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In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre.” Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing “major league prose.” Now the beloved team returns in anothe In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre.” Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing “major league prose.” Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot. Chet and Bernie pay a visit to Bernie’s girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, a crack reporter living in far-off Washington, DC. She’s working on a big story she can’t talk about, but when her source, a mysterious Brit with possible intelligence connections, runs into trouble of the worst kind, Bernie suddenly finds himself under arrest. Meanwhile Chet gets to know a powerful DC operative who may or may not have the goods on an ambitious politician. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird that Chet notices from the get-go but seems to have slipped by everybody else. Most menacing of all is Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws. As Harry Truman famously quipped, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Too bad he didn’t get to meet Chet!


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In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre.” Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing “major league prose.” Now the beloved team returns in anothe In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre.” Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing “major league prose.” Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot. Chet and Bernie pay a visit to Bernie’s girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, a crack reporter living in far-off Washington, DC. She’s working on a big story she can’t talk about, but when her source, a mysterious Brit with possible intelligence connections, runs into trouble of the worst kind, Bernie suddenly finds himself under arrest. Meanwhile Chet gets to know a powerful DC operative who may or may not have the goods on an ambitious politician. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird that Chet notices from the get-go but seems to have slipped by everybody else. Most menacing of all is Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws. As Harry Truman famously quipped, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Too bad he didn’t get to meet Chet!

30 review for Paw and Order

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    I've read and loved (and also purchased) every one of the six previous books in this series. So I really hate to say it, but this seventh book, and also the one before it, just haven't clicked with me. I still adore Chet the dog and find his observations on all things human to be terribly entertaining. I wish my dog was as smart as Chet is and knew how to read my moods and emotions the way he does with Bernie. Chet the dog is not the problem with these last two books. Maybe it's that the writing I've read and loved (and also purchased) every one of the six previous books in this series. So I really hate to say it, but this seventh book, and also the one before it, just haven't clicked with me. I still adore Chet the dog and find his observations on all things human to be terribly entertaining. I wish my dog was as smart as Chet is and knew how to read my moods and emotions the way he does with Bernie. Chet the dog is not the problem with these last two books. Maybe it's that the writing isn't as crisp as it once was, or the plot or problem and how it gets resolved at the end doesn't make as much sense as it should. It's kind of like how I feel about the TV show Bones. I love the characters and the way they use all the forensic evidence to solve a murder, but more often than not at the end of the show when the case is all wrapped up and the murder solved I find myself a bit clueless as to why the killer murdered the victim. 95% of the show is pouring over the evidence and ruling out suspects, and then in the last few minutes, BAM, case solved, and they arrest the killer. The how and the why and the big explanation that I'm waiting for never comes and I often find myself thinking "I don't get it." That's the way I felt with this book. I really don't know what some of these characters (the bad guys) were up to or why, and am completely clueless as to who the killer was. So it was kind of a mess for me. One last thing. I'm also getting a bit tired of Bernie's relationship with his girlfriend Suzie. They are supposed to be so in love with each other, but rarely act like it when they are together. They always seem to be out of sorts with each other, can't seem to communicate without constant misunderstandings, and take everything the other person says the wrong way. I'm really over their relationship.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Chet may be one brilliant bastard (for a dog), but I read this during my darker days where the nights were long and the radiator was cold, and it’s hard to read (or sleep) when you have a flashlight shined in your eyes every half-hour. Sure, the cabin was fun for the first day or so, and I even pretended to like it, but not sleeping gets old really fast. And so does Chet. Something was amiss, and I don’t think it was the lack of bacon bits. Sure, Suzie Sanchez makes an appearance, and where would Chet may be one brilliant bastard (for a dog), but I read this during my darker days where the nights were long and the radiator was cold, and it’s hard to read (or sleep) when you have a flashlight shined in your eyes every half-hour. Sure, the cabin was fun for the first day or so, and I even pretended to like it, but not sleeping gets old really fast. And so does Chet. Something was amiss, and I don’t think it was the lack of bacon bits. Sure, Suzie Sanchez makes an appearance, and where would Chet be without Bernie by his side, but I just wanted a bigger bone, and more fresh water in my bowl (and not the kind you get out of the toilet either as that’s saved for special occasions). But even though I missed the smell of bacon and water and more than a few scratches on my belly, I still enjoyed frolicking around inside Chet’s head. The air was crisp and plenty (since it was blowing in my face), and I leaned my head out the window and squirrel and then he was running and I was running and my teeth were smacking and his lips were jabbering and I found myself being yelled at for no apparent reason. And that’s sort of what PAW AND ORDER felt like. It started out as great fun, but I ended up getting scolded in the end. I received this book for free through NetGalley. Cross-posted at Robert's Reads

