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Product Details

  • Series: The Chet and Bernie Mystery Series
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476703396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476703398
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A doggone clever detective duo… always a hoot. This onesalts a doggedly determined investigation with plenty of laughs”. (Kirkus Reviews)

“Both smart and funny” (Booklist)

“Dog lovers willenjoy Chet’s original, offbeat narration.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Spencer Quinn is the author of six previous Chet and Bernie mystery novels: Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, To Fetch a Thief, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, A Fistful of Collars, and The Sound and the Furry. He lives on Cape Cod with his dogs Audrey and Pearl. When not keeping them out of mischief, he is hard at work on the next Chet and Bernie mystery. Keep up with him—and with Chet and Bernie—by visiting ChetTheDog.com.

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Spencer Quinn lives on Cape Cod with his dog, Audrey. He is currently working on the next Chet and Bernie novel.

Customer Reviews

Such fun and entertaining reading!
Debra
Hard to tell who the good guys and the bad guys are in this one.
Lish71
And I didn't guess who done it before the end!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Bernie and Suzie have had misunderstandings in past novels, but serious problems loom when Bernie and Chet show up unexpectedly at Suzie's apartment in D.C. and meet Eben St. John, who seems to be on very friendly terms with Bernie's girlfriend. Suzie explains that she's interviewing St. John for a story she's writing, but when she visits his office tne next morning and finds that he's been shot to death, the police (and Bernie) wonder why St. John was confessing his feelings about Suzie in his diary. Their conflict is upsetting to Chet, but Chet is even more bewildered by a strange bird he keeps seeing that has no wings or eyes. Of course, Bernie doesn't see it because Bernie, with his limited human senses, never notices anything that Chet regards as important -- like squirrels and hidden food. Did I mention that Chet is a dog?

Bernie's problems are compounded when the gun that killed St. John turns out to be a gun that Bernie had handled, leaving his fingerprints for the police to find. It naturally becomes Bernie's mission to find St. John's killer and therein lies the plot. All Bernie knows is that St. John had a contact who possessed information that could change the course of history and that St. John was preparing to share his secret -- and who knows what else? -- with Suzie. Somehow Bernie winds up chumming around with a presidential candidate (difficult to avoid that in D.C.) as he tries to deduce the reason for the murder and the killer's identity.

The plot is reasonably strong, offering light entertainment and modest surprises, but the point of a Chet and Bernie novel is not so much the plot as it is the chance to enter Chet's world. Chet always narrates these novels and his thought process always makes the novels worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OpenBookSociety dot com on August 6, 2014
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For those of you who have never read any of these wonderful mysteries, Bernie Little is a private investigator, along with his partner, Chet. Together they will take on practically any case, and they are very good at what they do. There is an early scene in this book in which Chet and Bernie are at a barbeque restaurant full of bikers. In the ensuing action, you discover that Bernie is no ordinary detective. He is not only able to hold his own, he has wit, intelligence, speed and strength. Chet is no slouch, either.

This book is different in that everything is told from Chet’s point of view. Did I mention that Chet is Bernie’s dog? He’s an (almost) hundred pound K-9 dropout who is just as smart as Bernie, and not only protects him, actually helps him in his cases.

This time around, Bernie is a little bored with his routine, and missing his girlfriend Suzie Sanchez, who has moved to Washington, D.C. to further her career as a journalist. So he decides, unannounced, to visit her, and when he arrives he sees a well-dressed man exiting the cottage where Suzie lives. Obviously not happy about this turn of events, he confronts Suzie, whose tells him that the visitor, Eben, a British national, is someone she is working with on a story. When Eben is murdered shortly thereafter, Bernie is first arrested for the murder, then released just as quickly. Now making it much more personal for Bernie, he is stunned when Eben’s father hires him to find out who killed his son.

While ferreting out the fact from fiction, Chet and Bernie realize that between the politics and intrigue lies something that covers two continents and could possibly lead straight to the White House if Bernie doesn’t figure it out in time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This seventh entry in the series of mysteries presented from the viewpoint of Chet the Jet (a dog) is just as entertaining as the other books I’ve read in this series. It takes a little while to accustom yourself to the fact that Chet is going to be narrating the entire book and his human, Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency, will be represented by what the dog hears and observes. Spencer Quinn writes the thoughts of Chet so realistically that I find myself watching my own dogs and wondering what they are thinking when they gaze at me and seem to read my mind. You really have to have a fondness for dogs and be willing to accept the premise of Chet’s mind working in the way Quinn dictates in order to appreciate the charm of these books. I think the stories are marvelous.

In this novel Bernie and Chet have just finished up a case in Louisiana and are ready to head for home in Arizona. Bernie phones his girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, who is working as a reporter in Washington, DC. Nostalgia and a desire to get their relationship back on track causes Bernie to make a spur-of-the-moment decision to surprise Suzie with a visit. It doesn’t take long for Bernie to find himself being hauled off for questioning regarding the murder of a man Suzie seems a little too cozy with for comfort. From there the circle of danger and intrigue becomes an ever growing pool. And with the story taking place in an area littered with politics, can it help but be connected with politics in some way?

Even though this novel deals with a very serious subject, namely murder, it was still more of a relaxing, humorous reading experience for me. Chet’s rambling thought process is often laugh-out-loud funny and I enjoy watching how the author keeps the story on track to solve a mystery while having the dog as the narrator. That is quite an accomplishment in my estimation.

I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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