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The first book of the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series, an “enchanting one-of-a-kind novel” (Stephen King) that is “nothing short of masterful” (Los Angeles Times).

Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, and Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator, are quick to take a new case involvi
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Carol.
Feb 10, 2014 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dogs and mysteries
Light fun. If you are a dog lover with a tolerance for whimsy and in the mood for some mystery, Dog On It should fit the bill. Definitely a clever concept tailored for canine fans, Quinn mostly succeeds by staying faithful to the concept of dog as narrator.

Chet is waiting for his owner and partner Bernie to come home. When Bernie arrives, he smells a little boozy and Chet’s “back teeth were floating,” but needless to say, Chet’s a forgiving sort. It isn’t long before a woman drops by, begging Be
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Robert
If you ever wanted to stick your head inside a dog’s brain, wiggle it around a little, and see what decides to pop out, then DOG ON IT is the book for you. If you’re a mystery lover with a heightened sense of curiosity about said dog, then that’s even better. If you don’t love dogs on some sort of basic level, then you might find yourself in a state of uncertainty. Or maybe you like unique voices in detective fiction. But the bottom line is it’s all about the dog, and Chet fills every page with ...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.8* of five

The Publisher Says: As sidekicks, Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 have nothing on Chet and Bernie. This charming detective duo make their debut in Dog On It, the first volume in Spencer Quinn's new mystery series. The fast-paced and funny tale is narrated by the inimitable Chet, Bernie's best friend and canine partner, whose personality and preferences are never in doubt: "I liked to sleep at the foot of Bernie's bed, but my favorite napping spot was in the breakfast nook, under t
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Red
What a great read! The mystery is told from the POV of the dog, Chet. If Chet doesn't see/hear/smell it neither do we. And Chet gets distracted easily. Saves us from a lot of unnecessary tedious details. The story is written with great flair, humor and style. I'm really enjoying this book, and will be sure to read the next one when it comes out!
Tattered Cover Book Store
February might be a short and bleak month, but this year we have the debut of a new, unstoppable, hilarious, hard hitting crime fighting duo--Bernie and Chet--to look forward to. Bernie is a human private investigator with more heart than money. Chet is an almost completely trained police dog (there was an incident with a squirrel during the final field test--he'll tell you about it if he gets time later). And that's the real kicker to this team--Chet narrates the action in a very "dog nation" k ...more
Jim
This was a fun book, 3.5 stars with an extra half because it is the beginning of a series. Chet is a dog that almost graduated from the Police Academy & would have if not for a cat. Bernie is an ex-soldier & ex-cop who is now a private investigator with a big heart. The story is told from Chet's POV, which makes it pretty funny, somewhat corny, but definitely a fun read.

The writing is well done. The case is interesting, especially as we only see those portions that Chet is interested in
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Katie
I completely adored this book. It's a mystery, but the driving force behind the novel is the narrator, Chet the dog. He gives a voice to all your dogs thoughts, and Quinn is consistent in Chet's characteristics throughout. Chet will be recalling plot, and get distracted by a rabbit, or bark his head off at the neighbor's dog, without realizing he is the source of commotion until owner Bernie tells him to knock it off.

I think this book is wonderful first of all for anyone who has ever owned a dog
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Lisa Kay
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(This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ve heard Jim Frangione narrate other audiobooks, so I had to concentrate at first to remember this delightful mystery is told from a dog’s POV. Mr. Fragione does a nice job of it here. I kind of like him with a bit of ‘tongue-in-cheek,’ mixed with the ‘eagerness-to-please,’ and ‘why are these humans behaving this crazy?’ qualities in his canine narrator delivery. Oh! The things that happen to this dog! Stun-guns, bullets, knives, kidnappers, mo
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Jackie
Nov 16, 2008 Jackie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, dog lovers, anyone who loved Art of Racing in the Rain or Incredible Journey
Recommended to Jackie by: Wendy from Simon and Schuster
February might be a short and bleak month, but this year we have the debut of a new, unstoppable, hilarious, hard hitting crime fighting duo--Bernie and Chet--to look forward to. Bernie is a human private investigator with more heart than money. Chet is an almost completely trained police dog (there was an incident with a squirrel during the final field test--he'll tell you about it if he gets time later). And that's the real kicker to this team--Chet narrates the action in a very "dog nation" k ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
4 1/2 stars

This is a comic mystery told adorably from the point of view of Chet the dog. Being a dog and all, Chet has a different way of looking at things and tells the story with lots of pauses for “ahhh’s” (hooray, head scratch), and “thump thumps” (uncontrollable tail wag). He gets distracted easily by tantalizing smells. It’s super cutesy, I admit, but I love it still. Sometimes a person needs a little cutesy to balance out the ugly, mean-nasties.

