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Spencer Quinn's Of Mutts and Men is the latest in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series that the Los Angeles Times called "nothing short of masterful"... When Chet the dog, "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction" (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wende Spencer Quinn's Of Mutts and Men is the latest in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series that the Los Angeles Times called "nothing short of masterful"... When Chet the dog, "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction" (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight--Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. What did the hydrologist want to see them about? Is his death a random robbery, or something more? Chet and Bernie, working for nothing more than an eight-pack of Slim Jims, are on the case. Bernie might be the only one who thinks the police have arrested the wrong man, including the perp's own defense attorney. Chet and Bernie begin to look into Wendell's work, a search that leads to a struggling winemaker who has received an offer he can't refuse. Meanwhile, Chet is smelling water where there is no water, and soon Chet and Bernie are in danger like never before.


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Spencer Quinn's Of Mutts and Men is the latest in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series that the Los Angeles Times called "nothing short of masterful"... When Chet the dog, "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction" (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wende Spencer Quinn's Of Mutts and Men is the latest in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series that the Los Angeles Times called "nothing short of masterful"... When Chet the dog, "the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction" (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight--Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. What did the hydrologist want to see them about? Is his death a random robbery, or something more? Chet and Bernie, working for nothing more than an eight-pack of Slim Jims, are on the case. Bernie might be the only one who thinks the police have arrested the wrong man, including the perp's own defense attorney. Chet and Bernie begin to look into Wendell's work, a search that leads to a struggling winemaker who has received an offer he can't refuse. Meanwhile, Chet is smelling water where there is no water, and soon Chet and Bernie are in danger like never before.

30 review for Of Mutts and Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    In this 10th book in the 'Chet and Bernie Mystery' series, the private detective and his dog investigate the death of a scientist. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Bernie Little and his dog Chet are partners in the 'Little Detective Agency', located in the Southwest United States. Bernie and Chet tend to attract oddball cases, which are faithfully narrated by Chet in his inimitable - and hilarious - doggy fashion. In Chet's eyes Bernie can do no wrong, except in the area of finances. Wh In this 10th book in the 'Chet and Bernie Mystery' series, the private detective and his dog investigate the death of a scientist. The book can be read as a standalone. ***** Bernie Little and his dog Chet are partners in the 'Little Detective Agency', located in the Southwest United States. Bernie and Chet tend to attract oddball cases, which are faithfully narrated by Chet in his inimitable - and hilarious - doggy fashion. In Chet's eyes Bernie can do no wrong, except in the area of finances. When Bernie refuses a bonus, for instance, Chet thinks: "No bonus? With the state of our finances? Had Bernie forgotten about our self-storage...stacked from floor to ceiling with Hawaiian pants, not one pair sold." And then there was the tin futures fiasco! Chet always hopes new cases will boost the agency's bank account. A new case appears to be on the horizon when Bernie and Chet meet hydrologist Wendell Nero at a yard party. Wendell studies aquifers and designs water projects.... …..and when he hears Bernie is a detective, asks for a meeting the next day. Unfortunately, when Bernie and Chet show up at Wendell's trailer in Dollhouse Canyon they find the scientist dead, his throat slit from ear to ear. Dimwitted Deputy Sheriff Beasley shows up to investigate but it's Chet, nosing around outside, who discovers evidence that leads to the arrest of Florian Machado - a petty criminal who lives in a rundown boat parked in the desert. Bernie has doubts about Florian's guilt, and gets even more suspicious when Florian's attorney, a pricey lawyer named Gudrun Burr - who works for the best law firm in town - urges Florian to cop a plea. SOMETHING is going on, and Bernie suspects it has to do with the aquifer that dead Wendell was studying. Bernie urges Gudrun to hold off on the plea bargain while he investigates Wendell's murder, but the lawyer seems oddly eager to get her client locked up. When Bernie doesn't back down it leads to consequences for himself and Chet, and I feared for their safety....and for Bernie's ability to withstand Gudrun's womanly wiles. Chet's narrative of the case is interspersed with his personal observations and explanations - as well as references to past investigations - all of which is very funny. I'll give some examples: - When Bernie and Chet encounter Wendell's three ex-wives, Chet observes: "Then came a lot of shouting, including a few words I hadn't heard since an all-you-can drink night at a biker bar we went to by mistake." - And when Chet describes attending a Bat Mitzvah with Bernie's son Charlie, he recalls: "My very first bat mitzvah, so naturally I'd been on the lookout for bats, even though it was daytime and bats only came out at night, in my experience......Did mitzvah mean hunt? That was my take, and I started in on hunting the moment we arrived." - Best of all, when Chet admits to an 'unplanned outing' and its consequences, he says: "For now let's leave out the complications of the later appearance of a puppy supposedly resembling - if that's the meaning of 'spit and image' - me, a puppy now going by "Shooter" and living with Charlie." Bernie and Chet are brave, resourceful, and lucky as they strive to solve the case. While working they also take time to visit with Charlie (who lives with his mother); hobnob with Bernie's friends; get Slim Jims for Chet.... …..ponder water problems in the Southwest; chat with neighbors; and more. I enjoyed the story, both for the mystery and the laughs, and recommend the book to fans of amusing suspense novels. Thanks to Netgalley, the author (Spencer Quinn), and the publisher (Forge Books) for a copy of the book. You can follow my reviews at: https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I wish to thank NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for this interesting departure from the typical detective/dog team storyline. This partnership is comprised of Private Detective, Bernie Little, and his canine friend and faithful partner, Chet, in investigations just outside of Phoenix. This unique, witty crime series is narrated from the perspective of Chet. This clever look into a dog’s way of thinking was both believable and hilarious. He adores and idolizes Bernie with unconditional love. Ch I wish to thank NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for this interesting departure from the typical detective/dog team storyline. This partnership is comprised of Private Detective, Bernie Little, and his canine friend and faithful partner, Chet, in investigations just outside of Phoenix. This unique, witty crime series is narrated from the perspective of Chet. This clever look into a dog’s way of thinking was both believable and hilarious. He adores and idolizes Bernie with unconditional love. Chet can sometimes understand Bernie’s conversations but may misinterpret and be confused as to what is going on. His thoughts infuse the story with good humour. Chet is an obedient, and highly intelligent animal, but his energy and high spirits may interfere. He was set to graduate as a K-9 dog but failed his final test due to an unfortunate incident involving a cat. This was a happy day for Chet, as that was the time he met Bernie. These two partners from the Little Detective Agency were meeting with a prospective client, Dr. Nero, a hydrologist. They were pleased they might have a new case to pursue. They found him murdered, and they have no idea why he wanted to consult with them. They discover that a local hoodlum, Florian Machado, visited Dr. Nero at approximately the time of the murder. He is quickly arrested for murder. Bernie visits him in prison and is convinced of his innocence. He is hired by Dr. Nero’s three former wives who are all arguing about his estate and wondering about the reason he was killed. The investigation takes Chet and Bernie to a wine-producing area and questioning the involvement of wealthy lawyers. Along the way, Chet is briefly kidnapped. This was an entertaining read focusing on a positive relationship between a human and a dog in a working relationship. I was unfamiliar with the previous books in the series, but Chet’s brief mention of past criminal investigations made me curious to pursue some other books involving the Little Detective Agency. 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JEN A

