Friday, March 26, 2010

Book Review: Thereby Hangs a Tail

Title Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery
Author Spencer Quinn
Rating ****
Tags mystery, series, dog, private eye, los angeles 

Second in the Chet and Bernie series. I loved the first one, Dog On It, so was happy to read the sequel. Chet, the narrator, is a large dog of uncertain breed. His person is Bernie, a private eye whose life is something of a mess, but to Chet he is the best person in the world.

Bernie gets hired to protect a show dog whose owner had gotten a threatening picture of a bull's eye overlaying the dog. Chet misbehaves, however, and Bernie is fired. When the show dog, Princess, and her owner get kidnapped, however, Bernie insists on working the case.

The novelty of Chet's character isn't there as much in this novel, and it drags a bit in places, but is still a fun read. Chet is still just what one thinks a sentient dog would be like. He loves life... there is nothing better than riding shotgun with Bernie, feeling the wind in his face, except maybe for tasting food and smelling things. He gets easily distracted, so misses some of the nuances of what people are saying around him, but that's ok by him.

Overall, Quinn pulls it off again. This book is a lot of fun.

Publication Atria (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date 2010
ISBN 1416585850 / 9781416585855

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