Richmond Times-Dispatch On Thereby Hangs A Tail
If you’ve ever been to a dog show, you’ve seen the range of strong emotions: joy, disappointment, resignation, anger, excitement. But strong enough to lead to crime?
That’s the initial premise in Thereby Hangs a Tail (309 pages, Atria, $25), the second entry in Spencer Quinn’s series featuring private investigator Bernie Little, who lives in an unnamed state in the Southwest, and his lovable mutt, Chet. And once again, it’s Chet who narrates the tale. Call it first person canine.
Adelina di Borghese wants to hire Bernie after receiving what she perceives as a threat against her little show dog, Princess. But the case takes a far more sinister turn when Adelina and Princess are abducted and Bernie’s girlfriend, reporter Suzie Sanchez, goes missing. Bernie and Chet become separated, but, once reunited, work together to crack a complicated case with a number of suspects.
Given an ominous turn near the end of this well-conceived story, a sequel can’t come out too soon. And with a pair of affable heroes, regardless of leg count, “Thereby Hangs a Tail” will have you sitting up and begging for more.
– Jay Strafford
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