Friday, September 02, 2011
The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn
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 www.ChetTheDog.com
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.