Chet’s owner Bernie is a gruff, divorced pr
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Sue
Bernie and Chet (the dog) are working on a missing persons case. Told from Chet's point of view, which is...truthfull, humorous and just matter-of-fact. I love getting into the dog's brain. This is a very smart dog, who is 1/2 of the the Little Private Investigations firm. A wonderful, quick read for anyone who loves dogs, detectives and a little suspense. I had a hard time putting it down.
Cathy
I really liked this book. It's told from the perspective of a dog, Chet, owned by Bernie, a former cop and army vet who runs a not-too-prosperous private investigation agency. The book is a mystery, an interesting one but not overly suspenseful. That worked for me, too, as thrillers are too intense for me. I think this book would be very enjoyable even for mystery fans who aren't usually a big dog story fans. The style is easygoing but the pace is consistent; I didn't want to put the book down a ...more
Lisa Vegan
Mar 28, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy mysteries and/or dogs, highly to those who appreciate both
I’m now looking forward to the forthcoming books in the series; this is the first book in a new mystery series.

This is a fun, creative, and unique book that’s told from the point of view of a dog. I don’t think the author captured 100% perfectly the way a dog is but overall he seemed to do an excellent job.

I love Chet, Bernie, and Suzie. There’s a lot about Bernie I’d think I wouldn’t like, but there’s so much that’s laudable and loveable about him too. I hope that Charlie plays a bigger role in
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Brian Toohey
Apr 20, 2010 Brian Toohey rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no
A detective story told from a dog's point-of-view. I picked it up planning to pass it along to a friend, but now I feel I can't really recommend it. The dog's narrative was a little overly cute and repetitive, yet still cute and probably would have been worth a read to dog-lovers. But... the quality of the writing is mediocre at best, and the narrative is about the most simplistic, genre-recycled ideas a writer could come up with. In fact, "recycled" is too generous a term because there's not re ...more
Stephanie
A nice cozy mystery about a dog named Chet and his partner in crime-solving, PI Bernie Little.

This was a mystery novel told from the perspective of the dog and I must say, some of his inner thoughts were laugh out loud funny. There were also what I call "Lassie moments" where a healthy suspension of disbelief was in order. No spoilers here, but if you like dogs, and you like cozies, you will like this.
Sharyn
Listened to awhile ago but forgot to review it. Just relistened to # 2 so thought I would post this. Chet, the dog narrator, and Bernie, his human are detectives somewhere in Nevada. Chet thinks Bernie is the smartest human he knows, though his sense of hearing and smell are not up to Chet's. This is just an adorable book, and the mystery is good too!
Terri
Chet, an almost k-9 graduate and his partner Bernie are hired by a woman whose daughter is missing. Russians, old mines, chases, dog-nappings, a mountain lion and other obstacles are overcome as Chet narrates an absolutely fun mystery. Part of what makes this book so fun is the more dog-like narrative tricks the author uses to make it really feel the story is told by a clever (and distractible) dog. And a good mystery too. Chet doesn't always understand what is going on, and sometimes he forgets ...more
Susan
This book gave me a lot of good chuckles during a sad time for me. Bernie and Chet are partners in the Little Detective Agency; Bernie is in charge of thinking and Chet is in charge of security. Chet also tells the story, and does very well for a dog. I listened to the audio book, and Jim Frangione does an excellent job with the narration.

This was the book that my canine reading companion Raven was listening to with me when she died. Raven thought that the depiction of Chet was well done for a M
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Samantha
Feb 24, 2009 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog/ Mystery lovers
Recommended to Samantha by: Barnes and Noble and they were right!
So, I continue to be on a critter mystery reading jag. This was a feature book on the Barnes and Noble website, being marketed as 'Unputdownable.' They were absolutely right! The book was absolutely unputdownable; however, my eyelids were not. It did take me two sittings to read it, but I loved almost every second of it. (There is one incident that my delicate sensibilities thought was unnecessary and every critter lover will know what I mean when they read it.) The story of Bernie, a down on hi ...more
Jennifer Griffith
Ha ha ha. I can't stop laughing when I think back on this mystery. Bernie is a down-on-his luck private eye (like so many others of his stereotype) and he would be just another Magnum or Rockford if it weren't for Chet. Chet is his mongrel dog and the narrator of the entire story. And what a narrator! The whole thing is told in the dog's voice, and Chet is brilliant, in more ways than one. I love the way Quinn reveals the action of the story through Chet's eyes. It never wavers or goes into "hum ...more
Maddy
It isn't uncommon in the annals of crime fiction to find that two sleuths are better than one. Can you imagine Holmes without Watkins, Lydia without Bill, Rebus without Siobhan? DOG ON IT introduces yet another inspired pairing, private investigator Bernie Little and his best friend, Chet. The only unusual aspect of this is that Chet is a canine K-9 school drop-out. Bernie couldn't ask for a better partner; Chet works for food and has a knack for finding missing people. That skill comes in handy ...more
P.d.r. Lindsay
I am not a fan of twee and smaltzy books. The overly cute as Americans say. This book has a title which might or might not be funny, depending on the story inside. ‘A Chet and Bernie Mystery’ on the cover suggests a series, but I could not find details of the other books, apparently they are yet to come The cartoon style dog in a homburg hat dominates the cover illustration. Bernie is shown as a gun and a bit of Hawaiian shirt. ‘Oh no,’ I thought, this is not my sort of book, but review it I mus ...more
Mary Helene
A great dog narrator! Here's my favorite quote:

" I gazed at her in the light that spilled form the convenience store. A sad story, I knew that - and I sure as hell wouldn't want to end up in any pound myself - but still, I loved...well, just about everything, the whole deal." This dog is joyous.

What I disliked: the convention of hard-boiled detectives that celebrating means killing a couple of bottles of scotch with your buddy. Our lives are tilted in directions hinted at by our shared imaginat
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Donna
This is the first book in a cozy mystery series that features a dog, Chet, as the narrator. His owner, Bernie, is a private detective. It's a cute premise and I liked the book. Chet has some "wonder dog" attributes but he's also a real dog--he has no sense of time and he's easily distracted by smells.

This first book was on sale for $2.99. Unfortunately, the others are all at the $10 price point. I would be happy to continue with this series but that price is just too steep for such light reading
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Amanda
A real enjoyable read that brings an interesting twist to a detective story. I at first, was a little unsure about reading this book. Chet, who is a dog, is the narrator for the story. I thought it was going to be about a talking dog and have a whole fantasy or paranormal style to it. Which for me, would have gotten real old fast and would eventually get bored with it and sit it down somewhere, and never pick it back up. But, it wasn't like that at all. Its a true detective story.

Chet as a voic
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Darcia Helle
Chet is a dog that flunked out of police training. He is now partners with Bernie, a human, who is a P.I. The two are working a case and the story is told from Chet's point of view.

The plot is well-developed, interesting and moves at a good pace. Since it's told from a dog's perspective, even the serious parts have a twist of humor. This is a light, entertaining and fun read.
Chris
Rounding up because Quinn has channeled a dog in a non-cute and very accurate way.

Is the book the best mystery in the world? Nope. In fact, there are some character short cuts that are slightly annoying.

However, if you love dogs and own them, you know Chet. And Quinn captures that voice so perfectly it is amazing.

Michael
The hook of "Dog On It" is that it's a mystery told from the point of view of the investigative dog--in this case, Chet.

Amusing at first, the hook begins to wear a bit thin by the middle of the book.

As I read it, I found myself reminded of how much more clever it was when it was done in "Up."
Gail
Fell in love with the narrator, the pooch named Chet. Fallible and true to what a dog probably really thinks. It is written well enough, and the mystery doesn't have any meat to it, but Chet makes it for me.
Rose Klix
The complex mystery captured and kept my attention. The private eye's character is stereotypical. The big difference is Chet, the detective's dog. The author portrays his canine mannerisms and some personality traits like he'd studied dogs all his life. Chet is downright cute and lovable in a rough and tumble way. However, the dog's reasoning skills are not believable nor are the coincidental happenings which put him, and others who help him, back on the trail to resolve the mystery. This was a ...more
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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.

Series:
* A Chet and Bernie Mystery

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Other Books in the Series

Chet and Bernie Mystery (8 books)
  • Thereby Hangs a Tail (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #2)
  • To Fetch a Thief (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #3)
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much (Chet and Bernie #4)
  • A Fistful of Collars (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #5)
  • The Sound and the Furry (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #6)
  • Paw and Order (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #7)
  • Scents and Sensibility (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #8)
Thereby Hangs a Tail (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #2) To Fetch a Thief (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #3) The Dog Who Knew Too Much (Chet and Bernie #4) A Fistful of Collars (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #5) The Sound and the Furry (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #6)

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“Chet! What are you eating?”

Nothing. It was true. The eating part was over.”
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“I’d been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldn’t remember exactly, although blood was involved.” 8 likes
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