Tara.

It is Christmas time and the Tara Foundation is having it's annual Christmas party. All the rescue families ~ and their dogs, of course ~ along with the foster families who volunteer to welcome dogs into their homes while waiting adoption, have been invited to the celebration. Some volunteers are what Andy refers to as a “foster failure” (someone who takes in a dog temporarily, but then cannot give him up and ends up adopting him). His friend, Derek Moore, is currently a double foster failure and their names are Jake (a Golden Retriever) and Sasha (a Dalmatian).

In the middle of the celebration, the police arrive at the door and arrest Derek – for murder

Andy discovers that Derek's real name is Bobby Klaster and he is in the State of New Jersey's Witness Protection Program. Bobby was once in a gang and gave evidence against his former gang after a robbery where two people were killed. Now, Bobby is being accused of murdering one of the gang members. 


Andy doesn't like much of anything about the case, but he takes it on to clear Bobby's name and catch a murderer, while looking after Jake & Sasha, along with his own three rescue pups. Laurie, a former police officer who now runs her own Private Investigation firm, helps out in the investigation. 

The story takes place in and around Patterson, New Jersey and the dogs play a big role. Especially a K-9 dog named Simon Garfunkel, owned by one of Laurie's partners. 

As you have probably surmised, this is a lighthearted novel filled with humor and is in the Cozy Animal Mystery genre, as well as Traditional Detective Mysteries and Animal Fiction. 'Twas the Bite Before Christmas is #28 in the Andy Carpenter series, all of which include 'dogs', and is a very enjoyable read.

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*Book Review of 'Twas The Bite Before Christmas written by Wednesday Elf

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  1. This sure sounds like a fun series to read. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. The series is particulary enjoyable for dog owners and lovers. :) Thanks for your visit, Mary Beth.

  2. Considering my love for dogs, this sounds like a series I would really enjoy reading. Thanks for the recommendation and review! Going to seek out book 1 now.

    1. Mouse, I began this series with Book #28 because I just happened to come across the book. I have now become such a fan of the characters and author that I now need to go back to Book 1 and follow the series. Glad you liked my recommendation and want to read the series too.

  3. This sounds like a really fun book series to read. I love some light-heartedness in between some of the books on my shelf. This series sounds like it would fit right in there. Thanks for this recommendation Pat!

    1. Glad you enjoyed my review and recommendation, Olivia. I think you would enjoy this light-hearted series.

  4. This book and the entire series sound delightful, Elf! I’m off to check out Book 1 as well. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

    1. It is a delightful book (and series), Margaret. Glad you enjoyed my recommendation.

  5. Sounds like an excellent series. A light cozy mystery is something I could actually read. I'm not keen on mysteries about crimes, but honestly, this one, with it's twists sounds really good.

    1. Thanks, Barbara. Happy you enjoyed my recommendation.

  6. This book and the series sound very enjoyable books to read. I love dogs and like a bit of mystery and this book taking a light hearted approach sounds wonderful! Than you for your review and recommendation


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