Ok these three together actually makes sense! They’re all from the same series, and they’re all about a lawyer who loves his dog. Any one of these books can fulfill my “I Love This” bingo square, because I love dogs, and I love legal thrillers. In real life, I love dogs more, so don’t worry about me!
Here’s #1! I again started a series at book number 1. I think CBR is reforming my ways.
In this book, we’re introduced to Andy, who is a defense lawyer. We’re to understand almost immediately that he’s one of the good guys. Anybody who loves their dog as much as he loves his golden retriever Tara is OK in my book.
Anyway, we meet him interacting with various legal people (technical definition) and see that he’s a jokester. Unfortunately his dad dies right in front of him at a Yankees game. He’s very close to his dad and the loss hits him hard.
To add another wrinkle into the situation, his dad left him $22 million that he had no idea existed. He spends a lot of this book thinking about all the good stuff, crazy stuff, and expensive stuff he can do with this money.
Andy spends the other half of the book working on the murder case his dad left him details about. Apparently it had haunted his dad for decades, and it’s related to the surprise money. Andy has to figure out how justice can prevail, and how he moves on towards the future.
Obviously I liked this book, because I immediately borrowed the second one from the library!
I’m not getting all fancy for these reviews like I did for my last ones. I have a really hard time with right aligned pictures, so left aligned it is!
This is book #2 in the Andy Carpenter series.
Andy is inadvertently roped into a case where a cop’s body is found, because a stranger asks him to represent him in the murder trial. Never mind that this man has yet to be investigated or accused of any crime, he wants Andy’s help. Andy has to refuse because he doesn’t trust the guy, and he gives him the creeps.
Not too long later, two other people are accused of the murder, but never the original guy. Unfortunately one of the accused is Andy’s lead investigator and girlfriend. He has to spend the rest of the book figuring out how to get her acquitted, and save her from the bad guys.
There’s a lot of evidence, and a lot of blaming to go around, but Andy needs to figure out how to win in the end. He also needs to figure out how to spend his money, and he’s got a much better idea in this book than in the first!
I kept going in the series, but my library didn’t have an e-book or audiobook of the next in the series.
Soooo, I went with Book #8! I just put the rest of the books between 2 and 8 on hold at my library, but they’re actual books, so we’ll see how long they take me to read!
Anyway, book 8… some stuff has happened in Andy’s and Laurie’s lives, but I could pick up and figure out what was happening.
This story was a little odd from the beginning, because Andy’s client is a German Shepherd who is a retired police dog. His owner is accused of murder, and Andy has to figure out how to save both the dog and the owner, and find the real murderers.
Somehow he uses the dog to help him solve the crimes. It’s actually pretty cool. I like the characters, and these books are easy light reading.
Like I said, I’m going to continue with the series. I’d give these three books a 3-3.5 rating each. They’re nothing fantastic, but they’ve got nice likable characters, and sometimes that’s all I need!