Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, and Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator, are quick to take a new case involving a frantic mother searching for her teenage daughter. This well-behaved and gifted student may or may not have been kidnapped, but she has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. With Chet's highly trained nose leading the way, their hunt for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locales-until the bad guys try to turn the tables and the resourceful duo lands in the paws of peril. Spencer Quinn's irresistible mystery kicks off a delightful new series that will have readers panting for more.
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by Spencer Quinn
by Howie Carr
"There's a new detective on the mystery scene. He's shoeless, never takes off his fur coat, and can follow a scent along any trail. Meet Chet, the canine sleuth who's not a sidekick or a talking dog, but the first-person (first-dog?) narrator of his own story. Jim Frangione gives Chet a laid-back confidence combined with animal innocence. He excels at the chatty "just-between-you-and-me" asides Chet favors. Although the exact location of the Little Detective Agency and Chet's breed (large, black-and-white, pointed ears) are never specified, the story is well drawn, with Chet frequently in scenery-chewing peril. The fur-footed non sequiturs are funny and the danger biting. A second mystery is due out next year. As Chet would say, what's more fun than this? M.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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