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Dachshund Through the Snow: An Andy Carpenter Mystery    by David Rosenfelt order for
Dachshund Through the Snow
by David Rosenfelt
Order:  USA  Can
Minotaur, 2019 (2019)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Readers always know the treat in store when they open a new Andy Carpenter book - a mystery with canines in the mix, courtroom drama, and plenty of witty asides. David Rosenfelt delivers all that once more in Dachshund Through the Snow, the twentieth in this endearing series.

Andy is wealthy and charmingly lazy, but is regularly drawn into taking on cases, because of the dogs involved in them, and by his desire to please his wife. 'Laurie's decency and spirit of giving last year-round, but especially come out during Christmastime' and Laurie's Christmas starts 'with the conclusion of the Thanksgiving meal.'

One of Laurie's charitable ventures is to make wishes come true for children who've filled out a form and hung it on a tree at the post office. Danny Traynor asks Santa for a sweater for his dachsund Murphy, and to find and bring home his dad. The problem is that said dad is arrested for a cold case murder, DNA under the nails of the victim having been identified as his.

In addition to this seemingly impossible defense case, Andy acts for an aging police dog, Simon, a year short of the retirement age of ten. Simon's hips are acting up and he needs early retirement. That case proves much easier - and safer - for Andy than the other, but he does solve both, to Laurie's satisfaction.

I always enjoy spending time with Andy and his human/canine gang; can't wait for more!

Audiobook Review:

Reading books in a series for some time, one tends to form an impression of the characters. This left me wondering if the Dachshund Through the Snow audiobook narrator (Grover Gardner) would meet my expectations.

He does a fine job, varying the accents masterfully and giving a slightly snarky tone to the witty storyline. As always, I find I get a new take on any novel that I both read and listen to.

If you haven't tried audiobooks yet, I recommend them to you, especially for regular car trips.

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