Midwest Book Review: Thereby Hangs A Tail
“This book has two protagonists. Bernie Little, West Point graduate, veteran of the Gulf wars and ex-cop, is the human component, and Chet the K-9 schooled [notwithstanding that he washed out on the last day of that training] one-hundred pound canine with mis-matched ears who communicates with his owner/partner in his own doggie shorthand, an ability that can be confirmed by any dog owner.
Chet the dog and Bernie together comprise the Little Detective Agency. As Chet says, speaking of Bernie, “His interviewing skills and my nose: if you want my opinion, that’s what raised the Little Detective Agency above the rest.” When the prospect of a job paying $2,000 a day comes their way, and since Bernie finds himself in dire financial straits, he is sorely tempted, until he finds out that the job consists of guarding a blue-ribbon-winning show dog nicknamed Princess. It seems that threats have been made. Ultimately Bernie accepts the job, followed promptly by his being fired when Chet misbehaves. But when Princess and her owner are kidnapped, and the current object of Bernie’s affections, Suzie Sanchez, a journalist investigating the story, disappears as well, Bernie and Chet are on the case.
Chet is a devoted and loyal canine partner. He periodically reminds the reader that Bernie is “always the smartest human in the room,” and certainly has invaluable skills of his own. Chet faces his own dangerous situations in this second entry in the series. The book, and the series, is many things: Charming, funny, compulsively readable, suspenseful, and altogether delightful. I must admit that in general books with animals who talk – and especially animals which also solve, or assist in solving, crimes – are not among my favorite things. But Chet defies pigeonholing. The book is wholly original and hugely entertaining, and is highly recommended.”
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