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Dog on It

(Chet and Bernie Mystery #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  19,614 ratings  ·  3,408 reviews
Meet Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, who works alongside Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator. Chet might have flunked out of police school ("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"), but he's a detective through and through.
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Hardcover, First Atria Books hardcover edition, 305 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by Atria Books (first published February 4th 2009)
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Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a positively cute read! Perfect for all dog lovers!

The entire book is told from the perspective of Chet. Who’s Chet? Glad you asked! He’s an adorable, furry, four-pawed delight with two different colored ears. Yup! Chet's a dog!

Chet’s partner in crime and best pal in the whole wide world is Bernie. A down on his luck private investigator, and together duo make an amazing team.

I loved Chet’s…Ooh look! A squirrel moments when he forgets what he’s doing at any given second. Or catching hims
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
There are types of books I don't like, don't care for, or downright can't stand. Two of them are 'Cozy Mysteries' and 'Run-of-the-mill Thriller'.

So, when 'Dog On It' was recommended to me by a friend, I rolled my eyes at the cornball title and politely refused this canine-perspective mystery. She insisted, said it wasn't what I thought it would be, and I gave in. Last week I cracked it open with little enthusiasm, intending it to be more of a personal exercise in speed-reading just so I could t
Bernie was a Private Investigator tasked with finding a missing teenager; his sidekick and partner in the Private Eye business was Chet, canine narrator and all round “good guy”. But between Chet’s highly trained skills, his sensitive nose and Bernie’s dogged determination, their search for Madison took them far and wide. From Las Vegas to New Mexico and across the vast desert – but would they find her? It seemed that there were bad guys at every turn. Chet wished he could talk at times so Berni ...more
Manuel Antão
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, favorites
My first Spencer Quinn and won't be the last. It's not only for dog lovers. The rest of the pack can also appreciate the book.

The book features one of the most appealing narrators to come down the mystery novel in quite some time: Chet the dog, the steady and stalwart companion of private investigator Bernie Little. DOG ON IT is the best by far any mystery book that has been written in years. What a funny, entertaining, clever read. The dog's voice is what makes the book so appealing to me.

Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of dogs and mysteries
Recommended to carol. by: Richard Derus
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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Bernie Little, graduate of West Point and former cop, runs the 'Little Detective Agency,' which consists of Bernie and his dog Chet. The agency is located somewhere in the New Mexico/Nevada area.

The book is narrated by Chet from his doggy point of view, which makes it fun since he doesn't quite get idioms, is confused by conversations, sees the world through his schnoz, and is always on the lookout for a tasty snack. Chet has heard Bernie talking about the agency's 'cash flow problem
Feb 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Richard Derus
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Those of us who read a lot often have a tendency to fall into particular grooves when we choose our reading material. If we're into crime, we inclined to read successive crime novels, similarly, for me the historical fiction genre, my favourite.

Sometimes it is both enjoyable and therapeutic to branch out and explore other genres. After a number of very solid, earnest reads in recent weeks, I opted to grab from my library a humorous book. What a good idea that was!

I must preface my review here by
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Mysteries, Dogs & Humor
I read Dog On It because a friend recommended it, saying it made her laugh. I like dogs and I like laughs. Plus, after just coming off of reading The Art of Racing in the Rain, a truly great book narrated by a dog, I thought this was a perfect time to do so. I had no other expectations going into Dog On It, except knowing that it was the first in a “Chet and Bernie Mystery” series (one of them has got to be the dog right?), and there is also a praise on the cover by Stephen King. What more could ...more
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Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, mystery, dogs
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
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was looking for something light and maybe fun but still a mystery and I had this book. And It really was all of that. The perspective of the dog is uniquely fun and fresh and novel. Yes, the mystery is basic and not exactly new, but from the eye of a dog it certainly was. This is a light, fun and easy read.
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Kay
Chet the Jet
★★★★☆ (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, kidnapper
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Jan 31, 2009 added it
Recommended to Tattered Cover by: Isa, Jackie, Joe
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
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this story. I appreciated the way the story was told from the perspective of a dog (albeit a very smart one). Aside from the unique narrator, this is a run of the mill mystery book.

So run of the mill, in fact, that I was four chapters into the audiobook version before I remembered that I'd read this book before (in a regular book version). That such a uniquely told story still managed to become unforgettable within a few years is telling.

As well, the Audible version of this bo
I listened to the audio book, and given the fact I literally had to stop the car on I-17 I was laughing so hard, I would definitely recommend the audio.

Dog on It is from Chet the dog's perspective, and he is a charmer. Chet isn't a very good dog, but he's a great dog especially for the almost down and out Bernie owner of The Little Detective Agency. As far as Chet is concerned Bernie can do no wrong, and that's what makes this such a charmer. Spencer Quinn jumps into the heart and mind of a dog.
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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 - somewh
Misty Mount
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my very first audiobook, believe it or not, and I really enjoyed how the story was told from the dog's hilarioius point of veiw. I'm going to have to practice with audiobooks, though because I have a tendancy to get distracted and found myself going back to listen to parts I missed. Thanks for the recommendation Carol!! ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 involving a frantic mother searching for her teenage daughter. This well-behaved and gifted student may or may not have been kidnapped, but she has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. With Chet’s highly trained nose leading the way, their hunt for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locales—until the bad ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
The is the first book in the Chet and Bernie Series. I enjoyed reading the story from Chet point of view. This we find Bernie taking a case of a missing teenager. Chet version of the action is fun. I like the fact of people actions regarding animal abuse was highlighted in this story. No I don't condone it but it exists. I plan on reading the others in the series. ...more
I really enjoyed this book and will read more in the series, despite the anti-feline bias. Oh well, I guess that’s to be expected from a book narrated by a dog. 😹
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second Chet and Bernie book
I must admit I liked #10 better. Maybe because the characters have grown more. Needless to say I will be reading more of their lives. This from someone who doesn’t really take a shine to animals narrating stories. Um except for Duncton Woods series, Watership Down, Skallagrigg and Mmm!!
Maybe I mean I’m not keen on detective animal books except for Geronimo Stilton.
So adult detective stories with an animal proponent! Ok Chet wins hands down!
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Judy Lesley
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Told entirely from the point of view of Chet (aka Chet the Jet) a dog who almost passed the police K-9 training course, this is one book that will have you wondering about every single move your dog makes. Chet belongs to Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency (ahem, an unfortunate name, right?) and his job is to help Bernie crack their cases. This time there is a 15 year old girl who might have run away, might have been kidnapped and it's a super sized problem for our detective team to so ...more
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
I'm not exactly a dog lover but that didn't keep me from enjoying Dog On It!: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn. I had read several favorable reviews that called this debut novel light hearted, creative, hilarious, and promised something different. It seemed like the perfect laid back read for the holidays. Dog On It! delivered. Not just a mystery, but an insightful look into a special relationship as Chet, our canine narrator and his human assistant, Bernie, sink their teeth into solvi ...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.

* A Chet and Bernie Mystery


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“Chet! What are you eating?”

Nothing. It was true. The eating part was over.”
“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.” 14 likes
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