THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, a Chet & Bernie Mystery
By Spencer Quinn
This winter, join us at InSuesShoes.com as we read the newest book club’s selection: “The Dog Who Knew Too Much” by Spencer Quinn. A special thanks to InSuesShoes reader Mary for submitting this review!
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This is the fourth book in the series, and the first I have read (does that make sense? Ha).
The tale is told by Chet, the doggy hero who flunked out of K-9 police school due to an ‘incident’ involving a cat. Chet is big, strong and devoted to his human partner, Bernie Small, in their detective agency.
Bernie (and Chet) are hired to find a boy, Devin, who’s gone missing from a wilderness camp in the high country. Throughout, Chet relates events to the reader from a dog’s point of view, complete with a dog’s attention span and short-term memory.
Yes, it’s a delight with plenty of humor sprinkled within. (Not the yellow snow sprinkles, either. Or are there some of those, too?)
There is, however, the missing boy, his suspicious father, the odd camp (along with its bullies and attempts to kidnap Chet, as well as the boy). Bernie is arrested for murder by corrupt cops, and Chet is dognapped and must escape his dognappers, find Bernie’s love (her name is Susan), and save the day for Bernie and the missing boy. A truly tough job with all the distractions of bacon, female dogs, and other highly interesting smells.
Chet’s narration and train of thought, as well as his puzzlement with expressions like “keep your eye on the ball,” which he takes literally…until distracted with food or good/bad smells, makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
All in all, it was a fun, light book that I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone looking for a quick, humorous mystery.