Dog on it: A Chet and Bernie Mystery – “A New Game”

May 12, 2013

My old dog, Kafka.


Dog on it: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

by Spencer Quin

Atria Books

305 pages, $15

Right from the beginning of this series, I though Quin was on to something. A literal-minded narrator, the dog Chet, who tells us more than his human partner knows thus creating real suspense. I love them both, but this is the first book that builds a dramatic arc, that pays off in a terrific finish. There is also a very sophisticated mirroring of Bernie’s relationship with his young son (Bernie is divorced and the son has material things with the ex that make Bernie feel inadequate) and the case, a missing teen-aged girl also of divorced parents. Emotionally this reaches a new level.

Not that we don’t already love Chet: “Bernie grabbed the rubber bone and flung it through the open window. I dove out after the bone, raced across the backyard, snagged it, spun around, and jumped back inside. A new game, and what a game, indoors and outdoors, running and leaping—this one had it all.” I felt worse when, after escaping being captured by the villains, Chet was scheduled to be put down by an animal shelter, than I did later when Bernie was taken prisoner

This is a fully realized novel that will keep you turning pages well into the night (I read it on my Kindle). As much as I enjoyed the previous books, with this one Spencer Quin, Bernie and Chet have arrived. My number one, stranded-on-a-desert-island choice.

5 out of 5_edited-1

Buy directly from Amazon for $11.50. Click: Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery (Chet and Bernie Mysteries)


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