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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Spencer Quinn Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Chet and Bernie Mysteries Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781440708510
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Meet Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, who works alongside Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator. Chet might have flunked out of police school, but he’s a detective through and through.

In their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. A well-behaved, gifted student, she didn’t arrive home after school, and her divorced mother is frantic. Bernie is quick to take the case—something about a cash flow problem that Chet’s not all that clear about—and he’s relieved, if vaguely suspicious, when Madison turns up unharmed with a story that doesn’t add up. But when she disappears for a second time in a week, Bernie and Chet aren’t taking any chances; they launch a full-blown investigation. Without a ransom demand, they’re not convinced it’s a kidnapping, but they are sure of one thing: something smells funny.

Their search for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locals, with Chet’s highly trained nose leading the way. Both Chet and Bernie bring their own special skills to the hunt, one that puts each of them in peril. But even as the bad guys try to turn the tables, this duo is nothing if not resourceful, and the result is an uncommonly satisfying adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Dog on It has got more going for it than 50 of those cat cozies…My sincere advice to you is to rush to your nearest bookstore and put your paws on this enchanting, one-of-a-kind novel.”

    Stephen King
  • “A winning debut…that fans of classic mysteries are sure to appreciate.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[Dog on It] will delight dog-loving mystery readers, but the book is also an excellent PI tale, dogs aside…A great sleuth and always upbeat, Chet may well be one of the most appealing new detectives on the block, but Bernie us a close runner-up. Excellent and fully fleshed primary and secondary characters, a consistently doggy view of the world, and a sprightly pace make this a not-to-be-missed debut. Essential for all mystery collections and for dog lovers everywhere.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “At last, a dog lover’s mystery that portrays dogs as they really are…Quinn’s characters are endearing, and his narrative is intriguing, fast-moving, and well written. Even cat lovers will find it entertaining.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “I’m not a dog fancier, but I had a great time reading this book…Chet is a hoot—or should I say a howl.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[Dog on It] features the most winning narrator I’ve come across in a long time…[and] manages to ratchet up some real suspense.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • Selected for the February 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 2/19/2014

    " Loved this one! Totally sucked me in and read the whole thing in a couple days! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/24/2014

    " Chet and Bernie are two imperfect characters that somehow make up one really good detective. Each character is interesting, the writing style is both humorous and serious be turn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/20/2014

    " I like mysteries and I like dog stories, but rarely together. Most animal detective stores are cloying, so I was reluctant to give this one a try. However, Quinn somehow managed to make the story quite humorous by never letting us forget that the dog is...a dog. The fact that that Chet, the dog, narrates the story makes it especially clever in that regard. I might even read another book in the series...this is number one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Blexrud | 1/20/2014

    " Just finished this book and it had me laughing out loud. All the little dog nuances we've heard (canines can't count, don't have a good grasp of passing time, etc.) are played out in Chet the dog with humor and warmth. Don't resist this book because you can't imagine a mystery told from a canine's point of view. It's as psychologically intense as any good mystery. Course, it helps if you like dogs, but I think cat people will even be entranced by Chet (though he's no cat lover). I highly recommend you read this delightful book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Sutton | 1/18/2014

    " loved it, really funny detective story from the dog's point of view, first in a new series, will definitely read them all. it's also a good mystery, on top of the dog angle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumos_Mom | 1/15/2014

    " I love Chet, the great canine PI! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 1/15/2014

    " Very clever and creative. This author understands dogs and how they relate to their people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/8/2014

    " A cute book. I really enjoyed the narrative being done by Chet! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 1/8/2014

    " Cute but nothing amazing. Whole thing told from the dog's perspective. Listened to it as we drove across Texas so I am grateful to it for it's time-killing mile eating help across the desert! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah Wicks | 1/3/2014

    " I enjoyed this book even though the dialogue was pretty simple. But it was humorous, made me laugh. I loved Chet the dog, who is the narrator. Dog lovers will love this book. Fast, easy summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ophelia3339 | 12/11/2013

    " I'm not much into mysteries but telling the story from the point of view of the dog intrigued me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Hayes | 11/9/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Five stars for being a good mystery, with good characters I want to see again, and I think the author totally nailed Chet's voice. No small feat in a world of "dog books" gone bad. Great summer tale (tail??). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.A. Kazimer | 10/9/2013

    " Great read, told from the perspective of Chet, the dog. It's funny and I often found myself forgetting that it wasn't written by a dog. In fact, I finished this book and picked up the next in the series. My only complaint was the mystery aspect wasn't great. It was easily solved, but worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 9/13/2013

    " Loved it!! It's about time we had a dog cozy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten Micknicz | 9/10/2013

