Review of “Unleashed” by David Rosenfelt

This is book #11 of the stand-up comedy/mystery/dog-related legal procedural series featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever Tara.


Andy hates to work and has enough inherited wealth to avoid it, but somehow cases keep falling into his lap. In this instance, his computer expert Sam asks Andy if he would take a case from Barry Price, the guy who married Sam’s high school sweetheart Denise. Andy says “I’m retired.” But the next day, Price is dead, Denise is arrested, and now Sam begs Andy to help Denise. Against Andy’s better judgment, he finds himself interested and agrees to represent her. The only problem is, everyone he wants to interview about the case ends up dead.

But Andy has some aces in his pocket, including his girlfriend, Laurie, who is an ex-cop, and a group of eager and talented computer hackers who have been taking an IT class with Sam. These aren’t your average computer geeks: as Andy explains, the youngest among them is probably eighty. But they are smart, persistent, and besides, they bake treats.

Before long, even the FBI gets involved. Andy, with his witty repartee disguising a razor-like legal mind, figures out what’s really going on, which is of course nothing like what it initially appeared to be.

Evaluation: This book (which can be read as a standalone) is not quite as funny as some of the others in the series, but it’s still plenty amusing and entertaining. It’s just the thing if you’re looking for a lighter crime novel.

Rating: 3.5/5

Published by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a part of Macmillan Publishers, 2013

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6 Responses to Review of “Unleashed” by David Rosenfelt

  1. Beth F says:

    Sounds fun and light. Perfect for December.

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    I’ve read one book from the series and thought it was fun.

  3. I agree with your assessment. I read it earlier this year and gave it a 3/4. I did a blog post of “B” listers, and Rosenfelt is on that list. All of his books will be 2.5/4 or 3/4 but will never be 3.5/4 or 4/4. He is one of those many authors that I enjoy reading and recommend but is not in the same category as so many other authors. There are a lot more “B” listers than “A” listers.

  4. Belle Wong says:

    I never told you, Jill, but I started listening to this series in audio because of you! I was wondering whether to take the plunge and then I saw a review you’d posted on Goodreads. I loved the first book and have been doing them in order, in audio. I’m on No 8 right now. Great series!

  5. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea says:

    I recall reading one of his books 5+ years ago and enjoying it. Nice, light and fun mystery, from what I recall.

  6. Haven’t read any from this series. What a cute face on that dog!

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