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Starred Review. When Peanut, the elephant star of the Drummond Family Traveling Circus, goes missing, along with elephant tamer Uri DeLeath, Uri's tearful clown partner, Popo, seeks the help of canine detective Chet the Jet and Chet's human partner in cracking crimes, Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency, in Quinn's terrific third Chet and Bernie mystery set in "the Valley" of an unnamed Western state (after January 2010's Thereby Hangs a Tail). Sgt. Rick Torres of Missing Persons adds his considerable expertise, but it's Chet's fearless nose for clues that leads them on a strange odyssey that becomes downright hairy after Uri's found dead in the desert from the bite of an illegal African puff adder. Quinn, the pseudonym of suspense author Peter Abrahams (End of Story), radiates pure comedic genius via Chet's doggy bright narrative. You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this deliciously addictive series.
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“Chet the dog is the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction, and he doesn’t disappoint in this third installment in the series. Neither does Quinn, and he keeps the suspense churning as our heroes investigate a missing person—and an elephant.”

—Boston Globe

“Tender-hearted Chet and literal-minded Bernie are the coolest human/pooch duo this side of Wallace and Gromit.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Nothing short of masterful.”

Los Angeles Times

“Spencer Quinn speaks two languages—suspense and dog—fluently.”

—Stephen King

“The most winning detective duo since Shaggy met Scooby.”

Christian Science Monitor

“Fast-moving and fun. Expect this series to become the hot new thing.”

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Product Details

  • Series: Chet and Bernie Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781439157077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439157077
  • ASIN: 1439157073
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Y. Scott VINE VOICE on September 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency and his proud K9 partner Chet stumble into the missing elephant case when Bernie takes his son to the Drummond Family Traveling Circus. Bernie's friend Sgt. Rick Torres first enjoys their help, but starts to get annoyed when Bernie gets too involved. Bernie is pressured by his son to find the poor elephant Peanut, then gets hired by the circus clown Popo to find Uri DeLeath who is Peanut's trainer and also missing.

Usually series gets tired by third book, but not this Chet and Bernie Mystery! To Fetch a Thief is as enjoyable as the first book Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Chet and Bernie Mysteries). And, the plot is even better than before. The best part is, of course, Chet's doggy narrative. I especially loved reading Chet herding Peanut. That would make a great movie scene! I don't know how Quinn does it, but I'm convinced that Chet actually exists.

It's such an addictive series that I'm already starving to read the next book.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Regis Schilken on September 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
So how well can a dog author a detective story? In To Fetch a Thief, the story begins with Pooch Chet and Detective Bernie photographing evidence that a woman has been unfaithful. Her suspicious husband wants hard evidence for a divorce settlement. Chet is Bernie Little's canine sidekick who loves to ride shotgun in his well used Saab.

As they sit patiently in front of a motel that has but two guests, suddenly Chet's ears perk up. With a low growl, Chet spots the unfaithful wife leaving one end of the motel and Bernie takes photos.

A few minutes later, a man leaves and he too is caught on film.
Because Bernie is recently divorced, now Chet and he are, in a sense, alone in the world. As luck would have it, Bernie's divorced wife asks him to babysit their son Charlie because she has planned a weekend sensual fling with her new "ideal" man she hopes to soon marry. She gives Bernie two tickets for the Big Top to help him entertain their son while she becomes more amorously involved in a sensual tryst.

As his wife leaves, Chet and Bernie catch a glimpse of the man who is soon-to-be his wife's new husband. Interestingly enough, this is the same man Chet and Bernie had just photographed leaving the motel with yet another woman.

But this small intimacy is just the beginning of a deeper fascinating story. Arriving at the Big Top, they find the circus closed because Peanut the elephant and his trainer are missing. The police have cordoned off the entire circus grounds leaving Chet, Bernie and his son, Charlie, extremely disappointed. Charlie insists that his dad get involved in finding Peanut; after all, the man and his dog are a respected team called the Little Detection Agency.

Chet immediately picks up strange scents around the Big Top.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on October 18, 2010
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"To Fetch a Thief" is another great addition to the Chet and Bernie mystery series. The mystery at the center of the book is excellent and well developed, with interesting characters and a plot that draws the reader in immediately. As is the case with the other books, Chet and Bernie, their relationship and personalities, are the true "heart and soul" of the book, and they do not disappoint in this installment. The author brings refreshing new insights into Chet's character, which allows the series to continue to delight rather than become formulaic.
For readers who have not read the preceding books, have no fear, you can delve right in. While it is not necessary to have read the earlier books before reading To Fetch a Thief, you can be sure that you will want to read them after.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miki101.Michaela on March 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
What would Bernie Little do, being only some simple Private Investigator, without his best friend and associate in affairs, with the nice nickname Chet?
"Who is that Chet?"
Chet is a member of "the Nation within the Nation", how he likes to call it...
"And will that Chet-guy deliver some further explanation on this Nation-in-nation-thing?" You may ask.
Oh yes, he's able to do it, but You will have some difficulty to understand him.
Why that??? That's very simple - because...Chet is a DOG.
And it' s him the true reporter of all the written-down adventures, 4 until today, having the Bernie Little Investigation Group as protagonists.

Chet was a soo well trained K-9 dog, best leaper of his class, certificate yet prepared, a more than safe job with the govn'ment, but then there was that curious "incident".
He doesn't like to take about it, we will only learn bit by bit that there was a cat involved and some blood, maybe, too...
That was the end of his K-9 career before it had begun.
But then he met Bernie, ex-special forces, divorced, one boy-child called Charlie, a Private Investigator with absolutly NO talent to take the very Best from his clients - their money.
And there along comes Suzie, the Rapid Reporter, yet by Chet The Jet identified as the the perfect "female" for his (until now) Lonesome Loner who is his Bernie-Boss.
So "Our Hero on Two Legs" needs urgently and almost always the help from his Best Friend, Chet.
And Chet is always more that eager to lend him a helping paw...

This time they have to look after some very awesome thing to lose: A Peanut...
Hey, Friends - calm down!
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