Waiting On Wednesday (110)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Heart of Barkness
Chet & Bernie Mystery #9
Spencer Quinn
Forge, July 2019
Mystery, Private Investigators

From the publisher—

Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe) and P.I. Bernie encounter heartache and much worse in the world of country music. They’re both music lovers, so when Lotty Pilgrim, a country singer from long ago, turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie’s surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note the Little Detective Agency can’t afford to part with into the tip jar. The C-note is stolen right from under their noses – even from under Chet’s, the nose that misses nothing – and before the night is over, it’s stolen again.

Soon they’re working the most puzzling case of their career, a case that takes them back in time in search of old border-town secrets, and into present-day danger where powerful people want those secrets to stay hidden. Chet and Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad where there is no one to trust but each other.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Chet & Bernie are my all-time favorite private investigator duo and it’s almost entirely because of Chet. Some mystery readers can’t abide animal sleuths, especially those who actively solve crimes and Chet certainly does in his doggy way. Other readers are put off by unreliable narrators and there are none so unreliable as Chet who, while he’s telling the story of their latest escapade, is easily distracted by the nearest squirrel or tasty treat. While Bernie follows clues, Chet follows his nose and thinks very hard. It’s been 4 years since their last novel and I’m so excited you’d think I had a plate of bacon in front of me 😉

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