A Fistful of Collars (Chet and Bernie Series #5)

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous Quinn’s fine fifth Chet and Bernie mystery (after 2011’s The Dog Who Knew Too Much) finds Bernie Little and his dog, Chet, of the Little Detective Agency, strapped for cash. Fortunately, Mayor Trimble of the Valley, their hometown in an unnamed western state, has a job for them. The avaricious mayor, who has launched a Millennial Cultural Initiative to attract the movie business, has managed to land the next blockbuster action flick featuring megastar Thad Perry. Trimble wants Bernie to keep an eye on Perry, who has a history of substance abuse. The assignment gets off to a rocky start when the actor challenges Little to a fistfight at their first meeting. Some murders that coincide with the filming ensure that the unusual detecting partners have additional work to do. Once again, Quinn (thriller author Peter Abrahams) effectively uses a dog narrator while avoiding the sentimentality that marks many animal-centered cozies. Agent: Molly Friedrich, the Friedrich Agency. (Sept.)
Cesar's Way
"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."
Booklist
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."
Library Journal
Quinn makes this reviewer laugh. Maybe it's because I am a dog lover, or maybe it's because he writes from the dog's point of view. Maybe it's because he is just plain funny. In their latest adventure (after The Dog Who Knew Too Much), PIs Chet (a border collie) and Bernie (his human companion) are hired to "babysit" Thad Perry, a movie star with a partying streak. Deaths occur, some mourned more than others, and Bernie finds hints that Thad has links to a cold case. As always, Chet and Bernie are true partners who love each other unconditionally. No one can come between them, and no one can put things over on them. You would think that by the fifth series title, which this is, Quinn might have run out of ideas and quips—he hasn't. VERDICT Although readers will be able to identify the villain before the dénouement, they will enjoy the ride getting there. Fans of Janet Evanovich or Donna Andrews will enjoy Quinn's humorous and entertaining mysteries.—Susan Hayes, Chattahoochee Valley Libs., GA
Kirkus Reviews
The Little Detective Agency can't afford to turn down a case, because financial problems continue to dog them. Bernie Little may be a clever detective, but he can't handle money and has a bad habit of destroying Porsches. Chet, a canine school dropout, is a loyal partner who thinks Bernie is the greatest. Luckily, Bernie and Chet are just picking out their latest used Porsche when they're offered a new job. The mayor's office of their small California town hires the pair to keep watch over Thad Perry, the star of a locally made movie that the mayor hopes will turn the area into a little Hollywood. Thad has a wild-child reputation, a drug habit and a bodyguard who's as loyal as Chet but a lot bigger. Before Bernie's reporter girlfriend, Suzie, moves to Washington, D.C., for a new job, she passes on a rumor that Thad has a history in the area. When people start to die, Bernie starts digging into the past to determine whether Thad is involved in crimes past or present. Dealing with three murders, blackmail, drugs, crooked cops and the need to keep Thad showing up for work every day is more than enough work for the clever pair, but they must end the carnival of crime as well. Chet, who continues as narrator in this exciting fifth installment of the series (The Dog Who Knew Too Much, 2011, etc.), often struggles to understand what the humans are up to but always gets it right in the end.
The Denver Post
“These books… are as skillfully rendered as they are clever and fully worthy of the attention of any reader."
From the Publisher
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."
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, Quinn might have run out of ideas and quips—he hasn't. Fans of Janet Evanovich or Donna Andrews will enjoy Quinn's humorous and entertaining mysteries.”
—Library Journal

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."
USA Today

"Spencer Quinn speaks two languages—suspense and dog—fluently."
—Stephen King

"Pulls the reader along as if on a leash."
Booklist

“Quinn radiates pure comic genius…You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this deliciously addictive series.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451665161
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Series: Chet and Bernie Series , #5
  • Pages: 309
  • Sales rank: 426,940
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Spencer Quinn

Spencer Quinn is the author of four previous books, all of them New York Times bestsellers. He lives on Cape Cod with his dog, Audrey. Visit ChetTheDog.com.