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    I just love Chet, the dog in the Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn. And, in the course of the series, I've grown to respect Bernie Little, the owner of the Little Detective Agency. But, the last two books have taken place away from home, Arizona. And, with the latest one, Paw and Order, I may be giving up. "Every dog has its day", and maybe Chet's is over for me. After finishing up a case in Louisiana, Bernie and Chet decide to take a detour to Washington, D.C. where Bernie's journalist g I just love Chet, the dog in the Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn. And, in the course of the series, I've grown to respect Bernie Little, the owner of the Little Detective Agency. But, the last two books have taken place away from home, Arizona. And, with the latest one, Paw and Order, I may be giving up. "Every dog has its day", and maybe Chet's is over for me. After finishing up a case in Louisiana, Bernie and Chet decide to take a detour to Washington, D.C. where Bernie's journalist girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, is now working for the Washington Post. But, when Bernie meets one of Suzie's sources, and the man ends up dead, Bernie is arrested for murder. While Bernie's gone, Chet meets an unusual man with a great deal of power, enough to get Bernie released. Once he's released, though, instead of going home, Bernie and Chet are on the case, looking for a murderer. Chet's out of his element in D.C., without his friends and familiar territory. And, the entire story seemed off, with sources and mysterious men who were unexplained until the end of the book, a few who remained unexplained, and an odd cast of characters, from a Presidential candidate to the mysterious woman next door. The funniest element was the odd bird that only Chet saw for most of the book. But, the overall plot seemed weak, and I'm not sure I completely understood what had happened and who was involved by the time I finished the book. Perhaps I should have known the book was dragging when it took me four days to get through a three hundred page book. This time, even Chet couldn't save Paw and Order for me. Spencer Quinn's website is ChetTheDog.com.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Connie N.

    #7 in the Chet and Bernie mystery series The fact that this series tells each story from the point of view of Chet (the dog) is what makes it so unique and often hilarious. Quinn gets it just right with his interpretation of how Chet would think, not getting too detailed about the mystery, knowing that Chet is able to recognize "perps" and other important details by their scents, and focusing on Chet's preoccupation with food, with treats, and with his love for Bernie, who is "always the smartest #7 in the Chet and Bernie mystery series The fact that this series tells each story from the point of view of Chet (the dog) is what makes it so unique and often hilarious. Quinn gets it just right with his interpretation of how Chet would think, not getting too detailed about the mystery, knowing that Chet is able to recognize "perps" and other important details by their scents, and focusing on Chet's preoccupation with food, with treats, and with his love for Bernie, who is "always the smartest guy in the room." This time there's quite a bit more involvement with Suzy (Bernie's girlfriend) who Chet likes, but he can't figure out why she gets the shotgun seat in the Porsche when that should be his spot. This mystery is about Russian infiltration into the Washington DC scene (which was a little too reminiscent of today's political climate). It was a little confusing, and there wasn't a lot of substance, I didn't think, but I actually don't think that's really the main focus of these books. It's all about personalities and fun and a different point of view. I laughed out loud at many spots, really enjoying Chet and his thoughts.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn is the seventh book in the Chet And Bernie Mystery Series and it’s a great book. This book finds Chet and Bernie traveling to Washington, D.C. to visit Bernie’s girlfriend, Suzie. But as usual, when Chet is involved, things do not go as planned and the two find themselves involved in a murder mystery. Will they be able to figure out the case before they are silenced permanently? I just love the writing style of this book. The story is told from Chet, the dog’s, pers Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn is the seventh book in the Chet And Bernie Mystery Series and it’s a great book. This book finds Chet and Bernie traveling to Washington, D.C. to visit Bernie’s girlfriend, Suzie. But as usual, when Chet is involved, things do not go as planned and the two find themselves involved in a murder mystery. Will they be able to figure out the case before they are silenced permanently? I just love the writing style of this book. The story is told from Chet, the dog’s, perspective and I find it both heartwarming and humorous. What pet owner has not wished their animal could talk or that they could read their pets mind? This is probably the closest I will ever get to that happening and I think that is why I enjoy the serie so much. Chet’s thoughts and behavior are quite funny, even if Bernie does not always see the humor in the situation. He is often sidetracked, by just about ANYTHING but somehow he is always able to help solve the mystery. The love and relationship between Chet and Bernie is heartwarming and very realistic. I am focusing my review on this aspect of the book, because, in my opinion, that is what makes this book and series stand out from all the rest. I would recommend this book to mystery lovers who are also dog lovers. I would also recommend reading the series in order so that you can watch Chet and Bernie’s relationship grow with each book. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Atria Books for the opportunity to read Paw and Order.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Silvio111

