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Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery | [Spencer Quinn]

Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2009 Spencer Quinn; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Dog on It has got more going for it than 50 of those cat cozies ... My sincere advice to you is to rush to your nearest bookstore and put your paws on this enchanting, one-of-a-kind novel." (Stephen King)

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    Ivan 04-02-10
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    "Delightful"

    The narrator does a particularly excellent job with this detective story, told from the dog's point of view.

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    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 03-22-10
    Kaye E Steeno New Braunfels, TX, US 03-22-10
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    "You gotta love Chet"

    This is not the best mystery I ever read, but I loved Chet so much it didn't make any difference. Chet is a dog. He and Barney (his person) work for the Little Detective Agency. Chet is good at finding clues, but lacks a little when it comes time to tell others he has found them. He and Barney are trying to find a missing girl. Chet is dognapped, but heroically escapes. I love the part when Chet joins the bikers.
    This book is humorous, cute and just plain fun. I can't wait to enjoy the next book and I look forward to many more Chet and Barney books

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    Merle West Harrison, IN, United States 02-18-10
    Merle West Harrison, IN, United States 02-18-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Pure Entertainment"

    This is one of the most entertaining books I've heard. Love it.

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    Debbie Princeton, NJ 06-19-09
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    "Love Chet's point of view"

    I don't know if this author has written any more, but I certainly will be looking and listening!

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    Cynthia Johnson City, TN, USA 05-22-09
    Cynthia Johnson City, TN, USA 05-22-09
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    "Okay to pass the time only"

    The premise for the book seems interesting - a detective mystery from the perspective of the detective's dog. However, there are lots of passages where you are listening to the dog describing running around sniffing stuff or barfing or whatever. I found that fast forwarding over these parts helped.

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    Catlin Tukwila, WA, United States 05-18-09
    Catlin Tukwila, WA, United States 05-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Dog gone it, STOP repeating yourself!"

    Slow moving. What is worse, what could have been a witty style became redundant to the point of being ridiculous. A pretty clever concept, telling a mystery through the eyes of the P.I.'s dog, fell short on its execution. Some of the nuances of the book soon evolved into something as subtle as a ten ton brick. One quarter of the book was comprised of the dog repeating his quirky perspective (i.e. certain smell descriptions, thoughts about is owner\partner, and the like). Skip it, someone else will surely come along and do it better.

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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 01-11-13
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Dogs eye view of people GREAT!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dog on It the most enjoyable?

    First if you're a dog lover that is a BIG plus. You'll understand more of what the canine is expressing. Everything is through the eyes of Chet the dog, many laugh out loud moments. There is mystery and it is about Bernie the PI and his faithful side kick Chet. Their struggles and many moments of pure doggy joy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dog on It?

    I love when Chet expresses his trouble with human's ways......many times I found myself laughing


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Chet of course, he's really the main character, and Jim Frangione is a fantastic narrator. I've listened to him do other books, and I wasn't sure how he'd do on this, but a real bang up job. So far as a narrator Mr Frangione hasn't missed in my opinion.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Dog's put up with the people they love, because it's their way."


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a dog lover and I have many books about dogs. If you've read any David Rosenfelt "Andy Carpenter Series" (Golden Retriever) or W. Bruce Cameron's "A Dog's Purpose" and " A Dogs Journey" Then I promise you will enjoy this book. I plan on getting the next book in the series. I'm sure I'll really enjoy because many of the same people who reviewed this book have listened to the series.

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    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 05-12-12
    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 05-12-12

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    "Dull"

    Don't get me wrong. I love dogs. Hence, I downloaded this book. I did not love it though for a myriad of reasons: 1) The dog was a growler/biter. It's hard to like the bad guy in a movie or a novel, and although the dog is not a "bad guy" he is less than likable. 2) I found the narrator to be dull. 3) The story dragggged for a very long time. 4) There were too many unbelievable events that took place in the book (if you read it, you will see what I mean.) and 5) many of the characters were unbelievable.

    Overall, I would not recommend listening to this novel. You are better with one by David Rosenfelt who also writes doggie genre mysteries.

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    Cara Pocatello, ID, United States 03-05-12
    Cara Pocatello, ID, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Decent story...."

    I thought the storyline was decent, but I found myself getting tired of the dog point of view. I truly love dogs and there were times I laughed out loud just imagining that was what Chet was thinking, but after a while I just wanted the story without so much dog commentary.

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    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 06-03-11
    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 06-03-11 Member Since 2005

    I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.

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    "Great concept poorly executed"

    I listen to dozens of books a year, and am always looking for another author who can mix humor with a good story. Unfortunately, I'm not sure this is one I'll come back to. First, I loved the concept of the story being told through the dog's eyes. Chet was sweet and funny as he would be narratiing the story then quickly get distracted by a 'she-bark' or a scent. It was very entertaining to think about how the human world looks through a dog's eyes. However, the mystery was slow to develop and the narrator was terrible. While his voice was fine, he had NO sense of comic timing. I kept finding myself repeating the words in my head, with the right pause or inflection to actually get the laugh that the author meant to get.Several times, I wished I was reading the book myself instead of listening to it, and nearly just gave up on the story. I did perservere, however and finished the story with a smile on my face. Since this was the author's first work, I know that they often get better at hiding 'who dunnit' and weaving a story, so I may try one more time if he finds a different narrator.

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