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Deck the Hounds

(Andy Carpenter #18)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  550 ratings  ·  134 reviews

This Christmas mystery, featuring criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful golden retriever, Tara, showcases Rosenfelt’s trademark humor and larger-than-life characters.

Reluctant lawyer Andy Carpenter doesn’t usually stop to help others, but seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires him to give the pair some money to help. It’s just Andy’s luck that thi

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Minotaur Books
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Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this 18th book in the "Andy Carpenter" series, the defense attorney takes on the case of a homeless man accused of murder. The book can be read as a standalone.


On the day before Thanksgiving Andy Carpenter is feeling especially appreciative. He's a rich defense attorney with a great wife and son, and tomorrow he'll be "gorging on great food and football." So when Andy sees a homeless man bundled in blankets, with a cute golden retriever mix beside him, the lawyer gives the man
Seeing the cover of David Rosenfelt’s Christmas book is my annual warning the big day is within squinting distance (yikes!). Okay, okay…I can hear your howls of “too soon!”. Simmer down, you’ve got lots of time. Unless your last name is Carpenter & you live in Patterson, NJ.

Lapsed attorney Andy has wisely given up asking his family why it’s necessary to celebrate from November to February. Besides, they wouldn’t hear him over the continuous loop of Xmas carols. The best he can hope for is t
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can always count on David Rosenfelt to provide me with an Andy Carpenter book that’s interesting and humorous with a serious legal story and at least one dog. This is just what I needed right now. The characters became old friends long ago. The legal case involves a homeless vet and his dog, Zoey. Although a bit formulaic, I continue to enjoy this series. If you’re already a fan, you won’t be disappointed. If you’ve never read a David Rosenfelt book, you can start with this one.
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Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Deck the Hounds” by David Rosenfelt is not a sappy holiday story with Andy Carpenter listening to carolers and chasing fake Santas; neither are the dogs dressed up in Santa outfits, but it is a cute cover. The book just happens to start out in November. It is Thanksgiving in Patterson New Jersey, and it is not a time to be out on the street and certainly not with a dog.

Regular readers just love Andy carpenter for all the things he is and does. New readers can jump right because Rosenfelt seaml
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
On the way home from his office, Andy Carpenter, semi-retired lawyer and full-time dog lover, runs across a homeless vet and his dog, Zoey. He shares a few words with the man as he gives a donation and is impressed by him. A couple of days later, he reads that the homeless vet, Dan Carrigan, was attacked and, to protect him, Zoey bit the attacker. Now, she is in quarantine. Andy convinces the shelter to let him keep her during the quarantine period and invites Dan to move into his garage loft so ...more
First Sentence: I've come up with a solution to the homeless problem.

Semi-retired attorney Andy Carpenter can never pass up a dog, especially when it's the companion of a homeless man. The dog, Zoey, bites a man in defense of an attack on his owner, and the dog is quarantined. Laurie, Andy's former-cop wife, decides they should help by taking Zoey into their kennels and his owner, Don Carrigan into the apartment over their garage. When Andy accidentally mentions Don's name in an interview, they
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deck the Hounds by David Rosenfelt. Narrated bu Grover Gardner.

Andy Carpenter, like many of us, comes across a homeless man with a dog as his only companion. This homeless man is Don Carrigan and Andy soon discovers is highly educated as well as a veteran.
Don is attacked one night and Zoey, his dog, bites the assailant causing him to flee the scene.
Andy's wife, Laurie, has a soft heart for this man's situation and allows him to move into the living quarters above their garage.
Andy, quite by
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy this series and this one is as good as the rest. The mystery elements are always sufficient, though the superhuman abilities of Marcus and Sam's super-hacking allow considerable shortcuts (though I still figured it out before Andy, so ha!). But the mystery is just the framework for the characters to show off their quirks and Andy's smart mouth. The reader comes back to the series for the people and dogs above all, as well as Andy's last minute rabbit-out-of-the-hat courtroom drama ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy of this book. I had previously read a couple books in the Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt and was delighted to receive this one. Who could resist the delightful cover art showing a pile of puppies wearing Santa hats?

