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Heart of Barkness

Chet and Bernie Mysteries, Book 9
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Series: Chet and Bernie Mysteries, Book 9
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Spencer Quinn's Heart of Barkness is the latest in the New York Times best-selling series that the Los Angeles Times called "nothing short of masterful".

Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe) and P.I. Bernie encounter heartache and much worse in the world of country music. They’re both music lovers, so when Lotty Pilgrim, a country singer from long ago, turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie’s surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note the Little Detective Agency can’t afford to part with into the tip jar. The C-note is stolen right from under their noses - even from under Chet’s, the nose that misses nothing - and before the night is over, it’s stolen again.

Soon they’re working the most puzzling case of their career, a case that takes them back in time in search of old border-town secrets, and into present-day danger where powerful people want those secrets to stay hidden. Chet and Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad where there is no one to trust but each other.

©2019 Spencer Quinn (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Wow, I needed that

What can I say? The plot of a Chet and Bernie book is always fun, but it’s Chet’s narrated view of the world and his beloved Bernie that keeps me coming back for more. So refreshing to spend time in his lovely doggie head, like a mental vacation. Hilarious, clever, and touching as always. Another gem.

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BERNIE LIVES! THANK YOU SPENCER QUINN!!!!!!!

Just when you thought you would never be amazed by Bernie and Chet!!! Oh How Happy and Amazed I am! My broken heart is beating again. The best stories ever written in my book. No one has ever written anything to compare the feelings and understanding of a dogs view of life. The talent of a story told from a dogs view is beyond anything ever written! I fell in love with Chet and Bernie the first book written. Jim Frangione Is Chet!! What an amazing voice and characters you are!! Please...Never take Chet and Bernie away again. Thank you, Thank You!!!!!

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  • Enola
  • CORTEZ, CO, United States
  • 07-09-19

Finally! An entertaining departure from the usual story line

Especially enjoyable to listen to bc there was a huge reduction in the amount of profanity used! Thank you Mr. Q!!

I’m certain Jim Frangione is an actor with many talents. Yet, to me, he is Chet! Chet is a fictitious character, & a canine at that, but many people would do well to adopt his positive attitude. I absolutely adore the way Mr. Frangione gives life to our quirky, beloved Chet. Yes, there really is all kinds of beauty in this life!

It was nice that Bernie was different in that he wasn’t so angry.

I feel like I missed the joke. Why did Leeta suddenly become Letuh? Just wondering.

I really missed Chet so I’m very thankful this book became available. Without all the anger and unnecessary profanity, it’s a keeper. And, you can take that to the bank, Amigo!

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Never fails

The Chet & Bernie stories never fail to make me feel better about life. The dog's viewpoint on life is, of course, the key to their appeal, but the strong moral code embodied in the detective, Bernie, is an equally uplifting component. The narrator, Jim Frangione, gives perfect voicing to the characters, both human and animal. I think I'd probably enjoy the books even if the plotting was mediocre, because I so enjoy Chet, but the mystery is complex and satisfying on its own. Now, I start hoping Spencer Quinn will write another.

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I feel like Chet...

...a little confused sometimes. The story is a tad thin, but Chet had me smiling for nearly 9 hours straight. Quinn and Frangione have this one down pat, so we don't care if we understand all the ins and outs of the case just so long as we can get the perp by the pant leg. And he does.
And Suzy.

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Another great adventure!

love this series. ending left me gasping.
can't wait to get to the next story!

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Better and Better

These books just get better and better. I laugh out loud when I listen to them. Perfect pairing of author and narrator.

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Wonderful as always

Love the Chet and Bernie books. Quinn perfectly captures all things dog in the character of Chet.

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Another Great Thriller

A great listen. Fantastic story, great reader and of course there is Chet. Who’s love is never ending like all dogs, whose insights about us keeping us longing for the next story

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my least favorite

i love chet and bernie and love this series, but i had no idea what was going on throughout this story. i didnt even understand why they started investigating before a murder was even committed. definitely my least favorite.