    I totally love this series, but this installment did not have the impact of the previous six books, and I think it was because the author got sidetracked by trying to make the plot a little too clever. The previous episode, THE SOUND AND THE FURRY, took Chet and Bernie to Louisiana, where Chet did quite well for himself in the Bayou. This episode, PAW AND ORDER, is a last-minute detour they made to Washington DC. Faced with the dilemma of whether to return to Arizona or meet up with Suzie in DC, B I totally love this series, but this installment did not have the impact of the previous six books, and I think it was because the author got sidetracked by trying to make the plot a little too clever. The previous episode, THE SOUND AND THE FURRY, took Chet and Bernie to Louisiana, where Chet did quite well for himself in the Bayou. This episode, PAW AND ORDER, is a last-minute detour they made to Washington DC. Faced with the dilemma of whether to return to Arizona or meet up with Suzie in DC, Bernie chose the latter, and of course, got embroiled in a murder mystery. All well and good. But in the course of laying out all the victims, suspects, investigative operatives, and other persons of interest, Quinn lost me completely. By the conclusion of the story, I still was not clear who, where, and why. (Perhaps I am dimwitted, but there it is.) The action does conclude in a series of boats. Chet would be okay with that. But I don't feel that Bernie came through with his customary "so, therefore." I think there is one more book in this series (to date), so I will hope for more clarification in a future work. Oh! and good news--there is a special e-book-only "prequel" (A CAT WAS INVOLVED) which finally explains why Chet got kicked out of K-9 school with no diploma. This should be good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is the 7th book in the series, and frankly, I was disappointed. It is my least favorite. I can't even explain why, it just seemed off. I see from reading other reviews that several people felt the same. Also, in the summary on the cover and in the blurbs, they mention that Chet meets a guinea pig, like it is a pivitol moment in the book. In fact, it is not until 20 pages to the end that he finally meets the pig. Less than two pages are devoted to this, and you never hear about it again. Des This is the 7th book in the series, and frankly, I was disappointed. It is my least favorite. I can't even explain why, it just seemed off. I see from reading other reviews that several people felt the same. Also, in the summary on the cover and in the blurbs, they mention that Chet meets a guinea pig, like it is a pivitol moment in the book. In fact, it is not until 20 pages to the end that he finally meets the pig. Less than two pages are devoted to this, and you never hear about it again. Despite the fact that it is abandoned in a house, in a cage, and no one is likely to return to the house any time soon. What happens to him?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chaitra

    I love Chet as much as I used to, and his distracted doggy mind is hilarious. I would love to hear more about the irritating cats, about catching perps by the pants leg, about them ending up breaking rocks under the hot sun. What I could do without is Suzie. I'm tired of her, and she doesn't seem to be going anywhere, so therefore... I'm not giving up exactly, because Chet is great, but I'm going to maybe do some serious multitasking if she's involved in the next books. (I figured out the mystery I love Chet as much as I used to, and his distracted doggy mind is hilarious. I would love to hear more about the irritating cats, about catching perps by the pants leg, about them ending up breaking rocks under the hot sun. What I could do without is Suzie. I'm tired of her, and she doesn't seem to be going anywhere, so therefore... I'm not giving up exactly, because Chet is great, but I'm going to maybe do some serious multitasking if she's involved in the next books. (I figured out the mystery way before Bernie did, so maybe tone down the jealousy and the fighting Bernie. Why are you two together anyway? That's not a healthy relationship).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    As a dog lover I've really enjoyed this series so far, but I am giving this book an "ok" rating. Chet the dog and his owner Bernie are PIs. The story is narrated by Chet. I like the "dog's eye view" narration but it seemed a little stale in this book. Also the romance angle didn't really appeal and I got bored through the "relationship issues" bits of the book. That said I will still happily read the next book in this series (if there is one) as I've still really enjoyed the series overall. As a dog lover I've really enjoyed this series so far, but I am giving this book an "ok" rating. Chet the dog and his owner Bernie are PIs. The story is narrated by Chet. I like the "dog's eye view" narration but it seemed a little stale in this book. Also the romance angle didn't really appeal and I got bored through the "relationship issues" bits of the book. That said I will still happily read the next book in this series (if there is one) as I've still really enjoyed the series overall.