    " This book was hilarious. I picked it up to take on a car trip and finished it before we arrived. The dogs perception of his surroundings and the humans in his life were such a delight. It is an easy read and definately on my list of series to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/23/2013

    " What an adorable book. Can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 8/14/2013

    " I wish I could give this 4.5. It's just a fun book, a mystery told from the point of view of a private detective's dog. He stumbles on the answer to the mystery earlier than the detective does, but there's this little communication problem. . . . A very enjoyable, fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/18/2013

    " Fluffy & cute....dog-lovers will like it. Not much in terms of plot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayway | 3/24/2013

    " What an enjoyable read. Funny, interesting and engaging. One I enjoy recommending to others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/12/2013

    " Told from Chet the dog's point of view, I found this novel a bit slim on intrigue and complexity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie Reeves | 12/6/2012

    " Different book. Not bad. Written from a dog's point of view. Washed up private investigator and his dog somehow manage to solve the case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Mchugh | 7/2/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I marveled Mr. Quinn's ability to keep in character. Chet is funny, witty and enchanting. Mr. Quinn almost made me a believer. I want to read more about Chet and Bernie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wynne Phillips | 5/30/2012

    " Great book! I love that it was written from the dog's point of view-so insightful! Helped me understand my dog and her ADD a little better! Can't wait to read more of this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RollingT | 5/12/2012

    " Delightful. Although I am a cat person I found this story to be very entertaining and the author's idea of a dog matches mine almost exactly. Looking forward to the book to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer K | 3/19/2012

    " Super fun dog-lover mystery. I enjoyed every second of this book - Spencer Quinn is a master of voice. Four paws up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/7/2012

    " A really clever mystery especially if you are a dog lover like me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 2/22/2012

    " A Chet (the Jet - dog) and Bernie mystery. Chet narrates. Hilarious and exciting mystery involving kidnapped young girl (Madison) whose father is in financial trouble. Some of Chet's thoughts/questions I can see in Breck's expressions. Really fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/19/2011

    " At times, this book was laugh out loud funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 11/16/2011

    " I really enjoyed this first book about Chet (the dog) and Bernie (the P.I.) narrated by Chet! Of course Chet was instrumental in solving the crime and rescuing Bernie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Concetta | 10/1/2011

    " Love, love, loved it! Can't get enough of Chet & Bernie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/26/2011

    " Great read - I hope this is the first of a long series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 5/20/2011

    " A great book. Told from Chet's (the dog) point of view, it was highly entertaining and endearing. A lot of fun to "see" things from a dog's perspective. If you love fun detective novels or buddy books, you can't go wrong with this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meggo | 5/15/2011

    " good book I will read the next one! The way the book is writen in chets point of view i love books like this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jeanette | 5/14/2011

    " cute with the narrator the dog, but not as good as racing in the rain "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jorge | 5/14/2011

    " It was a cute story. It was a new angle for me to read a story from an animals point of view. Liked bothe the dog and owner character, it was a nice lite read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/10/2011

    " Took a few chapters to get into the Dog's POV, but once I did it was an enjoyable read. Quite a few Deus Ex Machina elements, but he writes suspense very well and captures the dog/owner bond beautifully. I wish Porter and I could solve a crime together...
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 4/29/2011

    " This is a very enjoyable book, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 4/28/2011

    " Cute but nothing amazing. Whole thing told from the dog's perspective. Listened to it as we drove across Texas so I am grateful to it for it's time-killing mile eating help across the desert!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 4/27/2011

    " This is the first time I have read a dog and detective story, interesting however I like the Cat Who series better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/25/2011

    " A really clever mystery especially if you are a dog lover like me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 4/24/2011

    " Easy Read, fun little mystery Chet the dog is the narrator and he tells a great story. Classic who done it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 4/23/2011

    " If you love dogs, or animals of any kind, this book is a must-read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 4/21/2011

    " Reading this one to Jackie. She's enjoying it very much because she loves dogs so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 4/21/2011

    " I love this series. It's nothing tremendously taxing or anything, but these are just so enjoyable. If you like dogs, you should get these. If you like mysteries, well then that's a bonus for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sami | 4/21/2011

    " I really like Chet - because he thinks like a dog, not a human! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 4/20/2011

    " It was good and light and fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merry | 4/19/2011

    " Clever mystery written from the point of view of a dog, but not disgustingly cute. Funny. "

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About the Author
Author Spencer Quinn

Spencer Quinn, pseudonym of Peter Abrahams, is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chet and Bernie series and the Bowser and Birdie mysteries. He lives on Cape Cod with his dog, Audrey.

About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won eight Earphones Awards and in 2009 was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.