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Thereby Hangs a Tail (Chet and Bernie Mystery #2)

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The second book of an irresistible series narrated by a loveable and wise dog. In the newest Chet and Bernie mystery, Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly. ""We run a detective agency, me and Bernie, called the Little Detective Agency on account of Little being Bernie's last name. My name's Chet, pure and simple. Headquarters is our house on Mesquite Roa ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Atria (first published December 14th 2009)
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Robert
Feb 07, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robert-s-reads
Me and Bernie working a case. There’s nothing better. The wind whipping my fur, the barking—I was barking?—my head out the window taking in the breeze and the smells—don’t even get me started on the desert smells after a hard rain. The squirrels and the choke—squirrel—collar and the tumbleweeds and steak (juicy deliciousness) and bacon (definitely not the crisp kind) and little rats and weasels and biting pant legs and opening doors and hamburger and chew strips and an entire family pack of baco ...more
Richard Derus
Jun 12, 2013 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: The second book of an irresistible series narrated by a loveable and wise dog. In the newest Chet and Bernie mystery, Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly. "We run a detective agency, me and Bernie, called the Little Detective Agency on account of Little being Bernie's last name. My name's Chet, pure and simple. Headquarters is our house on Mesquite Road, a nice place with a big tree out front, perfect for napping under, and the whole ca
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Jim
This is the second of the Chet & Bernie mysteries, but stands alone very well. While I'm glad I read the first book, I would not have been lost at all if I hadn't. I got this from the library & really liked the reader, Jim Frangione, who captures Chet's voice perfectly.

If you haven't read either book, it is a private detective, Bernie Little, & his dog, Chet, on mystery cases told from Chet's point of view. I often like first person narrators since, while unreliable, they lend an imm
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Howard
Dec 11, 2014 Howard rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, humor
I have read a book narrated by a horse (Robert E. Lee's Traveler), a cat (Sneaky Pie Brown), and now a dog (Chet). The horse is a much better storyteller. Of course, he did have an unfair advantage, being present at the biggest battles of the Civil War.

I got suckered into this book by its dust jacket which has a shot of Monument Valley, one of my very favorite locations. The story does take place in a valley, but it is not Monument. It is only a generic valley called the Valley. And it was only
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Karin
Chet and Bernie are back in this second installment, Chet not only preferring to ride shotgun, but narrating this story in his canine fashion. Bernie is hired by a woman to help guard Princess, a tiny showdog that has been threatened, and to be perfectly honest he did it because the pay was great. But he ends up quitting soon on, only to be rehired by this same woman's husband after she and Princess go missing, as does Suzie Sanchez, Bernie's love interest who we met in the first book. And then ...more
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Jackie says:

The long awaited second installment of the private investigation adventures of Bernie and Chet from "Dog On It" (now out in paperback)is almost here! Yes, the boys are back in January, kicking bad guy butt and wagging tail. I found this book even more fun than the first one. This time they've become involved in a kidnapping (though no one is sure if the intended victim was the rich lady or her prize winning show dog) that blossoms into mayhem and murder. This will be an absolute hit,
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Almeta
Jan 09, 2012 Almeta rated it really liked it
In the span of only two books, the Chet and Bernie Mystery Series has moved to my Favorites list. For me that is saying something. It usually takes several volumes before I realize that I am getting to know the characters, and have enough interest in them to read on to the next one.

Bernie a stumbling biped, with no sense of hearing or sight or smell to speak of, is Chet's partner in the business of detection.

