Book Review: Outfoxed (Andy Carpenter #14)

Outfoxed Book Cover Outfoxed
Andy Carpenter
David Rosenfelt
Fiction
Macmillan
July 19, 2016
336
NetGalley

The next novel in David Rosenfelt's clever, humorous mystery series featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful dog, Tara. Lately, defense lawyer Andy Carpenter has been involved in a county prison program where inmates help train dogs the Tara Foundation has rescued to make them more adoptable. One of the prisoners Andy has been working with is Brian Atkins, who has 18 months left on a 5-year term for fraud. One day, Andy arrives at the prison to discover that Brian has used one of the dogs to make an ingenious escape.

my Review

These books are just a delight. I started reading my first Andy Carpenter novel,First Degree (book #1 of the series) back on September 4th. It is now October 15th and I’m sad to say I only have one novel left (The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, #15 in the series). I have devoured this series in a little over a month. And I’ve truly loved every one.

Outfoxed is a great addition to the Andy Carpenter series. All the great characters we love are back in this installment. I really enjoyed that a more minor character, a villain from the earlier books, was brought back in this story and was well used. I think that sometimes in series when they bring back older characters, it can feel a bit forced. But this was well done and lead to some great story developments.

While reading through the entire series, I’ve loved seeing more emphasis on the dogs and the Tara Foundation. Sometimes I felt like the stories reach a bit too far into kitsch territory (once or twice in 14 books, not bad) but I felt the dog elements were played just right in this novel. It was heartfelt without turning saccharine. Loved it.

If you love Andy and his tales (oh, I SO wanted to say “tails”…puns…), I think you’ll love Outfoxed. If you are planning on making this your first Andy Carpenter novel, I very much recommend you wait and start at the beginning. So much relies on characters relationships that have developed over the past 13 novels. And, as I’ve proven, you can catch up with the series very quickly (::weeps:: too quickly…. Only one left…). But whenever you decide to pick this one up, whether it’s your first Andy Carpenter or your 14th, I can almost guarantee it won’t be your last. Now, excuse me, but I’m off to read The Twelve Dogs of Christmas.

**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** Professional Reader

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