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New Tricks (Andy Carpenter #7)

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Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want. It will...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published August 6th 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2009)
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Mary (BookHounds)
Where has this series been hiding? This is my first book by this author and I am going to go back and read all of the catalogue. Normally, I am all about reading series in order, but I picked up right away on all of the recurring characters. The writing is spectacular and you feel like you are watching a movie rather than reading the words.

Andy Carpenter, our hero lawyer who rescues Golden Retrievers is someone you would like to have as a neighbor, well, all except that he tends to bring what l...more
Lexie Wall
The book "New Tricks" by David Rosenfelt is an excellent story. It not only puts you on the edge of your seat wondering about a mysterious murder, but the author, David, also throws in some romance to get the people going. If you love dogs, mysteries, romance, and a great sence of humor,I highly reccommend this book. The main character, Andy Carpenter, basically narrates the story from his point of view, and I tell you, he and I have the same sence of humor! Although once in a while you may come...more
Dorie
I always enjoy David Rosenfelt's books. He writes with a simple humor but always with an intriguing mystery at the heart that you have difficulty figuring out until he end. And his love of dogs always shines through his stories. In this one, defense attorney Andy Carpenter is in the unique postition of resolving a custody fight for a Burnese mountain dog puppy. The puppy belonged to the recently murdered Walter Timmerman, a prominent man of wealth. Walter's wife and son are now fighting for cust...more
Sue
Looking for an enjoyable, but quick and easy read? Love dogs? Enjoy mysteries? Then look no further; the Andy Carpenter series is for you! In this particular story, Andy Carpenter, aka Lawyer to the Dogs, is representing a Bernese mountain dog puppy in a custody fight. It seems that someone would rather have puppy dead than see him fall into the "wrong" hands. But who? Andy must protect the puppy (apparently, there are no canine witness protection programs), discover the would-be killer's identi...more
Lindsay
This was another excellent book by a great writer!

I enjoyed the twists and turns this plot took.

The one thing I did notice about the book that I was a little disappointed about was that there seemed to be way more focus on the dog and way less about defending a guy for murder. This irritated me a little as it feels like this author should still keep this character mostly in law scenarios.

That being said I still really loved the book and would recommend it to anyone who loves law, mysteries or do...more
Marcia
Another wonderful entry in the Andy Carpenter series. I love the way these characters are growing, and that is probably more intriguing to me than the mysteries themselves.

Opening lines:
"Andy Carpenter, Lawyer to the Dogs." That was the USA Today headline on a piece that ran about me a couple of months ago. It was a favorable story overall, but the headline was obviously designed to make a humorous comparison between me and those celebrity attorneys who are often referred to as "lawyers to the s...more
Diane
What is it about New Jersey? Another book set in New Jersey full of great one-liners. And the 'sleuth' is an attorney who besides being quite a wiseass, can afford to pick his cases and seems to only pick cases involving dogs.
Anne
Aug 16, 2009 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Kay, Buddy
Shelves: mystery
A funny blend of cozy and legal thriller featuring Andy Carpenter and his golden lab, Tara. The great one-liners remind me of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar and Robert Crais's Elvis Cole.
Sara
A mystery writer with a sense of humor!! Great one-liners as well as an intriguing mystery.
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
When wealthy businessman and scientist Walter Timmerman is murdered, his son, Steven and wife (Steven’s step-mother) fight over custody of his Bernese mountain dog puppy, Waggy. The court has appointed lawyer Andy Carpenter to resolve the dispute, and to retain custody of the dog until that happens.

Andy heads to the Timmerman home to take possession of Waggy. Steven is just leaving after arguing with his step-mother. Andy picks up the dog, and as he’s getting back in his car, an explosion rocks...more
Lis Carey
Andy Carpenter is a lawyer in the happy position of being rich enough that he only has to take cases that interest him, and over the last few years he has come to be mainly interested in animal welfare cases. So it's not much of a surprise when a judge calls him in and appoints him to represent, and take temporary custody of, a dog who is the subject of a custody dispute between his deceased owner's son and widow. It seems a minor additional complication that the deceased owner was murdered.