Chet a quadruped with every sense heightened, is perplexed that any mystery gets solved
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Mark
Mar 20, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recentlyread
Actually, 4.75. Though Chet can't count past 2. Despite the lack of fingers and math skills, he is a terrific private eye who doesn't give up until he's got the perp by the pantleg. All in good fun, Quinn's fiction (this is the second Chet and Bernie mystery, and even better than the first one) is smart, literary, and convincing. Well, maybe a dog can't really narrate a crime story in Philip Marlowe-esque prose, especially since all those similes and metaphors distract him (dogs are very literal ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
Jul 08, 2009 Mary (BookHounds) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
I wish I could find a picture to post of the cover as it is a great picture of Chet's silhouette. I loved this one as much as the first in the series. Chet and Bernie have another adventure while looking for a kidnapped championship dog and her owner. Of course, it alls goes wrong and Chet saves the day again. It is amazing how Quinn brings the dogs and their thoughts to life. I think Quinn's secret identity is really a dog. I highly recommend this series.
kari
May 19, 2015 kari rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
While being very good mysteries, these Chet and Bernie books are also so funny. I find myself laughing out loud at Chet's ideas and behaviors. He really does not like cats.
What I think is so well done is that Chet is absolutely a dog. He needs to clear his head, so he gives himself a good all-over shake and that feels better. He hears a growl and is surprised to realize it is coming from him.
And he always thinks Bernie is the best and smartest. Isn't that what you'd hope your dog to thinks of yo
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Marge Begley
Sep 23, 2014 Marge Begley rated it it was amazing
Sorry readers but this is not a review although I have read this book. I have given all the Chet and Bernie mystery series 5 stars simply for the pure enjoyment of reading them. If you end up loving a book and want to read it over and over and you fall in love with the characters isn't that worthy of 5 stars? Not only have I read them, I have listened to the recordings. Can anything be better than to hear one of your most beloved book characters talk?
Since I now have read all of Chet and Bern
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Jill Furedy
Apr 18, 2012 Jill Furedy rated it liked it
So dogs don't really understand each other much better than we understand them. That's what I got from Princess and Chet's interactions, which I suppose was the right way to go for this. I did like Princess and wouldn't have minded her being more involved. But again, we're following the standard mystery formula...small town sheriff gone bad, kidnapped reporter, drugged out hippies in a van in the desert. The part that I thought could get interesting was when Chet wound up at the bombing site wit ...more
Willow Brook
Jun 22, 2013 Willow Brook rated it really liked it
This series isn't for everyone. A dog as narrator sounds cheesy and probably is, unless you love dogs. Then you are likely to love Chet, the canine partner of Private Investigator Bernie. Chet is a fabulous character, very much a dog yet incredibly smart the way we think our own much loved dogs are. He doesn't always understand the nuances of what people are saying or the complexities of some of their interactions, but he makes up for that with his own canine senses and zest for life. His take o ...more
Ritu
Jan 19, 2013 Ritu rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This was my first Chet and Bernie book. I listened to the audio book in my car as I travelled to work back and forth. I was in splits with Chet's observations.

For the uninitiated to the Chet and Bernie series, the books are written in Chet's voice. Chet is a dog who lives and works with Bernie, a human, and helps in investigations and solves cases. He adores Bernie and the two of them are a great team.

Often in the book, as Chet overhears human conversations and goes on parallel tangent trying t
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Sheila
May 01, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it
Thereby Hangs a Tail is Spencer Quinn’s second Chet and Bernie mystery, but the first one I’ve read. Told from the point of view of hundred-pound canine Chet, it’s a tale of mystery and suspense, with occasional squirrels, dog biscuits, car chases and the chance to chew a bad guy’s pant leg. The voice reads like a cross between Mr. Ed and LA Noir. The digressions are fun and thoroughly canine. And the plot is nicely drawn, becoming clear despite the curious viewpoint, with just the right amount ...more
Betty
Aug 10, 2015 Betty rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
I have now read 3 of these books, two hardback large print from my library. I have enjoy reading about Chet's endeavours and often smile at his Chet's comments. I remove one star as the characters have not grown. It is annoying to read Chet's actions in each book. Chet gets lost in the desert at some point. This time with Princess, a white toy poodle. This a new adventure. Bernie's is missing persons and we meet crooked lawmen. I plan reading the rest of the series as I enjoy the books.
Katie
Aug 09, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
I think I could only love these books more if I had written them. Chet is the most endearing dog in the world (after my own, of course). Quinn has given a dog the perfect voice. I always wondered what my dog was thinking, but Quinn has verbalized it - everything Chet thinks, I believe he is actually thinking.

This mystery involves a kidapped show dog named Princess and her owner - and Chet and Bernie are on the case! All readers are in for a treat when this book comes out in January.
Joyce
Summary: The second book of an irresistible series narrated by a loveable and wise dog. In the newest Chet and Bernie mystery, Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly. "We run a detective agency, me and Bernie, called the Little Detective Agency on account of Little being Bernie's last name. My name's Chet, pure and simple. Headquarters is our house on Mesquite Road, a nice place with a big tree out front, perfect for napping under, and the whole canyon easily accessible out back ...more
Sarah
May 12, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Chet and Bernie and their first book, Dog on It, so I was looking forward to reading the sequel. Why? Because Chet the dog is one heck of a narrator. His ADHD seems to be just like a real dog, so be ready for interruptions of fast moving objects and interesting smells. Once again, Chet solves the mystery first and it takes awhile for his private investigator owner to catch up. Princess, an award winning white poofball dog, is kidnapped, along with her millionaire owner. Chet an ...more
Cathy
Apr 17, 2011 Cathy rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable story told from the perspective of a PI's dog. It's not cutesy enough for me to categorize it as a cozy mystery, but it petty cute if you happen to be a dog lover. Quinn does great job of capturing what I imagine a dog's inner monologue would be while still laying out a suspenseful human mystery tale. I found it to be a relatively quick but not too fluffy read. All of my friends know that I'm a sucker for books with dogs in them, but I think that this series is much better than ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Jan 10, 2010 Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it
Bernie and Chet are back and this time they are somewhat joined by a little poodle named Princess!! Fans of Dog On It will not be disappointed. Laughs abound and Chet warms all our hearts with his funny dog thoughts as Bernie tries to find a missing show dog and its very rich owner.

