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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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    Nicole Seattle, WA, United States 01-22-13
    Nicole Seattle, WA, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Cute"
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    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

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    Steven Martinsville, VA, USA 05-21-09
    Steven Martinsville, VA, USA 05-21-09 Member Since 2004
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    "It Rings True!"

    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!

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    Pamela Houston, TX, USA 05-05-09
    Pamela Houston, TX, USA 05-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Chet is a cool dog"

    Loved the format and the story. I hope there are more books to follow. Fun plot told from the canine perspective.

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    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-17-09
    Stephen Indianapolis, IN, USA 04-17-09
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    "3 Cheers For Chet the Dog!"

    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!

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    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 04-12-09
    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 04-12-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Hope there are more books to follow"

    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!

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    Marco Corinth, TX, United States 07-27-14
    Marco Corinth, TX, United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Chet Is Awesome"

    As a pet lover who has owned dogs for a long time, I decided to pick up this mystery as a way to try something outside of SciFi, which is what I listen to the most.

    I found myself enthralled by Chet. He's just an awesome dog. As a dog lover, I was taken on a ride with Chet's adventure. He's a loyal, cool dog who, like any dog, can get distracted, but he's a good boy always.

    There were a couple of times during the story that I had to pull to the side of the road and listen while gripping the steering wheel tightly because of the suspense, but that only attests to Spencer Quinn's narrative style.

    Overall, I would highly recommend this book and any other in the series. It's a great read.

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    Anne-Marie Birmingham, AL, United States 06-20-13
    Anne-Marie Birmingham, AL, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like dogs and mysteries, GET THIS!"
    If you could sum up Dog on It in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining. Accurate behaviors. .


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the whole story: plot, character development and of course, Chet.


    What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

    I really appreciated that Jim Frangione never over played any of the roles.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made laugh out loud VERY often. My own German Shepherds enjoyed my reactions. I can't say they were actively LISTENING to the STORY, but one ran to the iPod when the story came to the end of the first download and the device went silent. (The same way that my alpha alerts me to phone calls that I miss). I listen to audio books when cleaning the house and doing chores, so my dogs follow me from room to room, helping carry items, putting things in the trash or dragging the laundry basket. Perhaps they liked this story because every time Spencer Quinn nailed one of Chet's reactions, I would smile and interact with my dogs.


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    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 05-15-13
    Hoxiesgirl The Ozarks, USA 05-15-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Fun listen!"

    Chet and Bernie are a great team, according to Chet. Chet tells the story and he tells it like it is - if you are a dog. It has mysterious twists, danger, and enough action to keep it moving along. Enjoyed it and recommend it for "easy listening".

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    Martin Lake Zurich, IL, United States 08-27-12
    Martin Lake Zurich, IL, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this series!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dog on It the most enjoyable?

    Great narrator. Jim Frangione does a great job of distinguishing voices and the dog's perspecitve is perfect for audio books. Can't wait to listen to the rest of the series!


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    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 07-28-12
    Kathi Sterling, VA, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "As dog and his man!"
    Would you listen to Dog on It again? Why?

    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.


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