A Dog Among Diplomats, J. F. Englert
In this second installment of J. F. Englert’s Bull Moose Dog Run Mystery series, the lovable Labrador of a main character and narrator, Randolph, takes us on an exciting journey through not only the bustling streets of New York City, but also into a much greater and dangerous world of espionage, murder, and betrayal.
Having already read the first of the series, it is easy to remember through this book that the story is being told from a dog’s perspective. As unusual as this point of view may be, it works wonderfully and truly shapes the novel to be unlike many others. (If you have not read the first book, don’t worry. Englert offers several subtle reminders through the story that it is by all means a dog who is telling it.) Randolph’s clever observations and insights about the world add a sophisticated charm to the story of his owner’s heart-rending loss of love, the seedy happenings that take place around him, and the perilous predicaments that Randolph finds himself in throughout the book.
The characters that we are meant not to like are easy to despise, and the rest are quite likable. It is an enjoyable summer read with many fun surprises along the way that will keep you at the edge of your seat and continuously turning the pages for more.
To fully enjoy everything that this book has to offer, I recommend reading the first in the series, A Dog About Town, before beginning this one.
Title: A Dog Among Diplomats
Author: J.F. Englert
Publisher/Date: Dell, May 2008, $6.99