Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
Chet is delightful. Bernie is smart and pretty cool.
Together they figure out and fix a complex problem with roots well into the past. Along the way they find some romance.
Chet's chicken's may come home to roost (Chet is the dog, Bernie is the detective) and that is interesting as we so often think of dogs as having no personal life.
If you like a good detective story and you like animals, you'll like this. Chet narrates much of the book, responding and speaking as a dog and with a dog's perspective on the events his owner drags him through. I have read a few others of this series and find it delightful.
Chet's voice is so much like what I think my own dog would think and say. Even if you don't like dogs you'd like the book because the story is good.
I like that the story is told from the dog's point of view. But after listening to 4 of these books, the lines are getting redundant. This book didn't seem to have much of a plot, just more of the silly, but clever lines from the previous books.
Yeah, I still find them entertaining, but I couldn't tell you what this one was about.
I like listening to these books in particular - I like the way he does what the dog is thinking.
Spencer needs to add some more to his material - too much like the previous books.
Just love this series. This edition is traditional Chet & Bernie fare but always great listening. Narrator does a consistently wonderful job on the Chet voice and I can really relate to the dog characteristics. Chet reminds me of almost every dog I've had in my life. Highly recommend it.
Listened to all of them. Love his voice.
Such a fresh idea to tell the story from the dog's point of view.
I love the loyalty and love between Chet and Bernie.
Chet of course.
My busy life doesn't afford me the opportunity to listen to a whole book at one setting.
I do wish Chet was not put in so much danger. I always know he will escape and save the day, but I don't like it when he is mistreated.
Yes I highly recommend this book and any Chet and Bernie book! They are so funny! Chet's devotion to Bernie (and vice versa) is so great!
The plots are always good and not overly complicated. The story is so enjoyable you like the "mystery ride" as well as the dialogue.
He is the BEST! Jim Frangione IS Chet!
The story between Bernie and Susie is sweet and touching.
These are great books and even non-dog-lovers (are there any?) would like them
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.