At l...more
Gaby
Attorney Andy Carpenter is a wise-cracking, dog-loving, and long-distance relationship balancing, trust fund baby. He makes the most of his time now that he has the luxury of choosing his cases. In his own words: "I've been on a three month vacation from work. I find that my vacations are getting longer and longer, almost to the point that vacationing is my status quo, from which I take infrequent 'work breaks.' Two things enable me to do this: my mostly inherited wealth and my laziness."

When Ca...more
Sandy Vaughan
I told you I couldn't wait! Neither could my husband. So, I used my Audible.com credit. We then spent about 7.5 blissful hours listening to Grover Gardner read David Rosenfelt's book to us. What a grand job he did of a really fun story and some very interesting characters!

The following is how the publisher summarized it:

Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insur...more
Shazza Maddog
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Kristin
This was the second book I read in this series, and I found it to be quite enjoyable, even better than the first.
Rosenfelt starts with a bang (almost literally) and while the high intensity obviously can't continue through the whole book, he keeps it interesting. Waggy, the Bernese Mountain Dog pictured on the front cover, brings liveliness to the book because the lawyer/dog-lover protagonist isn't used to having a high-energy puppy in his home with his Golden Retriever (also pictured) long into...more
LJ
First Sentence: “Andy Carpenter, Lawyer to the Dogs.”

Attorney Andy Carpenter inherited enough money so he can work only when he wants, or when a judge assigns him a pro bono case. When the head of a large pharmaceutical company and owner of a Bernese mountain dog puppy is murdered, Carpenter is asked to take care of the dog until the custody fight between the man’s widow and son is settled.

He doesn’t expect that when he picks the dog up, the house explodes and the original owner’s widow is kill...more
Lizpeveto
If you are a dog lover and have not read this series, don't delay, go check out a copy of any of the books. Andy Carpenter, dog lover and part-time attorney, finds himself as temporary guardian of Waggy, a Bernese Mountain dog. Apparently, Waggy's owner, Walter Timmerman was murdered and there is a custody dispute between the widowed stepmother and the surviving son, Steven Timmerman. After the widow is murdered by an explosion, Steven, is arrested and Andy agrees to represent Steven at trial. A...more
Gina
I enjoyed this Andy Carpenter story - at the center is a 7 month old Bernese Mountain Dog named 'Waggie'. Tara's reaction (she is getting up in age) is very much like my dogs' reactions when I brought home a puppy for "fostering." Waggie is the son of a champion showdog and wanted by several people after his owner and wife are killed. Does Waggie hold more secrets than just being a future champion?

His owner, and I use that term because in this book that's what he was, was one of the richest and...more
Gmr
A great read for mystery fans out there or even those just looking to step into the genre. Author David Rosenfelt successfully crafted a series in which each book can either work together or stand on its own....either way the reader can follow the story without missing a beat....something I experienced first hand. The characters are great, in fact if the main lead, Andy Carpenter, was an actual person, I would definitely want to count him among my friends....and Marcus as well, because if not, I...more
Mary
As usual, David Rosenfelt, has written a winner. This time he is involved with of all things, dogs! Judge Hachet (not his real name) has given Andy a new assignment, figure out who should get a puppy. Not just any puppy, a show dog! Who was owned by a very rich man. The story gets better, one of the people up to get the puppy gets killed and the other is arrested for the murder of two people including his father. It gets better, Laurie is in New Jersey for a vacation from her police job in Wisco...more
Melissa
Andy Carpenter is back and just as great always. He gets called back from his time off for a weird case and its one he can't say no to. To his disappointment Mrs. Timerman and her stepson are fighting for custody of her recently deceased husband's dog.

