Thereby Hangs a Tail (Chet and Bernie Series #2)

Thereby Hangs a Tail (Chet and Bernie Series #2)

by Spencer Quinn
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Thereby Hangs a Tail (Chet and Bernie Series #2) by Spencer Quinn

In the irresistible second installment of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series, which has been hailed as “enchanting [and] one-of-a-kind” (Stephen King), Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly.

What first seems like a walk in the park to wise and lovable canine narrator Chet and his human companion Bernie—to investigate threats made against a pretty, pampered show dog—turns into a serious case when Princess and her owner are abducted. To make matters worse, Bernie’s on-again, off-again girlfriend, reporter Susie Sanchez, disappears too. When Chet is separated from Bernie, he’s on his own to put the pieces together, find his way home, and save the day. Spencer Quinn’s “brilliantly original” (Richmond Times-Dispatch) and “masterful” (Los Angeles Times) series combines genuine suspense and intrigue with humor and insight for a tail-wagging good time readers won’t soon forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416585930
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Series: Chet and Bernie Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 69,364
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Spencer Quinn is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the ongoing Chet and Bernie mystery series, as well as the bestselling Bowser and Birdie series for middle grade readers. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife Diana—and dogs Audrey and Pearl. Keep up with him by visiting


Falmouth, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

June 28, 1947

Place of Birth:

