Dog on It

Dog on It

A Chet and Bernie Mystery

Large Print - 2009
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In this irresistible new detective series featuring a canine narrator, Quinn speaks two languages--suspense and dog--fluently. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and in a few places terrifying . . . [a] one-of-a-kind novel (Stephen King).
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781410414823
Branch Call Number: LP MF Quin
Characteristics: p. cm.


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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.

Aug 28, 2017

At the beginning of this first-in-a-series book, I wasn't too impressed, but I wanted to continue - to see if I could experience the same thoughts as the people who wrote the positive reviews. Turns out --- I could, and I did!

As mentioned in another comment, Bernie and Chet’s are not the psychological thrillers one gets from the Kellermans, Clancy, or Sandford. But they do provide a less intense journey through a well-developed plot line. And Chet? What devotion! What a vocabulary!

When Chet drifts off, and then awakens in the middle of an ongoing conversation, it was a bit annoying... thinking I'd never find out that critical piece of information. But those are just teasers... everything got wrapped up by the end, and the lost dialogue either wasn’t missed or showed up later in one form or another.

Maybe what I like most is the idea that Chet, while a smart and devoted dog, is not a Super Dog, and does all the quirky little (and big) things that devoted dogs do…. And then some…

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!

Apr 01, 2016

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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 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.

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!

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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