The fourth entry in the irresistible New York Times best-selling mystery series featuring canine narrator Chet and his human companion Bernie, "the coolest human/pooch duo this side of Wallace and Gromit" (Kirkus Reviews).
Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.
Bernie is invited to give the keynote speech at the Great Western Private Eye Convention, but it's Chet that the bigshot P.I. in charge has secret plans for. Meanwhile Chet and Bernie are hired to find a kid who has gone missing from a wilderness camp in the high country. The boy's mother thinks the boy's father - her ex - has snatched the boy, but Chet makes a find that sends the case in a new and dangerous direction. As if that weren't enough, matters get complicated at home when a stray puppy that looks suspiciously like Chet shows up. Affairs of the heart collide with a job that's never been tougher, requiring our two intrepid sleuths to depend on each other as never before. The Dog Who Knew Too Much is classic Spencer Quinn, offering page-turning entertainment that's not just for dog-lovers.
Hot dog: listen to another Chet and Bernie Mystery.
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Light, funny and well written. The tale (no pun intended) is written from the dog's point of view. Different from most books written by the pet however, this dog actually behaves like a dog, not like a furry human. Jim Frangione is perfect as Chet. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Another brilliant book written by Spencer Quinn. After imagining the meeting between Chet and Iggy, the scene in which they did meet, was certainly far better than anything I had ever thought up! Would love to read more about these two meeting! Jim Frangione is the best voice for Chet and I always enjoy his reading of the books. I highly reccomend this book to anyone and can hardly wait for the next book!
Chet the Jet is on the case again. This is a great series, especially for us "dog" people.
This is a case where the reviews get better with each book in the series. Either you liked the premise of the dog as a narrator in which case, you moved onto the next book or you did not and passed on the subsequent books. Assuming you did these in sequence, by the time you got to book four you are left only with fans. I am waiting for book five. I delight in the relationship of Bernie and Chet as does the dog who is lying by my side on the couch.
Even though it is not the first book in the series it is the first I read... maybe it was on sale .... but I will return to book one and can't wait. If you love dogs, have a dog or are a dog (since the books narrator is a dog, I assume some reader might be too) you will love the mind of a dog's view of his master. He can do no wrong. "Did I tell you what great eyebrows he has?" His master poor sense of smell and not so keen eyesight are puzzling, but endearing to the canine author.
The mystery is not the best, not bad, but not the best. You won't care.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
If you have not discovered the Chet and Bernie Mystery series, you may want to give one of them a try. The novels would be considered light mysteries, and they are written from the perspective of Chet, the dog half of the Little Detective Agency (Bernie being the human half!).
I always find these books to be cute and different, and good for several hours of entertainment. The narrator has been the same for all of the books so far, and he IS Chet in our minds—and absolutely perfect for this series.
If you’re not sure about committing to a series, another good point for this one is I feel the books can be enjoyed by themselves or even out of order. I did experience a sound quality issue in the last book, but am happy to report that this one is fine.
It was a pleasure spending time with Chet and Bernie again—I look forward to more adventures in the future!!
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
I want to meet Bernie and he is fictional. Good story aside from the outright delight of a dog detective helping the humans. Not sappy in the least, as was an actual good detective story that simply had a dog on the case. Will read the rest in this series. Fun. Charming. Well written. Good story. Focused on the story, not the trick of the talking dog so it was first a good detective story and second a good dog story.
This was a delightful book, with many smiles and laugh out loud moments, all due to the dog's perceptions and lack of them. There was enough of a plot to keep things moving along, but the charm is really seeing things from the dog's point of view. It's brilliant and charming, plus the narration makes it perfect. I'm sure I'll read more.
The book is from the point of view of Chet, a dog. Listening to it, while novel at first, got a little tiring towards the end. The story was your typical private investigator story...nothing all that special.
Same as the story, it is your usual formulaic "private investigator" story just from the perspective of the PIs dog. Chet is your typical dog, distracted, adoring, and quite dim.
He made a very believable Chet.
This story reminds me of the PI dramas of the 70s or 80s. I could see this as a humorous spin-off of the Rockford Files or something similar (Filmed in Technicolor!)
Dog Chet tells this story with so much humor and wide-eyed wonder, you can't help but love every minute of it. As he doesn't quite understand everything going on around him and can't communicate his own findings, the human hero and the reader have the perfect amount of information asymmetry to keep things suspenseful. And did I mention how ridiculously charming Chet is?
The narrator is absolutely outstanding. Chet's confidence, his naivete, his ego and his all over adorable dogness sparke throughout the book, I couldn't tell you if I smiled more at the writing or the narration. They are a perfect combination.
My first of the series, absolutely works as a standalone.
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