Brooklline, Massachusetts


BA, Williams College, 1968

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Thereby Hangs a Tail (Chet and Bernie Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 215 reviews.
Jay-Fer More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in this series, and a considerable improvement over the first. I had a couple of laugh out loud moments while reading this book, whereas the first book was cute but not funny and the first mystery wasn't one. This book keeps you guessing as to who, how many, and how bad re the bad guys, and the style of story-as-told-by-dog has gotten much better. As Chet relates the tale to you, you can start to see into his doggie ADHD, and understand how he flunked out of the academy and ended up with Bernie. Bernie is the loser everybody really wants to be a winner, an honest guy, a man with honor, a human who really loves his dog and his kid. The plot is better in this second installation, characters are more developed, and we get more history on the dynamic duo who are Chet and Bernie. Chhhhhe..e..e..e..etttttt?!
DSaff More than 1 year ago
Chet and Bernie once again take on the bad guys. This time we meet Princess, a tiny "show" dog, and find a murderous plot surrounds her. What do the hippies have to do with anything? How about the sheriff or the husband? As the plot unfolds, we find Suzy (reporter) back in the mix. Will Chet ever get more of the special bisquits? I enjoyed this sequel to "Dog On It." Reading the book from Chet's point of view makes me look at my own dog and wonder what he is thinking. Spencer Quinn has another hit on his hands and I can't wait for number 3!!
Home-on-the-Range More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book and I believe I enjoyed this one even more. I appreciate the way Quinn makes Chet such a believable character in terms of a dog. As I read the book and Chet's reaction to things and at he same time watched my dogs, a lab and a border collie, Chet's manerisms seemed ever so real to me. Quinn's books make me laugh as well as has mystery enough to keep me reading to see what happens. It seems to me that this book was better than the first one in terms of the story line and flow of events. I bought this book as a Valentine gift for my husband because he enjoyed the first so much. We are fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have become a very big fan of the Chet & Bernie mystery series ever since reading the 1st book, DOG ON IT, which was given to me from my aunt as a birthday present. I am now on the fourth book, THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, & am enjoying it very much too. I love mystery books and also love books with animals in them, having collected & read all of the books in the Cat Who, Joe Grey, Mrs. Murphy, & Midnight Louie series, & I have a very good time solving the mysteries in the books along with the main characters & at the end piecing together all of the clues & finding out the identity of the guilty party or parties & seeing them sent to prison where they belong. Give the Chet & Bernie mysteries a try if you like mysteries like me. You will not regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't dare to write a negative review. I'm afraid Chet might chase me down and grab me by the pant let.
luv-my-books More than 1 year ago
I read this after reading first book of this new series, truly a unique way of writing the story with dog as main narrator, Could easily visualize the dog telling the story.Great plots and excellant descriptions of happenings. Definitely enjoyed and awaiting further sequels in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, I am a dog lover, and there is no doubt about it, I love Chet! He reminds me of my dog Charley who was indeed my guardian Angel. He was always there to protect me, and if he didn't like you, you would find out very soon. I have finished all of the books and there wasn't one that I didn't love. Mr. Quinn, please keep Chet in your books, and make the books longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love that Chet, who loves his Bernie... Story kept me guessing for a while, "panting" for the rest of the series!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
A very cute, well done mystery told in the voice of Chet the Dog. It really puts a different twist on a story to see it in the eye of a dog. It is a crafty weave that gives us all the detail we need to follow the detectives and yet still know only what the dog does. There was more language in it than I would like. Leaves a bit of a mystery that still needs to be solved. Must read the next one.
azeezena More than 1 year ago
The Spencer Quinn stories narrated by Chet the dog are fun to read. I started looking at my dog differently and could see him in many of Chet's gestures and comments.
Phaeton More than 1 year ago
This is number 2 in the Chet and Bernie series but just as good as #1. We learn more about Chet's past and his early experiences with Bernie. Still do not know, for sure, why one of the neighbors is not a fan of Chet. Once again, Chet has faith in Bernie's ability to solve the case. Chet does worry about their finances, with good reason, but seems to think Bernie will figure that out too. There are times when Chet's mind seems to wander as it seems to be with my own dog but, when the chips are down, he comes through and Bernie picks up on the very subtle hints Chet is able to give. Waiting eagerly for book number 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in a new series about a Private Investigator and his dog Chet. Throughout the story Chet's perspective is often running right alongside his owners thoughts. He's asked to investigate a death threat made against the #1 show dog and its owner/handler. Its a cute easy read which does keep your interest. The interplay between the PI and his dog is cute and often humorous.There is enough action and intrigue to hold your attention, as well as the mystery as to who is behind this. If you like animals, dogs in particular, and want a little mystery, this may be the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good as the first book.
Lily_lover More than 1 year ago
This is the second book by Spencer Quinn that I have read. Both have been good. The character of the dog is developed further in this book; the dog's "thoughts" are just how they "think"! (I have a dog). The plot this time was similar to that in the first book but there were enough differences that I did not feel I was re-reading the first one. The dog makes the book!
Stevec50 More than 1 year ago
his is the second book in the Chet & Bernie series and it is continues the humor and heart-warming nature of the first. Quinn captures the nature of dogs, as we want them to be and tells the stories from Chet's perspective. We don't always get some of the discussions between the human characters, since Chet has his own interests and concerns. Mostly dealing with food or tracking down perps. As usual, the Little Detective Agency is not doing financially well and, to make matters worse,human partner Bernie finds himself talked into what may be a shady deal involving 'tin futures'. It seems like a stroke of luck when they are hired to bodyguard a prize-winning show dog, whose owner has received a possible threat. Of course, it's not long before the duo discovers the threat might be very real. It quickly becomes obvious that not everything may be as simply as a dog-napping for profit. Wonderful series and I hope we get to see Chet & Bernie around a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These characters are heartfelt and so lovable. I look at my own dogs now and can see the same gears as those in Chet's mind turning away.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 230 page very enjoyable free book of the Little Investigative Agency, and the partners, Bernie and Chet, told from Chet's canine perspective. On the case, from a best in show competition bodyguard, to investigating a kidnapping, to tracing missing persons, and discovery of murder. Mature situations that involve adult actions, situations, and language.
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Thereby Hangs a Tail is Spencer Quinn’s second Chet and Bernie mystery, but the first one I’ve read. Told from the point of view of hundred-pound canine Chet, it’s a tale of mystery and suspense, with occasional squirrels, dog biscuits, car chases and the chance to chew a bad guy’s pant leg. The voice reads like a cross between Mr. Ed and LA Noir. The digressions are fun and thoroughly canine. And the plot is nicely drawn, becoming clear despite the curious viewpoint, with just the right amount of human dialog caught between the lines. Okay, it’s a fairly twisted plot, with a few seriously convenient coincidences. But it works, it yields its fair portion of serious bad guys, and a reasonable number of characters (human and canine) survive. I’ll certainly read more, while Chet will undoubtedly seek more treats from the coffee shop, and Bernie will maybe see a little more of his son sometime. With humans a little more flawed than their pets, Chet and Bernie are well worth following as they seek out more mysteries to solve. Disclosure: I’d been waiting to read one of these for ages.
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This is every bit as good as the first book, which is rare. It may be better because now you know Bernie and Chet. You usually get tired of the same words or phrases, but Mr. Quinn makes them pertinent and not monotonous. This book made me smile and laugh out loud. I have already bought every other Chet and Bernie book out there.
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Tulipifera More than 1 year ago
This is a cleverly written story that showcases imagination.