When I heard the premise of Dog On It by Spencer Quinn, I was skeptical. A down-on-his-luck private detective, Bernie, and his faithful dog, Chet, solve crimes together—and the dog narrates the story. It sounded cheesy to me. Even when it got good reviews, I didn’t bite. Finally, my Aunt read it and really liked it, so I gave it a try. I only regretted I had waited so long to read it. I’ve now read 4 out of 7 books in the ongoing series.
Quinn does an amazing job narrating the story through a dog’s point of view. Chet’s naivety about some things human is endearing. Chet’s thoughts and comments are so authentic, I forgot a human not a dog actually wrote the story. Some of Chet’s comments even made me laugh out loud. The mysteries are interesting and the setting, Arizona, was new to me.
Quinn has also written a series for young readers, the Bowser and Birdie series. It takes place in the Louisiana bayou. Bowser is the dog, and Birdie is his girl, who lives with her grandmother. Together Bowser and Birdie make a great pair of detectives. The first book is called Woof.
So go fetch Dog On It (or Woof). You won’t regret it. Dog on It is available in audio, CD, and print formats.
Amanda Weaver, Circulation Specialist