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The Sound and the Furry

(Chet and Bernie Mystery #6)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,598 ratings  ·  498 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 10, 2013 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 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 he brings "other
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Chet and Bernie can be counted on to relieve anxiety or at least distract from the 24/7 news-feed. They comprise the Little Detective Agency and their successes are narrated by the K-9 partner, Chet.

Yes, Chet considers himself an equal in this enterprise and he is Bernie’s biggest booster. His sense of smell reveals a lot but he can only communicate so much to his partner. Thus, in this way, Quinn can reveal things to us readers that Bernie has yet to figure out. The humor comes from Chet being
Margaret Wilkening
Aug 03, 2013 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 a
Apr 15, 2013 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
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, 2013


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
Doug Dams
Sep 13, 2013 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
Megan Kelly
Mar 27, 2014 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
I did not enjoy this Chet and Bernie mystery as much as the others I have read. Although there was an incredible chapter where Chet is separated from Bernie in a very perilous situation. It was very well written and riveting.
Regina Tapoohi
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This is my least favorite of a normally delightful series. Just too many loose ends. The feeling I get that he got bored with the book, or out of ideas and just quickly finished it leaving a lot unexplained. However the series definitely makes you want to get a dog. Chet is such a wonderful boisterous companion. If Bernie puts him out to stud I want one of the puppies. You know the saying “I got a dog for my husband” if the dog is like Chet it’s a good exchange.
Dec 19, 2013 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
Nov 03, 2013 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 09, 2013 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
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
Jul 04, 2014 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
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Sep 20, 2013 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. ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dolores Feldman kunze
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love all of the Chet and Bernie mysteries and will never get tired of them.
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humor
Bernie is driving along one day and sees a prison work crew on the side of the road. One of the convicts is Frenchie Boutette, a guy they sent up the river, so they stop to chat. Frenchie begs them to look for his missing brother Ralph, so Bernie and Chet find themselves driving to New Orleans on the case.

Another fun convoluted case, and the change of venue was nice. But once again it's the little irritating things that keep me from giving this more than 3 stars. First as usual the author separa
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Book 6 of the series told from the point of view of the dog whose master is a private eye. Love the premise, but the execution has been pretty spotty...

Meh, this one didn't hold up so well. Characters were very one dimensional and uninteresting....I really didn't care what happened to anyone. The bad guy's motivations were unclear/implausible (view spoiler)
Sherry Oliver
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Chet and Bernie. So glad I discovered this series. Perfect for road trips this summer. Don't hold back. Get your copy now! ...more
Patricia Markus
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sound and the Furry did not disappoint!

Once again Chet and Bernie are on a case only this time in a new location. A location with different areas of trouble that Chet and Bernie can get into. This story does not disappoint!
Shazza Maddog
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chet and Bernie are back in another mystery, this one taking them all the way to the Big Easy, where the brother of one of the perps they've caught in the past has gone missing.

Ralph Boutette is the genius brother of the Boutettes, known locally for being a loner except for his dog, Napoleon. The Boutettes may or may not have been involved in a shrimp heist, and the Robideaus, fellow fisherfolk as well as part of the local police department, may or may not have been the original owners of the s
Joshua Thompson
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, easy read and a solid mystery. And Chet (the dog) remains a very fun narrator.
Robin Wright
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
I usually enjoy the Chet and Bernie books, but I had trouble with this one. It may just be me, but I got tired of Chet’s predictable miscomprehension and wanted to just get on with the plot.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popsugar-rc-2020
Another fun read about Chet and Bernie. Great semi-cozy mystery series.
Stef Rozitis
May 07, 2016 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
Lis Carey
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs, mystery, 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
Paul Pessolano
Oct 06, 2013 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
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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.

* A Chet and Bernie Mystery


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Chet and Bernie Mystery (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • To Fetch a Thief (A Chet and Bernie Mystery, #3)
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  • Paw and Order (A Chet and Bernie Mystery, #7)
  • Scents and Sensibility (A Chet and Bernie Mystery, #8)
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