“There was a strong current of air in the car, very pleasant. I didn’t realize at first that it was on account of my own tail wagging so hard. Charlie laughed: the best sound made by humans, bar none, and kid laughter is the best of the best.” – Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
I somehow ended up with a few canine followers on Twitter, one of which happens to be the fictional Chet the Dog. Actually, I’m a bit jealous of him after noticing that he has more followers than me. Can’t be helped I guess. He’s a pretty lovable character, right down to his mismatched ears.
Chet manages well as the narrator and dog detective in the (Adult fiction) book Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery. His doggie insights made me laugh out loud many times, especially in the first few chapters. It has been awhile since I read a mystery novel, and this fairly light-hearted crime read by Spencer Quinn, written from a dog’s viewpoint, certainly amused me.
Chet the dog and Bernie, his human partner, run their own PI business called The Little Detective Agency. Suffering from “cash-flow problems” they pick up a case involving a missing teenage girl named Madison. Both dog and owner get themselves into some pretty sticky, suspenseful situations. Cheerios on the floor and other dogs cause a few diversions along the way as well. A quick read with a mystery that’s not difficult to figure out – pretty much the perfect start to what looks to be a fun series. Dog On It reached #7 on the New York Times Best Seller list in March.
This book could make a good YA cross-over, but unfortunately, in my opinion, it contains too much offensive language for YA readers. Fans of Braun’s “Cat Who” cozy series may especially enjoy this addition to the animal detective world.
Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn. Atria (February 2009); 320 pages; ISBN 9781416585831
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