Roam by Alan Lazar (Nov. 2011) and The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn (Sept. 2011)

Who doesn’t like dogs?  (Well, if you don’t, poop on you).  Both stories are a lot of fun, being told from the point of view of their canine protagonists.  Spencer Quinn’s book is the fourth in the series.  I’ve read them all, and they’re all good.  I usually don’t pick up mysteries (though I’ve read most of Evanovich’s and James W. Hall’s books), but Quinn’s narrator, Chet, has my heart, because he gives a dog’s eye view on the world, and his voice is very believable. The story of Roam‘s dog is told by a human narrator, which makes the telling less hilarious and more sad.  But it ends well.  And the sadness didn’t bring on the tears.  It just intimately reinforced what animal lovers know: life is often hard for our furry friends.  But also, when life is hard for us, the devotion and love of our pets makes it so much better than it would ever be without them.

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About Cheryl McNeil
I am the User Services Librarian at the Orangeburg Library in Orangeburg, NY

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