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Dog on It by Spencer Quinn

Dog on It

by Spencer Quinn

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Series: Chet and Bernie (1)

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I would have given this book a two but the premise is an impressive one and for that reason I give it three for its originality. It took me along time to get into this novel (and I found it very easy to put down and read something else) which I blame on the almost vapid narration. The author was able to avoid elaboration and development of plot because of the point of view but it didn't have to be that way. It felt like an easy out. However. Chet is adorable and entertaining. The finish felt rushed too. I live the idea of it, for sure. ( )
  Jackie_Sassa | Nov 20, 2015 |
I read this first a few years ago and I loved it. The loyal dog as partner and narrator of a private eye story was a novelty. Chet is a sweetheart and it delights me to read these stories. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
Chet failed K-9 school (of course the fault of a cat) and now works with Bernie Little in the private sector as one half of the Little Detective Agency.

The dog-as-narrator is done well, and does not seem too over the top (as long as you buy into the whole talking dog thing). Although Chet tells the story he never loses his “dog-ness”. Thank you to the member who recommended this series. I will continue on with another book, but as far as sarcasm and humor in dog related books, I still vote for David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Chet is a dog who loves to work alongside his master, Bernie, a private investigator. Bernie has had some problems (a contentious divorce which means he doesn't get to see his young son as often as he would like) and needs money, but Chet is always by his side. Bernie's latest case is no exception - he's been asked to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl. The case seems simple enough, but it is more complicated than Bernie first realizes and soon the two of them, especially Chet, find themselves in trouble that will not be easy to escape.

"Dog On It" has several good features that make it an enjoyable mystery to read. First of all, it is written in the first person from Chet's point of view, which makes it often a funny read. While Chet does help Bernie in a lot of ways (especially his sense of smell), he is simply a dog who is easily distracted by leftover food or another dog while he is in the middle of helping Bernie. Unlike Joe Grey and Dulcie in Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey mystery series, Chet cannot talk to Bernie and unlike Mrs. Murphy and Tucker in Rita Mae Brown's Mrs. Murphy series, he cannot talk to other animals - he is just a dog who loves his master and wants to help him as best he can. His is a great point of view and readers will often realize what is going on even if Chet doesn't. Author Spencer Quinn does a great job with making other characters like Bernie seem real even from Chet's limited viewpoint.

Unfortunately, while the premise is a lot of fun, the mystery elements tend to get lost along the way. It's not a murder mystery, so readers don't have the fun of figuring out whodunit. The plot tends to get a little convoluted at times as Quinn throws in several Russians to complicate things. Quinn also relies a bit too much on coincidence especially people being in the right place at the right time to move the plot along. Since this is the first book in what looks to be a promising series, I expect some of these issues will be taken care of in future books as Quinn gets his footing.

"Dog On it" (what a great title!) has some flaws but is worth reading just to meet Chet - a truly unique voice in detective fiction. ( )
  drebbles | May 18, 2015 |
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 |
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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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Abrahams, Peterauthor's real namesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dorfman, AnnaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frangione, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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