I really enjoyed listening to New Tricks. Andy Carpenter's skills as a dog lawyer are always remarkable and then you can't help but fall in love with his clients. This book was fast but well paced and left you wondering what would happen until abo...more
Lisa
I enjoyed this book a lot. Unlike a couple of the books in this series this one kept me guessing until the end. It also had an additional dog other than Andy's Golden Tara as a primary part of the plot which I loved. I have been reading all the books in this series straight through the advantage to that is they are written chronologically so you can follow the life progression of the main character Andy Carpenter. However these books are also written in a way that they can definitely be read ind...more
Pattianne
New Tricks - Andy Carpenter Series - #7 - New Jersey - Laurie is shot while she is in New Jersey, decides to stay with Andy.
Andy Carpenter gains possession of an adorable Bernese puppy whose owner was brutally murdered. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he will do whatever it takes to insure that this little pup doesn't fall into the wrong hands. However, his playful new friend is valued by several people, many of whom are willing to resort to violence to get what they want. It will t...more
Sandy Vaughan
Looking at the cover photo and seeing how cute Bernese puppies are, why would/could someone kill such, any less people around it!? There is wit and passion in this thrill ride of a "who done it" along with the dogie fun and human love. Will you figure out why people are willing to kill the puppy, as well as humans, before the stories end? And why? How many death's are incurred along the way?

Now should you fall in love with the wit and attitude of Mr. Rosenfelt's Andy and his dog, Tara, you are i...more
Naomi
I never realized dogs need so much legal help. Once again Andy Carpenter has to go to court because he has been appointed by the court to keep the dog and determine what is the best home for him. Meanwhile, the dog's former owner is murdered and the owner's son, Steven is arrested for it. Andy becames Steven's lawyer, too and scrambles to come up with a good defense. Laurie, Andy's girlfriend while visiting Andy is shot and ends up in the hospital. While recovering she stays at Andy's and helps...more
Marcy
As an independently wealthy New Jersey attorney, Andy Carpenter has the luxury of picking his cases and often dogs have become his clients. Because of his legal canine expertise, his pro bono assigned client in this light-hearted mystery is Waggy, a Bernese mountain puppy whose custody is contested after the murder of his multimillionaire, scientific genius owner. The plot thickens after Andy assumes initial custodial care of his client when 1 dog claimant is killed and the other charged with do...more
Andrea Larson
Another excellent read from David Rosenfelt. I love his main character, Andy Carpenter, with his sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor. His devotion to his dog, Tara, and long-time love, Laurie, makes for a stable, faithful protagonist, who is undeniably lovable.

This time, another dog enters the picture and comes to stay with Tara and Andy while a custody hearing can take place to decide where the dog should end up. The main person who should get the dog is on trial for a double murder, and it...more
Sheila
Waggy is a cute puppy. But he isn't just any puppy. He is a pure bred champion. When his owner dies the fight begins over custody/ownership of Waggy because along with Waggy goes a vast estate and tons of money. Lawyer Andy Carpenter is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He just happens to be in court when the judge appts him as Waggy's legal guardian and it is up to Andy to determine who should get the dog.

There is a little bit of everything in this book. Murder, fires, explosions and a litt...more
Melanie (aka Serial Reader)
Q: What do you call a group of lawyers? A: An argument. (Seriously!! I googled it, right after Andy asks the same question!) Right, wrong or indifferent, you can't help but enjoy these Andy Carpenter mysteries. Andy is wimpy, smart, self-deprecating, deeply in love with Laurie, and a darn good lawyer. I love the ending - once the trial is over, you just get the sense that it doesn't end there - Andy works hard to see that justice prevails even at his own expense. And the ending here doesn't disa...more
Deborah Bobo
New Tricks is a light mystery with some fun writing. The main character, Andy, appears to have a knack for representing canine clients. This time, he has been given custody of a show dog that is the focus of a custody battle. Waggy is a wild and fun puppy, but seems to bring bad luck. It seems that there is a contract on his life. Andy winds up representing a human client on a murder charge, almost losing his girlfriend in a shooting, and coming out on top in the end. I loved the sarcasm and sen...more
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I am a novelist with 27 dogs.

I have gotten to this dubious position with absolutely no planning, and at no stage in my life could I have predicted it. But here I am.

My childhood was relentlessly normal. The middle of three brothers, loving parents, a middle-class home in Paterson, New Jersey. We played sports, studied sporadically. laughed around the dinner table, and generally had a good time. By...more
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