  10. 5 out of 5

    A. Lieberson

    Another exciting adventure with Chet and Bernie with Chet narrating, of course. This time they are visiting Suzie in Washington, DC. One of Suzie's sources is killed and Chet and Bernie are on the case. Chet smells,hears and sees more than Bernie but there is no stopping these two until the case is solved. This series gets better with each new book. Another exciting adventure with Chet and Bernie with Chet narrating, of course. This time they are visiting Suzie in Washington, DC. One of Suzie's sources is killed and Chet and Bernie are on the case. Chet smells,hears and sees more than Bernie but there is no stopping these two until the case is solved. This series gets better with each new book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Robin Lee Hatcher

    Another fun Chet and Bernie mystery. I enjoyed the change of location. One star lost for some of the rougher language that I don't enjoy, words that add nothing (not even reality) to the story. Another fun Chet and Bernie mystery. I enjoyed the change of location. One star lost for some of the rougher language that I don't enjoy, words that add nothing (not even reality) to the story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ~☆~Autumn♥♥☔

    Its a good book but I got distracted and its due back.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    Great series. I think I've read them all. For mystery fans who ever never read a mystery from a dog's persepective these are very fun, well crafted, easy reads. Love em! Great series. I think I've read them all. For mystery fans who ever never read a mystery from a dog's persepective these are very fun, well crafted, easy reads. Love em!

