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The Dog Who Knew Too Much

By Spencer Quinn

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Format: Paperback / softback, 320 pages
Published In: UK, 29 September 2011
In THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, Chet and Bernie attend a P.I. convention to try and make some new (and hopefully lucrative) connections. It's the sort of thing Bernie hates, but he's got to do something to get his business back on track. The head of a big international security company seems impressed with The Little Detective Agency and hires them for what appears to be an easy and well-paid assignment. Things take an unexpected turn and all sorts of trouble ensues. Tensions are further strained when a stray puppy who looks an awful lot like Chet turns up. So does Dylan McKnight, Suzie Sanchez's former boyfriend. With Chet and Bernie both dealing with affairs of the heart at the same time they are facing an unexpectedly tricky case, it's a good thing that our two intrepid investigators are looking out for each other-as they always do.

About the Author

Spencer Quinn lives on Cape Cod with his dog, Audrey. He is currently working on the next Chet and Bernie novel.


Near the start of the pseudonymous Quinn's outstanding fourth Chet and Bernie whodunit (after 2010's To Fetch a Thief), Anya Vereen asks PI Bernie Little to pose as a friend of hers and accompany her to parents' weekend at Big Bear Wilderness Camp, where her son, Devin, is a camper. Anya, who fears that her ex, Guy Wenders, also slated to attend, will cause trouble, hopes that Bernie's presence will prevent "unpleasantness." The investigator reluctantly accepts the job. At the camp, he and Chet, his faithful dog sidekick, find themselves with a very different problem to solve after Devin disappears while on an overnight. Chet's tracking ability comes in handy, but the search quickly takes a violent and unexpected turn. Quinn (suspense novelist Peter Abrahams) manages to sell the conceit of a literate canine narrator by dint of intelligent writing and on-the-mark pacing and tone. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

This fourth entry (after Thereby Hangs a Tale) in the adventures of PIs Chet (canine) and Bernie (human) begins when they're hired to guard a woman as she goes to pick up her son from summer camp. Things heat up when the boy doesn't return from a hike, and then murder, drugs, an abandoned mine, and the FBI get added to the mix. Quinn accomplishes the tricky task of building a satisfying mystery and telling it in the voice of Border collie Chet. The story moves along quickly and logically as danger mounts and the clues begin to add up (to Bernie, at least). Chet's narration includes all the necessary clues (even if he doesn't realize it) along with all the canine quirks dog lovers will recognize. VERDICT This novel should appeal to mystery and dog lovers equally. Recommended for any library catering to lots of both. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9780857208507
ISBN: 0857208500
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 19.7 centimetres (0.26 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Nicola Khan on
This isn't the kind of book you want to overanalyze. Spencer Quinn has a dry sense of humor that matches my own. He's a keen observer of dogs; his take on how dogs think kept me laughing from the first page to the last. The Dog Who Knew Too Much is meant as an entertaining romp and that's the spirit in which I enjoyed it. The mystery tends to get lost in the midst of Chet's descriptions of the world as interpreted by a dog, but it's Chet, not the thin plot, that carries the book.

This is apparently the fourth in a series of Chet and Bernie books. I'm so fond of Chet it made me want to read them all.

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