Friday, September 02, 2011

The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn

Think of The Dog Who Knew Too Much as an adventure, not a mystery. Spencer Quinn doesn't really have too much mystery in the book. What he does have is outstanding protagonists who get in trouble. It's hard not to love Chet, the dog who narrates the Chet and Bernie mysteries. And, Bernie, the private investigator, is seen through Chet's eyes, so he's a heroic figure, with only one flaw, his lack of any sort of financial sense. But, this time, Bernie's girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, really steps out in the story. Now, Quinn has given us three likable characters to root for in the latest adventure story.

Poor Bernie. He just isn't a public speaker, and tends to trust people until he's proven wrong. That's how he ended up speaking for Georgie Malhouf at the Great Western Private Eye Convention. When Malhouf offered them a job, he admitted he really wanted Chet. Bernie turned down those offers. Instead, he agreed to act as bodyguard for Anya Vareen, a divorced woman who was on her way to parents weekend at a wilderness camp. But, her ex never shows, and her son, Devin, never returns from a camping trip. And, Chet knows that missing kids are their speciality.

It isn't long before Bernie knows everyone is crooked in this state, from the staff at the camp to the local sheriff's department. And, Bernie's search for a missing kid jeopardizes the secure little jobs people have around there. When Bernie and Chet find a body, it isn't long before Bernie is a suspect, and Chet has to find a way to rescue his partner. Suzie Sanchez, with her background as a journalist for the Valley Tribune, and her gritty determination, is the perfect person to team up with Chet.

It's true. It's easy to figure out who the bad guys are in The Dog Who Knew Too Much. But, the books in this series are worth reading for the characters and the humor. I've said before, Chet is such a dog. He's a delight to read about, as he loses his train of thought when presented by the smell of bacon or some other food. And, he knows how to behave, but gets caught up in life. He may romp with bear cubs, and have a face-off with a pup that looks remarkably familiar to him. Chet's a dog, extremely loyal to Bernie, and dedicated to their job as detectives.

If you love action, lovable characters, and a wonderful dog, you'll want to try the Chet and Bernie adventures. The Dog Who Knew Too Much is the fourth treat in the series. And, I can just hear Chet thinking. "Treat. Did someone say treat?"

Spencer Quinn's website is

The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn. Atria Books. ©2011. ISBN 9781439157091 (hardcover), 308p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.


Beth Hoffman said...

This sounds like such a fun series! Would I need to read the books in order, or can I begin with this one?

Happy weekend, Lesa!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I tried starting this series, and after a while I felt like, okay, I get it, cute idea, but now I've heard it, and I don't need to read anymore. I think if the mysteries were more substantial, I would feel more like going on!

Liz V. said...

Totally plausible to anyone with a dog.

Lesa said...

You can start with this one, Beth. No problem. Chet supplies any backstory needed. (smile)

Lesa said...

You're probably right. The mystery isn't really there. You need to look at the books as adventures. Readers who love Chet read for him, actually.

Lesa said...

You're right, Liz. Anyone who has been around dogs gets it.

Karen C said...

Oh, I'm not really into dogs, so think this will be a pass for me, although I will recommend to to my friends.

Thanks, Lesa.

Lesa said...

It's a great one to recommend to dog people, Karen. One of our staff members who loves dogs just adores Chet.

Kris said...

Glad to see the series is still going strong. I enjoyed the first, now I just need to get around to reading the rest.