Also missing is Bernie's "kinda" girlfriend, Suzie. Suzie has gone missing from a ghost town while following a link to the missing poodle. Bernie has his hands full and some possibly "dirty" sheriffs keep popping up
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Susan
Mar 21, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers who want a light read
Recommended to Susan by: Tara
3 1/2 stars. Okay, I'm not ashamed to admit it – I like the occasional book narrated by a dog or a cat or any other improbable creature as long as it is decently written and it entertains me. The second in this series, narrated by P. I. Bernie's dog and sidekick, Chet, fits the bill. Although there are deaths and bad things, this is pretty light as a mystery goes. The mystery, in this case a missing show dog (Princess) and a missing person, is secondary to Chet's viewpoint. What I love is how Ch ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 07, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dog lovers everywhere
Pooch-loving private eye Bernie Little and his canine sidekick Chet return in this sequel to Dog on It, which proves even better than the original. Bernie and Chet are hired then fired then rehired in a case involving a tiny, puffy champion show dog named Princess. When Princess and her millionaire owner, Adelina Borghese, go missing -- and Bernie's on again-off again girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, soon disappears too -- the detecting duo have their hands full in tracking everyone down.

Narrated by C
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Andrea Larson
Nov 17, 2010 Andrea Larson rated it really liked it
This was a great Chet and Bernie mystery - the first I've read but the second the author's written. I'll be sure to check out Dog On It, which was the first, and To Fetch a Thief, the latest. The charm of the books are that they're narrated by Chet the dog, whose personality shines through.

Like the most recent book I reviewed, Half-Broke Horses, this one takes place in the Valley, presumably the Phoenix area, although it's not named as such. Bernie Little is the sole proprietor of the Little Det
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Jackie
The long awaited second installment of the private investigation adventures of Bernie and Chet from "Dog On It" (now out in paperback)is almost here! Yes, the boys are back in January, kicking bad guy butt and wagging tail. I found this book even more fun than the first one. This time they've become involved in a kidnapping (though no one is sure if the intended victim was the rich lady or her prize winning show dog) that blossoms into mayhem and murder. This will be an absolute hit, no question ...more
Justin
Feb 19, 2010 Justin rated it really liked it
Just picked up my second Chet & Bernie whodunit this afternoon, and just finished it a few minutes ago. I have to admit that I've developed a real fondness for both of those characters, and Spencer Quinn's writing strikes a tone I find quite soothing. Spinning a good mystery yarn helps quite a bit, but his conceit of having Chet the Jet be the narrator is quite the useful literary device in and of itself. Since he's a dog, Chet doesn't always pick up all the conversation around him, and so y ...more
Patti
Dec 22, 2010 Patti rated it liked it
I loved the first book in this series and eagerly awaited the second book. I still loved Chet's voice, but I wasn't as thrilled with this book. A lot of Chetisms from the first book showed up again here. That's okay I guess, but I kinda felt like the author used up a lot of his good material in the first book and was left scrambling. Further, the Chet gets separated from Bernie and ends up on a choke chain shtick really needs to not appear in any more of these books, ever. And like the first boo ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
2.5/5; 3 stars; C+

I really enjoyed Jim Frangione's narration and the POV of Chet the wonder dog. If you are a dog lover you will probably enjoy this book. Unfortunately, although the two things I mentioned were big pluses, the story itself did not hold my interest.
Correen
Nov 17, 2012 Correen rated it it was ok

This is the second of Quinn's Chet and Bernie mystery series. The draw of the series is that Chet is a dog and he, quite ably, narrates each book. Chet is, of course, a very special dog who understands more about the crime than any human could but he is easily distracted, mostly by food or animals, and has limited vocabulary. The purpose of the book is to entertain and it does.

In this second book, Bernie is hired to protect a show dog but, of course, the story is never that simple. There is kidn
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Paul
Jun 26, 2011 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is my second review of a Bernie & Chet mystery (the earlier one I read was titled Dog Gone It). I won't pretend these books are anything other than light reads, but they are fun. The hook is that they're narrated by Chet, Bernie's canine sidekick, a mixed breed K-9 school dropout with a penchant for getting into trouble, which, twice now, has resulted in dognappings by bad guys. Bernie & Chet live in an anonymous southwest desert city with a striking resemblance to Phoenix, where Be ...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)
  • Dog on It (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #1)
  • To Fetch a Thief (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #3)
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