Part of what makes this book so fun is the more dog-like narrative tricks the author uses to make it really feel the story is told by a clever and distractible dog. And a good mystery too. Chet doesn't always understand what is going on, and sometimes he forgets Chet, an almost k-9 graduate and his partner Bernie are hired by a woman whose daughter is missing.
Chet doesn't always understand what is going on, and sometimes he forgets important things, and he sure doesn't like or trust Cap 'N Crunch, but that's where Bernie comes in and why they are a great team!
The is the first book in the Chet and Bernie Series. I enjoyed reading the story from Chet point of view. This we find Bernie taking a case of a missing teenager. Chet version of the action is fun. I like the fact of people actions regarding animal abuse was highlighted in this story. No I don't condone it but it exists. I plan on reading the others in the series. Mar 19, Maddy rated it it was amazing Shelves: It isn't uncommon in the annals of crime fiction to find that two sleuths are better than one.
The only unusual aspect of this is that Chet is a canine K-9 school drop-out. Bernie couldn't ask for a better partner; Chet works for food and has a knack for finding missing people. That skill comes in handy It isn't uncommon in the annals of crime fiction to find that two sleuths are better than one. That skill comes in handy when they are hired by Cynthia Chambliss to find her missing year-old daughter, Madison.
Chet and Bernie haven't spent much time on the case when Madison returns home. Chalk it up to a dog's intuition, but Chet is not buying her story about her disappearance. Less than a week later, Madison disappears again; and Chet and Bernie go into a full-bore investigation which leads them to exciting adventures involving Russian mobsters, car chases and biker bars.
In a stroke of genius, Quinn decided to leave the narration up to Chet. It's very amusing to have the story told from the point of view of the dog.
Since he is a dog, he can't always make sense of what anyone is saying or doing. He also misses out on pieces of the action for doggy reasons, such as needing a nap or being stirred by the howls of a she-dog. Quinn does a great job of maintaining the dog's point of view throughout the book. If you, like me, are a reader who does not care for animals that don't act like animals, rest assured that Chet is thoroughly a member of the canine species throughout.
He doesn't talk; he doesn't interpret; he follows his nose and lives to please his master. Some of his observations about human behavior are downright hilarious. There are also some touching moments, as when Chet ends up in an animal shelter and learns more than he wants to about euthanasia.
My only issue with the book had to do with the resolution. I didn't quite buy that Chet would be able to retrieve the trail of a previous journey, and several aspects of the conclusions were way too convenient. Overall, the plot was a bit lightweight; but that was more than made up for by the wonderful characterization, especially of Chet. I was rather amazed to find how much I enjoyed it! Liking this book has severely damaged my street cred as a Badass reader. It's a unique and ingenious book. I can't wait for the next Chet and Bernie adventure. Mar 03, Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked this book.
It's told from the perspective of a dog, Chet, owned by Bernie, a former cop and army vet who runs a not-too-prosperous private investigation agency. The book is a mystery, an interesting one but not overly suspenseful. That worked for me, too, as thrillers are too intense for me. I think this book would be very enjoyable even for mystery fans who aren't usually a big dog story fans. The style is easygoing but the pace is consistent; I didn't want to put the book down a I really liked this book.
The style is easygoing but the pace is consistent; I didn't want to put the book down and finished it in 2 sessions. I was intrigued by the mystery of the missing girl. I was also interested to see how the human and dog perspectives would flow together to unfold the mystery, since Chet experiences things in the early to middle parts of the story that Bernie only figures out later on. Of course, those who know me know that I loved the dog stuff. I have 2 canine beasties living with me adopt a greyhound, guys, they make greyt friends , and I always wonder what they are thinking and how they perceive the world.
I tell myself stories about why they react in certain ways or what they think about any given situation. This book reflects the same sort of thinking. Chet's narration is often more complex than I imagine any dog's thinking to be he understands that Bernie worries about finances and thinks Bernie shouldn't replace his old Porche when it gets destroyed because of their cash-flow problems , but this is necessitated my having him as the narrator for the story.
I found myself laughing every few minutes throughout the book from one of Chet's perceptions or priorities. He's all about food, scratches, smells and sounds, just like I'm sure my guys are. It did make me very anxious when Chet was in danger and got hurt a few times. It bothers me any time a kid or an animal gets hurt in a book or movie, and this being from Chet's perspective made it more upsetting on a certain level.
But he is the star of the book and danger is part of the mystery, so it was OK, just a bit tense for me. Overall, it is quite a good book that I would wholeheartedly recommend to mystery fans and anyone who likes dogs. Feb 11, Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I love Chet, Bernie, and Suzie. I hope that Charlie plays a bigger role in future books. And the story sure reminded me of how I miss having one of these miraculous food vacuum cleaners dogs in my life.
But, Grrrr, as Chet would say: One particular time with Chet was brutally difficult for me. Luckily, there were many very amusing parts. One thing I loved is that the author dedicates the book to what looks to be all his previous dogs, and his current dog Audrey.
I've been thinking about this book and considering upping it to 5 stars until we hopefully get a half stars option, and just remembered a plot point was left wide open, I assume for the second book. Another dog in danger situation. View all 12 comments. A detective story told from a dog's point-of-view. I picked it up planning to pass it along to a friend, but now I feel I can't really recommend it.
The dog's narrative was a little overly cute and repetitive, yet still cute and probably would have been worth a read to dog-lovers. In fact, "recycled" is too generous a term because there's not re A detective story told from a dog's point-of-view. In fact, "recycled" is too generous a term because there's not really anything substantial enough to have been recycled; it's more like someone sat down and did a stream-of-consciousness first draft without even having considered the narrative beforehand.