  14. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/pa... Brought to you by OBS reviewer JoAnne For those of you who have never read any of these wonderful mysteries, Bernie Little is a private investigator, along with his partner, Chet. Together they will take on practically any case, and they are very good at what they do. There is an early scene in this book in which Chet and Bernie are at a barbeque restaurant full of bikers. In the ensuing action, you discover that Bernie is no ordinary detective. He is not o http://openbooksociety.com/article/pa... Brought to you by OBS reviewer JoAnne For those of you who have never read any of these wonderful mysteries, Bernie Little is a private investigator, along with his partner, Chet. Together they will take on practically any case, and they are very good at what they do. There is an early scene in this book in which Chet and Bernie are at a barbeque restaurant full of bikers. In the ensuing action, you discover that Bernie is no ordinary detective. He is not only able to hold his own, he has wit, intelligence, speed and strength. Chet is no slouch, either. This book is different in that everything is told from Chet’s point of view. Did I mention that Chet is Bernie’s dog? He’s an (almost) hundred pound K-9 dropout who is just as smart as Bernie, and not only protects him, actually helps him in his cases. This time around, Bernie is a little bored with his routine, and missing his girlfriend Suzie Sanchez, who has moved to Washington, D.C. to further her career as a journalist. So he decides, unannounced, to visit her, and when he arrives he sees a well-dressed man exiting the cottage where Suzie lives. Obviously not happy about this turn of events, he confronts Suzie, whose tells him that the visitor, Eben, a British national, is someone she is working with on a story. When Eben is murdered shortly thereafter, Bernie is first arrested for the murder, then released just as quickly. Now making it much more personal for Bernie, he is stunned when Eben’s father hires him to find out who killed his son. While ferreting out the fact from fiction, Chet and Bernie realize that between the politics and intrigue lies something that covers two continents and could possibly lead straight to the White House if Bernie doesn’t figure it out in time. Chet is his usual self, discovering things the humans don’t find out until later, and trying to understand why Bernie acts as he does; but never questioning anything, because he knows that Bernie is the smartest person he’s ever met. What puzzles Chet the most is the strange bird that follows them everywhere, from Suzie’s house to when they’re on the road in Virginia. Although he keeps trying to let Bernie know, he’s oblivious to Chet’s attempts to call his attention to it. When Bernie finally sees what Chet sees, he realizes that Suzie has stumbled upon something that could put her in danger, and his highest priority is to keep her safe. This is a highly enjoyable read, with Chet at his dogged best (pun intended), and Bernie hot on the trail of a cold-blooded killer; not willing to rest until he finds the answers he’s looking for, no matter who the murderer is. A highly recommended read, especially for those looking for something just a little bit different.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Chet and Bernie of the Little Detective Agency travel to Washington to visit Bernie’s girlfriend Suzie Sanchez. Hoping to smooth over some “misunderstandings” the couple are having, Bernie and Chet arrive unannounced – probably not a good thing – they arrive at Suzie’s only to discover her having an intimate looking chat with debonair Englishman, Eben St. John. Jealousy rears its ugly head until Suzie explains that St. John is her source for an international story she is investigating. Chet and Chet and Bernie of the Little Detective Agency travel to Washington to visit Bernie’s girlfriend Suzie Sanchez. Hoping to smooth over some “misunderstandings” the couple are having, Bernie and Chet arrive unannounced – probably not a good thing – they arrive at Suzie’s only to discover her having an intimate looking chat with debonair Englishman, Eben St. John. Jealousy rears its ugly head until Suzie explains that St. John is her source for an international story she is investigating. Chet and Bernie rarely turn down a case, literally having one land in their laps while on vacation, is something they had not planned on – but how could they walk away from this one when the next day St. John turns up quite dead and Bernie’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon? As usual Chet is on top of things from the get go, spotting the unusual bird with the red eyes almost immediately. It takes Bernie a little longer to catch up … of course having landed in jail didn’t help. Also, as usual Chet the dog narrates this 7th installment in the Chet and Bernie Mystery series and as usual he “is not the most reliable of narrators”. As quick as he is about noticing clues he is just as quick to get sidetracked and lose his train of thought. I have enjoyed this series from the time I read “Dog On It”. Admittedly at first I thought it was a novel idea to have the dog as the narrator and found the story entertaining enough, but rated it only as “Like it”. Many series start to lose steam as the author continues to pump out story after story, but Mr. Quinn’s books seem to do the opposite. I find they are becoming more interesting as the series progresses. Is this just because I am totally enamored of Chet? Possibly! But they are still a fun read with a more than decent story line.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    Woof, woof, woof, woof - make that 4 stars for the 7th installment in the life of Chet, the lovable pooch whose equally lovable owner, Bernie, operates the Little Detective Agency (Little is his last name). Chet - who narrates each of the books in the series - flunked out of K-9 school on the last day (he claims a cat was at fault). In addition to being rooted in a good story, the books are a hoot because of Chet's take on things. Throughout, there are doggie "asides" to make you smile (well, the Woof, woof, woof, woof - make that 4 stars for the 7th installment in the life of Chet, the lovable pooch whose equally lovable owner, Bernie, operates the Little Detective Agency (Little is his last name). Chet - who narrates each of the books in the series - flunked out of K-9 school on the last day (he claims a cat was at fault). In addition to being rooted in a good story, the books are a hoot because of Chet's take on things. Throughout, there are doggie "asides" to make you smile (well, they never fail to put a grin on my face, at least). Here's a sample, straight from the pooch's mouth: "I've always been interested in toilets, by the way., Sometimes you can find the very freshest water in them - and sometimes not." This one mostly takes place in Washington, D.C., where Bernie's love interest, Suzie, has moved to take a job at the Washington Post as a reporter. Lonesome and wanting to resolve some of the issues that were in play when she left, Bernie heads across the country for an unexpected visit. His greeting isn't quite as warm as he'd hoped for; it seems Suzie is ferreting out details for a big story, but she can't reveal any details. Early on, Bernie has a run-in with some beefed up jerks while on the road, one of Suzie's friends turns up dead and Bernie is arrested for the murder. In the end, the best I could muster for this one is 4 stars despite the chuckles it elicited. For one thing, the plot was more difficult to follow than that of other books. For another, while I love Chet's narratives, they're a little too repetitive and a little too lengthy here than in the others. Still, if you're looking for a mystery on the lighter side, this - and any of the other six - should fill the bill nicely.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Wilkening

