Aug 26, 2014

Book Review: Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn

Paw and Order
Paw and Order: Chet and Bernie Mystery #7 by Spencer Quinn
Published August 5, 2014; Atria Books
"Did you know Mr. St. John kept a diary?" Soares said.
"Of course not," Suzie said. "I told you - we weren't close."
"Yet," Soares said.
"Yet?" said Suzie. "What is that supposed to mean?" (
ch. 6, from an uncorrected proof. Final copy may differ).
Bernie Little and his sidekick Chet the dog, partners in the Little Detective Agency in Arizona, visit Bernie's girlfriend Suzie in DC where she is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post. Eben St. John, a British man with intelligence connections, who is close to Suzie, is killed and Bernie is at first a suspect. After law enforcement tries to get him to leave town and stay out of the investigation, Bernie stays, hired by the St. John's father to find the killer and concerned about Suzie's safety.

There is politics involved, as far as Chet the dog narrator of the book knows, though he may not understand much of that aspect of the case. I followed Chet's thoughts closely and like him, the details of the case remain a bit fuzzy. I had a grand adventure reading the book and following Chet's thoughts or lack thereof, but I did remain a bit unclear at the end about the people and their involvement. In general, I got it, but the detailed plot and people connections? I stand with Chet. Who cares, as long as the "perp" is apprehended.

A fun read as always with this series in which Chet the dog tells the story. I give this a 4 out of 5 just because  Chet is such a good storyteller, from his point of view, of course...

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book.


Harvee said...

Chet doesn't disappoint, always clever and a good story teller too.

Yvonne said...

I have this one waiting for me to review. I love this series.

Suko said...

This really does sound like fun. Terrific review, Harvee! Chet must be a clever dog.

Margot said...

Good teaser and a clever book title too. Enjoy.

kayerj said...

that was a fun beginning and the title is clever too. Enjoy your book and thanks for stopping by. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

The Bookworm said...

Clever title Sounds like a nice one :)

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