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

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

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by Spencer Quinn
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451665161
Publisher:
Atria Books
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Series:
Chet and Bernie Series, #5
Pages:
309
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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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.

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A Fistful of Collars: A Chet and Bernie Mystery 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
tealbear More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bill-polcari More than 1 year ago
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.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
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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I've read 5 of these and have the 6th loaded. Also have "Iggy" loaded. My next read. Not exactly a page turner but does keep your interest going. I love how Quinn tries to interpret everything through a dog's eyes. Keep 'em coming Quinn!!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Another fun mystery told in the voice of Chet. I never tire of hearing the story in his voice. It is comical and yet you understand what is going on from the conversations around them as well as Chet's perceptions.  I did have a hard time with the language in it though. I wish it was cleaner in language.
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delightful tale from a dog's perspective. Chet and Bernie are a great team.
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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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epfeff More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read. I love this series and this one didn't let me down.
grayFL More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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!