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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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    Robin West Vestavia Hills, Alabama United States 06-16-12
    Robin West Vestavia Hills, Alabama United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Series. Dog lovers ear candy."
    Would you listen to Dog on It again? Why?

    Already have listened to it twice, and bought all of the Chet and Bernie mysteries.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Good plot. A little difficult to tell a great mystery story all from the dog's perspective, but Spencer Quinn does a good job. Lots of action and lots of significant dog perspective references.


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good job of creating the various characters, and usually it is not hard to determine perspective. Good personification of Chet.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never listen in one sitting. I am on the road a lot and love audiobooks to relax while I drive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a PG-13 or light R story. A number of curse words, crude references and drinking. Quinn could easily clean up the language and make this an attractive teen fiction series. I am ready for his next story.

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    Rochelle Watertown, NY 06-12-12
    Rochelle Watertown, NY 06-12-12
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    "Can't wait for the next installment!"

    I have read the whole series and loved them all! I am a dog lover and really enjoy the book being told from Chet the dogs point of view! All the books in the series are easy reads. The plot and characters keep you interested and make you laugh ! If your're looking for a sophisticated and challenging read this is not the book or series for you. I really loved this series and can't wait for the next one to come out! The narrarator does a great job with all the characters- especially Chet!

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    daisiesinplenty 06-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Mystery!"
    If you could sum up Dog on It in three words, what would they be?

    Happy, fun, and surprising!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely! There is some world building, as this may be the first story in the series but it's not Chet and Bernie's first adventure. Told from the POV of Chet the dog, he doesn't dwell on his mistakes or take life too seriously - as long as there's food and Bernie in his life, he's quite happy.

    Chet is very capable and smart, though his memory isn't all that good. The mystery is suspenseful, especially when Chet is alone in scary situations and has to find a way out of them!


    What does Jim Frangione bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jim Frangione has a carefree tone to his voice that goes great with Chet's attitude.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without spoiling the book too much,Chet finds himself in a few life and death situations that had me on the edge of my seat, hoping he'd make it through okay!


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    Otto Yucaipa, CA, United States 05-20-12
    Otto Yucaipa, CA, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Detective work from a dog's point of view?"
    What did you like best about Dog on It? What did you like least?

    It's certainly an interesting concept to have a mystery story written in the first person from a dog's point of view. However, I can't imagine basing a series of books on the concept, and I doubt I would bother with others.


    Any additional comments?

    This might make a great book to start with for young adults, or maybe kids.

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    Mama C 05-16-12
    Mama C 05-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Funny"

    This book is not about the mystery. If you are looking for a thriller, look elsewhere. This is an animal story, more specifically a dog story, told from the dog's perspective. The author has done a great job of letting us see the world through the eyes of the dog. A few times I couldn't stop laughing as he described dog behavior I recognized from my childhood pet. Story was light, a good one for right before bed. The narrator did a fine job.

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    E. Smith Jackson, MS United States 04-24-12
    E. Smith Jackson, MS United States 04-24-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Life and Fun from a Dog's Perspective"
    What made the experience of listening to Dog on It the most enjoyable?

    A quick, easy, fun read. The dog, Chet, tells the story & it's fun to see how he sees and interprets things.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chet is probably my favorite character - you wonder how on earth he will get out of some situations.


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    Ronnie Liverpool, NY, United States 04-21-12
    Ronnie Liverpool, NY, United States 04-21-12
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    "Great Fun!"
    Where does Dog on It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better listens I've had here. If you are a dog person,or just like dogs at all,you will enjoy this book. The more of a dog person you are,the better it is.


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

    When Chet was at the shelter,I was on the edge of my seat.


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

    Chet is the star of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this, and you won't be disappointed.

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    Joy 03-13-12
    Joy 03-13-12
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    "Different way to look at it"
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    Being told from the dog's point of view was different. It was a clever idea. Didn't care for some of the language but it wasn't as bad as some. I did like the idea of the dog telling the story and you could tell the author knew something about them. Not a bad story.

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    Corby 03-06-12
    Corby 03-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "What is that wind?"
    What made the experience of listening to Dog on It the most enjoyable?

    Humor was great! I LOVED Chet's consternation over his involuntary movements, like his tail wagging. Surprised him every time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was kept awake for hours hoping that everything would turn out OK.


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    Rachel Riverdale Park, MD, United States 02-22-12
    Rachel Riverdale Park, MD, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I think the author really does understand the dog."
    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    yes! GREAT


    Any additional comments?

    The relationship of Chet and Bernie includes that faith that as a child I had in my dog.

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