Review: Thereby Hangs A Tail (From Sioux City Examiner)
‘Thereby Hangs A Tail’ is a mystery novel written by Spencer Quinn, New York bestselling author of ‘Dog On It’. This 309-page book is the second in his Chet and Bernie mystery series, published by Atria Books, January 2010. Private Investigator Bernie and his canine companion, Chet, take on their first case as bodyguards for a competition show dog that ultimately leads to a much more serious mission.
As seen through the eyes of Chet, a 100-pound ex-K-9 dog, the story unfolds with Private Investigator Bernie Little, owner of the Little Detective Agency, accepting an assignment as a bodyguard. His client is Adelina Borghese and her prize show dog, Princess, who has recently received a threat. After an uncomfortable confrontation with Chet and Princess, they are fired.
News of the abduction of both Adelina and Princess from Suzie Sanchez, Reporter for the Valley Tribute, puts both Chet and Bernie on the trail to find them. They are rehired by Count Lorenzo di Borghese to help find his wife and Princess. An urgent distress call from Suzie leads them to the ghost town, Clauson’s Wells, where Chet and Bernie unfortunately get separated.
Chet searches for Bernie but instead finds Princess. Together, Chet and Princess learn to trust each other and form a bond throughout their journey home. In the meantime, they encounter their own share of troubles and get separated.
Once reunited, Chet and Bernie continue putting clues together with their own special way of communicating to find not only the missing Adelina and Princess, but also Bernie’s on-and-off girlfriend, reporter Suzy. One-by-one, the clues begin to mesh as suspects are eliminated and the real reason for the abduction is uncovered.
What a surprising method of conveying a good mystery that contains all the essential story-telling elements from the insight of a dog. Anyone who had or has an animal would be completely drawn into this well-paced, who-done-it mystery packed with a variety of humor and thoughts and expressions found within the human-animal relationship. – Teresa Moraetes
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