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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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    Can't wait for the next adventure

    Spencer Quinn, in my opinion, does a great job of thinking like a dog. Chet's adventures are nerve tingling and keeps one reading into the wee hours of the morning. Page turner. Enjoyed it so much!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Fun mystery

    I received this book in an ARC giveaway from Shelf Awareness. I thought it sounded interesting and I like mysteries. The book was entertaining and the mystery was good, but my favorite part is that the narrator is a dog. If you could hear a dog's thoughts, I think this is exactly what it would sound like. This was my first Chet and Bernie mystery, although this is the fifth in the series. I will be checking out more because I love Chet and now I want a dog. If you like private detective mysteries with humor, check this out.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    ¿A ¿Tail¿ of Movie-Making, Money and Murder¿

    This is the first of the “Bernie and Chet Mysteries” I have read. It took me awhile to get used to the majority of the story being told by a suave, sleuthing, handsome, quick as a flash, member of the “Nation Within”-- a Scottie sidekick named Chet, who, with Bernie Little, makes up the unbeatable force behind the Little Detective Agency. Bernie’s life had had its share of bad luck lately. They had to try to locate a “new-to-them” vehicle as their last Porsche had been the victim of dynamite. It seems their luck trying to keep cars in one piece is legendary. They’re down on their money as well, thanks to a stock tip that went awry and Bernie’s big investment in a “Sure Fashion Hit”—Hawaiian Print leisure wear! Add to the stew that ex-wife; Leda, was continually giving him fits while he was trying to have quality time with son Charlie, and his current girlfriend; Suzie, decides, since their romance is at a stand-still with no diamond in sight, that she will take a position on the “Washington Post”. All combined, very upsetting and depressing, when, as they are down to almost their last dime, Bernie and Chet are asked to come to the Mayor’s office. It seems that Mayor Trimble has decided that the Valley needs an economic and public relations boost, so, with a lot of finagling, he had secured a motion picture co, to come and film in the Valley/Canyon area. But not just any old film— one starring Hollywood’s “Bad Boy”; Thad Perry! The Mayor, with a recommendation from under-handed, slime ball; Cal Luxton, hires Bernie and Chet as “Babysitters”. The pay offered is substantial and much needed to get them out of the red--$3000.00 a day plus expenses plus a $5000.00 bonus if Thad stays out of trouble until location shooting is finished—hopefully, in twenty-one days. It doesn’t sound all that bad at first, but could this assignment be too good to be true? It seems that there is a lot more going on than just what the camera catches! Word gets around that Thad had a long ago connection to the Valley—one that Bernie and Chet are only getting bits and pieces about…and when they do get close to what looks like a solid lead, someone is found dead! The dynamic duo learns that Jiggs is not only Thad Perry’s bodyguard/confidante, but also his Cousin. Would he commit murder to cover any secrets of Perry’s past? Bernie suspects that Jiggs has already obtained drugs for Thad from a shifty, backstreet source named Manny. Who mumbles the name of “Ramon” on his deathbed. Why does Suzie’s former co-worker try to help unravel the mystery? Is she connected to Thad’s past? The past he tries to forget with alcohol and drugs? Will Thad finish filming without incident? It does take a little while for the story to get rolling, but watch out when it does-- it’s like a runaway train! So, hang on for the ride and hopefully, chuckle more than a little and enjoy their escapades ( Iggy and the ukulele comes to mind..) Cozy lovers, you better put this one down on your TBR list. Nancy Narma

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Loved it! One of the most entertaining detective series ever!

    Fans just need to know....Chet the Jet is back! Readers new to this series are in for a treat. A film crew rolls into town to make a blockbuster action movie. Bernie and Chet are hired to protect it's troubled star,but protect him from whom? When a reporter friend of Bernie's girlfriend is murdered researching an all but forgotten link to the past ,things get personal! Can Bernie and Chet bring down the perp before anyone else is killed? Everybody seems to have secrets to hide and only the Little Detective Agency can dig out the truth. Narrated with a humorous and unique viewpoint by Bernie's dog/partner Chet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

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    Books featuring animals, particularly dogs and cats, are very p


    Books featuring animals, particularly dogs and cats, are very popular with many readers. Especially in the mystery field, they appear as major characters, talking among themselves and sometimes to their favorite humans and frequently they sleuth with vim and vigor. Do readers find this entertaining? A lot of us do but there are also many who wouldn’t read one of these books under any circumstances. Usually, it’s because they don’t like the aspect of the animals acting like humans.

    And then there’s Chet.

    Chet and Bernie make an unusual pair of detectives and, yes, Chet does contribute to their investigations but not through supernatural or Beatrix Potterish means. Chet is a K-9 school flunkee so he “knows” a bit about detective work but he is, in fact, a dog and his sleuthing generally involves him pursuing normal dog routines, such as following scents. What makes Chet different in the mystery novel arena is (1) his close bond with Bernie and (2) his narration of the story.

    Seeing and hearing the story through Chet’s eyes and voice is fun, especially when he ruminates on the strange ways of Bernie and other humans and offers his observations on life during the investigations, not to Bernie but to the reader. The enticing things that distract him at any given moment, squirrels and burgers and so forth, add to the charm and his devotion to Bernie (and Bernie’s devotion to Chet) is completely natural.

