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Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an ...
Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy, and what should have been a simple matter of babysitting soon gets more complicated—especially when they discover that Thad has a mysterious connection to the Valley that nobody wants to talk about. What kind of secret could Thad have left 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.
As Bernie’s relationship with his longtime girlfriend Suzie goes long-distance, and Chet’s late-night assignations appear to have resulted in an unexpected dividend, it’s all our two sleuths can do to keep Thad and his motley entourage of yes-men, handlers, and hangers-on 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 top-notch 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.
“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."
“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.”
“Chet, who continues as narrator in this exciting fifth installment of the series…always gets it right in the end.”
"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)
Posted April 14, 2012
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!
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Posted September 8, 2012
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.
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Posted September 1, 2012
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
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Posted October 5, 2012
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.
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Posted September 19, 2012
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.)
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Posted November 22, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2013
Posted August 22, 2013
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.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 12, 2013
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.
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Posted October 2, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2012
Right there with the best of the Chet and Bernie books. If you are a mystery lover, you will be intrigued by a different point of view. If you are a dog lover, you will howl with laughter at the behaviors we all know so well. If you are a dog lover who also loves mysteries, you'll be just like a dog waiting for a bite of a Slim Jim.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2012
A character in another new mystery novel ("Beautiful Mystery", by Louise Penny) observed that a tail would be a great disadvantage for a homicide investigator. Clearly this not true if the investigator is a private detective like Chet who has a human partner like Bernie.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.