New Tricks (Andy Carpenter Series #7)

New Tricks (Andy Carpenter Series #7)

by David Rosenfelt

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Attorney Andy Carpenter is about to represent an adorable Bernese mountain dog puppy, whose owner was brutally murdered, in a custody fight. Few can rival Andy's affection for dogs, and he's determined to keep Waggy from falling into the wrong hands. But this playful pup possesses a valuable secret that some people will resort to violence to obtain. It will take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save Waggy, including help from the lawyer's golden retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that everyone around him is in danger, including his longtime girlfriend, Laurie—and only some high-risk new tricks will save those he cherishes most.

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ISBN-13: 9780446505888
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Series: Andy Carpenter Series , #7
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 57,705
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 4.30(h) x 1.09(d)

About the Author

DAVID ROSENFELT is the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures and lives in Southern California. For more information, visit his website:

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New Tricks (Andy Carpenter Series #7) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
joiseygoil More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a page turner, you found it. I read it really fast. It's funny and you do laught. The plot, although implausible, is fun. He's lost me a few times with his "song talking" because I'm back in the Sinatra age and those few things confuse me. But, I couldn't put it down and it sure is escapist reading great for the beach or on a plane. Captivating....sure. If you are looking for a fun read, you found it and it's Evanovich or Harlan Coben. I'll keep buying him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just discovered David Rosenfelt in the last month or so and I have already purchased seven of his books. I started with number 1 and am working through. He is funny, loves dogs and writes a good story. I would recommend him to everyone who likes to read and loves animals!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I'm an aminal lover, this is a very entertaining book. Love his laid back style of story telling. He keeps you interested.
kanga46 More than 1 year ago
Once again David Rosenfelt has a winner! You never know what the next page brings. Suspense, great humor and a page turner.
RegencyReader More than 1 year ago
Returning in the latest installment of this series is Andy Carpenter the lawyer that has found himself billed as both the "Lawyer to the Dogs" as well as a dog lunatic. Yes he has represented his fair share of canines and yes he does love dogs especially his own and absolutely he is trying to keep his rescue foundation thriving, but this is not a title he appreciates since he is trying to practice law with clients that do not have four legs. But Andy finds himself again being assigned to represent a dog in a custody case after its owner is unceremoniously murdered in the wrong part of town and his new wife and son are fighting over custody. This on the surface appears to be a simple enough case but of course it is not because that would make Andy's life uncomplicated which it is anything but since he inherited millions, the love of his life, Laurie, moved too many states away and his dog Tara started questioning his every move. Before the dog in question, a hyper Bernase Mountain Dog and descendant of a Westminster Best in Breed named "Waggy", is even in the car the widow is blown up in her house right after Andy walks out. With a blink of an eye the widow's step son and other litigant for Waggy's custody is arrested by the police for her murder as well as his father's. That would seem enough for anyone to deal with but wait that isn't the half of it as Andy decides the son didn't do it and takes it upon himself to represent him against the murder charges. Of course he still has to keep the dog safe even with the bodies piling up and the distraction of his girlfriend Laurie in town for an extended visit. Before too long though this case becomes even more personal as Laurie is mistakenly shot and critically wounded when the gunman tries to kill Waggy. Andy has so much going on in so many directions that he is having trouble sorting through the good from the evil but Laurie will recover, Waggy will find the right home and Steven his client will get off on the charges. Or so this is how it plays out in Andy's head! With help from Laurie's investigator Marcus, his partner Kevin and the sprinkling of various branches of law enforcement here and there Andy works through the details to get to the answers which never seem to add up. For every answer there is a wall thrown up that throws off the direction he is pursuing but he however does know that the one common factor is Waggy Nothing seems clear except it all revolves around Waggy and while this dog is valuable due to its lineage is that enough for someone to want it dog dead? Andy doesn't believe it is but trying to figure out the dog's value and get his client off on the murder charges is more than enough for today so let's see what tomorrow has in store. This book is absolutely a delight from page one. I did not expect to dislike it as mystery's are always fascinating but this angle of man, dog and client is wonderful as well as it is entertaining. I do not believe you need to be a dog lover to fall for Andy and his troop of characters because there is enough for everyone all around with a mystery, a little love angle and some very interesting people who Andy has surrounded himself with. Wonderful does not begin to describe this book and if you don't own it you absolutely should!
spvaughan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I told you I couldn't wait! Neither could my husband. So, I used my 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 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 take more than Andy's usual courtroom theatrics to save this dog, including a little help from his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara. Andy soon discovers that anyone around him is in danger, including his longtime girlfriend, Laurie, and he will have to muster all of his wits to save those he holds most dear.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 in luck! There are more books! I can only assume they too are complete and stand alone. Oh, there is more information about Andy's relationship his girl friend and Tara but the stories work as stand alone and could be read as such.The newest epic, Dog Tags, has just been released.It will be difficult, but I must not get this or any of the others Mr Rosenfelt's stories until my TBR pile is lower. It will be hard (very hard) but...
