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The K Team is back in the second installment in this spinoff series from bestselling author David Rosenfelt's beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries. Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, a German shepherd named Simon Garfunkel, are recently retired police officers turned private investigators. Along with fellow former cop Laurie Collins and her investigating partner, Marcus, they c The K Team is back in the second installment in this spinoff series from bestselling author David Rosenfelt's beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries. Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, a German shepherd named Simon Garfunkel, are recently retired police officers turned private investigators. Along with fellow former cop Laurie Collins and her investigating partner, Marcus, they call themselves the K Team, in honor of Simon. The K Team’s latest case – a recent unsolved murder – gives Corey a chance to solve "the one that got away". Corey knew the murder victim from his time on the force, when he was unable to protect her in a domestic dispute. Now, he is convinced the same abusive boyfriend is responsible for her murder. With some help from Laurie’s lawyer husband, Andy Carpenter, the K Team is determined to prove what the police could not, no matter the cost. What they uncover is much more sinister than they could have imagined. Known for his dog-loving stories and addictive characters, bestselling mystery author David Rosenfelt presents Animal Instinct, the second installment in this engrossing new series about a dynamite investigative team and their canine partner.


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The K Team is back in the second installment in this spinoff series from bestselling author David Rosenfelt's beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries. Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, a German shepherd named Simon Garfunkel, are recently retired police officers turned private investigators. Along with fellow former cop Laurie Collins and her investigating partner, Marcus, they c The K Team is back in the second installment in this spinoff series from bestselling author David Rosenfelt's beloved Andy Carpenter mysteries. Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, a German shepherd named Simon Garfunkel, are recently retired police officers turned private investigators. Along with fellow former cop Laurie Collins and her investigating partner, Marcus, they call themselves the K Team, in honor of Simon. The K Team’s latest case – a recent unsolved murder – gives Corey a chance to solve "the one that got away". Corey knew the murder victim from his time on the force, when he was unable to protect her in a domestic dispute. Now, he is convinced the same abusive boyfriend is responsible for her murder. With some help from Laurie’s lawyer husband, Andy Carpenter, the K Team is determined to prove what the police could not, no matter the cost. What they uncover is much more sinister than they could have imagined. Known for his dog-loving stories and addictive characters, bestselling mystery author David Rosenfelt presents Animal Instinct, the second installment in this engrossing new series about a dynamite investigative team and their canine partner.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    3.5 stars This fun series is a spin-off of David Rosenfelt's humorous 'Andy Carpenter' mystery books, set in Paterson, New Jersey. Andy is a criminal defense lawyer who's assisted by a team of private investigators called 'The K Team.' In this second K Team novel, one of the private detectives is accused of murder. The book works fine as a standalone. ***** Andy Carpenter's wife Laurie, an ex-cop, was his law firm's private investigator until she joined the K Team, which now does Andy's detective w 3.5 stars This fun series is a spin-off of David Rosenfelt's humorous 'Andy Carpenter' mystery books, set in Paterson, New Jersey. Andy is a criminal defense lawyer who's assisted by a team of private investigators called 'The K Team.' In this second K Team novel, one of the private detectives is accused of murder. The book works fine as a standalone. ***** Andy Carpenter's wife Laurie, an ex-cop, was his law firm's private investigator until she joined the K Team, which now does Andy's detective work. The members of the K Team are Laurie; Corey Douglas, a retired cop, and his dog Simon Garfunkel, a K-9 German shepherd who worked with Corey at the Paterson Police Department; and Marcus Clark - the toughest, scariest guy on the planet. The K Team is also assisted by Andy's accountant/computer hacker Sam Willis, who often uses 'extra-legal' means to get information. As the story opens a woman named Lisa Yates is shot in the street. Former cop Corey Douglas feels guilty about Lisa's death because he thinks he let her down. As a Paterson, NJ police officer, Corey had investigated a domestic violence report at Lisa's house. Corey was sure Lisa's boyfriend Gerald Kline hit her, but Lisa refused to press charges. Thus, other than threatening Kline, Corey was helpless to assist the injured woman. Now that Lisa is dead, Corey is sure Kline killed her. When the police can't find evidence against Kline, Corey and the K Team decide to investigate themselves. Before long Kline is murdered as well, and Corey - who was known to have an animus towards the man - is arrested for murder. Andy becomes Corey's defense attorney, and the K Team turns its energy toward finding the real killer. The squad believes the same person killed Lisa and Kline, and looks for connections between the two victims. The investigators learn that Lisa did data entry work at Ardmore Medical Services, which stores medical records for use by doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, etc. And Kline was a headhunter for medical service agencies and gave seminars about working in the medical services industry. Thus medical services seems like a common factor in the murders, and the detectives hone in on and interview executives and employees of Ardmore Medical Services. This alarms the CEO of Ardmore (not a spoiler)..... .....and leads to additional murders, including an attempt on Corey's life. The Paterson police and the district attorney don't believe the ongoing crime spree is connected to Kline's killing, and Corey's murder trial is put on the fast track. This chagrins and frustrates the K Team, whose investigation keeps running into dead ends.....almost like someone is manipulating them. Rosenfelt's mysteries follow a pattern, and the reader can expect amusing banter among the characters, a huge conspiracy perpetrated by the evildoers, a trial scene where Andy shows his cleverness and mettle, and fun scenes with the dogs - including Corey's German shepherd Simon Garfunkel, and the Carpenters' golden retriever Tara and basset hound Sebastian. The book's fun continues into the acknowledgements, where Rosenfelt thanks the many people who (allegedly) helped with his writing career. You'll probably recognize some of the names. 😃 I enjoyed this cozy mystery, and recommend it to fans of the genre. Thanks to Netgalley, David Rosenfelt, and Minotaur books for a copy of the book. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    The K Team, Marcus, Laurie, Corey, and Simon, are private investigators. Corey is an ex-cop, and he and Simon (a German Shepherd) pay a visit to the abusive ex of a recently murdered woman. When he finds the man dead, he realizes that he was set up. Corey is arrested for murder, and Andy Carpenter steps in to defend him. Another winning mystery with likable characters, both two and four legged, from Rosenfelt. I'm glad the publisher and Edelweiss provided me with this advance copy in exchange fo The K Team, Marcus, Laurie, Corey, and Simon, are private investigators. Corey is an ex-cop, and he and Simon (a German Shepherd) pay a visit to the abusive ex of a recently murdered woman. When he finds the man dead, he realizes that he was set up. Corey is arrested for murder, and Andy Carpenter steps in to defend him. Another winning mystery with likable characters, both two and four legged, from Rosenfelt. I'm glad the publisher and Edelweiss provided me with this advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angie Boyter