This looks like a cosy, relaxing mystery. Instead we get a complicated legal thriller, with many twists and turns and sardonic humor. The Andy Carpenter series always features at leas
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Andy Carpenter sees a homeless man with a dog on the street, gives the man some money and a gift card for dog food (naturally, the dog gets more than the man, because it's Andy Carpenter) and has a brief conversation with him. Not long after that, that same man is on the news -- he'd been attacked by a stranger and his dog defended him. Which resulted in the dog being put in the pound. Laurie's filled with pre-Christmas spirit and insists
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Deck the Hounds is the eighteenth book David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter Mystery series and is a great book that can be read as a standalone. This is a cozy, with a humorous hero, who has a happy home life with his human and canine family. There is some adult language in this book, but no graphic violence or adult situations. I enjoy this author’s writing style and witty dialog. Mr. Rosenfelt has written a fast paced, well thought out, interesting and complex mystery, with a good story line, and ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. I read all of the early ones and would read every one he publishes except, well, I’ll be honest: The ebooks got expensive and my local library didn't carry them. I cheered when NetGalley offered his latest, Deck the Hounds (Minotaur Books 2018) and was lucky enough to grab a free copy. By now, in the series, Andy is married with an adopted child and two (three?) dogs to round out his family. When he sees on TV that a homeless Iraqi vet w ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was the first Andy Carpenter mystery I have had the pleasure of reading and I am hooked! I received a copy of this from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my thoughts.
It's Christmas time and Andy spreads good cheer by giving money and gift card to a homeless vet and his dog. Unfortunately, the man ends up getting assaulted and the dog attacks his assailant, but the cops take the dog away once they find out he bit the perp.
Andy and Laurie find the guy and offer him a place to stay o
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dogs, mystery
Author David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series is in a class by itself. The books have some aspects of a cozy, in that the reader is treated to seeing the personal lives of Andy and his family. They certainly are something of a thriller, with fast-paced action. And they are liberally dosed with humor throughout. Each book in the series is wonderful, yet Rosenfelt manages to make the next book even better than the last. In this installment, Andy feels compelled to represent a homeless man accused ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Deck the Hounds by David Rosenfelt - 5 Stars

I received an ARC from Netgalley and the publisher St. Martins Press

In the tradition of "The Twelve Dogs of Christmas" David Rosenfelt has penned another wonderful Christmas mystery starring Andy Carpenter. I loved this book, the dialogue was witty and vintage Andy Carpenter. It opens up with Andy helping a homeless man with a dog. The dog is featured in a news story because she helps fend off an attack on the homeless man. Andy, Laurie and Ricky bring
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining, sometimes laugh out loud funny, but still well plotted crime/court room novel. I enjoyed it and recommend it. Ending is complete; no cliffhangers here.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not so much humor as in previous Carpenter novels, probably because the book had much more plot. IMO, a good trade-off.
Freda Witt
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Andy's dry wit. Not much about Christmas, but still enjoyed it.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just when you decide that your family will do something special for Christmas, the homeless guy you meet on the street to take home is wanted for murder. Does Christmas continue or is it time to say “nice knowin’ ya” ? This is the story of a great family, a happy one with a wife who likes Christmas so much she extends it from Thanksgiving to the end of January. Her husband is afraid the whole neighborhood will think they are nuts or maybe find out they’re nuts. Funny, funny guy. A semi-retired l ...more
Gail O'Connor
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Rosenfelt's typical novel keeps you entertained while never losing your attention. He has warm, smart characters with loving personalities and his wit is incomparable. His story of helping a homeless man is heartwarming and a pleasure to read. His books are so funny and surprisingly tender to read. His books never fail to entertain

Very sweet read Mystery & Thriller
Andy Carpenter, attorney for the innocent dog-loving downtrodden of America, is back with a Christmas-themed courtroom novel.