    I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 7 July 2020 I know this is a real popular series and having the narrator be the dog is interesting but I just could not get into the story. I think that if I had read earlier books in the series my opinion might be different. I just felt that this particular story was a bit dry and I didn’t feel intrigued by it at all. I hope to read something else by Spence I received an advanced copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review. The release date for this book is 7 July 2020 I know this is a real popular series and having the narrator be the dog is interesting but I just could not get into the story. I think that if I had read earlier books in the series my opinion might be different. I just felt that this particular story was a bit dry and I didn’t feel intrigued by it at all. I hope to read something else by Spencer Quinn in the future that will be more to my liking.

  4. 4 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks

    Of Mutts and Men is the 10th installment of the series featuring Bernie Little and his canine companion, Chet of the Little Detective Agency. Together, Bernie and Chet solve crimes in an almost unbelievable way. Narrated from Chet's point of view, the story is entertaining and sprinkled with a lot of witty humor. However, the humor does get a little wearisome as it does take away from the entire plot. Without getting into too much detail, Bernie is invited to a meeting by a hydrologist at a canyon Of Mutts and Men is the 10th installment of the series featuring Bernie Little and his canine companion, Chet of the Little Detective Agency. Together, Bernie and Chet solve crimes in an almost unbelievable way. Narrated from Chet's point of view, the story is entertaining and sprinkled with a lot of witty humor. However, the humor does get a little wearisome as it does take away from the entire plot. Without getting into too much detail, Bernie is invited to a meeting by a hydrologist at a canyon only to find the hydrologist murdered -- throat slit from ear to ear. Evidence gathered at the scene leads to a petty thief. But all evidence against this thief is circumstantial. Now it's up to Bernie and Chet to find the real killer. A book and series well suited for teens and some YA fans. Very entertaining for me. 3.5 stars rounded up -- I liked it. Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillian/Tor-Forge Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    I like books that have dogs in them—this one, part of the Chet and Bernie series, even has a canine narrator, Chet. Bernie is a PI and Chet is his partner in the Little Detective Agency. In this book, a potential client wants to meet with Bernie, but he is dead when Bernie and Chet show up. An incompetent law enforcement officer wants to close the case in the easiest way possible, but Bernie believes there is more to the case and keeps investigating. I have read all of the books in this series, I like books that have dogs in them—this one, part of the Chet and Bernie series, even has a canine narrator, Chet. Bernie is a PI and Chet is his partner in the Little Detective Agency. In this book, a potential client wants to meet with Bernie, but he is dead when Bernie and Chet show up. An incompetent law enforcement officer wants to close the case in the easiest way possible, but Bernie believes there is more to the case and keeps investigating. I have read all of the books in this series, but it’s starting to wear a little thin for me. Thanks to Netgalley and to the publisher for this ARC.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen R

    Chet & Bernie mysteries are such fun books to read and I love the author’s clever titles. The way Quinn writes is unique and entertaining, especially how he humanizes Chet. Chet is one heck of a sidekick, yet often gets sidetracked by bright and shiny things, different smells, birds and critters. He somehow knows exactly when to spring into action when Bernie needs him. If you are a dog lover and enjoy mysteries, this book is for you. Thanks to MacMillan Tor/Forge for the ARC in exchange for my Chet & Bernie mysteries are such fun books to read and I love the author’s clever titles. The way Quinn writes is unique and entertaining, especially how he humanizes Chet. Chet is one heck of a sidekick, yet often gets sidetracked by bright and shiny things, different smells, birds and critters. He somehow knows exactly when to spring into action when Bernie needs him. If you are a dog lover and enjoy mysteries, this book is for you. Thanks to MacMillan Tor/Forge for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monnie