    Retired cop-turned-private-investigator Corey Douglas is a man with a conscience. When he learns that a woman he had been unable to help when he was on the beat has been murdered he feels somehow guilty and calls his K Team of investigators together to try to bring her justice. Corey never expects the investigation will lead to him being jailed. The K Team is a colorful crew that got started assisting New Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter in his more difficult cases before branching out on their ow Retired cop-turned-private-investigator Corey Douglas is a man with a conscience. When he learns that a woman he had been unable to help when he was on the beat has been murdered he feels somehow guilty and calls his K Team of investigators together to try to bring her justice. Corey never expects the investigation will lead to him being jailed. The K Team is a colorful crew that got started assisting New Jersey attorney Andy Carpenter in his more difficult cases before branching out on their own. Its name honors Corey’s former K-9 partner, German shepherd Simon Garfunkel, who is a member of the team and shows up a little more in this book than in the previous one. The other members are retired cop Laurie Carpenter, who is Andy’s wife, and taciturn “muscle” Marcus Clark. As Corey says, between them, he and Laurie probably know every cop in New Jersey. Marcus, on the other hand, has good connections with the other side of the law. Occasional help, legal and maybe a bit illegal, is provided by Sam Willis, an accountant and tech whiz. In this book, the team, as well as the K Team series, hits its stride. David Rosenfelt can be counted on to deliver a good story with interesting characters, but what makes his books so popular is almost certainly the humor (well, and also the dogs!). Narrator Corey Douglas has the same wry-but-not-mean New Jersey sense of humor as Andy Carpenter, and it is especially fun when Corey and Andy have a conversation. You gotta love a book where even the Acknowledgment section at the end makes you laugh! One of the popular features of the Andy Carpenter series that was missing in the first book in this series is the dramatic and entertaining trial episode, and I was delighted to see it is back in Animal Instincts. Andy’s style may be a bane to the opposing attorneys and to the judges, but it is a delight for the reader. A good example is when the prosecutor objects to evidence Andy wants to introduce and says he wants some time to look at applicable New Jersey law. Andy says, “I would have hoped the prosecution …would have been familiar with New Jersey law. The defense should not be delayed in the search for truth because the prosecution is uninformed.” The opposition responds, “That is outrageous, Your Honor.” “Which part?”, Andy asks. “You just admitted you were uninformed. I was supporting your position.” You can enjoy this book without reading The K Team, but you may as well start there, because you will want to go back and read it. Better yet, read the whole Andy Carpenter series, too, and get to know the whole crew better. I received an advance review copy of Animal Instinct from the publisher and Netgalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Corey Douglas and his K-9 companion Simon Garfunkel are both retired police officers. They have moved on to be part of an investigative team working in the private sector, often for attorney Andy Carpenter. When Corey learns that Lisa Yates has been killed, he is brought back to a case that he wasn't happy about. Corey was called to a domestic situation between Lisa and her live-in boyfriend Gerald Kline but, when Lisa wouldn't accuse Gerald even though he obviously hit her, Corey's hands were ti Corey Douglas and his K-9 companion Simon Garfunkel are both retired police officers. They have moved on to be part of an investigative team working in the private sector, often for attorney Andy Carpenter. When Corey learns that Lisa Yates has been killed, he is brought back to a case that he wasn't happy about. Corey was called to a domestic situation between Lisa and her live-in boyfriend Gerald Kline but, when Lisa wouldn't accuse Gerald even though he obviously hit her, Corey's hands were tied. Now, for his own piece of mind, he decides to look into what first appears to be a drive-by shooting. Corey's sure that Gerald had something to do with it. Corey is assisted by the rest of the K Team - Laurie Carpenter and Marcus Clark with assists by Andy Carpenter, Sam Willis, and Simon Garfunkel. Corey is surprised to be called to Gerald's home one evening for what he is told is evidence. When he arrives, Gerald is dead. Corey calls the police but a couple of days later he is arrested for the murder. Someone has built a really nice frame right around Corey including blood spattered track clothes. Andy is drafted by Laurie to take Corey's case and the whole team tries to find out what is going on...because the bodies just keep piling up. I liked that the story was from Corey's point of view because he is quite a character. I liked the twists and turns in the plot that kept me guessing almost to the final page. Fans of the Andy Carpenter mysteries will enjoy this series too. They have the same wit, quirky characters, and interesting plots that the other series has.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hobart

    ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S ANIMAL INSTINCT ABOUT? Every retired police officer or PI in fiction (maybe in real life, too, I don't know), has at least one case, one incident, one moment that haunts them. If only they'd done X, if only they'd been able to solve Y, or stop Z from happening. Corey Douglas has one of those—a few years ago, he responded to a call about domestic violence. He was unable to make any arrests that night, or anything ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- WHAT'S ANIMAL INSTINCT ABOUT? Every retired police officer or PI in fiction (maybe in real life, too, I don't know), has at least one case, one incident, one moment that haunts them. If only they'd done X, if only they'd been able to solve Y, or stop Z from happening. Corey Douglas has one of those—a few years ago, he responded to a call about domestic violence. He was unable to make any arrests that night, or anything else--he was convinced that the woman had been abused, but she denied it. Years later, this woman is murdered and Corey's out to do the one thing he couldn't do before—get justice for her. He keeps telling himself that he wants the killer arrested, but really, he wants to finally arrest the boyfriend for the murder. Laurie and Marcus, his partners in the private investigator business—as well as his dog, Simon Garfunkel, a retired K-9 officer, join him in this investigation that turns out to be far more than anyone expected. The team needs Laurie's smarts and ability with people, Marcus's mysterious abilities (and brute force), Simon Garfunkel's teeth, and Corey's determination—and more than a little luck—to get to the bottom of this. Especially when more murders are committed. SIMON GARFUNKEL The collective name for this group of investigators is The K Team, because of their K-9 member, right? So why doesn't he get more to do? I realize he's a dog. I'm not suggesting he join Sam in the hacking, or sit on stakeouts with Marcus (although I admit, I would pay good money for 10 pages or so of that). But Corey leaves him home a lot—yes, he retrieves him as quickly as possible and does what he can to spend time with him. But, I think he could do more. When Simon Garfunkel is given a chance to do something—he's great. And even when he's just there for atmosphere, or as a conversational/narrative prop for Corey—he's a handy addition. I just think we could get some more of him. Bernie Little brings Chet to many more places that Corey tries. Maybe that's a function of Corey living in New Jersey and not the Southwest, and I think I could accept that as an explanation. There's a scene toward the beginning of the novel where Corey takes Simon to the beach for the first time—and like most dogs, Simon loves the water and the sand. It's his enjoyment of the setting that gets Corey, who's apathetic at best toward the beach, to embrace the beach. I couldn't have enjoyed this scene more unless I was on the beach with them. COREY'S OTHER RELATIONSHIP Of course, the reason that Corey's at the beach for Simon to enjoy is his girlfriend, Dani. She's one of the best things about this book. We're told in the last book that Corey's not really had any serious relationships as an adult, he's always looking for the reason to end things. He just doesn't want to end things with Dani. Whether it's because now that he's retired, he has time in his life for things other than police work; he's finally found "The One" (or a right one, depending on how you like to think of that); or he's finally maturing—or any combination of the three. Corey's letting himself grow, letting himself want things that he hasn't before—even at his age. I love a character like that—I want to read about them, they're inherently interesting. And Rosenfelt is writing this just right—a little sappy and a little realistic. It helps that Dani's a pretty fun character—but we could learn a bit more about her. Still, I like the way Corey seems to be changing because of her influence, I like him more than I did when we first met him in the Andy Carpenter series. MY CONCERN... This is about The K Team as a series as much as it is about this book specifically. There's just too much Andy Carpenter. Sure, this is a spin-off from that series, and as Andy's married to Laurie and they largely work out of the Carpenter house, he's going to be around. I don't mind, but he has his own series, and gets two books a year lately. Not only do we need more Simon Garfunkel, but we also need more Laurie and Marcus. I like Andy Carpenter, I've read 22 novels about him (some more than once)—and I'm probably going to read at least two novels in that series this year. I thought Animal Instinct was a good way to use Andy, and I'm absolutely glad that I read this book. I just think for The K Team series to have any long-term success, they need to stand on their own feet more and not be propped up by Andy. THE UNEXPECDTED HIGHLIGHT I don't know if you typically read Acknowledgments pages/sections. I tend to glance at them, but like many people, I don't spend that much time with them. So let me draw your attention to the Acknowledgments for this novel—any David Rosenfelt novel, really. You simply must read them. They are the silliest, goofiest writing Rosenfelt ever does (and in some cases, that's saying something) and never fail to make me smile. SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT ANIMAL INSTINCT? So I have some long-term concerns with the series and a couple of things I wasn't crazy about when it comes to Animal Instinct, but I don't want those to overshadow the central point I have about this book: it's good*. I had a lot of fun while reading it, and while I was satisfied with the ending, I wish it didn't end when it did, because that meant it'd be a few months before I got to spend more time with any of the characters in this book. * I've said it on this site before, I'll say it again: It takes few words to praise something, it takes several to fully explain a concern, problem, or even mild annoyance. As such, they tend to overshadow the praise. I think that's what is happening here. I don't mean it to. David Rosenfelt is one of the most reliably entertaining novelists in Crime Fiction today. Every time I sit down with one of his books, I know I'm in for a good read. Characters you want to spend time with. Animal Instinct is a solid story with some great twists—and well-executed reveals. Corey's got a great narrative voice and his sense of humor (which isn't quite the same as Andy Carpenter's) permeates the book and livens up the text just enough when things are grimmest. If you have no idea who Andy Carpenter, Corey Douglas, Simon Garfunkel, or the rest are? Don't let that stop you from trying this, it absolutely works as a jumping-on point—both to this series and the books it's spun off from. I'm in this series for the long haul, and I think you'll want to be, too. Disclaimer: I received this eARC from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley in exchange for this post—thanks to both for this opportunity and the fun read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    Read my full review on Rosepoint Publishing. Good to know that most of the easy reading crime or legal investigation thrillers in the Andy Carpenter ilk are alive and well in Rosenfelt’s new K Team’s series. All the favorite characters are there, including Andy Carpenter. This series is all about Corey Douglas and his also retired K-9 partner, Simon Garfunkel. In this episode, Corey is made aware of the death of a domestic violence he responded to when he was still on the force—and has had a gui Read my full review on Rosepoint Publishing. Good to know that most of the easy reading crime or legal investigation thrillers in the Andy Carpenter ilk are alive and well in Rosenfelt’s new K Team’s series. All the favorite characters are there, including Andy Carpenter. This series is all about Corey Douglas and his also retired K-9 partner, Simon Garfunkel. In this episode, Corey is made aware of the death of a domestic violence he responded to when he was still on the force—and has had a guilty conscience since that he couldn’t do more. He’s positive it was Lisa Yates then partner who killed her. But confronting him only lands him in jail on trumped up charges of murder. It’s an Andy Carpenter spin-off. You know the DV can’t be so simple. And, no, it isn’t and the more his own K team and then Andy Carpenter investigates, the more complex it becomes. Before either Corey or Andy can get to the bottom of the complicated plot, they land in court—one of my favorite parts of these novels—the courtroom scenes--but I’m surprised that this novel actually goes to verdict before the entire stratagem is exposed in the conclusion. Still, I had to laugh at the writer who couldn’t stand not including his usual level of hilarity throughout the book and waited to expose it in his acknowledgements. I read Book 1, The K Team and enjoyed; thought it just a little reserved, looking for its own separate foundation on which to build. Book 2 is a successful sophomore entry, firmly establishing the series, and can be read as a standalone. 4.5 stars FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. Thank you, thank you! These are my honest thoughts.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    If I ever find myself in a real sticky legal situation, the kind that has me worried about how I'll look in an orange jumpsuit if I don't get good help - fast, I would want The K Team and Andy Carpenter fighting for me. In this, the second book starring the K Team - Laurie, Corey, Simon (the 4 legged member of the team) and strong, silent Marcus are fighting for one of their own. Corey, a former cop and Simon's human partner, has long been bothered by a case in which he was unable to help a woma If I ever find myself in a real sticky legal situation, the kind that has me worried about how I'll look in an orange jumpsuit if I don't get good help - fast, I would want The K Team and Andy Carpenter fighting for me. In this, the second book starring the K Team - Laurie, Corey, Simon (the 4 legged member of the team) and strong, silent Marcus are fighting for one of their own. Corey, a former cop and Simon's human partner, has long been bothered by a case in which he was unable to help a woman caught in an abusive situation. Now the case has re-entered his life as a PI and it goes very wrong very fast. From asking his partners to help him when she is found murdered to tracking down her ex, also recently deceased, well Corey finds himself on the wrong side of the jail cell bars. If he has any hope of ever being a free man again, it will take all of considerable talent of the K Team along with my favorite lawyer, Andy Carpenter to catch