City Book Review On A Fistful of Collars
I love Chet! His insouciant manner reminds me so much of my grand-puppy Tramp, the most loveable pit bull that ever was. I know Chet isn’t that variety, but both of them are true gentlemen, and that’s what matters, even if the attention span is only as long as a very short second.
Chet is the canine half of the Little Detective Agency, with his human, Bernie Little, as the other half. Chet watches, listens, and on occasion takes down the bad guys, but only when Bernie suggests that might be a good thing to do. Otherwise, Chet rides in the co-pilot’s seat in whichever car hasn’t been demolished that week.
When the mayor of their hometown hires the guys to watch over a volatile, young, male movie star, who’s involved in a film being shot nearby, Bernie questions the high rate of pay. But they’ll earn it – in spades!
Bernie’s main squeeze Suzie, a reporter for the local paper, breaks their hearts by taking a job in Washington DC, a long ways away from California. But Bernie’s ex, Lydia, and their son Charlie, are still around and being able to spend time with his boy helps a bit with the problem of loneliness.
There are a few more bodies and more blood than usual, and unfortunately they’re not movie fakes. There’s also nothing fake about either Bernie or Chet – prime stuff all the way! – Kelly Ferjutz
Tomorrow at 6:30 PM: Spencer Quinn at Murder by the Book in Houston.
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