    Absolutely love this series - Bernie Little, private eye, is a pretty cool character. But he pales in comparison to his canine companion, Chet - who narrates the books from his wonderful doggie perspective and canine sense of humor. He's also smart as a whippet, even if he did flunk out of K-9 training school on his final day (blame it on an errant cat). When Bernie is called to a meeting with Wendell Nero, a hydrologist and professor at a local college about a possible job, it turns into a worst Absolutely love this series - Bernie Little, private eye, is a pretty cool character. But he pales in comparison to his canine companion, Chet - who narrates the books from his wonderful doggie perspective and canine sense of humor. He's also smart as a whippet, even if he did flunk out of K-9 training school on his final day (blame it on an errant cat). When Bernie is called to a meeting with Wendell Nero, a hydrologist and professor at a local college about a possible job, it turns into a worst-case scenario: Professor Nero is in his trailer in a remote desert area, all right, but he's quite dead. Not long afterward, a man known to have been in the professor's trailer is found, and charged with the murder. Problem is, Bernie is pretty sure they've got the wrong killer. Bernie is hired by Wendell's three ex-wives (largely so they can divvy up his estate), so Bernie and Chet begin sniffing around - with Chet wagging his tail and trying his best to figure out what Bernie wants him to do (sometimes that happens, sometimes not). Bernie wants some advice from an old sheriff friend, but when Bernie lets Chet spend the night with the man, it doesn't end well as a couple of dognappers swoop in and whisk Chet away. Looking around the murder scene, Bernie spies a vineyard that's thriving despite the obvious lack of water, while Chet smells water and tries to convey his discovery to Bernie. Much more than that would spoil things for other readers, so I'll just leave it at that. I will say this isn't my favorite of the series, but it's mostly because the plot just didn't grab me as much. That said, I chuckled and teared up at moments appropriate to humans as always. If you love lovable pooches, fun and the art of the chase, I strongly suggest that you give this book (and the series as a whole - this is the 10th) a try. Many thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for allowing me to read and review a pre-publication copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Crime detection from the canine perspective--Great fun! What a rollicking, at times hilarious read featuring Private Investigators, Bernie Little and his dog Chet. (Failed K-9 school are the hints I get--but that's another story and one I dearly need to read!) BTW I haven't read any of this series before. Starting at #10 really posed no problem and I've already lined up to begin from the beginning! In this story we have a dead hydrologist, an ex girlfriend, various bit players including other frie Crime detection from the canine perspective--Great fun! What a rollicking, at times hilarious read featuring Private Investigators, Bernie Little and his dog Chet. (Failed K-9 school are the hints I get--but that's another story and one I dearly need to read!) BTW I haven't read any of this series before. Starting at #10 really posed no problem and I've already lined up to begin from the beginning! In this story we have a dead hydrologist, an ex girlfriend, various bit players including other friends and some unforgiving baddies. Bernie and Chet track down the person who appears to have committed the murder. The police are satisfied, but Bernie isn't. And that's where the story gets interesting. The plot wends its way along at a reasonable pace, but the one who steals the show is Chet (Chester). The story is told from his viewpoint--and what a totally enjoyable, and often wickedly funny that filter is! Bernie is a PI always looking for a case. Chet is a gumshoe type detective dog character somewhere between Snoopy and Sam Spade with a philosophical bent that made me do double takes from time to time. Chet's an innocent abroad who has insightful flashes. He's so doggy and so Sesame Street all at once. I underlined so many fabulous Chet musings that the pages started to look like they belonged to redacted official secrets papers. And those moments when Chet starts to put things together, and then at the last minute is distracted by the smell of another animal or some other canine interest, are priceless. Like his being ok with a fly in his drinking water. "I was sipping water from a bowl with a dead fly lying on the bottom, or, on second look, maybe not quite dead. No complaints. You toughen up in a job like mine." (Maybe he's really a Steven Wright avatar?) Chet interpreting what he thinks prayer might be is fabulous. His discovery of pastrami on rye sandwiches is just too much. Bernie is quite a character too--a rangy, laconic type of guy, hard hitting, with his own brand of integrity, and determined. Deftly told, clever and funny. I was sold from the first line. This hard boiled when he needs to be, PI overlapping with his furry friend, sort of puts this story close to cozy mystery genre. But this is so much more! What a treasure! A Macmillan-Tor/Forge ARC via NetGalley

  9. 4 out of 5

    Judy Lesley

    If you've ever looked over at a dog only to see him with his head cocked to the side watching you, you have probably wondered what that dog is thinking. If you read the books in this series you will probably be convinced that Spencer Quinn has figured it out and is willing to let you in on the secret. If you love dogs and you love mystery novels, combine both those things in the nicest possible way and you have a crime solving duo of Bernie Little and his dog Chet. Any book of this type has the If you've ever looked over at a dog only to see him with his head cocked to the side watching you, you have probably wondered what that dog is thinking. If you read the books in this series you will probably be convinced that Spencer Quinn has figured it out and is willing to let you in on the secret. If you love dogs and you love mystery novels, combine both those things in the nicest possible way and you have a crime solving duo of Bernie Little and his dog Chet. Any book of this type has the possibility of being painfully bad. Thank goodness Chet and Bernie spare us that. Chet is the narrator and his eccentricity is a joy to lose yourself in. If Chet could count past two he would be the perfect dog; since two is his limit he has to be only the best canine investigator I know. Bernie and Chet do their investigating, usually, in the Southwestern United States where water is becoming a problem. Bernie is very concerned about the aquifer, not just in this book but in each book. Here Bernie meets a scientist specializing in hydrology who wants him to do some work for him. Unfortunately by the time Bernie and Chet make it out to Wendell's office the next day the job turns into something entirely different. This story has some seriously bad criminals and that aspect is balanced very nicely by the gently - or chaotic - musings of Chet. These two characters are combined so that the dark side of crime never takes center stage for very long. I find these books a relaxing, enjoyable, comfortable reading experience and I always put the book down feeling as if I've just been visiting with friends I value highly. I hope you give the series a try, start with any book in the series but there are some plot threads that continue throughout the series. Nothing to get you too confused, just to make you curious to read what had happened in a previous book. Authors must love that. Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan/Tor-Forge for an e-galley of this novel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lesa

