Review of “Play Dead” by David Rosenfelt

This is book #6 of the stand-up comedy/mystery/dog-related legal procedural series featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever Tara.

Andy is asked to save a golden retriever in the animal shelter “condemned” to “death row” since, in New Jersey, a dog which has bitten someone must be put down unless reprieved by the owner. But it is clear the alleged owner is abusive, and that this dog, named “Yogi,” is sweet and loving.

Andy takes the case and saves Yogi, but “Yogi” turns out not to be “Yogi” at all, but “Reggie.” And that’s just the beginning of a conspiracy involving false identity, bribery, smuggling, money laundering, and false imprisonment.

Evaluation: Once again, Rosenfelt provides laugh-out-loud moments with a good legal procedural story. If you need a diverting book, you can do a lot worse than the Andy Carpenter series.

Jim adds:

This is the second Andy Carpenter book I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed both. Sometimes when the main character is a lawyer, the author takes creative license with the rules of civil or criminal procedure to enhance the drama of the situation. That is always annoying to lawyers (at least to this one), but even though these books are more comedy than deep drama, Rosenfelt avoids that kind of error. In this book, it was especially difficult to avoid that kind of error since one of the dogs in the story had to “appear” in court to “testify.” The judge’s ruling to view the dog’s behavior as a part of the proceedings is plausible, if not entirely probable. In all, a fun way to pass the time.

Rating: 3.5/5

Published by Warner Books, 2007


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13 Responses to Review of “Play Dead” by David Rosenfelt

  1. Barbara says:

    This does sound like a fun series; perfect for summer reading.

  2. Meg says:

    Though I’m not typically much on mysteries, I totally want to snuggle that dog on the cover! It does sound like a fun read.

  3. I can only imagine how aggravating legal thrillers can be for lawyers! This sounds like a cute series — will have to look for this!

  4. New Jersey…a dog…a mystery…and it’s funny? sounds worth a look.

  5. zibilee says:

    I had no idea that you were a lawyer! I have been thinking about reading these books because they seem unique and also like they are a lot of fun. I am glad to see that you liked this one, and I am adding it to my wish list, right now! Great review, Jill.

  6. I agree with Jim, as a former law student; sometimes legal dramas leave me a little bit concerned about the laws that are and are not involved in fiction…

  7. Margot says:

    I like legal thrillers a lot. Throw in laugh-out-loud comedy and that should make for a great reading experience.

  8. Julie P. says:

    These books are so much fun and the cover is precious.

  9. This looks good Jill… I am always cautious about animal books… as well… honestly, they usually make me cry 🙂

  10. Jenners says:

    I’m sure you’ll be reviewing the rest of this series so I’ll eventually be worn down and give it a try. Thought I STILL haven’t read the other dog book I won from you over a year ago!!!!

  11. amymckie says:

    This book and series does sound like a pretty fun way to pass time. Hilarious!

  12. Staci says:

    This one sounds pretty entertaining to me!

  13. stacybuckeye says:

    It’s really to resist the tagline ‘stand-up comedy/mystery/dog-related legal procedural series’.

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