Posts Tagged ‘LitStack’

Tuesday: The Dog Who Knew Too Much


September 3rd, 2011 Posted 8:34 am

“You’ll be in North Conway, New Hampshire?” Admin says.

“Noon, Maestro’s restaurant,” says Spence. “It’s a benefit for the North Conway Public Library (admission $20) and the Conway Area Humane Society. I’ll be discussing The Dog Who Knew Too Much for the first time – in public, that is.”

“So it’ll be a bit iffy?” Admin says. “I also saw you picked your six favorite books for LitStack.”

“The six I could remember,” Spence says. “Wonder what B. Stover will think of the choices.”

Belated Happy Birthday to Dawson.


Irene Cleanup (More)


August 30th, 2011 Posted 9:59 am

“You’ll have to talk louder,” Admin says. “I’ve been using the leaf blower.”

“Without ear protection?” says Spence.

“What?” says Admin.

Spence raises his voice. “Apparently The Dog Who Knew Too Much made Amazon’s movers and shakers list yesterday.”

“What does that mean?”

“No idea,” Spence says. “Also LitStack reviewed it. I like that site. Should I post a link?”


Welcome Miles and Aspen, Tasha, Kody and Remy.


National Dog Day


August 26th, 2011 Posted 8:14 am

“Apparently it’s National Dog Day,” Admin says. “Know anything about it?”

“I think it’s fairly recent,” says Spence. “Other than that, no.”

“Does it mean Chet gets the day off?” Admin says.

Day off? I don’t like the sound of that at all. I’m a player!

“Saw your interview at LitStack,” Admin says. “Okay to post it?”


LitStack Review: Thereby Hangs A Tail


August 19th, 2011 Posted 7:36 am

Thereby Hangs a Tail, the second in Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mystery series, finds detective Bernie Little and his canine sidekick Chet doggie-bone deep in the cut throat world of show dog competition. The story is narrated in first person by Chet, offering a fresh interesting perspective. They initially become involved, he and Bernie, when hired by Adelina Borghese to protect her show dog Princess after receiving a threatening note in the mail. Bodyguarding a dog isn’t this detective duo’s favorite assignment, but the money’s good and they need it. Before Bernie can say “blue ribbon,” both Adelina and Princess have been kidnapped. Bernie is then hired by Adelina’s husband, Count Borghese, to find the pair, but the case becomes personal when Bernie discovers his newspaper reporter girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, has also disappeared.

Chet and Bernie sniff out leads and follow a trail of clues until a few suspects are in jail. Borghese seems to be satisfied with the outcome, but Bernie knows something is amiss. He sees through the clever set ups, corrupt cops, and paid-off sources. After Chet helps him find a dead body, Bernie doesn’t rest until he discovers the true culprit.

“Is this a great book or what?” as Chet would say. Whodunit was easy to predict, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story because of Chet’s clever comical narration. I love this dog, and I’m not a dog person. The reader hears his unique voice consistently throughout the story. Chet is easily distracted and prone to following mental rabbit trails. Being a dog, he doesn’t comprehend common cultural expressions. His literal interpretations lend humor. For example, “cat got your tongue” and “something the cat dragged in” especially confound him. Chet hates cats.

I love this book, have I mentioned that already? And according to Chet, he’s got plenty more stories to tell. – Angie Kay Dilmore

Welcome Beach Goer, Mrs. Puppy, Brendan, Three Pals, Dargo, Cisco, Bella; Bailey and Bosox, please retry.


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