Book Review: The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn—and a Giveaway!!

This review originally ran in December 2011. The paperback is out now and,

if you leave a comment below, you’ll have a chance to win a copy.

The Dog Who Knew Too Much
Spencer Quinn
Atria Books, September 2011
ISBN 978-1-4391-5709-1
Hardcover (eARC)

Chet and Bernie of the Little Detective Agency are on the case again, this time in search of a little boy who has gone missing from a wilderness camp up in the mountains. The boy’s mom, Anya, had hired Bernie as a bodyguard because she thought her ex might snatch the child but it doesn’t take the detective duo long to discover that something much more sinister is going on. There’s no doubt that Devin is missing but evidence of bullying leads to questions of camp management. Chet and Bernie set out with the trail guide to find Devin but Bernie then begins to see signs that the camp’s director and the trail guide are not being entirely forthcoming and perhaps criminal activity is afoot.

Chet is the next to disappear and Bernie is arrested and charged with murder after a body is found in an abandoned mine. It’s up to Chet to escape his kidnappers—which he does in typically clever Chet fashion—and find a way to rescue Bernie with a little help from Bernie’s almost-girlfriend, Suzie.

The Dog Who Knew Too Much is the fourth in the series and the first to have a real, nail-biter mystery—the first three were wonderful, eminently readable books but a bit lightweight in the suspense arena.The charm of a Chet and Bernie mystery, though, lies largely in Chet’s interpretations of the world around him and that’s no less the case in this installment: when Anya says she used to wish time would stop and the only thing left of the sandwiches she, Bernie and Chet have been eating is the crust of one egg salad sandwich, Chet pegs her as a risk taker.

And just who is that puppy who looks suspiciously like Chet?

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, December 2011.


Leave a comment below to enter the drawing for a

paperback copy of The Dog Who Knew Too Much

by Spencer Quinn. The winning name will be drawn

on the evening of Tuesday, August 21st.


Look for the next installment in the Chet and Bernie series,

A Fistful of Collars, coming September 11, 2012.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Dog Who Knew Too Much by Spencer Quinn—and a Giveaway!!

  1. This is a great series. Dogs are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. Leila you are really having a number of great contests. You must spend a lot of time keeping this site interesting and you do a wonderful job.


  2. I was introduced to these books by a friend and am I ever glad she told me about them. What a delightful premise. I just love it when the dog says–I have no idea what that is or means. When you stop and think about it we probably assume our pets understand much more than they actually do.


  3. I’ve read plenty of cat-filled books, but I haven’t tried the dog variety yet. Maybe I’ll win one. Thanks for the contest.


  4. I love the titles in this series. I think my favorite is “A Fistful of Collars.” Though “Dog On It” is a delightful play on words. It must be as much fun to come up with the titles as the stories.


  5. This is quite timely! The mystery book club I lead here at the library is doing the pet and animal theme for next month! Sounds like a fun read!


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