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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

40. A Dog Among Diplomats by J.F. Englert


Title: A Dog Among Diplomats
Series: A Bull Moose Dog Run Mystery, Book 2
Author: J.F. Englert
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5 stars
Finished: 5-13-08

Randolph and Harry are back for more!

A great follow-up to A Dog About Town, J.F. Englert picks right up where he left off with A Dog Among Diplomats, keeping the pace going and the characters strong.

Imogen's story is moved forward as the motives behind her disappearance become clearer. It appears that she is involved in much a much bigger picture than first thought possible, and this time it's possible that she's involved in a murder. It's Randolph's job to put the pieces together to help Harry find out what's going on and clear his mistress' name.

I really like the fact that Harry and Randolph's characters are clearly growing both emotionally and as individuals. They both are coming to terms with Imogen's disappearance, possible betrayal and what that means in their lives and how they need to move forward. Jackson returns to give Harry some much needed focus in a new art project, and Zest Kilpatrick is back to try to lead Harry's heart astray. I like to see Englert moving forward with these aspects of the story, and not letting Harry and Randolph wallow in misery. The characters are clearly becoming their own.

There is a murder, of course, and Randolph is up to the challenge again. Englert leaves Randolph to his own devices this time and creates new ways for him to communicate with Harry, and even lets his more doggie attributes take over, helping him gather the clues through his own cunning. I think Englert has paid attention to his own dog in creating Randolph; there are so many doggie attributes (the snout stamp, for instance) that I can see in my own dog. I like seeing Randolph handle things in a very doggie-fashion (surfing the net and reading aside). It's an original idea that Englert handles perfectly.

The ending is left wide open for another, and I can't wait to run off with Randolph and Harry for more adventures.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like one to definitely keep an eye out for :o)

I'm currently reading a great piece of humorous fiction called Landmark Status by Alan Rolnick. I really think this is going to be my genre of choice for quite some time - I'm over the dramatic stuff. I want a book that I can laugh with and this one has that is spades. It's all about greed, corruption and overdevelopment in Florida, all written in that sharply witty, snappy dialogue fiction style that Elmore Leonard has made so popular, while retaining a social commentary that would make Carl Hiaasen proud.

tapestry100 said...

Well, thanks for promoting Alan's book on my blog, Peter. I may have to keep an eye out for it.

Shame that I can't visit your blog to return the favor.