Dog on It

Dog on It

A Chet and Bernie Mystery

Book - 2009
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Intrepid canine detective Chet accompanies his human police officer partner, Bernie, on a first assignment involving the disappearance of a teenage girl who ran with the wrong crowd, a case that is complicated by Bernie's dysfunctional personal life.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2009
ISBN: 9781416585831
1416585834
Branch Call Number: M QUINN
Characteristics: 305 p

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GCPL_Angela Dec 03, 2017

Fun and cute, but not in a cloying way. The central "mystery" is rather lackluster, which you'd think would be a deal-breaker for a mystery novel -- but what saves it is the lovable, funny, spot-on narration of Chet. I love dogs, but I'm decidedly a "cat person" -- a true-blue "dog person" would probably like this book even more than I did, as Chet's doggie voice rings so true. Undecided on whether I'll check out the next installment, but I did enjoy this one.

Recommended for cozy mystery fans, especially those who are also dog lovers.

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Jane_Sm
May 24, 2016

A great summer read, light and witty. Not so much a "mystery" novel as story-telling and problem-solving from the perspective of Chet the dog. My sister recommended and I thoroughly enjoyed!

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Apr 01, 2016

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JLMason
Oct 30, 2015

He definitely captures the ADD-like behaviour of dogs, but Chet's "dog-view" narrative wears a bit and the plot is so simplistic that you know what's coming so there's no suspense.

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altybiz
Feb 21, 2015

Wow--an author who is able to convey a dog's point of view when writing a mystery! As a lifelong dog owner, I am so impressed with Quinn both in this and another book I've read by him. The mystery is still intriguing, not trivialized or childlike. And Chet is irrepressibly cheerful! I love the Chet & Bernie series for how upbeat but interesting they are. I'll be reading the whole series and watching for more.

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AmazingAvatar
Feb 12, 2015

Spencer Quinn has brilliantly entered the mind of a dog and humorously produced its contents in the pages of this laugh-out-loud detective series!

airwaving Oct 06, 2014

Major thanks to author Quinn~ Thoroughly enjoying this book as all true dog fans must. Only halfway through, wishing there were more in the series; It's my understanding that in fact this is intended to be the start of a series about Chet and his detective pal. As leisure/relaxation time is very important to me, I value having reading material of this nature available: Unique prespective, and adorable as well. Sherrie, New York

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 04, 2014

Dog On It – Spencer Quinn
Read by: Anna/Central Teen Room
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 1/31/2011.

This is the first book in a series about Bernie and Chet. Bernie is the lead Private Eye in the Little Detective Agency while Chet, is the dog he’s partnered with, who tells the story. Yes, these books are all told from Chet’s point of view! In Dog On It the two are on the hunt for a missing 16 year old girl. Did she run away? Or was she kidnapped against her will? Late one night, Chet is kidnapped too, and he learns more about the case than he can tell his partner. When he’s picked up by some bikers and taken to the pound, will he make it out alive? Or will he take all his secrets with him to the grave as they make room for more stray dogs?

This was such a fantastic read! I loved every minute of it so much, I couldn’t put the book down. It was also an easy, fast read too. I highly recommend it. I’ve already requested the second book and I can’t wait to start reading it! If you like books about dogs, if you hate cats, and maybe birds who can talk too, love riding in cars and on the back of motorcycles, and above all, searching for clues to solve a mystery, this is the book for you!

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lpreston214
Feb 18, 2014

Mostly for dog lovers. Though I like dogs, I found it a yawner. The only aspect that's slightly interesting is that the book is told from the dog's point of view.

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tocch101
Jan 11, 2014

Addictinly funny and original. The story is well told and tied together in a unique way. Having the point of view from the dog makes the story even more lovable.

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