Bark Magazine On Thereby Hangs A Tail

“I really like Bark,” Spence says. “They call it The New Yorker of dog magazines.”

“Oh?” says Admin. “Where’d you hear that?”

Uh-oh. They’re not getting along. Again.

“In book two of this mystery series, females are in trouble, and it’s up to Chet the dog and Bernie Little, an environmentally conscious private investigator, to solve the puzzle. Among the aforementioned females are Princess, a tiny “fluffball” show dog; her devoted guardian, Adelina Borghese; and reporter Suzie Sanchez, Bernie’s occasional girlfriend.

Driven by finances (or lack of them) to sign on as bodyguards for the pup and her person, Chet and Bernie find themselves kicked off the job in no time. But then Princess and Adelina are abducted, and the pair is hired by Adelina’s husband to locate them. When Suzie starts rooting around in Adelina’s background, she also disappears. This ups the ante considerably.

As in the first book, Dog On It, the story is told by Chet. Quinn is adept at seeing the world through a dog’s eyes – not mention his nose and ears – and Chet’s observations ring true for dog lovers. After all, who among us hasn’t imagined our dogs having this thought: “Loved riding shotgun: what was better than this? I stuck my head way up, into the wind: smells went by faster than I could sort them out, a kind of nose feast …”

When Dog On It came out, much was made of the identity of its author. That mystery’s been solved – he’s Peter Abrahams, writing under a pseudonym, and he has a long string of psychological thrillers to his credit. Here’s another secret revealed: Chet has a blog – check it out at

In her Amazon review, Rita Sydney says “Come for the mystery, stay for the story of the wonderful relationship between Chet and Bernie.” Since we couldn’t put it better ourselves, we second that emotion.

– Susan Tasaki”


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26 Responses to “Bark Magazine On Thereby Hangs A Tail”

  1. Gus & BooBear
    4:38 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Yeah for the New Yorker of dog magazines! Fantastic (and very accurate) review! We think Admin is still upset for getting over-ruled on the Chet biopsy reveal! Or perhaps, Admin is just grumpy by nature. Can't wait to see how upset he will be when Rio and the Wookster manage to infiltrate the system and obtain the release date for Book 3!

  2. jenifer dawson
    5:05 am on February 23rd, 2010


    Bark Magazine eh? Hafta look for it. I saw a "Dog" magazine at the airport book store and I almost picked it up, but only because it had a free copy of "Cat" magazine included. By then I was already carrying 40 pounds of reading material…hata stop somewhere.

    Bark writes a good review. More bloggers coming.

    Lexi: Happy Birthday. Stay home and have treats.

    Siberian Husky: I know eh? Those poor Canadians. You probably have empathy because you're a Northern type dog.

    Rio: you're a riot! All that scary stuff you want…I'm sure Peter Abrahams can deliver. I can feel it without even opening the covers of his books. So get involved in one of those books and stay out of trouble.

    Alice: Start strategizing! Rio and gang are too flush with success. They need a bit of a come uppance. You can give it to them.


  3. Mollypop
    5:10 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Happy Birthday Lexi !!!!

    Now you're a big dog so no more bolting out the door.

  4. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:04 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Commander Rio. Just to let you know, party time is now officially over, and the martini shaker has been put away. I'm fully sober and ready for my next assignment.

    For those sorting through other P.A. books to read, my dad says Nerve Damage was really terrific. A really great read. He's trying to track down some of the others now, since he suspects it may be a while before Chet & Bernie book three is released. PFC Wookie

  5. Mollypop
    7:02 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Mom says she just bought Nerve Damage for her Kindle thingy. She told me it is going to come right through the air. Well, hah! It won't get past this big fierce dog. I'm on the alert!

  6. Mollypop
    7:46 am on February 23rd, 2010

    I must have fallen asleep because now Mom's reading her book that flew through the air. Darn, I didn't catch it. Well, Mom looks like she needs a big poodle on her lap now.

  7. Gus & BooBear
    7:56 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Mollypop, you ARE a big fierce poodle dog!!

  8. Melanie
    8:12 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Been out doing errands all morning. Since we only ordered three books by that "other dude" (the good looking one, Rio) yesterday, we won't get them until tomorrow. Which is a bummer because they are calling for snow, snow, snow and that's just today and tomorrow.

    A new computer chair to chew on!

    Lexi, our dogs are older, but still like to bolt out the door. Though being Newfs they just go to the orchard and look for frozen apples. AND we are on a side road. To save the sanity of the humans in your family, don't bolt!

    Chet, what a wonderful review. Though if it was Bark Magazine, why didn't you write it?