Anything supposed to be a mystery is ridiculously obvious and there's just nothing here to occupy a reader's intelligence, much less challenge it. If this book were written by a grade-school kid, his parents could be impressed. Chet, just Chet, and his pal Bernie are private detectives. Chet, a K9 police school flunkie and Bernie, a divorced, middle-aged ex-cop are currently having a cash flow problem, whatever that means Chet has no idea. Chet is happy to share his life his with buddy chasing a ball, sniffing around and hunting the desert creatures near their Arizona home.
His favorite thing to do though is hop in the old Porsche and go for a ride. Chet rides along as Bernie trails cheating spouses for a living. Whe Chet, just Chet, and his pal Bernie are private detectives. When the well-to-do Cynthia Chambliss comes in search of help locating her missing daughter, Bernie is reluctant to take on the job. It's a job for the police and likely the teenager will come home on her own, after doing something her mother wouldn't approve of. However, because of the aforementioned cash flow problem what's cash? What's a cash flow problem?
Chet and Bernie find very little to concern them but when the girl comes home with a fishy story, Bernie is suspicious. Sixteen-year-old Madison's parents insist she's a good kid but when she goes missing again, Bernie has a feeling something is terribly wrong. With Bernie by his side, Chet can find Madison and solve the case but the villains have other ideas. I love the idea of the canine narrator. Chet's voice is wryly funny and sounds authentic. He has canine ADD though and that kind of annoyed me but it makes the story suspenseful. The one thing I didn't like was that Chet couldn't understand his pal Iggy.
I figure dogs can understand each other or at least the tone. As for Chet's plot, I found it highly unbelievable. His daring exploits and adventures are closer to Rin-Tin-Tin or Lassie than ordinary dog adventures. I do believe he could use his sense of smell to find his way but the rest was unbelievable. I had to skim some violent scenes. I can't stand animal cruelty. Bernie is not as appealing as Chet. He's overweight, middle-aged, divorced, broke, likes to smoke though he is trying to quit, drinks and uses bad language.
He's kind of a loser and I can see why his wife divorced him though she seems like a type-A control freak. He's lucky she lets him see Charlie at all. I did like that he is intelligent and reads a lot. His comments on water and the land got somewhat repetitive. The water issue relates to the story. He should meet my former History of the West professor and chat about that!
His name is Chet, thank you very much. That sounds like me! Anyway, his character slightly improves towards the end but he's too old and awkward to be an appealing hero. Yes I know he's very human but he didn't appeal to me. The only other human in the book who is even remotely appealing is Suzie, a reporter and she makes a bad decision that didn't seem in character.
Her involvement in the story is a little too deus ex machina to be realistic. Madison's parents are not very nice. Her mother doesn't like dogs and is a little too self-involved with her own drama. Her father is a wheeler and dealer, a businessman at heart and father second. However, by the end, they're both very human characters and I did have some sympathy for them. Madison is mostly a good kid but she does some dumb stuff that could have had serious and dangerous repercussions. She's smart enough to drop a clue to help Bernie find her whereabouts. The villains are downright evil and scary.
I skimmed a lot of the story because of the violence and because it was very late at night. I took exception to the fact that they read like stereotypes though. It felt like they were villains from a past decade.
Published on February 18, AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Come back to the fold, gentlemen, there's a voice a lot like the one in your head all ready to talk to you, and it's a dog's! A well-behaved, gifted student, she didn't arrive home after school and her divorced mother is frantic. I had fulfilled my purpose.
The dialogue didn't need to be spelled out in that stereotypical manner. It was enough to mention their ethnicity and say they spoke in heavily accent English or whatever. This mystery series is darker than I prefer to read. My dad might enjoy this one because of the canine hero. When he reads, he usually reads crime suspense and this would be light and fluffy for him. And if they exist, they are monsters. How could you not love this? His narration was incredibly strong and realistic, and made the book work.
Jul 12, Erika rated it it was amazing. I love reading the book from Chet's perspective!
May 11, Jennifer Griffith rated it really liked it. I can't stop laughing when I think back on this mystery. Bernie is a down-on-his luck private eye like so many others of his stereotype and he would be just another Magnum or Rockford if it weren't for Chet. Chet is his mongrel dog and the narrator of the entire story. And what a narrator! The whole thing is told in the dog's voice, and Chet is brilliant, in more ways than one. I love the way Quinn reveals the action of the story through Chet's eyes.
Pixie is happy when I understand her and does her wiggly dance when I do. The bit with Rocky and the toothbrush part was funny and I was surprised that some types of dogs have blue tongues. Gizmo and Rocky talked about their owners and I thought those parts were really funny, also. View all 3 comments. Mar 18, bryan nester rated it it was amazing. Book I love it in school right now know happy learning fun facts about cats and dogs love it good bye. Mar 03, Vix rated it did not like it. However, the facts are a bit squiffy IMO, although some are interesting, in addition the author seems unsure what level of child she is talking too.
Finally I am unsure if liked the terminology of mistress and masters or the "a dog is a he and a cat is a she" it felt a little uncomfy to read. Oliver Furbear-Jackson rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Alexandra Miller rated it it was ok Sep 21, Mary Heffernan rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Sue Patton rated it really liked it Sep 30, BJ Whalen rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Laurie Martin rated it it was amazing Mar 05, Lester Abramson rated it it was amazing Oct 29, Wilson rated it it was amazing Mar 18, Mariya rated it it was amazing Apr 23, Babatunde Buraimo rated it really liked it Jul 06, Your children will have fun discovering the names of different breeds of dogs that are accompanied with an interesting fact.
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