    I don't catch all the Chet and Bernie books, but I was ready for a new one when I reviewed Spencer Quinn's Of Mutts and Men. As a former resident of Arizona, I can understand Bernie's constant worry about water in the desert. This time, it's front and center in the new book. Chet, of course, never quite understands, but if Bernie's worried, Chet is too. Chet the dog and his partner, Bernie Little, of Little Detective Agency accidentally stumble across a case involving water in the desert. The tea I don't catch all the Chet and Bernie books, but I was ready for a new one when I reviewed Spencer Quinn's Of Mutts and Men. As a former resident of Arizona, I can understand Bernie's constant worry about water in the desert. This time, it's front and center in the new book. Chet, of course, never quite understands, but if Bernie's worried, Chet is too. Chet the dog and his partner, Bernie Little, of Little Detective Agency accidentally stumble across a case involving water in the desert. The team had just retrieved a stolen painting when they meet Dr. Wendall Nero, a hydrologist who specializes in the study of water and its practical uses. Dr. Nero asks if they're interested in a case, and invites them to his trailer in Dollhouse Canyon. By the time Chet and Bernie arrive the next day, Wendall has been murdered, his throat slit. The sheriff is not available, so the team has to deal with a not-so-bright deputy sheriff. But, Chet finds a clue that leads them straight to a trailer, and a man who has a knife and Wendall's wallet. Of course the deputy is satisfied that he has his killer. But, Bernie is doubtful. Bernie's on-going investigation leads to Chet's kidnapping. Of course, Chet escapes as only he can, and finds his way back to his beloved Bernie. Bernie doesn't believe the suspect actually killed Dr. Nero. His investigation leads to a high-powered firm with international connections. Fans of the series will not be surprised that it also leads the duo into more trouble. The leisurely paced mystery follows the detectives as they meander through the case. It also feels as if the story meanders through Chet's mind, which is part of the pleasure of this series. Chet and Bernie's fans return for Chet's narration and his simple adoration of his partner. Although the murders always trigger the investigations in these books, let's face it. Readers enjoy the feel-good books about a dog and his beloved owner. They're both portrayed with all their flaws and insecurities. Chet's narration provides the humor for this beloved long-running series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I never write reviews, but this is my favorite Chet and Bernie book so far. I thought the storyline developed well and at a good pace, the characters (new and old) were interesting and of course, I love Chet’s point of view.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Loved that it had the dog as a narrator , but the actual story was just so boring

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Way back in 2008, I was working at Barnes & Noble and found myself in the mystery section. Now, back in those old days I didn't really stray from my general fiction section. The mystery covers were often, quite frankly, terrifying. While we all say the adage don't judge a book by its cover, I often find myself judging actual books by their covers. Bodice busting and shirtless men are generally two indicators that particular book is not for me. Since I'm insanely easy to frighten, I stayed away f Way back in 2008, I was working at Barnes & Noble and found myself in the mystery section. Now, back in those old days I didn't really stray from my general fiction section. The mystery covers were often, quite frankly, terrifying. While we all say the adage don't judge a book by its cover, I often find myself judging actual books by their covers. Bodice busting and shirtless men are generally two indicators that particular book is not for me. Since I'm insanely easy to frighten, I stayed away from the bloody covers and dripping knives often found adorning the covers of books in that section. So there I am, shelving books, and I pull one out to scan. But it has an adorable dog on the cover. Is this in the wrong section? I scan. No, the handheld computer says it goes in mystery under Q. I read the back cover, shelve most of them, and keep a copy back for myself. That's how I found Chet and Bernie. Because that book was Dog On It, and I couldn't resist a book with a dog and puns. Plus- turns out it's narrated by a dog! Before you get all uncomfortable, it isn't nearly as distracting as you'd think. The canine narration can lighten up tense moments, and with Chet's incisive narration we get even more clues to try and solve the who-done-it than by human searching alone. By overhearing the detective's interviews and having Chet's firsthand account of scents and character judgement, the reader gets an immersive experience. But that was nine books and twelve years ago! What am I doing talking about it now? Well, book ten is due out July 7 and I was gifted with the opportunity to review an advanced copy from NetGalley and Macmillan. (If you're wondering if this is one of those  occasions where I was jumping up and down when I got that email, you would be correct!). In the latest Chet and Bernie installment (I love how the dog always comes first, even when Bernie is speaking!), a cowboy painting leads to an expert in the field Bernie is always pontificating about- the aquifer. When a dead body turns up, Bernie puts himself on the case. As the mystery around the water expands, so does the danger. Once again, Spencer Quinn has crafted a real gem of a novel. I may have even accidentally startled my own snuggly dog while reading, because Chet had me literally laughing out loud. His wit and graduating to so-therefore's makes for plenty of light moments, while the severity of the topic and gruesome discoveries get their own masterful handling. I appreciate how Quinn deftly explains these delicate scenes without going heavy on the gore; whenever the body count rises, it is handled with care. Each character, regardless of how long they're in the book, is masterfully crafted and well developed. The lack of stereotypes and myriad unique characters is a bonus in an already well done novel. The setting is absolutely gorgeously described, if you're looking for an armchair travel experience to the Southwest amidst the pandemic. Plot-wise, the science behind the mystery for this novel is also well explained. The pace is excellent, with a steady stream of clues leading to the final revelations. While there are some heart pounding moments and a few heart wrenching moments, I don't have to worry about any nightmares from this one (which has not been the result of all of my forays into the mystery section). I've been recommending this book series for years, as I can safely rate them five stars and I love recommending books (especially ones with dogs!). Of Mutts and Men is yet another five star success from Quinn. If you start now, maybe you can read the previous nine before this one comes out! If you don't think you can squeeze that in, I will say this book can stand on its own; there are a few references to previous cases discussed in prior books and one recurring character who has stepped from lead to occasionally reoccurring, but these situations are cleverly and briefly summarized. Chet and Bernie are a joy to spend time with, and I'm both glad I didn't have to wait until July and mad at myself for devouring it so quickly. Here's hoping Quinn is busy on the next Chet and Bernie novel! Of Mutts and Men is available for pre-order and is out July 7, 2020. Psst...If you've read all of the Chet and Bernie books and need something to read until  Mutts and Men releases in July, check out the Bowser and Birdie series. It's for middle grade, but has that classic Spencer Quinn wit with a whip smart adolescent and her fierce dog. I've loved all of them so far!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Dixon