the killer. Whoever planned and executed the framing of Corey will soon be the one behind those jail cell bars. Yes, the K Team and Andy are that good. This series and the series featuring Andy are those rare books that I have re-read. They never fail to entertain me even when I'm on the second reading. The humor combined with great characters, dogs and a fantastic puzzle to unravel never disappoint. May there be many, many more for us to enjoy. My thanks to the publisher Minotaur and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    When Corey Douglas hears that Lisa has been shot in the street, he flashes back to when he was on patrol and visited her home on a domestic violence call. He's convinced her partner Gerald was responsible and enlists his pals Laurie and Marcus, as well as Andy and Sam, to help him prove it. Unfortunately, when he goes, with his K9 Simon, to Gerald's house, he finds the man murdered- and then he is arrested for the crime. This second in a pair of interlocked series from Rosenfelt brings together When Corey Douglas hears that Lisa has been shot in the street, he flashes back to when he was on patrol and visited her home on a domestic violence call. He's convinced her partner Gerald was responsible and enlists his pals Laurie and Marcus, as well as Andy and Sam, to help him prove it. Unfortunately, when he goes, with his K9 Simon, to Gerald's house, he finds the man murdered- and then he is arrested for the crime. This second in a pair of interlocked series from Rosenfelt brings together characters from both- with Andy, the smart aleck attorney defending Corey. This starts out one way and then turns into a rather complex mystery that's quite topical. Rosenfelt has a way with characters- they're funny, thoughtful, and determined- and with plot. AND, best of all, this is both a mystery and a legal thriller, with the courtroom scenes being highly educational. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Don't worry if you haven't read either the K-Team or Andy Carpenter as Rosenfelt gives you plenty of background. Don't miss the acknowledgements at the end! Fans (and newbies) will be very happy with this one - which is a great read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Corey Douglas and his German Shepherd (Simon) are retired police officers who have formed a team with another retired cop, Laurie and an investigator, Marcus. They call themselves the K-Team. In this second book in David Rosenfelt’s new series, the K-Team becomes involved in an unsolved murder. This is a murder that Corey takes personally. When he was still on the force the victim was involved in a domestic dispute but Corey was unable to protect her. Now he’s convinced that her abusive boyfrien Corey Douglas and his German Shepherd (Simon) are retired police officers who have formed a team with another retired cop, Laurie and an investigator, Marcus. They call themselves the K-Team. In this second book in David Rosenfelt’s new series, the K-Team becomes involved in an unsolved murder. This is a murder that Corey takes personally. When he was still on the force the victim was involved in a domestic dispute but Corey was unable to protect her. Now he’s convinced that her abusive boyfriend is guilty of her murder and the K-Team is determined to help him find the truth. Several of the characters in this new series are familiar to anyone who has read Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series and, indeed, Andy does make some brief appearances. The Rosenfelt humor is still present, as is the comradery that exists between these friends. Animal Instinct is an enjoyable read, with a good plot and great characters. Mr Rosenfelt has stepped up to the plate with a new and entertaining series. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Animal Instinct by David Rosenfelt is the second book in the author’s new series, The K Team. Members of the K Team include Andy Carpenter’s wife, Laurie, a former police officer and Corey Douglas, a retired police officer turned private investigators. Corey’s partner, a German Shepard named Simon Garfunkel and Marcus, Laurie’s investigating partner round out the K Team, named in honor of Simon. Rosenfelt offers the same fast paced mysteries in this new series as in his Andy Carpenter series. Th Animal Instinct by David Rosenfelt is the second book in the author’s new series, The K Team. Members of the K Team include Andy Carpenter’s wife, Laurie, a former police officer and Corey Douglas, a retired police officer turned private investigators. Corey’s partner, a German Shepard named Simon Garfunkel and Marcus, Laurie’s investigating partner round out the K Team, named in honor of Simon. Rosenfelt offers the same fast paced mysteries in this new series as in his Andy Carpenter series. This book adds a twist! Corey hears about the death of a woman he was unable to help a few years ago and wants to find her killer. He is sure he knows who it was, too! Only this time, he finds himself on the other side of the law, implicated as a murderer! This is another suspenseful and exciting thriller that was hard to put down! If you enjoy Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series, you will enjoy The K Team. Animal Instinct was riveting and humorous, just what you expect from David Rosenfelt! I highly recommend it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacque

    In the K Team novels, Andy is no longer the main character, but he’s still present with his charm and wit. Corey, Laurie, Marcus and Simon (the K-9 in the K Team) have formed an investigative firm. Corey, a former police officer, learns that a woman he always felt he had failed in a domestic abuse call has been killed. He immediately suspects the former boyfriend and confronts him. More murders occur and it is up to Andy and the rest of the team to discover exactly what is going on. Corey is cha In the K Team novels, Andy is no longer the main character, but he’s still present with his charm and wit. Corey, Laurie, Marcus and Simon (the K-9 in the K Team) have formed an investigative firm. Corey, a former police officer, learns that a woman he always felt he had failed in a domestic abuse call has been killed. He immediately suspects the former boyfriend and confronts him. More murders occur and it is up to Andy and the rest of the team to discover exactly what is going on. Corey is charged with murder, but there’s a lot more happening. A medical information company and its employees are involved...but how? The solution was a nice twist that I did not see coming. I enjoy this new series by David Rosenfelt and am glad to see the same wry sense of humor.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    It really doesn't matter if you've read any of the Andy Carpenter books, this stands alone as a winner! Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, Simon Garfunkel, have recently retired from the police force only to join up with a former colleague, the ex-cop wife of early retired lawyer Andy Carpenter. The first body and Corey's reaction to what he views as a failure on his part several years ago are what result in the second murder and Corey's arrest. But that's not the last body even though Corey's c It really doesn't matter if you've read any of the Andy Carpenter books, this stands alone as a winner! Corey Douglas and his K-9 partner, Simon Garfunkel, have recently retired from the police force only to join up with a former colleague, the ex-cop wife of early retired lawyer Andy Carpenter. The first body and Corey's reaction to what he views as a failure on his part several years ago are what result in the second murder and Corey's arrest. But that's not the last body even though Corey's case goes to trial. Another great story! And when you're all done with the story, cross your legs and read the acknowledgements ;) and laugh your sox off! I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Animal Instinct is the second book in the K Team series by David Rosenfelt. I enjoyed reading his Andy Carpenter Mysteries, and I was happy to see some of the main characters from that series are also in these spinoff books. This works well as a standalone. I have been happy to have books in this series to read. I like the characters—it’s an interesting mix, and the plot is tangled enough that I didn’t have a clue who was behind the murders until the end; although, it really made sense when they Animal Instinct is the second book in the K Team series by David Rosenfelt. I enjoyed reading his Andy Carpenter Mysteries, and I was happy to see some of the main characters from that series are also in these spinoff books. This works well as a standalone. I have been happy to have books in this series to read. I like the characters—it’s an interesting mix, and the plot is tangled enough that I didn’t have a clue who was behind the murders until the end; although, it really made sense when they were revealed. By the end of the book, everything was neatly wrapped up. This is a series I will enjoy reading, and I’m looking forward to the next book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    David Rosenfelt has been one of my favorite authors for well over a decade now and I'm always looking forward to reading his latest book (and to add to the fun, my dad really enjoys the series as well and also keeps up-to-date with it!). This one marks the second entry in the spin-off series, The K Team. While Andy Carpenter is heavily involved here, Corey, the retired police officer partnered with the ex-K9 cop, Simon, is the main narrator. But with a lot of the same humor and sports references David Rosenfelt has been one of my favorite authors for well over a decade now and I'm always looking forward to reading his latest book (and to add to the fun, my dad really enjoys the series as well and also keeps up-to-date with it!). This one marks the second entry in the spin-off series, The K Team. While Andy Carpenter is heavily involved here, Corey, the retired police officer partnered with the ex-K9 cop, Simon, is the main narrator. But with a lot of the same humor and sports references, this series shares a similar feel to the Andy Carpenter one. The central case involves a murdered woman who Corey had wished that he had done more to help when he was still employed. He gathers their investigation team to dig into her death - but soon events spiral in an unexpected direction, putting the K Team under more pressure than ever! Fast-paced and fun, it's an enjoyable read with some funny moments to break up the tension. Plus, there's a lot of love for dogs in this series, too, as you would expect from Rosenfelt. This one is well-plotted, too, with some truly unexpected twists! Engaging and quick, I am left to wait for more from Rosenfelt - in either series (or even more standalones!). He's a talented author and a prolific one, so I am hopeful that the wait won't be too long!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I don't know what it is about this author and his books but I can't read enough of them. Easy reads and very down to earth. Andy is always there to help a friend but not right away. He has to have a good reason to. Just as in this book I i give the animal most of the credit. Once you pick up one of these books you can't stop until you get to the end to find out who the real winner is. Fast moving, great characters and story you can actually believe. Thank you Net Galley and St. Martins Press for I don't know what it is about this author and his books but I can't read enough of them. Easy reads and very down to earth. Andy is always there to help a friend but not right away. He has to have a good reason to. Just as in this book I i give the animal most of the credit. Once you pick up one of these books you can't stop until you get to the end to find out who the real winner is. Fast moving, great characters and story you can actually believe. Thank you Net Galley and St. Martins Press for this ARC and I look forward to more books from this author.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pattyh