DECK THE HOUNDS is the 18th installment in David Rosenfelt’s series, which offers readers a character who shares quite a bit in common with its author. Rosenfelt spent many years as the president of marketing for TriStar Pictures. He and his wife then moved to Maine, where they created the Tara Foundation to help find homes for sick or injured dogs. In these books, Andy al
Angie Boyter
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Yule love this book!
When Andy Carpenter helps a homeless man and his dog by giving them twenty dollars and a Petsmart gift card, you KNOW this good deed will not go unpunished, and soon Andy finds himself defending the man, Don Carrigan, on a murder charge and rescuing the dog Zoey from the animal shelter so that she can comfortably give birth to six puppies. Andy is a reluctant lawyer, and he never seems to get easy cases, but convincing a jury to find his client innocent when there is a hat wi
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This adorable book, perfect for the Christmas season, is book #18 of this stand-up comedy/mystery/dog-related legal procedural crime series. We have not read all of them, but it’s not a problem to follow the plots no matter which book you pick up. They are uniformly enjoyable.

Andy is a lawyer in Paterson, New Jersey, who hates to work and has enough inherited wealth to avoid it, but somehow cases keep falling into his lap. His wife Laurie is an ex-cop who helps Andy with his cases. He also emplo
Teena in Toronto
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Andy is a criminal defense lawyer who doesn't want any clients. Because of the money his father left him, he is able to not work and spend his time with his friend, Willie, running the Tara Foundation, a dog rescue that he and Willie formed. He is married to Laurie and they have a young son, Ricky, so he is enjoying his life.

It's the Christmas season and Andy and Laurie befriend a homeless man with PTSD named Don and Zoey, his dog, and offer to let him live in the apartment above their garage. W
Pamela Kramer
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, mystery, thriller
“Deck the Hounds” by David Rosenfelt is the newest mystery in the brilliant “Andy Carpenter” series, and it’s perfect for reading during the holiday season. It’s also perfect for reading after the holiday season since in the story, the holiday season lasts until late into winter.

As the self-styled curmudgeon Andy Carpenter complains at the thought of extending the holiday cheer, this novel is filled with Rosenfelt’s signature self-deprecating humor and witty repartee. The story begins as usual.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a very good day when I can settle down and read the latest Andy Carpenter mystery from the very talented David Rosenfelt. This series is on my top ten list of books, the ones you will cut back on groceries to buy as soon as it comes out, not being able to wait to have it in your hands. This is book #18 (and #19 comes out next July, Bark of Night). Andy is, as he says, a dogooder. He gives money to the homeless he meets on the street and he loves and adores dogs. Put those together and Andy ...more
Sharon Grow
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the 18th book in the “Andy Carpenter” mystery series and I want to sit down and read it all over again! Mr. Rosenfelt is one of my all-time favorite authors as I have read and enjoyed the entire “Andy Carpenter” and “Doug Brock” series (I would probably read the phone book if he wrote that). Andy Carpenter is an independently wealthy lawyer who doesn’t want to practice law. He would rather watch sports and spend time with his family, wife Laurie and young son Ricky, and his belov ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Andy Carpenter mystery series is new to me and Deck the Hounds is the first book I've read. It will definitely not be the last book I read by David Rosenfelt! This stand alone book starts off with the spirit of helping others during the holiday season. Andy sees a man and his dog huddled together outside in the freezing cold of Paterson, New Jersey. With Thanksgiving only a day away, he gives the stranger money and a Petsmart gift card. Later while watching the local news, Andy sees a report ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book number 18 in the Andy Carpenter Mystery series, but don’t let that scare you away. This book works well as a standalone, and you won’t feel as if you were left in the dark at any point.

I like how the author brings such an interesting mix of characters to this book. There are some bad guys, some that are relatively optimistic, and some that are a bit grumpy. The main character, Andy Carpenter is clever and hardworking. He really doesn’t want his current case, since he doesn’t need th
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up for characters

This was my first book by this author and this is book 18 in the Andy Carpenter series. It can be read as a stand alone with no problem. I think Andy is one of those characters you will either love or hate. I loved him! His sarcasm and self deprecation was hilarious! His wife, Laurie, compliments his persona while holding her own. There are other staff and friends that also bring a lot to this story. I am interested to see how the characters have evolved though and
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