Dog on It

Dog on It

A Chet and Bernie Mystery

Book - 2009
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Meet Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator ofDog on It, who works alongside Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator. Chet might have flunked out of police school ("I'd been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldn't remember exactly, although blood was involved"), but he's 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 didn't arrive home after school and her divorced mother is frantic. Bernie is quick to take the case -- something about a cash flow problem that Chet's not all that clear about -- and he's relieved, if vaguely suspicious, when Madison turns up unharmed with a story that doesn't add up. But when she disappears for a second time in a week, Bernie and Chet aren't taking any chances; they launch a full-blown investigation. Without a ransom demand, they're not convinced it's 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 Chet's 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.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2009
Edition: 1st Atria Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416585831
1416585834
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY QUINN 2009
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 23 cm

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Will Chet's highly developed dog sense of smell and Bernie's knack for details find a missing teenager before it is too late?

Meet 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, but he's a detective through and through. Both Chet and Bernie bring their own special skills to the hunt, one that puts... Read More »


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Jane_Sm
May 24, 2016

A great summer read, light and witty. Not so much a "mystery" novel as story-telling and problem-solving from the perspective of Chet the dog. My sister recommended and I thoroughly enjoyed!

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JLMason
Oct 30, 2015

He definitely captures the ADD-like behaviour of dogs, but Chet's "dog-view" narrative wears a bit and the plot is so simplistic that you know what's coming so there's no suspense.

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altybiz
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.

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AmazingAvatar
Feb 12, 2015

Spencer Quinn has brilliantly entered the mind of a dog and humorously produced its contents in the pages of this laugh-out-loud detective series!

airwaving Oct 06, 2014

Major thanks to author Quinn~ Thoroughly enjoying this book as all true dog fans must. Only halfway through, wishing there were more in the series; It's my understanding that in fact this is intended to be the start of a series about Chet and his detective pal. As leisure/relaxation time is very important to me, I value having reading material of this nature available: Unique prespective, and adorable as well. Sherrie, New York

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 04, 2014

Dog On It – Spencer Quinn
Read by: Anna/Central Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 1/31/2011.

This is the first book in a series about Bernie and Chet. Bernie is the lead Private Eye in the Little Detective Agency while Chet, is the dog he’s partnered with, who tells the story. Yes, these books are all told from Chet’s point of view! In Dog On It the two are on the hunt for a missing 16 year old girl. Did she run away? Or was she kidnapped against her will? Late one night, Chet is kidnapped too, and he learns more about the case than he can tell his partner. When he’s picked up by some bikers and taken to the pound, will he make it out alive? Or will he take all his secrets with him to the grave as they make room for more stray dogs?

This was such a fantastic read! I loved every minute of it so much, I couldn’t put the book down. It was also an easy, fast read too. I highly recommend it. I’ve already requested the second book and I can’t wait to start reading it! If you like books about dogs, if you hate cats, and maybe birds who can talk too, love riding in cars and on the back of motorcycles, and above all, searching for clues to solve a mystery, this is the book for you!

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lpreston214
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.

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tocch101
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.

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sue2138
Sep 10, 2013

Great beginning to a new series. Very enjoyable mystery. Not too violent, not too cosy, really fun. Set in present day CA and told from the dogs perspective.

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