Review of “Bark of Night” by David Rosenfelt

Bark of Night is #19 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.

Andy Carpenter, the main character, is a criminal defense attorney in Paterson, New Jersey who hates to work, but keeps taking on new litigation anyway, albeit reluctantly. Usually a case comes to his attention because of some involvement of a dog. Andy, who came into a lot of money from a previous win in court, prefers spending time with his dog rescue foundation to doing legal work, or any work at all, for that matter.

He is called in for a consultation by his dogs’ veterinarian, and Andy is terrified one of his dogs has a medical issue. But the vet wants Andy’s advice on another matter. A healthy French bulldog named Truman was dropped off several days earlier by a man paying a hefty fee to have Truman euthanized. Oddly, however, Truman has a chip indicating that the man who brought him in was not in fact the owner. Furthermore, the newspaper revealed Truman’s real owner had just been murdered. A young kid was arrested right away for the crime and is about to face a jury in what the prosecution thinks is a “slam-dunk” case. But Andy suspects the man who brought Truman in is the guilty party and that the kid was framed.

Thus, Andy once again gets pulled into taking on a client, and as is generally the case, it turns into something much bigger than anyone suspected. In fact, other suspicious and possibly related deaths follow. The good news is, Andy’s client is clearly innocent since he is in jail. The bad news is, Andy and his unorthodox team have to figure out what has been going on and who the real guilty party is before the verdict in his client’s case can be returned.

Evaluation: What could be more fun than Andy’s self-deprecating snarky commentary on everyone and everything? All of the author’s books in this series are quick reads and uniformly enjoyable.

Rating: 3.5/5

Published by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Publishing Group, 2019

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6 Responses to Review of “Bark of Night” by David Rosenfelt

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    His books are fun! I need to buy this one for a friend who owns Bostons.

  2. Lloyd Russell says:

    I’ve read a bunch of Andy Carpenter books and have enjoyed them. But I stopped reading them a number of years ago. They were still good. I was just done.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 11:02 PM Rhapsody in Books Weblog wrote:

    > rhapsodyinbooks posted: “Bark of Night is #19 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. Andy Carpenter, the main character, is a cr” >

  3. Mystica says:

    Like the story and like the cover. Thanks for the review.

  4. Beth F says:

    Love these books — and I haven’t read them all and I think I’ve read them out of order.

  5. Mae says:

    The dog-inspired mystery is a new idea to me. I love mysteries but my list is very long, and this might not float up to the top for a while.

    • What I love about David Rosenfelt is that the comedy aspect is much more salient than the mystery aspect. The mysteries are good, but I love that I have cause to laugh out loud at least once every chapter. I need that these days! :–)

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