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Of Mutts and Men (A Chet & Bernie Mystery, 10) (original 2020; edition 2021)

by Spencer Quinn (Author)

Series: Chet and Bernie (10)

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Spencer Quinn'sOf Mutts and Men is the latest in theNew York Times andUSA Todaybestselling series that theLos Angeles Times called "nothing short of masterful"... When Chet the dog, "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction" (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight--Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. What did the hydrologist want to see them about? Is his death a random robbery, or something more? Chet and Bernie, working for nothing more than an eight-pack of Slim Jims, are on the case. Bernie might be the only one who thinks the police have arrested the wrong man, including the perp's own defense attorney. Chet and Bernie begin to look into Wendell's work, a search that leads to a struggling winemaker who has received an offer he can't refuse. Meanwhile, Chet is smelling water where there is no water, and soon Chet and Bernie are in danger like never before.… (more)
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Title:Of Mutts and Men (A Chet & Bernie Mystery, 10)
Authors:Spencer Quinn (Author)
Info:Forge Trade (2021), 320 pages
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Of Mutts and Men by Spencer Quinn (2020)

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Of Mutts and Men
(Chet and Bernie Mystery #10)
by Spencer Quinn
This is another terrific mystery with Chet the dog telling the story. It has plenty of action, suspense, wit and humor, and plot twists. Love the characters and series! Clean, great fun! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Aug 16, 2022 |
audio fiction (9? hours), dog mystery ( )
  reader1009 | Sep 12, 2021 |
According to the police, Bernie and Chet have solved the murder and caught the perp. But Bernie thinks the cops have arrested the wrong man for the murder. And he is determined to find the right one. It’s a twisty and slippery path to justice, one that leads to more deaths and means danger for Bernie and Chet. The appeal of this book, like the others in the series, is that it is told from Chet’s point of view, and being a dog, his thinking is often skewed in the wrong direction. This gives the book a delightful mix of suspense flavored with humor. It can’t be easy to think like a smart dog, but author Spencer Quinn sure makes it seem that way. He has captured the canine brain flawlessly, and delivered another wonderful tale. ( )
  Maydacat | Jul 28, 2020 |
Thanks to publisher Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley for a digital advance reader's copy. All comments and opinions are my own.

I've read a few of the Chet and Bernie mystery series and each one is as good as I've come to expect. It doesn't seem to matter in what order you read them, so snap one up if you get the chance. They're narrated by Chet, the delightful dog partner of Bernie Little, who together constitute the Little Detective Agency. In this latest adventure there is a mystery, sinister characters, and danger for both Chet and Bernie. What makes this series outstanding is the humor of Chet's narration and his naive interpretation of humans - both their language and behavior. If you're looking for an intelligent and humorous mystery that will make you forget the real life problems of our days, I highly recommend Of Mutts and Men. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Jul 18, 2020 |
Crime detection from the canine perspective--Great fun!

What a rollicking, at times hilarious read featuring Private Investigators, Bernie Little and his dog Chet. (Failed K-9 school are the hints I get--but that's another story and one I dearly need to read!) BTW I haven't read any of this series before. Starting at #10 really posed no problem and I've already lined up to begin from the beginning!
In this story we have a dead hydrologist, an ex girlfriend, various bit players including other friends and some unforgiving baddies.
Bernie and Chet track down the person who appears to have committed the murder. The police are satisfied, but Bernie isn't. And that's where the story gets interesting.
The plot wends its way along at a reasonable pace, but the one who steals the show is Chet (Chester). The story is told from his viewpoint--and what a totally enjoyable, and often wickedly funny that filter is!
Bernie is a PI always looking for a case. Chet is a gumshoe type detective dog character somewhere between Snoopy and Sam Spade with a philosophical bent that made me do double takes from time to time.
Chet's an innocent abroad who has insightful flashes. He's so doggy and so Sesame Street all at once. I underlined so many fabulous Chet musings that the pages started to look like they belonged to redacted official secrets papers.
And those moments when Chet starts to put things together, and then at the last minute is distracted by the smell of another animal or some other canine interest, are priceless. Like his being ok with a fly in his drinking water. "I was sipping water from a bowl with a dead fly lying on the bottom, or, on second look, maybe not quite dead. No complaints. You toughen up in a job like mine." (Maybe he's really a Steven Wright avatar?)
Chet interpreting what he thinks prayer might be is fabulous. His discovery of pastrami on rye sandwiches is just too much.
Bernie is quite a character too--a rangy, laconic type of guy, hard hitting, with his own brand of integrity, and determined.
Deftly told, clever and funny. I was sold from the first line.
This hard boiled when he needs to be, PI overlapping with his furry friend, sort of puts this story close to cozy mystery genre. But this is so much more!
What a treasure!

A Macmillan-Tor/Forge ARC via NetGalley ( )
  eyes.2c | Jul 10, 2020 |
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Spencer Quinn'sOf Mutts and Men is the latest in theNew York Times andUSA Todaybestselling series that theLos Angeles Times called "nothing short of masterful"... When Chet the dog, "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction" (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight--Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. What did the hydrologist want to see them about? Is his death a random robbery, or something more? Chet and Bernie, working for nothing more than an eight-pack of Slim Jims, are on the case. Bernie might be the only one who thinks the police have arrested the wrong man, including the perp's own defense attorney. Chet and Bernie begin to look into Wendell's work, a search that leads to a struggling winemaker who has received an offer he can't refuse. Meanwhile, Chet is smelling water where there is no water, and soon Chet and Bernie are in danger like never before.

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