    Paw and Order is another great Chet and Bernie mystery by Spencer Quinn. I'm glad that Netgalley gave me the opportunity to read a preview version. After wrapping up loose end in Louisiana, Bernie and Chet head to Washington, DC to patch things up with Suzie after she misunderstood an encounter involving Chet, Bernie, and a girl on a houseboat. I had liked the road trip diversion in The Sound and the Furry. The series had gotten a little slow, and getting out of town added a freshness to the Che Paw and Order is another great Chet and Bernie mystery by Spencer Quinn. I'm glad that Netgalley gave me the opportunity to read a preview version. After wrapping up loose end in Louisiana, Bernie and Chet head to Washington, DC to patch things up with Suzie after she misunderstood an encounter involving Chet, Bernie, and a girl on a houseboat. I had liked the road trip diversion in The Sound and the Furry. The series had gotten a little slow, and getting out of town added a freshness to the Chet and Bernie series. It continues to work in Paw and Order. Paw and Order starts a bit slow as Chet and Bernie head east and Bernie tries to work things out with Suzie. Bernie’s jealousy of Suzie’s new business connection is terminated quickly when he is found dead later in the day. Presidential candidates, mysterious government insiders, and spying drones keep the story interesting. I would like to see Quinn begin to develop his human characters and plot lines more. Too many aspects of the story are superficial or predictable. However, he continues to do a great job with Chet’s stream of consciousness narration. It’s amazing how Chet’s random, attention-deficit narration sounds just like I imagine a dog might follow human ineptitude! Paw and Order ties up too neatly with a lot of plot lines left unexplained. However, Quinn leaves us with enough future possibilities to make me want to pick up the next Chet and Bernie to see if they are sticking around with Suzie or heading home into the sunset.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul Pessolano

    “Paw and Order”, by Spencer Quinn, published by Atria Books. Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – August 05, 2014 This is the seventh book in a wonderful series that can be enjoyed by all readers. They should be read in order because there is a link between each book. The novels feature Private Investigator Bernie and his dog, who flunked out of K-9 training, Chet (Chet the Jet). Bernie’s girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, has moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in journalism. Bernie, de “Paw and Order”, by Spencer Quinn, published by Atria Books. Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – August 05, 2014 This is the seventh book in a wonderful series that can be enjoyed by all readers. They should be read in order because there is a link between each book. The novels feature Private Investigator Bernie and his dog, who flunked out of K-9 training, Chet (Chet the Jet). Bernie’s girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, has moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in journalism. Bernie, deep down, did not want her to go but felt in was in her best interests. Bernie and Chet decide to visit her, only to find that they will become involved in a murder that could have political repercussions (it is Washington, D.C., after all). The investigation becomes very complicated when the victim turns out to be an acquaintance of Suzie who may be giving her inside information. Matters become worse when another Washington insider promises Suzie a scoop if she just waits until the right time. Of course this involves a military officer who is exploring the possibility of running for President. It doesn’t take long for Bernie to get involved as he is arrested for the murder. An unknown source has him released from jail and Bernie and Chet must get to the bottom of a possible political intrigue. “Paw and Order” is a fast moving, easy read that offers a change of pace for the hard core mystery/thriller fan. It is light hearted as the story is told through the eyes of the dog and his insight into human behavior.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn ★★★.5 Chet and Bernie head to Washington, DC because Bernie is interested in seeing his girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez. Chet doesn’t mind, he likes Suzie and besides, she keeps snacks for him in her car. However, Chet soon finds out that all is not well when they get there. One of Suzie’s sources is murdered and this strange bird with no eyes that no one else notices keeps coming by. When he’s not distracted by thought of food, the scents of members of the nation within a Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn ★★★.5 Chet and Bernie head to Washington, DC because Bernie is interested in seeing his girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez. Chet doesn’t mind, he likes Suzie and besides, she keeps snacks for him in her car. However, Chet soon finds out that all is not well when they get there. One of Suzie’s sources is murdered and this strange bird with no eyes that no one else notices keeps coming by. When he’s not distracted by thought of food, the scents of members of the nation within a nation (aka dogs) and other doggie things, Chet is tuned into what the humans around him are saying and doing, even if he doesn’t always quite understand what they mean. I read this because my teen son chose it for me for a holiday gift. To be honest, I expected absolutely nothing from this book, since it’s not something I would normally pick up. However, it did give me some laughs. The story is nothing brilliant, but Quinn does a nice job of writing from the POV of a dog, and if not totally believable, it was doggie enough to be quite fun. I may add this series to my roster of light, funny books to read when I want to give my brain a rest.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kacey

