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The Sound and the Furry (Chet and Bernie Mystery #6)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  2,379 Ratings  ·  370 Reviews
Chet and Bernie head to Louisiana in the next installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre” (Stephen King) and his human private investigator companion. Out for a drive, Chet and Bernie run into a prison work crew featuring an old criminal friend they helped send to prison, Frenchie Boutette. From an old L ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Atria Books
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Brad Johnston
Nov 11, 2013 Brad Johnston rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
If you own a dog, love a dog, or lived with a dog, you should read this series. Not the tightest plot ever but the craft involved in writing from the dog's perspective is outstanding.

I had missed being in Chet's mind. It is a remarkably carefree place, as long as he ends up up the stairs, through the door or off the boat first.

For those who are slamming the book in their reviews: You are obviously looking for the wrong kind of book to be reading this series. It is unashamedly simple. That is i
Reggie Billingsworth
Nov 12, 2013 Reggie Billingsworth rated it really liked it
As one who has worked with & for the nation within a nation, in a professional, military & civilian capacity for over 40 years, I have to say that author Quinn's Chet is the best spot-on depiction of the canine mind, heart & "keen" personality type I have ever come across.

In this latest Chet & Bernie story (I note the significance of the billing order there) we also get more tantalizing hints about Bernie's back story. As the two legged other half of the Little Detective Agency h
Margaret Wilkening
Sep 01, 2013 Margaret Wilkening rated it really liked it
Chet and Bernie are back and heading to the bayous of Louisiana. The change of scenery is good for the series, injecting new characters and new experiences for Bernie and Chet.

Spenser Quinn has a talent for capturing the voice of a dog who is ADD enough to make the reader believe that they are truly listening to a dog tell the story. His newest book, The Sound and the Furry, is one of his best efforts. Chet and Bernie leave the deserts of Arizona and head to the waterways between Baton Rouge an
Mary (BookHounds)
Oct 15, 2013 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2013, mystery


Chet and Bernie - ROAD TRIP!
When the pair have a chance encounter with a perp working on a chain gang, they are offered a job near New Orleans to find a missing person. The guy they are looking for is the only one of a set of brothers that is law-abiding and an inventor, Ralph Boultette. The cast of characters in this latest installment are right out of central casting. Just before they leave for the Bayou, Bernie is attacked
Apr 15, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
The Sound and the Furry
Spencer Quinn

Who is the first one through the door? Chet the Jet, of course. Chet is as lovable and curious as ever and Bernie manages to not be too much of a klutz in this latest Chet and Bernie Mystery.

Chet and Bernie, of the Little Detective Agency, are off on a new adventure, this time in Louisiana. They are looking for Ralph Boutette, the missing brother of Frenchie, a perp Chet and Bernie put away and who now hires them to find his brother. Before they can leave tow
Chet and human Bernie Little are back on the job, this time hired by someone Bernie helped send to prison; the job is to find this prisoner's missing brother, who is straight as an arrow. This job takes them out of Arizona (and it certainly mentions that that's where they are from and into Louisiana, including the bayou. Feuding families, gangs and even a certain large reptile figure in this story, along with a new oil rig about to open up.

This was another amusing tale told by Chet, rife with ad
Doug Dams
Sep 18, 2013 Doug Dams rated it really liked it
I've wondered if I would get bored with the Chet and Bernie mysteries. After I've read number 6 the answer is still NO. These books are great, written from the perspective of Chet. This book is a page turner and was hard to put down. There was a change in locale from Arizona to New Orleans that provided some freshness to the characters of the bad guys and the smells that Chet encounters. This is a missing person case with Chet and Bernie trying to track down an eccentric inventor, while getting ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Carly rated it it was amazing
There are two things that put Sound and the Furry into my Five Stars for Being So Good At What It Set Out To Be category.
(1) In terms of capturing the canine mentality, it's the best hardboiled detective story written from a dog's point of view that I've ever read.
(2) I'm pretty sure it's about the only hardboiled detective story written from a dog's point of view that I've ever read. of review is here

I disapprove of GoodReads' new policy of censorship (see Ceridwen's great summary her
Oct 10, 2013 Stacey rated it really liked it
Delightful! I always enjoy the Chet and Bernie mysteries and this was no exception. Bernie runs the detective agency and Chet tells the story - and he's the dog. I'm always so tickled by Chet's take on the world and all the things we smelling-impaired humans take for granted - or totally miss. For a change of pace, they have left the Valley (in Arizona) and traveled to New Orleans (always a good setting for a tale). Chet's description of the smell of a gator (murky, peppery, poopy) made me laugh ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Spuddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another pleasant, light read, although I listened to the audio version of these as I have with all of them--the reader is very good and I'm not sure I'd have stuck with it this long without his narration.