  9. Siberian Husky
    8:35 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Mom's favorite dog show was when the Newf won, although she doesn't remember what dog show it was or the year that it happened. Talk about my memory being bad.

    Snow? Did you say snow, Melanie? Want a house guest for a few days?

    Bark mazagine is a pretty intelligent dog magazine. That's evident in their review of Thereby Hangs A Tail.

  10. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:57 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Hey guys, did you catch the feature on MSNBC on Lola (named after the Barry Manilow song), a twelve week old puppy who was rescued by Paws for Pride, and who has a severe spinal cord injury, which prevents her from using her back legs at all. But she still gets around just fine by scooting on her front legs (and rump) or using a special rolling cart made for her. Boy, does she really have heart! And it just shows that nothing can stop the nation within a nation. Go Lola!

  11. Lexi
    11:09 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Thanks, Mollypop and Jennifer Dawson!!!! I LOVE being a year old! Mommy also bought me TONS of treats! and I'm talking TONS!!!! WOOOOT!!!!

  12. Lexi
    11:12 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Thanks, Mollypop and Jennifer Dawson!!!! I LOVE being a year old! Mommy got me TONS of treats!!!! And I'm talking TONS!!!! Woooooot!

  13. jenifer dawson
    11:29 am on February 23rd, 2010


    Easy on the sweets, Lexi. You're repeating yourself. Get out for a run around too, but take your mom with you for safety.

  14. B. Stover
    11:33 am on February 23rd, 2010

    Nice review. Spence and Admin are almost as funny as Bernie and Chet.

  15. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:39 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    Crap!… what a day!…snort!

    Sweet!…Admin and Spence are at each other’s throats again!….Snort!…this could play into the plan very nicely…heh..heh!

  16. AbbietheKitty
    3:06 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    Happy Birthday Lexi,

    Getting treats is great. When my staff is off at work she makes sure her mother has a box of treats for me. She thinks that is why I am large. I never get enough treats though. What is enough? As Chet would say, "Hard to know."


  17. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:20 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    A-Kat!… awww… a pleasant little voice, after a day of discord….Snort!… how are you my dear? … Grunt!… I never ever get enough Treats!… and it really pisses me off!…Snuff!…I know they are THERE!…Groan!… Right in the left hand cupboard door!… why oh why do they withhold them from me?…mmmmm

  18. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:06 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!… I heard mention that you wanted to go on a Special Ops Mission…Snort!… Are you still interested?…Kats!….Can you take orders and do what Agent Wookie and I tell you?… mmmm…First, how much do you each weigh?

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:15 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    Ooooer!…Canada vs Germany!… Snort!… Canada is way ahead!… Damn!…

    Wish I could get Alice to hypnotize the Canadian team!… heh!…

  20. Mollypop
    5:17 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    Rio – I tried to get Alice to get the Hockey God Sidney Crosby to play for the Buffalo Sabres. She could be so useful if only she would cooperate.

    Alice – I have some catnip for you.

  21. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:40 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    Molly!… Alice has a choice, just like we all do…Snort!… she chooses to be very dark and down right naughty!…mmmm!…. we just have to keep an eye, ear and paw out for her…Grunt!… I think she is deep undercover again…mmmm!… its just a feeling..Grunt!

  22. Rebecca Rice
    7:11 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    Wojo would love to play with the Newfs, Melanie, and go down to the orchard with them. But he's not picky. He spent the afternoon eating my pencils and grazing the same three forbidden objects out of the garbage bin– right next to me. Pretty sneaky!

  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:13 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    Waiting!,,,The Tall, Strong, (and incredibly charming!), Mr. Abraham’s books have not arrived at our doorstep yet…snort!….Hmmmpf!… Guess that’s to be expected…Grunt!…In my mind, not yet knowing his ability personally, …he is just riding off of the familiar, good and reliable [plus a tad strange] Spencer Quinn’s Meteoric rise to Fame!…

  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:15 pm on February 23rd, 2010

    Rebok!… I am so glad and hap hap happy!.. you are feeling better!…mmmmm!..

  25. Rebecca Rice
    12:10 am on February 24th, 2010

    Happy Birthday Lexi! Tell your mom that dogs who like to bolt sometimes like to chase too, so if you ever do it again, maybe the best way to get you back might be for her to try bolting away from you, once she sees you’re looking, of course.

    I did that once when a neighbor’s dog got out. Boy, did *he* like chasing! He knocked me down! We got him, though, so it worked– mostly.

  26. Sandy Kling
    4:38 pm on March 12th, 2010

    I swear if Chet turns out to have a tumor or anything bad like that (that lump that has been mentioned in both books), I will personally strangle Mr. Quinn. I lost three dogs to cancer and I am in love with Chet so please don't do this to me!

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