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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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    Bruce Pflieger Houston, TX 09-09-11
    Bruce Pflieger Houston, TX 09-09-11 Member Since 2013
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    "What a dog is thinking..."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Martinsville, VA, USA 05-21-09
    Steven Martinsville, VA, USA 05-21-09 Member Since 2011
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Houston, TX, USA 05-05-09
    Pamela Houston, TX, USA 05-05-09 Member Since 2014
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 04-12-09
    Marcheta Suffolk, VA, United States 04-12-09 Member Since 2007
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    bybrandy LA PORTE, TX, United States 07-19-12
    bybrandy LA PORTE, TX, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Chet and Berine make me happy!"
    Would you recommend Dog on It to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-18-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Cute For 5 Min Then... UGH!"

    "I've gotta'n idea, we write this book through the eyes of the dog and ba-zing-ga!"
    "Duuuude!? That's not an idea, that's whacked."
    "No.... no... There are readers who'll love it. How many dog owners are there?"
    "You want to write a whole book though the brain of a dog? A DOG!"
    "Yeah, cool huh? We'll make a series out of it."
    "Cool? No, weird. Who'd publish something like that?"

    The answer is Aria brooks, and they've stretched a writing class trick into a seven book series. Which means I will not read 7 3/4 of them since I stopped when it went WAY OVER THE SHARK for me about a quarter of the way in.

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    "Hey, I gotta'n idea, let's write a book through the eyes of a shark that writers leap and ba-zing-ga!"
    "Duuuude!? That's not an idea, that's whacked."
    "No.... no... look how many people liked that dog thing. How many sharks are there in publishing?"

    If you get off on this stunt, I'm thinkin' you could reeeeeeely like the Chet and Bernie series. I didn't so it's Dog-Gone... y'know?

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    Tom A. 02-07-15
    Tom A. 02-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Endearing perspective on life"
    Would you listen to Dog on It again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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).


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

    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.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tolkien MAKANDA, IL, United States 12-04-14
    Tolkien MAKANDA, IL, United States 12-04-14 Member Since 2013

    The Hobbits

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    "Me and Bernie... we love these books!"

    I can't get enough of these books. Funny, scary, even informative. A great light-hearted who-dunnit for my LOOONG daily commute. And no dog lover could resist! Great narrator; nails every character- especially Chet!

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    Gerald Arkansas 11-19-14
    Gerald Arkansas 11-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great concept and I love Chet!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dog on It the most enjoyable?

    You almost forget Chet is a dog BUT then he conveys it back, don't forget "I am a dog and Bernie can not live without me!" I thought it might be cheesy but not at all. I intend to listen to ALL of the Chet & Bernie books!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chet, who else?


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

    Exactly what Chet is thinking, feeling and what he plans to do next, to save Bernie and the world!


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

    I am unable to do that, but would if I could.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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