Monday, March 22, 2010
Dog On It by Spencer Quinn
Author: Spencer Quinn (pseudonym for Peter Abrahams)
Genre: Humour/Crime Fiction
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: March 2009
Stand alone or series: Series
Book Length: 240
Favourite Paragraph: "I'm a little late, sorry. Need to go out?" Why would that be? Because my back teeth were floating? But then I thought, What the hell, the poor guy, and I went over and pressed my head against the side of his leg.
I could smell him - or rather the booze on his breath - before he even opened the door, but my sense of smell is pretty good, probably better than yours.
So begins this fabulous, funny new detective novel featuring Bernie, a slightly down-at-heel PI; and his offsider, Chet, a dog - and the captivating narrator of the story.
Chet may have flunked out of police school (I'd been the best leaper in K-9 class, which had led to all the trouble in a way I couldn't remember exactly, although blood was involved), but he's just as much a detective as Bernie - superior, sometimes, in his insight into human foibles.
In Dog On It, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who's definitely gotten herself mixed up with some very unsavoury characters.
I can't help but rave about this book. I'ts fantastic and funny and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series Thereby Hangs a Tail.
Chet is a witty and courageous character full of adventure and surprises. Oh, did I mention? He's a dog and the narrator of the story.
Dog On It is told in first person err dog, and is about Chet and his partner Bernie. Bernie is his master and owner of Little Detective Agency. The story begins with the search of a young girl called Madison who disappears. Her mother hires Bernie and Chet to investigate.
While I said this is a funny book, I did get emotional at one point of this book. If you get the chance to read this you will know what I'm talking about. But don't despair this is only a very small part of the journey.
Favourite Characters: Obviously Chet. Iggy is a great little dog too. He's the next door neighbours dog and while he isn't very involved in the story he is entertaining. I have to admit, I did like Bernie as well. He's a smart character and very in tune with Chet.... most of the time. But they do make a good team.
I'd recommend Dog On It to anyone who owns or has owned a dog, or those that enjoy a funny read. Don't Pass this one by!