KarenM, January 18, 2011 (view all comments by KarenM)
What a very distinctive voice for a protagonist. It was a good mystery also. I've recommended it to my mother and my book group. Everyone likes it!
chateaulehr, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by chateaulehr)
Dog on It is a delightful & enjoyable read! Quinn writes "dog" extremely well -- we are in love with Chet! Having raised a dog who was our companion & best friend for 13 years, it was interesting to see how many similarities he shared with Chet. We are looking forward to reading Thereby Hangs a Tail (received as a Christmas gift) next!
Dogs; Peter Abrahams; Curious incident of a Dog; the art of racing in the rain; new york times; bestseller; mystery; animals; stephen king
Dogs; Peter Abrahams; Curious incident of a Dog; the art of racing in the rain; new york times; bestseller; mystery; animals; stephen king; canine; pets; alexander mccall smith; sleuth; private investigator; garth stein
The first book of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series, an “enchanting one-of-a-kind novel” (Stephen King) that is “nothing short of masterful” (Los Angeles Times).
Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, and Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator, are quick to take a new case involving a frantic mother searching for her teenage daughter. This well-behaved and gifted student may or may not have been kidnapped, but she has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. With Chet’s highly trained nose leading the way, their hunt for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locales—until the bad guys try to turn the tables and the resourceful duo lands in the paws of peril. Spencer Quinn’s irresistible mystery kicks off a delightful new series that will have readers panting for more.
Chet might have flunked out of police school (“I’d been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldn’t remember exactly, although blood was involved”), but he’s a detective through and through. In Dog On It, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of a teenaged girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.
Readers will be instantly captivated by Chet’s doggy ways and his endearingly hard-boiled voice. Full of heart and occasionally prone to mischief, he is intensely loyal to Bernie, who, though distracted by issues that Chet has difficulty understanding—like divorce, cash flow, and child custody—is enormously likeable himself, in his flawed, all-too-human way. There’s genuine suspense and intrigue, combined with humor and deep insight into the bond between dog and man.
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