Dog on It

Dog on It

A Chet and Bernie Mystery

Book - 2008
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Introducing two-legged Bernie and his four-legged pal Chet--a canine with a penchant for solving mysteries--their first case is to track down a teenager who's out way past curfew.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781416585831
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY QUINN...S


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IndyPL_SteveB Jan 07, 2019

Humorous adult mystery novel, told from the point of view of Chet, a very large dog owned by a down-on-his-luck private eye. Actually, Chet considers them partners. A teenage girl has disappeared, perhaps run-away, perhaps kidnapped. The mom and the mom’s boyfriend hire Bernie to look for her. But the clues don’t add up. There has been no ransom demand, yet unsavory characters keep attacking Chet and Bernie.

Of course, Chet knows a lot more clues. After all, he was dog-napped by the bad guys, he knows what they smell like, and he knows where the girl is. But Chet has some things going against him. 1. He can’t talk; he’s a dog. 2. He can’t really follow Bernie’s train of reasoning, jokes, or historical references. 3. He gets distracted by other dogs, food, snakes, naps, dog treats, swimming pools, cats, riding in the car with the top down…. everything.

In other words, no matter how smart he might be, he is still a dog. That point of view is the humor and beauty of the story. If you are a dog owner, you recognize the dog personality and root for loyal Chet to finally figure out how to point Bernie in the right direction.

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!

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.

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_JordanD 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!

Sep 10, 2013

Great beginning to a new series. Very enjoyable mystery. Not too violent, not too cosy, really fun. Set in present day CA and told from the dogs perspective.

Aug 10, 2013

So this summer I was going to read the next volume of Proust, a new translation of The Aeneid, and assorted other stuff. Saw this on the shelf and picked it up. Sorry, Marcel, I just found my new favourite series. You'll have to wait. This books brims over with good humour, joie de vivre, and canine wisdom. I only wish I'd saved it for a perfect day at Christie Lake instead of devouring it over a weekend at home. Maybe I'll restrain myself with the next one...

Jun 15, 2013

Life as seen through the eyes of mans best friend. Entertaining, light read.

Oct 30, 2012

I'm always happy to find a new series that I enjoy. Love Chet!

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Nov 17, 2018

Coarse Language: A handful of bad words, including the F-word.


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