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This Andy Carpenter novel has it all: A mystery, loads of humor and eccentric secondary characters. Plainly stated: Andy Carpenter is a hoot! By turns, he?s sarcastic and very funny. OK, he?s a bit lazy; since inheriting millions, he avoids lawyering if he can.
A happy inhabitant of Paterson, New Jersey, Andy is rousted out of his comfort zone by his one true love Laurie Collins. In a previous story, she moved back to her hometown Findley, Wisconsin, and accepted a promotion to acting chief of police. However, a young man she knows well (Jeremy Davidson) has been charged with a heinous crime ? slashing two young women (one of whom had just broken up with him). She asks Andy to look the case over.
The case revolves around a religious cult in an adjoining town; everyone in the town belongs to it, including the two dead women. The question is: Are members of the cult responsible for the deaths? This closed society doesn't make it easy for Andy to investigate.
Folks expecting Andy to perform his attorney magic may be disappointed that he does little in the court room. However, it is a great opportunity for regular readers to see the latest with Laurie and Marcus.
Andy Carpenter Series
1. Open and Shut (2002)
2. First Degree (2003)
3. Bury the Lead (2004)
4. Sudden Death (2005)
5. Dead Center (2006)
Nov 7, 2007
Lawyer based mystery, with humor
Another in the Andy Carpenter, attorney, series. He really has a knack with intertwining character friendships, humorous asides and a little romance into his mysteries. Love the whole series.
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