    Is this a gripping, intellectual thriller? No, not at all, but the puzzle and the resultant inquiries are engaging. Add in the pleasures of Chet’s and Bernie’s partnership and the reader will enjoy a few hours of pure entertainment with more than the occasional smile. I’ve had fun with every Chet and Bernie Mystery so far and A Fistful of Collars is another good one.

    Oh, and you don’t want to miss Brando the cat.

    (Psst. Check out Quinn‘s new short story, A Cat Was Involved, to finally learn how Chet failed K-9 school.)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Chet the jet scores again!

    Spencer Quinn has once again made me smile! I thoroughly enjoy this series and recommend it to any dog lover. The plots certainly hold my interest and are well written. The fact that they are told from the dogs point of view is quite entertaining. Fun read...engaging dog...great characters...good plots...'nuff said.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Recommend

    Very enjoyable read. I love this series and this one didn't let me down.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Another great "tail" from Chet the Jet and Bernie. H

    Another great "tail" from Chet the Jet and Bernie. Have read all the books in this series and can't wait until the next one is available. Love the way Spencer Quinn makes Chet almost human in his thinking. Being a dog owner it makes me wonder what my little guy is thinking and why he acts like he does at times. Keep them coming Spencer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    New to this series.

    This is the second book I've read of this series (not in order) that I've read and thoroughly enjoy the two books. First time I've read a story from a dog's perspective, and greatly enjoy how intelligently the dog's view is intertwined with the human viewpoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Another fun story with Chet at the wheel

    I LOVE "Chet and Bernie" mysteries. The relationship between dog and man is so loving and comical. I'd love to see this made into a movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    More Chet; All Good

    I get such a kick out of Quinn's idea of the Nation within a Nation dogs-eye view of the world. This book seems to have even more of it (I'll have to reread #1 and see). Ya gotta love Chet! I do wish Bernie would provide for him a bit better but Chet has no complaints. And I am happier when Chet doesn't get into so much trouble, or get hurt. I've pre-ordered #6. I'm addicted! (And don't miss the 99 cent short stories either; lots of info in them.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Spencer Quinn is the voice of the nation within nation!

    I tell all my dog lovers friends: start with "Dog on it", and you will not be able to stop! I read them all, and just pre-ordered the 6th book. The best dog stories ever told! My sincere gratitude to Mr. Spencer Quinn!

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    Love the Chet & Bernie Series!

    Book number 5 continues in the fine tradition of the series. The author does a masterful Job of using Chet the dog as the narrator. The books will suck you in making them a quick read. I've gotten my sister into the series as well.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

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    In the fifth book in the Chet and Bernie Mystery series, our fav

    In the fifth book in the Chet and Bernie Mystery series, our favorite four-legged private investigator, Chet the Dog, and Bernie Little, his partner in the Little Detective Agency, are back on the job - - albeit not the usual missing persons case, or even the less-desired divorce work. He has been hired, on very generous financial terms, at the recommendation of the mayor’s office to make sure the young star in a new movie being filmed in their town stays out of trouble during the film shoot. The Valley, a town in the southwest desert, is hopeful of becoming a mecca for movie-making if all goes smoothly. [A big “if,” in this instance, and definitely easier said than done.]

    Things are currently not going that smoothly in Bernie’s personal life, with his ex-wife continuing to be an annoyance [on good days] and his girlfriend, reporter Suzie Sanchez, having been offered a job with the Washington Post.

    This delightful series brings the reader a mystery, a dead body or two [or three], and somehow makes Chet [who narrates the tale] a completely believable sidekick. He is the devoted companion to Bernie, an ex-cop and wounded war vet, but brings his own special talents to the job, and is completely irresistible. Well-plotted, this charming novel is the perfect thing when one wants to hunker down on a cold winter’s night – or any other night, for that matter.

    Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Very entertaining

    Just love the Chet & Bernie books!

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    Very entertaining!

    Delightful characters and story line!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    GRRRREAT RRRRREAD WOOF WOOF !!!!!

    Get a whole box of Slimjims ,cuddle up with your best friend and nibble through

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Wonderful fun

    This is a wonderfully entertaining and uplifting book that is part of a great series. I look forward to each and every new book from Spencer Quinn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Great book!

    Like all the other Chet and Bernie Mysteries, this one is delightful!

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  • Posted October 2, 2012

    Chet the Jet

    As fun to read as the previous books. Chet does his usual save Bernie in the climax. Chet is an amazing dog. However, we learn nothing of his prodigy, except what Bernie kept denying. Sometimes, I feel as though Chet's thought narrative gets redundant. But that's just my take.

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