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THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH – “Hitchcock on all fours”

October 5, 2011

The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn

Atria Books, 2012

310 pages, $25 (hardcover)

What if the unreliable narrator of a mystery novel were too reliable, too literal, too – well, say a dog? That is half the fun of Spencer Quinn’s The Dog Who Knew Too Much. Chet is the ultimate chronicler of sense perceptions, while we, the readers, are adrift in a world of purposeful misdirection, the world of crime.

They suspended the search (for a missing boy),” said Suzie. “The whole thing stinks doesn’t it?”

     …Interesting, because I was detecting no strong smells, whatsoever.

One twisted path leads to another, and ultimately Chet and Bernie Little (of the Little Detective Agency) sniff out the culprits. But it is that narrator, a prominent member of “the nation within a nation,” who proves not only man’s, but the reader’s best friend. The plot is like Chet’s bark: “not my really scary one, but low and more rumbly, the bark that lets you know the real scary one is on the way.”

I can’t wait to read more.

Buy this from amazon for $15.95. Click here: The Dog Who Knew Too Much (Chet and Bernie Mysteries, No. 4)

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