Since Sandie already discussed one of the authors I'm missing on Saturday, I'm going to use her elevator pitch about the Chet and Bernie books. She'll give you a little background, and I'll be following up with a book review. Thanks, Sandie!
Sandie's Elevator Pitch
Chet and Bernie must have become sidekicks in 2009 since that’s the year Bernie’s Little Detective Agency began. Chet failed to graduate from the police academy, but he’s got a nose to sniff out trouble … and the tasty morsel. Beginning with DOG ON IT, this series of fast-paced and funny books is narrated by Chet, Bernie’s canine partner and best friend. After Bernie got divorced and lost custody of his son, Chet started riding shotgun for stakeouts in Bernie’s beat-up convertible. Two very different authors give two fabulous blurbs: “Spencer Quinn speaks two languages -- suspense and dog -- fluently. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and in a few places terrifying. My sincere advice to you is to rush to your nearest bookstore and put your paws on this enchanting one-of-a-kind novel.” --Stephen King and from Cathleen Shine: “I love this book. I devoured it in one night. It is like Philip Marlowe working for Mma Ramotswe from The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency spun out by Charlotte on her beautiful web.”
Readers will be instantly captivated by Chet’s doggy ways and his endearingly hard-boiled voice. Full of heart and occasionally prone to mischief, he is intensely loyal to Bernie, who, though distracted by issues that Chet has difficulty understanding, is enormously likeable himself, in his flawed, all-too-human way. There’s genuine suspense and intrigue, combined with humor and deep insight into the bond between dog and man. So far they’ve been through five adventures penned by Spencer Quinn who is really Cape Cod’s author Peter Abrahams who lives with his dog Audrey.
The Chet and Bernie Series: 1-DOG ON IT, 2-THEREBY HANDS A TAIL, 3-TO FETCH A THEIF, 4-THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, and this week (9/11) published 5-A FISTFUL OF COLLARS also includes an e-book short story original published in August: A CAT WAS INVOLVED. Remember back to when Chet failed the leaping test at the Police Academy?*****
You can keep up with Spencer Quinn, Chet and Bernie at ChetTheDog.com.
A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn. Atria. 2012. ISBN 9781451665161 (hardcover), 309p.