DogTipper.Com: The Dog Who Knew Too Much
I’ve read all of the Chet and Bernie books and have been eagerly looking forward to the next installment. So, I was delighted to receive an advance review copy of The Dog Who Knew Too Much in the mail a few days ago. I was unable to resist jumping into the book right away, though I had to shelve some of my other projects to do so.
Something about this series really appeals to me. The Chet and Bernie novels are not just dog stories, not just detective stories; they are absolutely first-rate novels which make you think while they keep you entertained.
If you are new to the Chet and Bernie series (Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, To Fetch a Thief, The Dog Who Knew Too Much), here is a quick description to bring you up to speed. Bernie Little and his dog Chet operate the Little Detective Agency in an unnamed Western state. Bernie is definitely the tough but sensitive type, a big ex-soldier with a healthy sense of right and wrong. He is hell on crooks but has a definite soft spot for the downtrodden, children (especially Charlie, his son who lives with his mom, Bernie’s ex) and for Chet, his canny canine.
Chet actually is the narrator of the stories and much of the creative momentum comes from his off-beat observations, wacky “dog logic,” and sparkling interior monologues. I suppose you could call Chet’s style anipal, but the author takes the genre way beyond the usual cutie-pie conventions, developing a voice which is Chet’s alone. The result is by turns laugh-out-loud humorous, movingly poignant, and always fresh and original.
The Dog Who Knew Too Much starts with a simple missing-person case: a young boy has disappeared from a hike while at a wilderness camp and his mother comes to Bernie and Chet for help. Things soon get complicated, and dangerous, and the pair come up against some truly nasty situations as they race against time to unravel the case. No matter how desperate things get, the bond between Chet and Bernie is the “secret weapon” which serves them well.
So, can Chet really read Bernie’s thoughts? This is fiction, of course, but the concept is built around a very real truth: our dogs really do know us (and love us) better than we know and love ourselves.
Whether you are a mystery lover, dog lover, or both, rejoice. The new Spencer Quinn is here!
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