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Starred Review. Set in the Valley of an unnamed Western state, Quinn's winning debut introduces one smart canine detective and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency, who's pretty quick on the uptake himself. Chet, a lively mongrel with one white ear and one black ear, serves as the book's narrator, communicating with Bert via doggy methods that verge on the telepathic (I wagged my tail, that quick one-two wag meaning yes, not the over-the-top one that wags itself and can mean lots of things). Wealthy divorcée Cynthia Chambliss hires Bernie, a former cop, to find her missing 15-year-old daughter, Madison, whose father is a real estate developer who smells suspiciously of cat. (Chet's keen sense of smell comes in handy.) When Madison reappears and disappears again, her dad says she's just a runaway, though Bernie thinks otherwise. Chet must use all his superdog tricks to extricate Bernie from a mighty tight fix in a climax that fans of classic mysteries are sure to appreciate. (Feb.)
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*Starred Review* An exciting new mystery series debuts with this first Chet and Bernie novel. Chet the Jet is a dog who failed K-9 school (cats in the open country played a role in his demise), but now he is a dedicated PI and works with Bernie, owner of the Little Detective Agency. The story is told entirely from Chet’s point of view, which will delight dog-loving mystery readers, but the book is also an excellent PI tale, dogs aside, as Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl whose developer dad may be up to no good. Chet may not understand things like maps (he doesn’t need them, as he can sniff his way home), but he is a great sleuth who finds the girl and solves the case. The always upbeat Chet may well be one of the most appealing new detectives on the block, but conscientious, kind, and environmentally aware Bernie is a close runner-up. Excellent and fully fleshed primary and secondary characters, a consistently doggy view of the world, and a sprightly pace make this a not-to-be-missed debut. Essential for all mystery collections and for dog lovers everywhere. --Jessica MoyerSee all Editorial Reviews
Very well written from the dogs point of view. Although not on the same level as Michael Connelly, Lee Childs, or James Patterson I found this book to still be an edge of your... Read morePublished 11 hours ago by ecb14
It was OK, but didn't really keep my interest. The writing was only average. I would not buy another book by the author unless at a fundraiser for homeless dogs!Published 15 hours ago by Segis Lipscomb
Hard to discribe. You have to read it if you enjoy mysteries and your own dogs.Published 3 days ago by Katje Bonk
Mr. Quinn has taken the mystery story and turned it into a masterpiece, simply by letting Bernie's partner Chet narrate the story. Read morePublished 5 days ago by James L. Hawes
This book was delightful, especially for a dog lover. Chet's voice seemed so genuine. I had a little trouble following the mystery thread so it seemed to me more like an animal... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Karen
This is a very cute concept -- a detective story written from the dog's point of view. I rated this "full of surprises" not from the mystery angle, but for how very many... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Connie Davis
Simple easy read. I guess it was ok for the price, but I won't purchase another one.Published 18 days ago by DAYNA