A Cat Was Involved: A Chet and Bernie Mystery eShort Story [NOOK Book]

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Spencer Quinn’s first original e-short story reveals how everyone’s favorite detective duo—Chet the Dog and P.I. Bernie Little—came to meet before their first big case in Dog On It.

As fans know, Chet first met Bernie on that fateful day when he flunked out of K-9 police school. The details of that day though have always remained a little vague (like so much in Chet’s doggy brain). All we know is that Chet had been the best leaper in his K-9 ...
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Overview

Spencer Quinn’s first original e-short story reveals how everyone’s favorite detective duo—Chet the Dog and P.I. Bernie Little—came to meet before their first big case in Dog On It.

As fans know, Chet first met Bernie on that fateful day when he flunked out of K-9 police school. The details of that day though have always remained a little vague (like so much in Chet’s doggy brain). All we know is that Chet had been the best leaper in his K-9 class, but for some reason he failed his final leaping test...and that a cat was involved...and that there was some blood. But whose? The test, the cat, the blood—all pieces of a puzzle that, when solved, will bring down a dangerous gang of thieves—and signal the start of a beautiful friendship.

This fateful day has been alluded to in every book in the series, and now fans of Chet and Bernie will finally get to find out what actually happened. For these two beloved characters, it was something like love at first sight—and, for Chet, at first smell, too.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451690620
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Series: Chet and Bernie Series
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 8,474
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

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

Biography

Pseudonymous author Spencer Quinn zoomed to bestsellerdom with his wry, entertaining Chet and Bernie series, featuring one of the most delightful sleuthing duos in mystery history—an intrepid K-9 police academy dropout and his hapless private detective owner. An Agatha Award-winning writer (under his given name, Peter Abrahams), Quinn lives on Cape Cod.

Good To Know

Some fascinating outtakes from our interview with Spencer Quinn:
"My mother, also a writer, taught me just about everything I know about writing when I was nine or ten years old. For example: Try not to use connecting words like however, nevertheless, to be sure. Sentences should connect through the force of the ideas connecting, and if you find yourself using a lot of connecting words, then maybe your ideas are wrong. Also, really important: push every situation as far as you can. Without crossng the credibilty line, of course. That's a continuing challenge."

"The best thing I've done in my life is raise four happy kids."

"My first job was as a spearfisherman in the Bahamas. This is done free-diving (no scuba). We would often work depths in excess of 70 feet. Sometimes we disputed the catch with sharks. I much prefer dogs to sharks."

"My favorite way to unwind is playing tennis. I love the game even though I consider myself a hacker. My forehand was always decent but it took years for my backhand to get where it is now—still nothing to write home about. So humbling to be such a slow learner at something, and so good for me. I love the competition, too, and the camaraderie. A lot of the guys have no clear idea about what I actually do for a living and aren't interested. I love that, too."

"It turns out to be true that writing novels is a lonely occupation. It changes you. I was very gregarious when I was younger (way too much, I'm sure people who knew me then would say). Now I'm much less so."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Peter Abrahams
    2. Hometown:
      Falmouth, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 28, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklline, Massachusetts
    1. Education:
      BA, Williams College, 1968
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    I just finished reading the first Chet and Bernie book and found

    I just finished reading the first Chet and Bernie book and found this e-short story so naturally I had to get it. Being a dog owner/lover for most of my life, I found it so true-to-life when wondering what my dog is really thinking about - food, car rides, barking, food, barking at anyone who walks or rides a bike in our vicinity, food. Chet adds his special nose (so better than a human, poor thing) to chasing the bad guy if he doesn't get distracted by a cruller or some such. Delightful read!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Recommend

    A friend told me about the Spenser Quinn series of Chet and Bernie, It really was a fun story and I laughed out loud at times. I will definitely buy the books since it;s so rare to find something that makes you smile and laugh out loud. Quinn really has captured the dog's point of view. Wonderful!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Chet and Bernie

    Finally, we get the missing piece of how Chet an Bernie met. This was a nice treat while we wait for the next full novel.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Chet and Bernie - the beginning

    In the other Chet and Bernie books that I've read, Chet alludes to what happened on the day he flunked out of K-9 school and the day he met Bernie. It's nice to have that fleshed out, and it was as entertaining as all the books in the series. I liked the way Chet was drawn to Bernie from the moment he smelled him. They make a great team! Hawaiian shirts also figure in the story.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    a real treat!

    If you haven't discovered the Chet and Bernie series yet, you are in for a real treat. And, if you already have, this book tells how it all started! Chet the dog narrates the adventures that he has with Bernie, a private investigator. Lest you think this is a human mind living in an animal body like some of the other books narrated by animals, rest assured; Chet is a dog. He barks, naps, scarfs treats, jumps up on people, and (his downfall at the police academy) chases cats. His role in Bernie's investigative business is his favorite thing to do - chase the bad guy and bite his leg. These books are hysterically funny with well-crafted plots and great characters.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Loved it.

    The dog tells the story. I am now working my way through the rest of the series and so far enjoyed the first two books. Just don't understand why this series of ebooks are relatively expensive, about $10+??

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    I love Chet!

    So glad to get another installment of Chet and Bernie. While I really like Bernie, I adore Chet. Once again, well written story that is highly entertaining. It's nice to see just how Chet entered Bernie's life. Wish I had a dog like him.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    How It All Started

    Though this is billed as a short story, I think of it as more of a 'prequel.' Any fan of the Chet and Bernie books will love it. The books always hint at how Chet flunked K-9 school and how he came to be with Bernie. Well, now we know. And, yes, a cat was most definitely involved. It's a short read that will both satisfy and amuse--and tell you how it all started. Definitely worth a read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Eatmon jay

    It was amawesome

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Bernie and Chet

    Nice to know about how the team got together.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Q

    Totally dumb and stupid

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    "A Cat Was Involved" answers the question

    If you are familiar with the Chet and Bernie mysteries, there's always been a question about why Chet was mustered out of police dog training. This short story tells all, in the usual funny style of Spencer Quinn's plots. If you have not read one of the mysteries yet, this is a good way to see if the series is for you--but if you are a dog lover, there's no question: you should read all of Spencer Quinn's books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Fun to read

    This was my first time reading this author and I want to read more by him. Loved the story from the dog's perspective. :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Finally Revealed

    Chet the Jet has teased us with "this story for another time" about how he flunked out of canine police school. This also chronicles his first meeting with Bernie Little, now his human partner in the Little Detective Agency. Thoroughly enjoyable. Classic Chet.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    As usual, a fun and entertaining story

    I love the way the story is told by the Dog, one Chet the Jet. His hearing a loud barking then discovering that "WAIT, it's coming from me" just cracks me up. I love all the Chet and Bernie books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    A novel approach that is very engaging

    This is a short book; but well worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Great Read!

    It was a hoot; I mean a woof! Relaxing and enjoyable reading. A chuckle on every other page at least.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Really Like Dogs "telling" of the story

    A unique way to write a mystery or detective story from the animals point of view and very witty he is too!!!Fun to read , and get away from daily routine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Awesome.

    Glad this was my first of the Chet and Bernie dtories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    This is a must for all Chet and Bernie fans

    Always wondered how Chet got to be with Bernie and now I know. Fun and a good read. Makes it all clear

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