Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt

“There is nothing like a golden retriever. I know, I know, it’s a big planet with a lot of wonderful things, but golden retrievers are the absolute best. Mine is named Tara . . . The only problem she has ever caused is that I spend so much time with her in the mornings that I am almost invariably late for work.”

Tara Foundation

Unfortunately Tara’s role was not as big as the book’s back cover led me to believe. However, the author loves to use golden themes in all his novels, and he and his wife started the Tara Foundation, which have rescued almost 4,000 dogs (many of them golden retrievers) and found them loving homes.


Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter take on Willie Miller’s appeals case when asked by his father, an ex-district attorney. A few days later Andy’s father dies and leaves him $22 million. Miller is a black man on death row for the murder of a white woman. It seems to be an open and shut case, but is the evidence too perfect? Andy becomes convinced when he gets threatened. He also has a hunch this is connected to the money his father left him, but how?

Award Nominated Debut Novel

Open and Shut is David Rosenfelt’s debut novel, which was nominated for Edgar and Shamus awards. I think it started off a little slow, but it had me hooked once I had gotten to know all the characters. The plot and clues leading to the solution were well thought out. I liked how the author has a sense of humor, and I found myself laughing out loud from time to time.


The dog in the picture is Sophie, a golden retriever that stayed with us last week.

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