by David Rosenfelt |


From canine bakeries to pet spas to prescriptions for Reconcile (the doggie Prozac), man’s best friend no longer lacks for anything—except, perhaps, legal counsel. Enter Andy Carpenter, media-anointed “lawyer to the dogs,” who’s assigned to represent a Bernese mountain dog in a custody battle following its owner’s murder. A funny, warmhearted mystery, Tricks moves quickly and playfully—almost puppylike—through mounting crimes, a long-distance love affair and a secret science project that threatens to thwart Carpenter’s best efforts.