    Of Mutts And Men by Spencer Quinn Oh Chet and Bernie how I’ve missed you! This book is number 10 and the latest in this series. I really have enjoyed them all. This one does not disappoint! Chet is still our fun loving, Slim Jim eating narrator, with his equally lovable sidekick Bernie. In this story, Chet and Bernie are to meet with Wendell Nero, a hydrologist, only to arrive and find him dead. Catching the assumed killer seems quick and easy until Bernie realizes he may be the wrong man. Danger Of Mutts And Men by Spencer Quinn Oh Chet and Bernie how I’ve missed you! This book is number 10 and the latest in this series. I really have enjoyed them all. This one does not disappoint! Chet is still our fun loving, Slim Jim eating narrator, with his equally lovable sidekick Bernie. In this story, Chet and Bernie are to meet with Wendell Nero, a hydrologist, only to arrive and find him dead. Catching the assumed killer seems quick and easy until Bernie realizes he may be the wrong man. Danger and hilarity for Chet and Bernie continue through the story to the end. I can’t wait to see what’s next for them! I received a complimentary copy from Macmillan-Tor/Forge through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hobart

    ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- Bernie meets the man destined to his new best friend—a hydrologist who seems to share many of the same opinions as Bernie when it comes to water usage in Phoenix. I don't think we've managed to get a novel where Bernie hasn't complained about the waste of water in the area (except maybe those two when they were back East), "we only have one aquifer." It appears that Wendell has need of a P.I., too—the two make arra ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up) This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader. --- Bernie meets the man destined to his new best friend—a hydrologist who seems to share many of the same opinions as Bernie when it comes to water usage in Phoenix. I don't think we've managed to get a novel where Bernie hasn't complained about the waste of water in the area (except maybe those two when they were back East), "we only have one aquifer." It appears that Wendell has need of a P.I., too—the two make arrangements to meet the next day to discuss it. But when our dynamic duo shows up at Wendell's worksite office, they find him murdered. Which puts the kibosh on the bromance. Bernie naturally begins investigating—spurred to action after meeting the Sheriff's Deputy in charge of this case, if nothing else—who is one of the sorriest excuses for a law enforcement officer that I've read this year. Some quick detective work leads Bernie to a suspect—not one that he believes really did it, but he still feels compelled to hand him over to Deputy Beasley. This was a mistake as Beasley locks in on the suspect and ignores any other possibilities. But the more that Bernie looks into things—if only to find out why Wendell wanted to hire him—the more he's convinced the suspect is innocent. Only no one—including the deputy, and the suspect's own defense attorney—will listen to him. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT CHET What is there to say about Chet the Jet? He's the same loveable, heroic champ we've come to know and love. For those who don't know—Chet's our narrator, Bernie's partner, and a 100+ pound dog. Other than a couple of sentences showing a more libidinous side to Chet than we're used to seeing, he's exactly what we've come to expect. Don't read anything into me not having a lot to say about him—he's the best dog in fiction (for my money), but there are only so many ways you can say that. BUT WE CAN'T FORGET BERNIE (OR ANYONE ELSE) On the other hand, I think I've given Bernie short shrift over the years—it's easy to focus on Chet. But Bernie's more than just the guy who complains about wasting water while making horrible investment choices. He's a top-notch P.I., but like most fictional P.I.'s, his principles, independence, and lousy business sense keep him from being much of a success. His residence and devotion to Chet are most of what separates him from Elvis Cole, for example (sure, Elvis has his cat, but he doesn't take the cat with him on cases). I felt more connected to Bernie in this novel than usual—I'm not sure if that's a reflection on me or Quinn's writing. Bernie's outrage at the treatment of the suspect (some directed at himself for getting the Deputy looking at him) drives him more than any desire for a fee or to discover what Wendell wanted. In addition to the case and the machinations of the principles involved, there's a lot going on in Bernie's private life. He doesn't deal well with most of it, which isn't a surprise, dealing well with personal relationships isn't his trademark. It seems to affect him more in this novel than I'm used to seeing him—both positively and negatively (although, there's a lot of negative in this novel—all around). In case you can't tell, I can't put my finger on what's different this time—but Bernie seems more human, more real, less "merely the guy who Chet is devoted to" (although he absolutely is that). Quinn puts him through the wringer in many ways