Holy Chow By David Rosenfelt: Review/Giveaway

Aug 6, 2022 | 2022 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Pets, Sandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it from Amazon.

Through no fault of his own, attorney Andy Carpenter has a new case. It’s not like he seeks them out but that they fall into his lap and usually involve dogs. This time it’s Lion, an older Chow who was adopted through the Tara Foundation, Andy’s rescue group. Andy gets a phone call from Lion’s adopter, Rachel, who asks, if anything happens to her, would he make sure Lion finds another home if her stepson, Tony, can’t take him? Of course, he agrees.

Weeks later, Andy’s notified Rachel has died. He’s shocked to learn she was a wealthy, as in billions wealthy, woman. Andy is summoned for the reading of the will where he’s doubly shocked—the Tara Foundation is a beneficiary, and Tony is arrested for Rachel’s murder before the will can be read.

What looked like a heart attack was an injection of potassium chloride. Rachel’s heart stopped almost instantly. Since Tony will only receive a small amount of money in the will, is a high school chemistry teacher, and is staying with Rachel for a few weeks, the police think it’s an airtight case. Motive, means, and opportunity, all there.

Andy reluctantly takes the case. The more he learns, the less he knows. He’s pretty sure there’s something fishy going on with the business her late husband founded. Rachel was taking an active interest in it. The main thing is, how does that tie in with her death?

This is book twenty-five in the popular series. Andy is a sarcastic lawyer who takes every advantage to protect his clients. After all, if you’re stuck taking a case, you might as well win. Judges and cops hate him. Andy takes great delight in that. The investigative team is a mix of ex-cops—Andy’s wife Laurie and Cory with his K9 partner, Simon Garfunkel—Sam the computer whiz, a backup attorney, and Marcus the muscle.

Andy isn’t the kind of man who puts himself in dangerous situations. His smart mouth has other ideas that often lead to Marcus bouncing heads against brick walls to save Andy’s life or at least rescue him from a beating.

If you love a good mystery, great characters, wisecracks and most importantly, dogs, this is the series for you. Start anywhere, but be aware, you’ll want to read them all, including the spinoff series, the K Team books, three so far, with Good Dog, Bad Cop coming in March 2023.

To enter to win a copy of Holy Chow, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “chow,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen August 13, 2022. US only, and must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She’s editor for Peace, Love, and Crime: Crime Stories Inspired by the Songs of the ’60s, with twenty-two cozy stories. She also edited A Murder of Crows, twenty-one stories featuring animals and crime (no animals were harmed). She also writes for magazines, newsletters, and the occasional guest blog. Both anthologies are available at the usual outlets, print or ebook.

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  1. Holy Chow By David Rosenfelt sounds like a dog-gone great cozy mystery!

  2. I would love to win a copy of Holy Chow, I have been reading this series, but have not gotten this far. I love his series with Andy.
    Candy Daulton
    6453 Timberhill Ct
    Cincinnati. Oh 45233

  3. I’m loving this series so far!! I’m on book #3!! I would love a copy of Holy Chow, I can’t get enough Of Andy and Tara!!!

  4. Sounds like a great read.

  5. Sounds interesting! Count me in!

  6. Love the cover! Would really love to read.

  7. Read this already. Great story.
    Recommend it highly.

  8. We have a winner!


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