James Patterson. David Baldacci. Those are my most loved non-fiction authors and one month I took a vacation without knowing I was leaving when I selected an adventure by Spencer Quinn. This PI novel is told from the voice of a police-trained German Shepherd name Chet, and his person, “The Smartest Human in the Room,” Bernie Little. Together they own The Little Detective Agency.
Sometimes Chet startles himself with a profound thought, e.g., he saw the neighbor frustrated with not being able to start the leaf blower, which Chet hated because the high pitched whine hurt his ears. After many tries, the neighbor threw it to the ground and went inside. Chet thought about the many times he had seen humans get so frustrated with a machine that they stomped, kicked, punched or jumped on it. He thought of one man-machine incident after another, then the profound thought popped into his canine head: Can humans make machines mad? He amazed himself. But not too much.
Love dogs? Chet loves the bones that people give him, for example, the owner of the best restaurant in the valley gives him rib bones, “sometimes with the ribs attached.” As much as he loves treats, he dislikes cats. It was a cat that distracted him during the final exam for the police academy, and therefore became the reason he didn’t qualify for the K-9 Unit. There is a cat in this story that causes the expected chaos as many times as he has lives. Chet can smell things about the people they encounter. He’s a trained police dog, after all. Things like toothpaste and mouthwash on the “top layer,” and tobacco, cocaine and oxycontin below.
Want romance? Divorced now for several years and having his son for visitation every second weekend and Christmas opens the door for his soul match, Sandy, a reporter who moves a couple hours away in search of her big break. Of course the usual tension between Bernie and his ex, Leta, adds spice to a couple situations.
The case Bernie and Chet are on in this adventure involves a badly behaved actor named Thad Perry. The Mayor pays Bernie a hearty amount to shadow Chad and make sure that for the 10 days they are filming a movie in his city, Chad has no “situations.”
Quinn veraciously captures the devotion dogs have for their owners and the mindless antics they go through to occupy their day. Jim Frangione is absolutely perfect. He has a chesty voice and each character its own clear timber. This is the fifth in the series and I guarantee you that once you have heard this book, you will go back and pick up at least one of the other four. I bought them all!
The stories have an aspect of violence which given the state of the world, might seem unnecessary however suspense is always a welcome addition to Chet's insightful and dogged comments. His relationship with Bernie and the world is really entertaining and pure fun, it's a good listen. I wish my dogs could explain the world so simply and clearly.
The performance is lovely, very Chet like I would think.
I'd listen to any of the series again because the narrator (Chet the dog) is so delightful.
Chat's point of view is always entertaining, and the mystery was complex.
He so well interprets what it might be like to be a dog.
It's a bit long for that but I did stay in my car a few times listening.
The whole series is excellent, even if you are not a dog lover. I wasn't one before but have changed my mind!
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
I LOVE the Chet and Bernie books.
It is such a breath of fresh air to read these novels from the point of view of a dog.
The story line in this novel was good- not great. It felt as though it lacked a little something to really pop, but it was good enough for me to give the story 4 out of 5.
The pace of the novel was a little slower than the previous novels, but it was still good enough for me to give 4 out of 5 for story.
The narrator is amazing! He truly captures the spirit of Chet when he narrates. He really makes the dog point of view believable.
Overall, if you enjoyed the previous Chet and Bernie books, you should also enjoy this. Keep in mind that the story isn't quite as good as the others, but it is totally worth the listen to. The narrator - 5 out of 5 he is absolutely excellent.
Yes. The reader sounds like I'd expect Chet to sound.
Any of the other Chet and Bernie books compare well to A Fistful of Collars because they are all fun.
When little Ziggy ran away and Chet kept him safe.
Thanks to Chet, I have a better understanding of what my own dogs are thinking.
can't say for sure-did not read the print version. What I can say for sure is that the narrarator was fantastic. As improbable as it seems with his grasp on the material it came to life and I could almost believe that I was really listening to Chet (the dog) tellling the story. "Bet the ranch on it, amigo"
it was not great literature just a fun story that diverted me for 10 plus hours. Seeing the world from the point of view of a dog with a mystery thrown in can be lots of fun.
everything- He captures the personality of Chet and his inflections were wonderful
It made me laught over and over.
If you are looking for Shakespeare-the wrong book. If you would like an intelligent, light, and worthwhile diversion then let Chet invite you into his world. The "nation within the nation." is a great place to visit.
Terrific Terrific Terrific
no - it isn't that kind of mystery - it is a fun quirky mystery
Chet of course
The review questions don't reflect what Chet and Bernie friends would want to say. The story from Chet's point of view is just too fun.
A voracious reader, especially for a dog. Of course, terriers are superior. Not bragging. Just true.
I'm a dog lover and a mystery lover, and I've enjoyed every book in this series. Not "great" books by stringent standards, just fun detective stories from a dog's POV. It's all about the characters and the writer's insight into all things dog.
I'd recommend it to dog lovers. In terms of detective stories, it's nothing special. Even in terms of the series, it's on par with all the others - none stands out in my mind as better or worse than the others.
Duh! Chet the dog.
I think Jim Frangione adds a lot to the overall experience. The "voice" of Chet could make or break this audiobook, and he does a great job of capturing the "hard boiled detective" Chet and the "Oops, did I just gnaw a hole in the leather upholstery?" Chet.I classify the entire series as "easy listening," and go back to these little treats whenever I'm in the mood for a light-hearted listen.
Yes, because Chet and Bernie are my buddies and I love to revisit old friends.
Chet - always Chet. He give me insight into my dogs brain.
Although I adore Chet, its always fun to hear Bernie calling, "Che---et!"
After 4 wonderful book covers, why is this one boring white with writing?
I love Spencer Quinn. All his other detective crime capers on Audible are considerably better than this one. His basic premise still holds true. He writes from the perspective of the detective's dog, Chet, and he never goes wrong with it. I feel as if I'm in the head of a smart dog. But this plot limps along. Mr. Quinn needs to take a break from these characters. He's a really good writer and could do anything he wanted. The narrator almost saves it. Yea, Jim Frangione.