I have to say the books are getting a bit hum drum--and repetitive though; how much 'different' can you do when the books are told from the dog's point of view even if the venue and the crime being investigated are different? Still, I think as long as I leave enough time between books, I'll con
Stef Rozitis
May 07, 2016 Stef Rozitis rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like hypermasculine detectives, people who want to read a convincing dog's POV
This book had some enjoyable passages. The author kept Chet's (the dog's) voice up consistently which at times seemed like sheer brilliance but could also at times be wearing and monotonous not to mention illogical (like Chet's come then he remembers the story enough to be telling it in past tense?) Chet's idolatry of Bernie while understandable if he is a dog also was something I grew weary of quite quickly and thought over the top. But then Bernie was in so many. many way ...more
Gloria Feit
Apr 07, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
In the sixth and newest book in the Chet and Bernie Mystery series, our favorite four-legged private investigator, Chet the Dog, and Bernie Little, his partner in the Little Detective Agency, are back on the job: a good thing, considering their cash-flow problems. A hefty retainer convinces Bernie to take on the cases: the brother of a man Bernie has once sent to jail, albeit with no hard feelings, hires Bernie to find his brother, Ralph Boutette, who has completely dropped out of sight.

On the
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Sep 20, 2013 Bebe (Sarah) Brechner rated it it was amazing
Another perfectly satisfying entry in this unique and fascinating series. This time Chet and Bernie go to the bayou murkiness of New Orleans on a case, which makes for a great change of pace from their usual desert landscape. The viewpoint still holds up extremely well -- Chet's doggy perspective remains succinct and delightful. Quinn's stories are in a league of their own. Highly recommended series.
Oct 24, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it
I can't say enough good things about the books in the wonderful series, and I can't wait for the next book. The cover and back cover on this one give you an idea of what Chet the amazing dog looks like. He's like I imagined with his mismatched ears. If you've not read a Chet and Bernie book, start at the beginning and get cracking. You won't be sorry.
Dec 19, 2015 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
This is another fine adventure for Chet and Bernie. It is just as much fun as the others I've read and I have to say that they are all delightful. The author writes these novels in sort of a canine stream of consciousness as Chet the dog describes the action. As always, the author provides an interesting setting, this time one of the bayous near New Orleans. There is an interesting family feud in the middle of the plot that adds to the mystery and the tension of the story. Bernie as usual is tou ...more
Dolores Feldman kunze
Oct 04, 2013 Dolores Feldman kunze rated it it was amazing
I love all of the Chet and Bernie mysteries and will never get tired of them.
Dec 25, 2013 Monnie rated it really liked it
For anyone looking for mystery and suspense with more than a little bit of fun thrown in, I highly recommend any of the books featuring private eye Bernie Little and his four-legged companion Chet. This is the sixth in the series, and so far, I haven't found a clinker in the bunch.

All are "narrated" by the lovable, highly intelligent and loyal Chet, who flunked out of law enforcement canine training at the tail end and was adopted by Bernie. This time, Bernie drives past a prison chain gang and
Jun 12, 2014 Jan rated it liked it
This is the sixth book in the series. I've read and loved all of them until this one. Not that I didn't find Chet as lovable and funny as ever, I'm just starting to find them a bit too formulaic with this latest one.

Just like the Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich, one of my other go-to brain candy books, I want to see some growth in the characters and some new situations. I want to see Stephanie maybe actually finally learn how to use that gun of hers or put some darn bullets in it, or
Paul Pessolano
Oct 08, 2013 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
“The Sound and the Furry” by Spencer Quinn, published by Atria Books.

Category – Mystery/Comedy Publication Date – September 10, 2013

This is the sixth book in the series featuring PI Bernie Little and his canine companion Chet. If one is looking for a very light mystery with comedy and a story told from the viewpoint of a dog this would be a very good series to get into.

Chet is a one hundred pound plus dog that flunked out of K-9 school. He is a vital part of the Little Detective Agency. The agen
Nov 20, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
This is the sixth entry in the “Little Detective Agency” series and once again Bernie (the human) and Chet (the narrating dog) are on a case; this time to solve a kidnapping in the Bayous of New Orleans. Bernie is hired by the wife of man he put behind bars (or as Chet would put it … “Breaking some rocks in the hot sun”) to find out what happened to her brother-in-law. Ralph is the only law abiding member of the Boutette family and after a shrimp heist all indications are that the long running f ...more
Lis Carey
Oct 31, 2013 Lis Carey rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, dogs, fiction
Chet and Bernie are back, and due to Bernie's odd habit of befriending the perps he gets locked up, they're on their way to Louisiana, to look for the only honest member--and almost the only smart member--of the Boutette family, who has mysteriously gone missing.