    again, I thoroughly enjoyed this book in the Chet & Bernie series...safe to say that this is one of my all time favorite series. I was really glad to see Suzie back in this novel (missed her in the previous book) & hoping she will be in the next book as well. It was definitely a different setting in DC versus the Valley as well, but had a nice touch to it. It took me a little longer to read this book than normal, not because of the book itself, but because of some family matters going on, but I s again, I thoroughly enjoyed this book in the Chet & Bernie series...safe to say that this is one of my all time favorite series. I was really glad to see Suzie back in this novel (missed her in the previous book) & hoping she will be in the next book as well. It was definitely a different setting in DC versus the Valley as well, but had a nice touch to it. It took me a little longer to read this book than normal, not because of the book itself, but because of some family matters going on, but I still loved this book so much and I'm kind of sad that there is one left, but hoping there's a possibility of more books?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    This is the second book that I have read with these characters in this series and while I don't remember much of the first I can tell you that the characters (with the exception of Chet) just are not likeable. Bernie is just a chauvinistic jerk who at times comes off as either a bully or a spoiled kid. I just did not care what happened to him. The mystery (if you can call it that) is pretty tepid and not hard to figure out, it's something of a cross between a murder investigation and a spy story This is the second book that I have read with these characters in this series and while I don't remember much of the first I can tell you that the characters (with the exception of Chet) just are not likeable. Bernie is just a chauvinistic jerk who at times comes off as either a bully or a spoiled kid. I just did not care what happened to him. The mystery (if you can call it that) is pretty tepid and not hard to figure out, it's something of a cross between a murder investigation and a spy story. (Let's just stick with one shall we.) If it were not for Chet's narration and seeing the world through his eyes I would have put it down and not picked it back up. My recommendation is to give this a pass. I have not read any others in the series other than the first installment, but I hope the others are better.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed Chet the dog's hilarious narration of this latest installment in the Chet & Bernie PI series. However, I did have some problem following the plot and wasn't quite sure just what had happened in the end. This one is worth reading more for the doggy point of view than for the mystery itself. As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed Chet the dog's hilarious narration of this latest installment in the Chet & Bernie PI series. However, I did have some problem following the plot and wasn't quite sure just what had happened in the end. This one is worth reading more for the doggy point of view than for the mystery itself.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Capri

    What a fun book. I will definitely be reading others written by this author. I loved hearing the perspective of the dog.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pati

    The premise of the books gets old. I get the fact that dogs have short attention spans but to re-live old cases, got a little old. Enough already

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Skowronski

    3.5. nothing special except I love this duo. Chet's the best 😊 3.5. nothing special except I love this duo. Chet's the best 😊

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Markus

    Paw and Order: another great adventure Bernie and Chet find themselves in Washington and their adventure doesn’t disappoint. Gotta love Chets confusion about DC. As always a fun read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Terrible.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan (aka Just My Op)

    After the last Bernie and Chet book, I swore I was not going to read any more of them. Oops! This one was offered on Kindle Unlimited, and I wanted something light and fast. This one appealed to me more than the last one. Chet is still a lovable dog, and it's nice to read dog stories where the dog doesn't die and isn't abused. But the plots are formulaic and it's hard to laugh at even Chet's antics and thought processes when you've heard them all before. Not bad books, but as a series, stale. After the last Bernie and Chet book, I swore I was not going to read any more of them. Oops! This one was offered on Kindle Unlimited, and I wanted something light and fast. This one appealed to me more than the last one. Chet is still a lovable dog, and it's nice to read dog stories where the dog doesn't die and isn't abused. But the plots are formulaic and it's hard to laugh at even Chet's antics and thought processes when you've heard them all before. Not bad books, but as a series, stale.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Feit

