Synopses & Reviews
In the newest adventure in the New York Times
bestselling mystery series that the Los Angeles Times
says is “nothing short of masterful,” Chet and Bernie find that Hollywood has gone to the dogs.
Chet, everyone’s favorite canine narrator, and his human partner Bernie Little are back with another case to solve. In A Fistful of Collars, our two sleuths are conducting a secret investigation of the famous — and notoriously badly behaved — Western movie star Thad Perry, and his motley entourage of yes-men, handlers, and hangers-on. The money is good but something smells fishy, and what might have been a simple matter of babysitting soon gets more complicated — especially when it turns out Thad has a mysterious connection to the Valley nobody wants to talk about. What secret did Thad leave behind when he went to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune? The only people who might know the answer have a bad habit of turning up dead before they can talk. Worst of all, Thad is a self-proclaimed cat person, and his feline friend Brando has taken an instant dislike to Chet.
“Between Chet’s insightful and humorous takes on human events, the fast-paced plot, and the wealth of fascinating secondary characters, this is a fine entry in a not-to-be-missed series” (Booklist). Like Stephen King says: “Author Spencer Quinn speaks two languages — suspense and dog — very fluently.” A Fistful of Collars combines a top-notch mystery with a funny and perceptive take on the relationship between human and dog that will stay with you long after the case is solved.
"Between Chet's insightful and humorous takes on human events, the fast-paced plot, and the wealth of fascinating secondary characters, this is a fine entry in a not-to-be-missed series." Booklist
"Once again, Quinn...effectively uses a dog narrator while avoiding the sentimentality that marks many animal-centered cozies." Publishers Weekly
"You would think that by the fifth series title,
"Chet, who continues as narrator in this exciting fifth installment of the series...always gets it right in the end." Kirkus Reviews
"This delightful buddy tale...will have no problem engaging and entertaining readers just discovering this series." Shelf Awareness
Praise for the New York Times Bestselling Chet and Bernie Mystery Series
"Nothing short of masterful."
--Los Angeles Times
"Even cat lovers will howl with delight."
"Spencer Quinn speaks two languages--suspense and dog--fluently."
"Pulls the reader along as if on a leash."
"Quinn radiates pure comic genius...You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this deliciously addictive series."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"These books... are as skillfully rendered as they are clever and fully worthy of the attention of any reader."
Praise for A Fistful of Collars
“Between Chet’s insightful and humorous takes on human events, the fast-paced plot, and the wealth of fascinating secondary characters, this is a fine entry in a not-to-be-missed series." < -="" i="" -=""> - Booklist - < -="" -="">
"Amusing, intelligent and exciting... A fun romp through a genre that's been around for decades but in the right hands (or paws) still has the power to entertain us." < -="" i="" -=""> - Cesar's Way - < -="" -="">
Chet the dog and Bernie, his private investigator companion, are back in the New York Times bestselling mystery series as they investigate a movie star with a shady past.
Stephen King has called Chet a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre. Robert B. Parker has dubbed Spencer Quinn's writing major league prose. Each of the books in this irresistible mystery series is a New York Times bestseller and now Quinn returns with a story that reveals the true magnitude of Chet's star power.
Hoping to bring some Hollywood money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next major production starring Thad Perry. Known for his bad behavior, Thad needs a babysitter and the mayor hires Chet and Bernie for the job. The money is good, but something smells fishy. When they dig into the details of an old crime, they discover that Thad has links to the Valley that go way back. To complicate matters, for some odd reason, Thad's cat, Brando, seems hellbent on making trouble for Chet.
Like the winning books before it, this latest in the series offers a top-notch mystery and a rollicking good read about this irresistible human-canine P.I. team.
Everyone's favorite detective team returns in a new adventure as canine narrator Chet and his human partner P.I. Bernie Little find that Hollywood has gone to the dogs.
While Tinseltown bad boy Thad Perry is in town shooting a big-budget Western, Bernie and Chet have to keep him out of trouble. But soon they discover Thad has a mysterious connection to the Valley, and the only people who know his secrets keep turning up dead before they can talk.
As Bernie's love life goes long-distance and Chet's late-night assignations give rise to an unexpected dividend, it's all our two sleuths can do to keep the actor in their sights. Worst of all, Thad is a self-proclaimed cat person, and his feline friend Brando has taken an instant dislike to Chet.
Like the winning books before it, this fifth book in the series combines a topnotch mystery with genuine humor and a perceptive take on the relationship between human and dog that will stay with you long after the case is solved.
About the Author
Spencer Quinn is the author of five previous Chet and Bernie mystery novels: Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, To Fetch a Thief, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, and A Fistful of Collars. 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.