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
"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)
A cute, light mystery with a likable animal as narrator. Maybe not *quite* a four-star book but better than a three, so I'm rounding up. I'd read (or listen to) more in this series
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
I write about the whole series (so far) not just this book. My husband & I have fallen in love with Chet and Bernie. Four mysteries told from Chet the dog's point of view--we have listened to these on car trips--and found ourselves wanting to keep driving just to hear more. Stories are funny and kind of corny--and I mean that in a heart-warming way. Something like old fashioned good entertainment. Then, two more things besides. The author has a very clever insight into what (we humans may presume) a dog thinks--sometimes funny as the dickens, other times a little bit of a reminder of how much we probably mean to our pets. The other is, the narrator is tops! He does Chet the dog so well, that we doubt anyone could do it better. Really good series--cannot recommend it enough to anyone who wants something a little light, but completely engaging.
The whole story is from the perspective of the dog, Chet. And he is the story teller. If you have owned or been around dogs this will help you understand them. This is
a detective story with Chet's owner as the detective. Would say the story was for all ages except for a line about Chet's olfactory skills and some four letter words beginning with f. Some parts a little drawn out as Chet limited in communication.
Definitely, a different sort of book.
Okay, so maybe the mystery wasn't so mysterious -- it was still good. But the true pleasure of the book was hearing it through the voice of the faithful dog! Chet comes across as a dog, through and through, and dog lovers will recognize him and see so much of their own faithful companions in him that they will be as charmed as I was. Yeah, it was a little bit disappointing that Bernie didn't get the mystery quicker, but he did keep at it -- dare I say -- doggedly! And if things depended a little too much on luck, these things do happen! I look forward to the next Bernie & Chet mystery!
In turns funny, clever, and even at times sad, Dog On It is a wonderful debut of a new mystery series, narrated by Chet, a exuberant and lovable mutt who accompanies Bernie, his master, who is a private detective, on a case involving a missing teenage girl. Fun and highly recommended!
I listened to this audio to and from work and it really made a tedious drive go more quickly. The dog's perspective and difficulties getting what he knew across to the detective were great fun. More please!
I really enjoyed these books, all of them. I live with a brilliant, loyal, lovable Australian Shepherd who is very much a part of my family. So I really enjoyed Chet's look at things. He knows more than most dogs would but he knows it in a very dog way.
If you love dogs and an alternate take on a story? This is great. It's really fun. It made me happy.
But if you don't love animals? There really isn't that much story here.
I listened to this book some years back on cassette and have heard every one of the series since. This was the rare instance where I chose to purchase a book I had already heard because I enjoy it so much and want others to hear it. The mystery is perfectly ok, but what makes the book is the great relationship between the not-so-successful detective Bernie and his canine partner Chet. Jim Frangione is perfect as the voice of Chet, who has a wonderful doggy attitude toward life. I will never even consider reading the books on paper because I would miss that terrific narration. I was never a dog lover in general but Chet has changed my mind!
Yes. The story is interesting, but not altogether new. As detective stories go (and I listen to a lot of them), it perhaps is average. But its uniqueness and charm come from the observations of ordinary human events from the eyes of an acknowledged non-human who is trying to understand the sometimes confusing things humans do. Unlike other detective stories which provide a lengthy narrative, here Chet usually tracks the ongoing events, but also lets his mind wonder to past events (the first time he encountered snow) or is sidetracked (the Cheeto dropped under the table that he has to scarf up). It's almost like the author spent time inside the mind of a dog.
No question - Chet! He knows he is a dog and loves that fact. He knows his role, and loves it. He is a partner ("Bernie gave them our card"). He understands much, but wishes he could understand more. But this story is made by the random musings sprinkled throughout it (like his perplexity over humans crying) and his stream of consciousness detours from the case (seeing a burger on a plate that someone probably forgot and knowing he had to have it).
Again, Chet. He gives a snappy, impulsive quickness to Chet's thinking and actions that capture the actions we typically see in an active dog.
The only reason I couldn't give this book fives across the board is that there are long pauses (needlessly too long) between the chapters and at other places. More than once, I thought my CD had quit. But this is an editing problem; not a story problem. Unfortunately it detracted from the flow.
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