PLAY DEAD, by David Rosenfeld

Woof! You’ll love Andy Carpenter, dog lover, trial lawyer (don’t hold that against him), self-confessed coward, and sometimes sleuth. Rescuing a golden retriever slated for euthanasia for biting, Andy discovers the dog should have died at sea five years before. When the sister of the then-dog owner appears, Andy is swept into an investigation of a woman’s murder. In no time, the mystery mounts as drive-by pot shots and high-level phone taps appear in Andy’s life. Witty dialogue, excellent plotting, beguiling characters. What more could you want? It’s a 4 and, even if you're a cat and not a dog person, you'll want more.