here, and the novel is better for it. It's not just with Bernie, I think that this novel has some of the most subtle and rich character work in the series (last year's Heart of Barkness ) headed in this direction (growth prompted by The Right Side ?). The villain of this novel is the most complex and compelling foe for these two. Beyond that, there were so many characters that showed up for a scene or two—five or six pages total—that were just dynamic. Even Malcolm, the husband of Bernie's ex-wife, Leda makes a couple of positive contributions! He's rarely been much beyond an antagonist for Bernie, a competitor for the paternal role for Bernie's son—and here he's in such a better way, I almost liked him. DON'T FORGET THE KLEENEX There are three—maybe four—scenes in this book that "hit you in the feels." One only took two or three sentences to deliver the punch, and could easily be missed. But the emotional core of this novel is shown in a couple of others (some readers will be torn up by them, others will be satisfied—either reaction is warranted). But there's one scene—it has only the most tangential tie to the plot—that will (or ought to) devastate you. I'm honestly not sure why Quinn included it, but I am so glad he did. You'll know it when you read it, I'm not going to say anything else about it. Chet was still his goofy self, but even he came across differently in it. The book is worth the purchase price for it alone. SO WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT OF MUTTS AND MEN? I've said it before, I'll say it again, I've been a fan of this series since maybe the third chapter of the first book eleven years ago. And I'll be a fan until Quinn moves on. But there's something different about this book. Still, I'm going to try to thread the needle here—this is not my favorite book in the series. However, I think it's unquestionably the best book so far. I'm not crazy about some of the longer-term arc events here—hey're the smart move by Quinn, I'll defend them, but I didn't like them. Still, there's a good mystery, you get the wonderful partnership of Chet and Bernie, probably the best use of Bernie yet, and a new depth to Quinn's writing—it's precisely what the doctor ordered. New readers will have no problem jumping in at this point, returning fans have to be pulling on their leashes to get to this. Highly recommended. Disclaimer: I received this eARC from Macmillan-Tor/Forge via NetGalley in exchange for this post—thanks to both for this. Also, sorry that I didn't get this posted sooner, I really did try.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    This is apparently the tenth in this series of cozy mysteries about PI Bernie Little and his dog Chet, an almost K-9 who failed his final test due to an unfortunate incident involving a cat. There are quite a few references to previous cases but it’s lightly done and I don’t think you lose too much by coming in here, principally because the story is told in the first person narrative voice of Chet. Yes, the dog is the narrator. And being a dog, he lives very much in the moment, regularly distrac This is apparently the tenth in this series of cozy mysteries about PI Bernie Little and his dog Chet, an almost K-9 who failed his final test due to an unfortunate incident involving a cat. There are quite a few references to previous cases but it’s lightly done and I don’t think you lose too much by coming in here, principally because the story is told in the first person narrative voice of Chet. Yes, the dog is the narrator. And being a dog, he lives very much in the moment, regularly distracted by thoughts such as whether it’s dinner time yet, whether any given person he meets might give good pats, and where exactly that slice of pizza went because it was just there. There’s an intriguing little mystery in here involving the discovery of a new aquifer under the desert which several unscrupulous people would rather nobody knew anything about until they’ve finished buying up all the potential rights. Bernie and Chet stumble into it when a hydrologist asks Bernie to meet him to consult about something, and the duo find the man’s body with a slit throat instead. This was really fun. There’s an inbuilt limit to how much of the case the reader can understand because the whole thing is filtered through Chet’s point of view, Chet who isn’t sure whether thirty is a bigger amount than fifty. He’s obviously a Good Dog, and Bernie’s just as clearly a smart guy who puts things together quicker than most, and watching the two of them figure stuff out together is really quite charming. The environmental message isn’t dwelled on because Chet has no real comprehension of it, but it’s obvious from the lengths the villains are willing to go to that it matters a lot. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like this before; I’ve read a few cozy mysteries from the PoV of the animal sidekick, but this was the first one where the narrator really ‘felt’ like an animal. Chet wasn’t anthropomorphised; he’s a dog, a smart one and well trained, but definitely a dog. I definitely enjoyed the read and I’m happy to give it five stars. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandie

    OF MUTTS AND MEN is my first Spencer Quinn novel featuring Chet (the Jet) narrator of this tale and canine companion and partner of Private Eye Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency. In addition to learning that this book is just the latest in a series of adventures featuring these two intrepid seekers of justice and that I have missed at least nine previous installments of their dogged pursuits (an oversight which I intent to correct) I also gleaned some interesting facts about hydrology OF MUTTS AND MEN is my first Spencer Quinn novel featuring Chet (the Jet) narrator of this tale and canine companion and partner of Private Eye Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency. In addition to learning that this book is just the latest in a series of adventures featuring these two intrepid seekers of justice and that I have missed at least nine previous installments of their dogged pursuits (an oversight which I intent to correct) I also gleaned some interesting facts about hydrology and the fact that early settlers put silver and copper coins in stored water to keep it pure (the original ionization). Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? In this latest caper Chet and Bernie have been approached by a hydrologist named Wendell Nero with a meeting arranged for the following morning to discuss Wendell’s need for their services. When they arrive they discover their potential client is dead….his throat slit from ear to ear. With no payoff for their services in sight, most PI’s (and their partner) would call it a day …but not this dynamic duo. What follows is an intriguing mystery and a lot of humorous mental gymnastics by Chet as he reads scents and body language as well as trying to decode the meanings of the many axioms that Bernie spouts on a regular basis. Chet’s favorite past-times appear to be reminiscing about previous cases, his devotion to Bernie, catching 40 winks whenever he can and of course food ( his favorite treats including, but not limited to Slim Jims, bacon and biscuits from Red Rover and Company). The perfect read for these dog days of summer and those suffering from the "social distancing" doldrums.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Kramer

    In “Of Mutts and Men,” the charming man and dog duo of Chet and Bernie are solving crimes together again, courtesy of Spencer Quinn, who writes as fabulous a dog narrative as anyone. Chet is the four-legged narrator who allows us to participate, albeit virtually, in how the two intrepid detectives solve the crime of one Wendell Nero, a hydrologist who was found with his throat cut, while working at the remote Dollhouse Canyon. Almost all of the Chet and Bernie stories take place in an unspecified In “Of Mutts and Men,” the charming man and dog duo of Chet and Bernie are solving crimes together again, courtesy of Spencer Quinn, who writes as fabulous a dog narrative as anyone. Chet is the four-legged narrator who allows us to participate, albeit virtually, in how the two intrepid detectives solve the crime of one Wendell Nero, a hydrologist who was found with his throat cut, while working at the remote Dollhouse Canyon. Almost all of the Chet and Bernie stories take place in an unspecified location in the western part of the US where water is scarce and Bernie worries about the aquifers. While Chet doesn’t exactly understand what an aquifer is, he is able to share those concerns without full comprehension. Chet, in fact, shares a lot with us even though, as he is the first to point out, he doesn’t fully understand everything. And he’s fine with that because he leaves the heavy thinking to Bernie, as he shares on page 20: “Humans tend to close their eyes when deep thoughts are going on. Maybe it helps them. I’m not the one to ask, deep thoughts not something I bring to the table.” Because Chet is the narrator and is possessed of a fine doggy nose, we are privy to clues that poor Bernie, without that skill, is not. We know whose scent was left at the scene of the crime, and we know who kidnapped Chet with the intent that he suffer a horrible fate. But Bernie, although cursed with a miserable human nose, has a detective mind, and eventually, he learns what Chet knew all along. Read the rest of the review at: PamelaKramer.com

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ina

    This is a most welcome edition to the Chet and Bernie Mystery series. Chet, our beloved canine narrator, is in "tip top" form as he tells the reader about the latest case solved by the Little Detective Agency. This case springs from a chance meeting with a well-respected hydrologist and centers of Bernie's greatest source of concern - the aquifer that feeds the desert town of Pedroia. The tale is interesting with some twists and turns and the story is filled with interesting and quirky character This is a most welcome edition to the Chet and Bernie Mystery series. Chet, our beloved canine narrator, is in "tip top" form as he tells the reader about the latest case solved by the Little Detective Agency. This case springs from a chance meeting with a well-respected hydrologist and centers of Bernie's greatest source of concern - the aquifer that feeds the desert town of Pedroia. The tale is interesting with some twists and turns and the story is filled with interesting and quirky characters - which even a first time reader will enjoy. Chet's narration skills have matured as has his sense of humor and ability to describe what is going on around him. But that is to be expected from a dog who is "a pro" like him! For those who have followed the adventures from the beginning this one is the best yet and it is a very satisfying visit with all of our old friends - Bernie's neighbors and law enforcement buddies and even Suzie comes back. This is the first series I have read where each new installment is better than the last.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    Private Detective, Bernie Little, and his K9 partner, Chet, always get their perp. This unique series is narrated from the POV of Chet the dog. It’s a fun, witty take on the usual crime/mystery novel. Chet’s adoration of and love for Bernie is heartwarming. According to Chet, Bernie’s only area of improvement is his uncanny ability to make bad financial decision. These two characters make a great team. Their planned meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero becomes a murder case to be solved. The my Private Detective, Bernie Little, and his K9 partner, Chet, always get their perp. This unique series is narrated from the POV of Chet the dog. It’s a fun, witty take on the usual crime/mystery novel. Chet’s adoration of and love for Bernie is heartwarming. According to Chet, Bernie’s only area of improvement is his uncanny ability to make bad financial decision. These two characters make a great team. Their planned meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero becomes a murder case to be solved. The mystery is good, and well written without being gruesome. For me the best part was the humor stemming from Chet’s misinterpretation of the English language and his canine perspective. I love dogs and I love mysteries, so Of Mutts and Men was pretty much destined to be a book I liked. Thank you to Forge Books of Macmillan Publishing for an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. For more reading recommendations, visit Book Junkie Reviews at www.abookjunkiereviews.wordpress.com