Frenchie Boutette, now doing time including working a highway cleanup crew as a prisoner of the state of California, is worried because his wife, Vannah, reports that his brother Ralph is missing. Frenchie has convinced his brothers, Duk
Nov 26, 2013 Viccy rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Chet and Bernie comprise the Little Detective Agency. Bernie handles the two-legged requirements; Chet deals with anything having to do with four legs. Bernie and Chet are hired to go to Louisiana to figure out where Ralph Boutette is; his brother, Frenchie, cracking rocks in the hot sun thanks to Chet and Bernie, is worried about him. Before they can even leave the Valley, they are confronted by Cale Rugh, who tries to pay them to stay away. But they head off to Louisiana and run into the ongoi ...more
Megan Kelly
Apr 09, 2014 Megan Kelly rated it it was amazing
What fun! Chet, my favorite canine, narrates his latest missing persons case, going along with his human partner, P.I. Bernie Little, to New Orleans. Hijinks ensue, and I have to say, I spent some anxious moments waiting for Chet to get to safety at one point. Silly I know, but that's how engaging Chet is.
Spencer Quinn continues his remarkable work, keeping Chet sounding believable and dog-like (which is almost human, but Chet brings other talents to the table). Once again, I listened to the aud
Jan 21, 2016 Quillracer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry in the series.

I don’t know how a dog thinks – I doubt anyone really does – but Quinn makes Chet’s narration believable with two minor exceptions. He has a tendency to repeat Chet’s thoughts about some things a little too often and he gives Chet too much ability vision-wise. As I understand it, dogs are colorblind and (except for sight hounds) lack the sharp vision of humans. Chet has both in abundance.

Chet’s somewhat rather scattered thought processes offset the darker aspects
Jan 17, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A good level of suspense until the last 70 pages when the wrap-up left me confused. Chet and Bernie visit Louisiana to look for the missing brother of a man whom they have arrested in Arizona. He's the only good egg in a family of characters. He's an eccentric inventor living out in the bayou and he's just vanished. Naturally an evil oil company could be involved and then there's a ton of stolen shrimp and a feud dating from the Civil War between two families. Chet gets to meet some of the critt ...more
Deborah Carden
It's hard to pick a favorite because I am pretty much "binge listening" to the series, but I think this may be my favorite. Lots of colorful Louisiana characters in the mix. Chet captures the sounds, sights, and especially the smells of Louisiana perfectly.
Oct 22, 2013 Martha rated it really liked it
It's so much fun to get another story about Chet and Bernie each year about this time. This time they have a job in bayou country and head south on a road trip, Chet, of course, riding shotgun in Bernie's ancient Porche. And what kind of mischief can a dog get into in the bayou? How about an underwater wrestle with an alligator after doing a little damage to a couple of thugs and swimming several miles inside the restricting tentacles of a fishing net? That's our hero, Chet. Of course he gets t ...more
Novel Destination
Apr 05, 2015 Novel Destination rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy the premise of this PI mystery series. The stories are told through the smell(Chet reminds us how strong his sense of smell as compared to humans), sight, touch, hearing and taste of PI Bernie Little's dog companion, Chet the Jet. You can almost believe that the author, Spencer Quinn, actually speaks and writes Dog as a first language instead of English. The mystery is full of twists and interesting characters but hearing it all from Chet's point of view makes it so much more fun! ...more
Robin Lee Hatcher
I enjoy these Chet and Bernie mysteries and am a huge fan of the narrator of the audiobook versions; Jim Frangione brings Chet to life in my imagination. I love being in Chet the Jet's head. But there is occasional coarse/crude language in these books, so be advised of that.

This book was different from those that have gone before because the detective duo travel from California to Louisiana for a job, giving the story a new, distinct flavor. I kept wanting to warn Chet what that peppery smell wa
Apr 01, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok
Although there are a few cute doggy lines, this story woofs along much too slowly for me. 4 of 10 stars
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Spencer Quinn lives on Cape Cod with his dog Audrey, and is hard at work on the next Chet and Bernie adventure.

Spencer Quinn is a pseudonym of author Peter Abrahams.

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