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is book #7 of the stand-up comedy/mystery/dog-related legal procedural series featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever Tara.The local murder of pharmaceuticals ¿semi-titan¿ Walter Timmerman is making the news, and Andy is appointed to help adjudicate custody over Walter¿s dog, which comes from a valuable genetic line of show dogs. The two claimants are Walter¿s recent wife Diana, and Walter¿s son Steven. Andy is asked to retain possession of the seven-month old Bernese mountain dog (called Waggy) until custody is determined.[This is not at all an outrageous plot element. Just this past March, 2011, "Hong Dong," an 11-month old red Tibetan mastiff puppy, sold in the Chinese city of Qingdao for 10 million yuan, or around $1.5 million U.S. dollars.]Just after Andy leaves Diana Timmerman¿s house with Waggy, the house is blown up, and Steven is arrested shortly thereafter. Andy agrees to represent Steven as well as Waggy. Meanwhile, Andy¿s out-of-town girlfriend Laurie comes to visit, and is almost killed while watching Waggy. Clearly something sinister is afoot.Evaluation: This book (which can be read as a stand alone by the way) is not as funny as the others in the series, and the culprit is obvious far sooner than the author probably intended, but it is still a very entertaining and endearing book. There is plenty of enjoyable repartee, and I really like the way the author has Andy express his feelings for Laurie. It seems so real that I feel like the author must be giving Andy the feelings that he himself has about his wife. If so, she's pretty lucky!
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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'd have to be sure to at least stay on his good side! If you love a story that lays the pieces in front of you, but allows you to draw your own conclusions until the last few pages when everything you thought you knew is blown apart....this one's for you! Of course, if you are merely a dog lover and looking for a good story, this would certainly work as well, what with Tara and Waggy bringing the canine fun. Happy reading!
janmueller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wit, sarcasm, legal dilemnas, relationships, and DOGS ;-). The Andy Carpenter series is delightful - read them all and be sure to start with "Open And Shut!"
bermudaonion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 the house, killing Steven¿s stepmother. Steven is arrested for the murder, and Andy finds himself representing both Steven and Waggy.NEW TRICKS by David Rosenfelt was my first Andy Carpenter book (it¿s the seventh in the series) but it definitely won¿t be my last. This book can certainly stand on its own, but I¿d like to read the series from the beginning. The book has it all ¿ a solid mystery, a little romance and witty banter. I love Andy ¿ he¿s sarcastic, dedicated, a little bit lazy and crazy about dogs. He¿s a great guy who struggles with showing his emotions. He¿s in love with his long distance girlfriend and determined to solve the mystery and do right by Waggy. I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining book and recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries and/or dogs.David Rosenfelt is the former President of Marketing for Tri-Star Pictures. He and his wife operate The Tara Foundation, a dog rescue organization. They¿ve rescued over 4,000 dogs and take home the ones that are too old or ill to be adoptable. I suspect Andy Carpenter is based on him.
birksland on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mystery is only as good as the ending, and this is the area where New Tricks falls flat. A lawyer that specializes in cases with dogs gets caught up in a defending someone on multiple murder counts. The action and pace are really well done and the writing is very clean, if not a bit simple. The only problem with this book is the ending is not very imaginative. There were so many interesting ways the plot could have wrapped up that it¿s a disappointment when the killer is finally caught. I would advise people to stop reading the book before the last 20 pages and just let their imagination solve the crime.
dalmador95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's the first in the series I've read and I am looking forward to starting from the beginning. The mystery was engaging (but don't look too hard at the central issue), the characters are great. A lot of fun.
detailmuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wealthy pharmaceutical industry scientist Walter Timmerman has been murdered, and when part-time attorney Andy Carpenter is summoned by the judge on the case, he assumes he¿s been pegged for a pro-bono defense of the accused. Instead, the judge assigns Andy to represent Timmerman¿s show-quality Bernese mountain dog, Bertrand II (aka: ¿Waggy¿), in a custody fight between the deceased¿s second wife and his adult son. When that widow is murdered soon thereafter, Andy finds himself housing the dog and defending the new accused -- the son -- in the now double-murder case.I came to this book new to the author and primed to enjoy the dog-oriented Andy Carpenter series. I came away disappointed. What opens as a light, fun read is made tedious by Andy¿s endless mental mulling of the case, much of which occurs to the reader before it does to Andy. Perhaps the series characters were developed well in earlier installments, but here they are stick figures. Lacking strong characters, a mystery needs plot -- but these murders are routine, while a far more interesting aspect (the motive) is under-researched and under-developed. And the dogs ¿ where are the dogs? Alas, they're mostly background, gnawing on bones or accompanying Andy on walks where he mulls more facts and loops them past the reader again.Rosenfelt's dialogue is great and I wonder if I would have enjoyed this book more if I¿d read the earlier installments? Thus I strongly recommend that readers new to the series begin with a book other than New Tricks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Continue to enjoy this series.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
snark-fest, law-enforcement, lawyers, murder, murder-investigation The Dog Lawyer returns to drive Judge Hatchet nuts. Again with the dogs, but the energetic puppy is not exactly the client. Two murders are blamed on Andy's client, but there are more murders, the FBI, a premature unfortunate end to a high priced hit man, and lots more of the snarks we expect. Grover Gardner continues to be the perfect voice of Andy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series. Very witty
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next book! Funny, serious, slightly sarcastic. A WhoDunIt that keeps me guessing for almost the entire story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
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Each book has provided an enjoyable and entertaining read.
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