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Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn
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I'm so glad I discovered this super-sweet and also funny series featuring PI team Chet (a dog, and our narrator) and Bernie (his human).
The Chet and Bernie mysteries remind me in some ways of Bunnicula for adults (with the caveat that I consider Bunnicula appropriate and perhaps necessary reading fare for EVERYONE, adults included!).
What primarily makes this an "adult" book is that as Chet and Bernie solve crimes, Chet is witness to events, often not fully understood, that the reader realizes have serious implications, either regarding life and death, relationships, or even contemporary environmental issues.
Although at first glance, the story seems so funny as to be almost "fluff" reading, Spencer Quinn (a pseudonym for a well-known crime writer) actually writes with the talent of capturing deep feelings and wisdom, with a few simple, carefully chosen words.
Since the story is told from a dog's perspective, we've got a narrator who is totally loveable, and also totally grounded in the things that matter in life. I loved this aspect of Thereby Hangs a Tail.
Chet's perspective, in which the concept of worrying doesn't make sense, in which life is full of joy and wonder, and in which his human is loved totally and unconditionally, are qualities which I value, and want to remember more in my daily life.
Thereby Hangs a Tail is a fast read, with a lot of humor, a great sense of place (the American Southwest), and two characters who will leap right off the page and into your heart. A great book to brighten your day.

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Reading Progress

August 3, 2015 – Started Reading
August 3, 2015 – Shelved
August 3, 2015 – Shelved as: animals
August 3, 2015 – Shelved as: funny
August 3, 2015 – Shelved as: mystery
August 3, 2015 – Shelved as: sense-of-place
August 3, 2015 – Shelved as: unreliable-narrator
August 14, 2015 – Shelved as: best-ever-characters
August 14, 2015 – Shelved as: comforting
August 14, 2015 – Shelved as: contemporary
August 14, 2015 – Shelved as: emotional-makes-me-cry
August 14, 2015 – Shelved as: library
August 14, 2015 – Shelved as: relationships
August 14, 2015 – Shelved as: stranger-in-a-strange-land
August 14, 2015 – Finished Reading
September 13, 2015 – Shelved as: series
October 2, 2015 – Shelved as: cozy

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