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Dog on It (Chet and Bernie Mystery #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  14,903 Ratings  ·  2,677 Reviews
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 involving a frantic mother searching for her te
Paperback, 305 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2008)
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Bill Wellivere It does contain profanity albeit not much. Probably (sadly) no more that kids hear every day.

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Mar 04, 2013 Robert 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
Feb 09, 2014 Carol. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Derus
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
Feb 14, 2009 Red rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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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
Nov 10, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 19, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 03, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it
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
Misty Mount
Jan 19, 2017 Misty Mount rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!

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 proble
Jan 23, 2010 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 29, 2015 kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, 2015
This book is just pure fun. The mystery is very well done, with the clues adding up and what Chet knows, but can't actually tell anyone because he's a dog, perfectly put together.
I love the "voice" of Chet. This reads like exactly what a detective dog might be thinking, with an emphasis on the dog parts. He will start to ponder a situation and get distracted because he finds a dusty Cheeto under the bed. Or how he barks which causes his friend, who lives next door, to yip and they go back and fo
Dec 02, 2013 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2009 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Lisa Vegan
Feb 11, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  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
Brian Toohey
Apr 02, 2010 Brian Toohey rated it did not like it
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
Jun 13, 2015 Betty 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.
A very different kind of PI novel since the first person narration was provided by Chet the canine half of the Little Detective Agency. Chet was great and Bernie, the human half of the partnership, was pretty competent too. The plot revolved around a missing person case and was fine. Listened to the audio version which was read by Jim Frangione who did a great job channeling Chet.
Jennifer Griffith
May 11, 2010 Jennifer Griffith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 17, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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.
Jan 07, 2015 Sharyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Penny Watson
May 05, 2015 Penny Watson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fearless-fiction
4.5 stars rounded up

Adorable mystery with a dog narrator. Quirky, clever, fun, and well-written. Sign me up for the rest of the series!
[wrote in portuguese]

Opinião no blogue The Mistery's Garden: Opinião | O Estranho Caso da Rapariga Raptada, de Spencer Quinn

O Estranho Caso da Rapariga Raptada é daqueles policiais leves que nos lembram muito histórias como as dos episódios da série O Inspetor Max.

Neste livro, o protagonista é Chet, um cão que chumbou na escola de cães-polícia e que tem como dono Bernie Little, um detetive privado divorciado da mulher, Leda, e afastado do filho Charlie. É também ele o narrador da história, se
P.D.R. Lindsay
Mar 01, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2010 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review applies to the audio version.

First in the Chet & Bernie mystery series told from the point of view of Chet, the dog. His partner in Little Investigations, Bernie Little, is the be-all and end-all of Chet's world. He doesn't always quite 'get' what's going on in Bernie's life, and while he realizes that Bernie's a bit of a mess--he drinks too much and doesn't handle the finances very well--Chet just loves him unconditionally.

Chet & Bernie are hired by a distraught mother to
Feb 24, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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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“Chet! What are you eating?”

Nothing. It was true. The eating part was over.”
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