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Holy Chow: Andy Carpenter #25    by David Rosenfelt order for
Holy Chow
by David Rosenfelt
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Minotaur, 2022 (2022)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Holy Chow follows Best in Snow as the twenty-fifth Andy Carpenter canine mystery by David Rosenfelt. Though episodes in this series tend to follow a standard formula (because of a canine connection, reluctant lawyer agrees to defend someone whose guilt seems clear), I enjoy all of them - for the witty asides even more than the mystery itself.

Wealthy enough to not need to work, Andy is also closely involved in the dog rescue Tara Foundation. They had placed an older Chow Chow, Lion, with sixty-something Rachel Morehouse. When Rachel asks Andy to look after Lion if she dies and her stepson Tony is unable, he naturally agrees. But when she does die, Tony is arrested for her murder, and asks Andy to defend him.

That's not where the story starts. It begins with the murder of a business executive, disguised as a hiking accident. The question of motive keeps readers guessing till late in the novel. Back to Tony's case - he's a chemistry teacher; Rachel was killed by an injection of potassium chloride; and a neighbor heard them argue.

Andy et al follow the money (helped by the Bubeleh Brigade of elderly computer whiz's) to uncover a massive criminal conspiracy involving a Russian assassin, money laundering, drug trafficking, and a series of corporate executive deaths - and Lion goes home with Tony.

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