I have to admit, when I first heard about this book, I was more than a little skeptical. It was my firm belief that animal crime solving was best left to Disney’s The Great Mouse Detective. However, I did pick up the book, and didn’t put it down until I had finished. A few chapters in, I had completely lost all uncertainty and my mind was racing to try and solve the mystery.
J.F. Englert’s A Dog About Town, provides readers with a loving and intelligent hero in the form of the loyal black lab, Randolph. He is a dog with an admittedly higher level of thinking than most, who helps his owner Harry, to solve the mysterious death of Lyell Overton Minskoff. Englert has created a puzzle that will delight and entertain, while simultaneously engaging readers in the hunt for clues concerning the disappearance of Imogen, Harry’s lover and Randolph’s owner.
Randolph’s love of literature combined with his canine perspective will have readers laughing, while the unfolding mystery will have you turning the pages as fast as you can.
In its dramatic climax, startling truths are revealed that ultimately leaves readers reaching immediately for the sequel. This book features one of the most refreshing new characters of the genre, and is sure to delight and entertain. Randolph himself said “I am unique. Where other dog’s babble, I sing”, and indeed, the same sentiment can be applied to this book.