Dog on It (A Chet and Bernie Mystery, #1) by Spencer QuinnMeet Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, who works alongside Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator. Chet might have flunked out of police school (Id been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldnt remember exactly, although blood was involved), but hes a detective through and through.
In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. A well-behaved, gifted student, she didnt arrive home after school and her divorced mother is frantic. Bernie is quick to take the case-something about a cash flow problem that Chets not all that clear about-and hes relieved, if vaguely suspicious, when Madison turns up unharmed with a story that doesnt add up. But when she disappears for a second time in a week, Bernie and Chet arent taking any chances; they launch a full-blown investigation. Without a ransom demand, theyre not convinced its a kidnapping, but they are sure of one thing: something smells funny.
Their search for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locals, with Chets highly trained nose leading the way. Both Chet and Bernie bring their own special skills to the hunt, one that puts each of them in peril. But even as the bad guys try to turn the tables, this duo is nothing if not resourceful, and the result is an uncommonly satisfying adventure.
With his doggy ways and his endearingly hardboiled voice, Chet is full of heart and occasionally prone to mischief. He is intensely loyal to Bernie, who, though distracted by issues that Chet has difficulty understanding-like divorce, child custody, and other peculiar human concerns-is enormously likable himself, in his flawed, all-too-human way.
Heart of Barkness (Chet and Bernie Series #9)
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The previous installment, Scents and Sensibility , came out in July , and minor spoiler here left Bernie, the human half of the team, deep in a coma from which no one expected him to recover. No one, that is, except his canine partner Chet, the narrator of the series. Quinn took his time getting back to Chet and Bernie. He also writes for middle graders as Spencer Quinn and adult novels as Peter Abrahams, and the Chet and Bernie stories have moved to a different publisher. In Heart of Barkness Chet and Bernie become involved with Lottie Pilgrim, a nearly forgotten country singer accused of murder. Somehow Quinn manages to capture the thought processes of Chet a hundred-plus pound dog of indeterminate breed who flunked out of K9 training—there may have been a cat involved—but landed happily with Bernie Little without making him sound like a furry human, while still communicating the story. And happily for those of us who love him, a note at the end of Heart of Barkness promises a new adventure next summer.