    Thank you Negalley for the opportunity to preview Animal Instinct by David Rosenfelt. This is a relatively new series but features the engaging Andy Carpenter. This series is just as good, features some of the regular characters including Laurie, Marcus, and much more. Fans of will enjoy this book and won't be disappointed. Rosenfelt's sense of humor is just so good. I laugh out loud everytime i read one of his books. Really entertaining! Thank you Negalley for the opportunity to preview Animal Instinct by David Rosenfelt. This is a relatively new series but features the engaging Andy Carpenter. This series is just as good, features some of the regular characters including Laurie, Marcus, and much more. Fans of will enjoy this book and won't be disappointed. Rosenfelt's sense of humor is just so good. I laugh out loud everytime i read one of his books. Really entertaining!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jaymie

    [I received a free electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] 5 stars = Outstanding! Another winner from David Rosenfelt! The sass is strong in this one, which is one of the primary reasons I read Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series and now this spin off, the K-Team series. The mystery here is excellent and kept me guessing until the end. Loved spending time with some of my favorite characters. Highly recommend! [I received a free electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.] 5 stars = Outstanding! Another winner from David Rosenfelt! The sass is strong in this one, which is one of the primary reasons I read Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series and now this spin off, the K-Team series. The mystery here is excellent and kept me guessing until the end. Loved spending time with some of my favorite characters. Highly recommend!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Tobey

