Santa’s Little Yelpers

by David Rosenfelt
Minotaur Books, Ocotber 2022, $25.99

In Santa’s Little Yelpers, the 26th in David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter Mystery series, fans can be sure of being entertained by the semi-retired wisecracking escapades of defense attorney Andy Carpenter, a stimulating convoluted whodunit, an interesting trial, and lots of puppies.

Andy’s hoping to surprise his family with a holiday trip to Disney World when former convict Chris Myers, one of the employees of Andy’s animal rescue organization, The Tara Foundation, asks for his help. It seems the witness in the trial that sent Chris to prison (for a crime he swears he didn’t commit) told Chris he was paid to lie and wants to come clean. Unfortunately, before the witness has the chance, the witness is murdered and Chris is arrested for the crime. Now Andy and his team have to solve the case by Christmas.

In this episode readers will enjoy a well-paced mystery with a mix of roll-your-eyes funny and deadly serious, with a little litigation etiquette and a few Ah-ha! moments thrown in, as Andy detects aided by his incredibly talented K-team (and of course his three adorable four-legged sounding boards). Rosenfelt fans and lovers of animal mysteries will find Santa’s Little Yelpers absolutely captivating, a festive and furry legal case wrapped up nicely and tied with a bow.

Debbie Haupt
Teri Duerr
Ocotber 2022
Minotaur Books