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Dog on It by Spencer Quinn
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Chet the Jet and Bernie have another case to solve. A teenage girl has gone missing and lies are being told. Never fear, Chet will sniff out the truth.
This is a light and fun read. Told from Chet's perspective (a K-9 trained dog), the essence of the mystery is never far off, but the hijinks he and Bernie go through to come to an understanding make the adventure a fun ride. I save these books for the dark times because they make me smile, and sometimes laugh out loud. ( )
  MrsLee | Sep 26, 2014 |
Completely charming! You might not think that a dog would have a lot to say, but Chet’s narration - and seeing humans through his eyes - is totally engaging. I loved it. Highly recommended for dog-lovers and mystery-lovers alike. ( )
  les121 | Aug 19, 2014 |
This was a fun book, 3.5 stars with an extra half because it is the beginning of a series. Chet is a dog that almost graduated from the Police Academy & would have if not for a cat. Bernie is an ex-soldier & ex-cop who is now a private investigator with a big heart. The story is told from Chet's POV, which makes it pretty funny, somewhat corny, but definitely a fun read.

The writing is well done. The case is interesting, especially as we only see those portions that Chet is interested in - somewhat more than a real dog would be, but with plenty of doggy distractions such as food, playing ball, going for walks & his opinion of other pets. It's well plotted & well executed. We learn a lot about Bernie, Chet & several other characters slowly, logically & often between the lines. The story slowly comes together with some good action & thrills.

I'm not in a rush to get the rest of the series, but that's just me. While it was very enjoyable, between it & [b:The Art of Racing in the Rain|3153910|The Art of Racing in the Rain|Garth Stein|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/416e8KyVWUL._SL75_.jpg|3175590], I've had enough anthropomorphizing for a few months. If you are into stories told by animals or like mystery/thrillers, then this book is worth buying new. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
It seems a little childish, this book, but it's really good. Written from the dog, Chets, point of view, they try to find a little girls who's gone missing. I have not read anymore of the series yet, because I'm missing book #2. I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you like mystery books. It holds your interest very well. ( )
  hockeyzc58 | Jul 16, 2014 |
The series o Chet and Bernie is a great read, written from the viewpoint of Chet the dog. There are enough twists and adventures to keep the reader both interested and amused. ( )
  magnolia2 | May 6, 2014 |
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An exciting new mystery series debuts with this first Chet and Bernie novel. Chet the Jet is a dog who failed K-9 school (cats in the open country played a role in his demise), but now he is a dedicated PI and works with Bernie, owner of the Little Detective Agency. The story is told entirely from Chet’s point of view, which will delight dog-loving mystery readers, but the book is also an excellent PI tale, dogs aside, as Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl whose developer dad may be up to no good. Chet may not understand things like maps (he doesn’t need them, as he can sniff his way home), but he is a great sleuth who finds the girl and solves the case. The always upbeat Chet may well be one of the most appealing new detectives on the block, but conscientious, kind, and environmentally aware Bernie is a close runner-up. Excellent and fully fleshed primary and secondary characters, a consistently doggy view of the world, and a sprightly pace make this a not-to-be-missed debut. Essential for all mystery collections and for dog lovers everywhere.
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Set in the Valley of an unnamed Western state, Quinn's winning debut introduces one smart canine detective and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency, who's pretty quick on the uptake himself. Chet, a lively mongrel with one white ear and one black ear, serves as the book's narrator, communicating with Bert via doggy methods that verge on the telepathic (I wagged my tail, that quick one-two wag meaning yes, not the over-the-top one that wags itself and can mean lots of things). Wealthy divorcée Cynthia Chambliss hires Bernie, a former cop, to find her missing 15-year-old daughter, Madison, whose father is a real estate developer who smells suspiciously of cat. (Chet's keen sense of smell comes in handy.) When Madison reappears and disappears again, her dad says she's just a runaway, though Bernie thinks otherwise. Chet must use all his superdog tricks to extricate Bernie from a mighty tight fix in a climax that fans of classic mysteries are sure to appreciate.
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For Bailey, Gansett, Charlie, Clem, and Audrey, without whom this book would not have been possible.
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I could smell him--or rather the booze on his breath--before he even opened the door, but my sense of smell is pretty good, probably better than yours.
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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 ("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.
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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.

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