The Sound And The Furry — A New Chet & Bernie Mystery
If you love mysteries and dogs, you’re bound to know Spencer Quinn’s Chet & Bernie mysteries. Bernie is the typical picture of a Rockford-style detective — divorced, always a bit short on cash, but with a big heart and clever mind. His partner Chet is anything but typical. Chet’s a large, unusual-looking mixed breed who is always at Bernie’s side, often uncovering clues and getting Bernie out of scraps. Chet is also Quinn’s mouthpiece, unraveling each mystery from a dog’s-eye (or perhaps dog’s-nose!) view. While Bernie has intense conversations with suspects, Chet’s mind wanders to wafting smells of burger’s being grilled, chips slipped behind sofa cushions, and cats that might need to be put in their place. Chet’s intermittent attention and hours of napping means he can only share bits of what Bernie discovers, but he can also share what he sniffs out that Bernie passes over unrecognized.
Quinn’s latest book in the series is The Sound and The Furry, where Chet & Bernie travel to New Orleans to hunt down the genius brother of a hapless criminal Chet and Bernie previously helped put behind bars. An apparently simple case centered on a Hatfield-McCoy type family feud over shrimp soon turns into something much more complex and dangerous. But with Chet riding shotgun — this time on a boat across the bayou — even smells of crabs, shrimps, and other treats won’t keep Chet from making certain Bernie’s safe and on track.
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