The Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn are some of my favorite books! The narrator, Jim Frangione, really makes the audiobooks enjoyable. The series is narrated by Chet the dog. Chet and his person, Bernie, run the Little Detective Agency, which specializes in missing person cases.
In Thereby Hangs a Tail, Chet and Bernie are hired to act as bodyguards for Princess the show dog and her owner, Adelina Borghese. The Borghese family has received mail threatening Princess and want to make sure that she has protection while in town for The Great Western Dog Show. At $2,000 per day, the job seems like easy money. Unfortunately, there is an incident causing Chet and Bernie to be fired before the job ever begins. Then Princess and Adelina are actually abducted, and Bernie is determined to solve the case even though he and Chet were fired.
Chet and Bernie are both lovable characters, as is Bernie’s girlfriend, Susie Sanchez. Chet as narrator works really well, even if you have to suspend logic and believe that a dog can actually understand human conversation enough to tell a coherent story. I think anyone who likes dogs will enjoy this series. Chet has a lot of stories about his life as a dog, many of which he tells you he is saving for some other time. He loves gourmet treats from Rover and Company as much as he loves a stale hamburger. Chet’s narration is often interrupted by his discovery of some food item or a cat distracting him by yawning.
When I listen to Jim Frangione-as-Chet narrate, I am often reminded of my dog Sherman. Sherman is always good for a laugh, and he has mismatched ears like Chet.
If you like dogs and you like books, you absolutely must give this series a try! I recommend the audiobooks. Get a head start by having a look around Chet The Dog.
I have already moved on to the third book in the series, To Fetch a Thief. Thereby Hangs a Tail ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and I had to find out what happened.