    Fantastic. Even the acknowledgements are hilarious. Can't say the story is funny, although it does have its moments of comic relief. It did keep me guessing and I was wrong, of course. The guilty parties seem obvious, but there is so much more to the tale. Speaking of tails, Simon comes to the rescue as needed. I am eager to read the further adventures of the K Team. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley. Fantastic. Even the acknowledgements are hilarious. Can't say the story is funny, although it does have its moments of comic relief. It did keep me guessing and I was wrong, of course. The guilty parties seem obvious, but there is so much more to the tale. Speaking of tails, Simon comes to the rescue as needed. I am eager to read the further adventures of the K Team. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Irene Nowitzke

    Love anything by David Rosenfelt I'm a huge fan of both the Andy Carpenter and KTeam series. This latest is a home run. Marcus is one of my favorite characters, along with Tara, Simon, and Sebastian. Please keep both series coming, and I'll keep reading. The acknowledgement were worth reading, too. Love anything by David Rosenfelt I'm a huge fan of both the Andy Carpenter and KTeam series. This latest is a home run. Marcus is one of my favorite characters, along with Tara, Simon, and Sebastian. Please keep both series coming, and I'll keep reading. The acknowledgement were worth reading, too.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan Willis

    Retired policemen Cory feels guilty when he hears that a woman he knew had been in an abusive relationship is murdered. After consulting with his investigator partners, they decide to look into the case. Typically, the case becomes much more involved as clues are collected. Cory is finding his voice and Andy is called in to help. Enjoyable from start to finish.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Saddle up you’re in for a twisting ride. With a plot that goes from 1 simple opening of a cold case to connections to suspects and victims seemingly separate yet ultimately intertwined. Marcus makes his welcome appearance forever silent yet one of the gang. Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this arc

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jg

    I enjoyed this second book in the K Team series more than the first, as it seems to be hitting its mark and settling in. Of course in my opinion, any David Rosenfelt book is a good one. I like his style of writing, his cast of characters, and the joy I always find reading his books, despite the subject.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda C. Brizendine

    Excellent! I thought this book started a bit slow, but wow, it certainly made up for that. I have read all of Rosenfelt's books and this one certainly had surprises in it. Very good. Excellent! I thought this book started a bit slow, but wow, it certainly made up for that. I have read all of Rosenfelt's books and this one certainly had surprises in it. Very good.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pam Bales

    Roosevelt writes great stories Always a joy to read books that are tied to animals. A love of dog books attracted me to David Rosenfelt's books. This one does not disappoint. I highly recommend his books. Roosevelt writes great stories Always a joy to read books that are tied to animals. A love of dog books attracted me to David Rosenfelt's books. This one does not disappoint. I highly recommend his books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Loretta L Camp

    Rosenfelt doesn’t disappoint Wow. Lots of intrigue in this one. It will have everyone changing their passwords and a few life insurance e Eva sweating.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dsbook

    This is another great read by David Rosenfelt. His books are ones that I can recommend to customers and know they will be enjoyed. I highly recommend this series

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The author never disappoints. Interesting plot to this one. Highly recommend.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Pearlman

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia White

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Dowrey

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