By David Rosenfelt


Publisher: Minotaur Books (October, 2019)
Format: Hardcover
Price: $24.99
ISBN-13: 978-1-250-23768-2


Publisher: Minotaur Books
Format: Paperback (September, 2020)
Price: $16.99
ISBN-13: 978-1250753489

Kindle: $16.99


An Andy Carpenter Mystery  (Book 20 of 24)


Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel
(February, 2021)


Semi-retired lawyer Andy Carpenter’s wife Laurie Collins loves Christmas, especially the giving aspect. Every business in Paterson, New Jersey puts up Christmas trees during the season where people in need place letters containing their dearest wishes. Laurie frequently fulfills all the wishes. They are all poignant and touching, but this year one stands out. A little boy named Danny has three wishes. The first two are simple: a coat for his mother; a sweater for his dachshund Murphy. The third is not so easily fulfilled. Danny’s father is on the run after being accused of a crime he did not commit. Andy and Laurie investigate and discover that Dad does not want to be found. In order to fulfill Danny’s dearest wish, they need to find out who really committed the murder fourteen years ago. 

Laurie, a Paterson police lieutenant, Andy, and their canine companions, Tara the golden retriever and Sebastien the basset hound join forces with Patterson police officer Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner Simon Garfunkel to try to bring about a Christmas miracle. 

There is a lot to love about Andy, Laurie, and their band of kooky compatriots, human and canine. The plot contains plenty of twists and turns and all the characters are believable and realistic. The dogs, with their unique personalities and special talents, add warmth and fun to the story: well, Sebastien’s special talent is being able to sleep anywhere and anytime, but he has his merits.

Recommended for fans of cozy mysteries, dog lovers, and those who enjoy a gentle, non-gory, well-written novel.

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