Dog on It

Dog on It

Book - 2009
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The first book of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series, an "enchanting one-of-a-kind novel" (Stephen King) that is "nothing short of masterful" ( Los Angeles Times ).

Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It , and Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator, are quick to take a new case involving a frantic mother searching for her teenage daughter. This well-behaved and gifted student may or may not have been kidnapped, but she has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. With Chet's highly trained nose leading the way, their hunt for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locales--until the bad guys try to turn the tables and the resourceful duo lands in the paws of peril. Spencer Quinn's irresistible mystery kicks off a delightful new series that will have readers panting for more.
Publisher: New York : Atria Paperback, 2009.
Edition: 1st Atria Paperback ed.
ISBN: 9781416585848
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 21 cm.


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Apr 23, 2019

Fun book - quick read, as others have said, it's from the dog's point of view, so a little different. I enjoyed it.

IndyPL_SteveB Jan 07, 2019

Humorous adult mystery novel, told from the point of view of Chet, a very large dog owned by a down-on-his-luck private eye. Actually, Chet considers them partners. A teenage girl has disappeared, perhaps run-away, perhaps kidnapped. The mom and the mom’s boyfriend hire Bernie to look for her. But the clues don’t add up. There has been no ransom demand, yet unsavory characters keep attacking Chet and Bernie.

Of course, Chet knows a lot more clues. After all, he was dog-napped by the bad guys, he knows what they smell like, and he knows where the girl is. But Chet has some things going against him. 1. He can’t talk; he’s a dog. 2. He can’t really follow Bernie’s train of reasoning, jokes, or historical references. 3. He gets distracted by other dogs, food, snakes, naps, dog treats, swimming pools, cats, riding in the car with the top down…. everything.

In other words, no matter how smart he might be, he is still a dog. That point of view is the humor and beauty of the story. If you are a dog owner, you recognize the dog personality and root for loyal Chet to finally figure out how to point Bernie in the right direction.

Feb 21, 2015

Wow--an author who is able to convey a dog's point of view when writing a mystery! As a lifelong dog owner, I am so impressed with Quinn both in this and another book I've read by him. The mystery is still intriguing, not trivialized or childlike. And Chet is irrepressibly cheerful! I love the Chet & Bernie series for how upbeat but interesting they are. I'll be reading the whole series and watching for more.

Feb 18, 2014

Mostly for dog lovers. Though I like dogs, I found it a yawner. The only aspect that's slightly interesting is that the book is told from the dog's point of view.

Jan 11, 2014

Addictinly funny and original. The story is well told and tied together in a unique way. Having the point of view from the dog makes the story even more lovable.

Jun 17, 2013

A great, fun book about a dog and his private eye partner. Chet, the dog, is the real star of the show and the story is told completely from his first-person perspective. What I liked about this book was the way the author kept true to the dog's perspective. Like a real dog, he gets distracted by things, falls asleep when not involved in the conversation and sneaks old food crumbs off the floor. If you love dogs, you'll love this book. I sure did.

Mar 02, 2013

I enjoyed hearing the story from the dog's perspective. Will look for another one in this series.

Aug 03, 2012

Fun read!

Dec 07, 2011

This was such a fun book to read. As a dog lover, I could really get the main character, Chet. He acted exactly as my dog. I am looking forward to the next Bernie and Chet story.

Nov 15, 2011

"I barked. He barked. I barked. He barked. I barked. He barked."

Hysterical! Loved Chet.


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