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Delightful, as always. "Ch-et?" Although I've never actually heard Bernie give Chet the Dog this warning, I can hear it quite plainly in my head. I think it's remarkable that these stories, narrated by Chet, are written in such a way that you can clearly follow along what's going on. So much of what goes through Chet's amazing brain makes perfect sense to us poor inferior humans. If only Bernie could hear what Chet hears, and sees what Chet sees in the dark! The cases would be solved in half the t Delightful, as always. "Ch-et?" Although I've never actually heard Bernie give Chet the Dog this warning, I can hear it quite plainly in my head. I think it's remarkable that these stories, narrated by Chet, are written in such a way that you can clearly follow along what's going on. So much of what goes through Chet's amazing brain makes perfect sense to us poor inferior humans. If only Bernie could hear what Chet hears, and sees what Chet sees in the dark! The cases would be solved in half the time! The books in this series always appear to be lighthearted romps, but then they just as often hit your emotions or land on a critical issue. My knowledge of aquifers is mostly due to these books! Poor Bernie, who can never seem to catch a break when it comes to love and life. Thank goodness he's got Chet to love him, protect him, and provide constant companionship. Here's to Bernie, always the smartest guy in the room! (According to Chet!)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Once more, Chet (he's the one with four legs) tells about the latest case of the Little Detective Agency. Bernie (Little--the one with two legs) and Chet discover the dead body of a hydrologist who asked for an appointment with them. Why? Well, the conversation never got that far. Bernie finds the man who stole the dead man's possessions, but he insists that he never killed anyone, and Bernie is inclined to believe him. But the law takes over, and if Bernie is going to clear the suspect, he need Once more, Chet (he's the one with four legs) tells about the latest case of the Little Detective Agency. Bernie (Little--the one with two legs) and Chet discover the dead body of a hydrologist who asked for an appointment with them. Why? Well, the conversation never got that far. Bernie finds the man who stole the dead man's possessions, but he insists that he never killed anyone, and Bernie is inclined to believe him. But the law takes over, and if Bernie is going to clear the suspect, he needs to find proof. But the case is far more convoluted than it seems--even a simple trip to Mexico leaves three dead bodies in their wake.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This is book 10 in the Chet and Bernie series and I enjoyed it as always. I love the interaction between human and canine and how Chet narrates the story. I don;t know how Spencer Quinn thinks like a dog but he does a great job of projecting the animal point of view. This story has lots of action as the PI team investigates the death of a water expert. Water is a hot commodity in the desert and people are willing to kill for it. Suzy makes a return appearance. I received a copy of this ARC in ex This is book 10 in the Chet and Bernie series and I enjoyed it as always. I love the interaction between human and canine and how Chet narrates the story. I don;t know how Spencer Quinn thinks like a dog but he does a great job of projecting the animal point of view. This story has lots of action as the PI team investigates the death of a water expert. Water is a hot commodity in the desert and people are willing to kill for it. Suzy makes a return appearance. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gail O'Connor

    Spencer Quinn's mystery novels never fail to entertain. They are always well-paced and thoroughly enjoyable. His novels are also a learning lesson. I had never heard of a hydrologist or aquifer prior to his story. He has an easy flowing style of writing that captivates the readers attention. Obviously his dog Chet is an added bonus. Great read as usual.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Conchita Matson

    The actual mystery wasn’t that interesting but Chet never disappoints. I laughed at his antics and comments all the way through. The heart of the stories are always Chet and Bernie’s love for each other.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Mcnulty

    Another fun, fun, fun Chet and Bernie adventure. This time it is all about Vineyards, Aquifers and an unsolved murder. Chet and Bernie take us on a high speed adventure with an ending that does not disappoint. Fun read as always. Enjoy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I have a problem with Spencer Quinn: every time a new book comes out, I cannot put it down until I am done, and then I have to wait too long for the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie Stricklind

    Bernie thinks he has caught the bad guy but then he wasn't so sure. Chet really tells like it is from a dog's point of view! Chet is such a big help to Bernie. Really good book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kay Hudson

    Of Mutts and Men is the tenth book in Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie series. Bernie Little is the proprietor of the Little Detective Agency, and Chet, who weighs something over a hundred pounds and flunked out of K9 training on the last day (he thinks a cat may have been involved), is his loyal partner and narrator of the books. Needless to say, Chet is easily distracted (squirrel! bacon crumb!), but he’s always there when Bernie needs him, ready to grab a perp by the pant leg. Chet and Bernie l Of Mutts and Men is the tenth book in Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie series. Bernie Little is the proprietor of the Little Detective Agency, and Chet, who weighs something over a hundred pounds and flunked out of K9 training on the last day (he thinks a cat may have been involved), is his loyal partner and narrator of the books. Needless to say, Chet is easily distracted (squirrel! bacon crumb!), but he’s always there when Bernie needs him, ready to grab a perp by the pant leg. Chet and Bernie live in the Valley, in desert country somewhere between California and New Mexico, and Bernie has been worried for years about the depletion of the aquifer that provides water for the area. So when hydrographer Wendell Nero invites him to see something interesting in Dollhouse Canyon, Bernie is intrigued. Unfortunately, all he finds in Nero’s RV office is the scientist’s body, and not many clues. Bernie does come up with a suspect quickly (more than the local sheriff’s deputy can manage on his own), but soon begins to wonder if he rounded up the wrong man. What did Nero want to show him? What’s going on at the vineyard in the next canyon? Who ended up with Nero’s laptop and cell phone? Of Mutts and Men pits Chet and Bernie against a string of villains and sends them all around the Valley and even into Mexico in search of answers, in another excellent entry in the series. Chet and Bernie’s devotion to each other remains at the heart of these stories.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristen O'Daly

    Oh how very much I love this series told from Chet's perspective. Always good reminders for everyday living from a dog's point of view.

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