    Paw and Order By Spencer Quinn Atria Books August 5, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-476-70340-4 Hardcover, 304 pp., $25.00/29.99 CA$ Reviewed by Gloria Feit Chet and Bernie return in the seventh and newest book in the series, each book in which I have loved, despite the fact that I usually avoid books with talking animals. But this particular four-legged private investigator, Chet the Dog, and Bernie Little, his partner in the Little Detective Agency, defies the expected rules of the genre. “Chet the Jet,” as he thi Paw and Order By Spencer Quinn Atria Books August 5, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-476-70340-4 Hardcover, 304 pp., $25.00/29.99 CA$ Reviewed by Gloria Feit Chet and Bernie return in the seventh and newest book in the series, each book in which I have loved, despite the fact that I usually avoid books with talking animals. But this particular four-legged private investigator, Chet the Dog, and Bernie Little, his partner in the Little Detective Agency, defies the expected rules of the genre. “Chet the Jet,” as he thinks of himself (and he is, after all, the narrator) is as usual the perfect foil for Bernie, who Chet often reminds us is “the smartest human in the room,” and here provides invaluable assistance to Bernie once again. Bernie and Chet got together when the latter flunked out of K-9 school on his very last day there, and they have made a great team ever since. Their last case took them to the Louisiana bayou, and on a whim Bernie decides to go back to their home in the Valley in Arizona by way of Washington, D.C., where his girlfriend, journalist Suzie Sanchez, is now living and working for the Washington Post. To quote from the flyleaf, it seems that Suzie is working on a big story she can’t even talk about to Bernie, and when her source, a mysterious Brit with possible intelligence connections, runs into trouble of the worst kind, Bernie suddenly finds himself under arrest. The fact that he was a decorated war vet who saw action in Iraq, including Fallujah, retiring with the rank of Captain, and was a lieutenant with the Valley PD, stands him in good stead, as is the fact that he now holds a private investigator’s license (one of his frenemies on the local force even getting him one valid in their current jurisdiction). The ensuing plot revolves around a US Presidential candidate who is a former US Army General, campaign managers, consultants, sleeper spies, unmanned drones: in short, some of the very same story lines which one sees in the newspapers and in new tv shows nearly every day. Along the way there is a murder (the deed that led to Bernie’s short-lived arrest). In their usual dogged manner (no pun really intended), Bernie and Chet manage to get to the bottom of things, with no further loss of life, and his relationship with Suzie happily resolved. As with each new entry in this delightful series, “Paw and Order” is a pleasure to read, and is recommended.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judy Lesley

    This seventh entry in the series of mysteries presented from the viewpoint of Chet the Jet (a dog) is just as entertaining as the other books I’ve read in this series. It takes a little while to accustom yourself to the fact that Chet is going to be narrating the entire book and his human, Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency, will be represented by what the dog hears and observes. Spencer Quinn writes the thoughts of Chet so realistically that I find myself watching my own dogs and wond This seventh entry in the series of mysteries presented from the viewpoint of Chet the Jet (a dog) is just as entertaining as the other books I’ve read in this series. It takes a little while to accustom yourself to the fact that Chet is going to be narrating the entire book and his human, Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency, will be represented by what the dog hears and observes. Spencer Quinn writes the thoughts of Chet so realistically that I find myself watching my own dogs and wondering what they are thinking when they gaze at me and seem to read my mind. You really have to have a fondness for dogs and be willing to accept the premise of Chet’s mind working in the way Quinn dictates in order to appreciate the charm of these books. I think the stories are marvelous. In this novel Bernie and Chet have just finished up a case in Louisiana and are ready to head for home in Arizona. Bernie phones his girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, who is working as a reporter in Washington, DC. Nostalgia and a desire to get their relationship back on track causes Bernie to make a spur-of-the-moment decision to surprise Suzie with a visit. It doesn’t take long for Bernie to find himself being hauled off for questioning regarding the murder of a man Suzie seems a little too cozy with for comfort. From there the circle of danger and intrigue becomes an ever growing pool. And with the story taking place in an area littered with politics, can it help but be connected with politics in some way? Even though this novel deals with a very serious subject, namely murder, it was still more of a relaxing, humorous reading experience for me. Chet’s rambling thought process is often laugh-out-loud funny and I enjoy watching how the author keeps the story on track to solve a mystery while having the dog as the narrator. That is quite an accomplishment in my estimation. I received an ARC of this novel through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

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