Minotaur Books (October, 2020)
Kindle edition: $25.99
An Andy Carpenter Mystery (Book 22 of 24)
by Shirley Wetzel
Andy Carpenter is semi-retired from his legal practice. He’s independently wealthy, only taking cases that interest him. Tony Birch’s case is not one of those: he’s a former gang banger, and spent three years in prison for killing one of his cohorts. Now he’s been charged with murdering another member of the gang from back in the day. All the evidence points to Tony, and only Tony.
There are many reasons that Andy should not take the case. There are two reasons he should: Willie Miller is his partner and former client. Willie asked Andy to take the case, and he rarely turns Willie down; and Tony loves his dog Zoey, and she loves him right back. He rescued her from Andy’s Tara Foundation. That’s a huge point in Tony’s favor for dog lover Andy.
Willie, who was Tony’s cellmate until Andy got him sprung, believes Tony’s claim that he is being set up. Andy wants to believe it too, but his client is selective about what he tells his attorney, leaving out some crucial information. The body count rises, and Tony looks more and more guilty.
As with the previous Andy Carpenter novels, SILENT BITE is a top-notch mystery with a heaping helping of charm and humor provided by lovable canine companions. Andy, his wife Laurie, their adorable pooches Tara and Sebastian, and their assorted cohorts in crime solving are all believable, well-rounded characters. The setting, Paterson, New Jersey at Christmas time, adds to the richness of the story. Highly recommended.
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