Dog On It

Jul 9, 2011

dog on it cover 663x1024 300x463 Dog On It Spencer Quinn mystery Dog On It book review  photoA savory little summer read for lovers of dogs and mysteries, Dog On It is the first in a series that features a disgraced K-9 member of the police force (Chet) partnering with his equally misfit human partner (Bernie). A real romp in the arroyo, this Arizona-set mystery is saved from being over-sweet by a narrator who is very believably doggish—constantly distracted by stray thoughts, a fetching female backside and/or the smells of cooking meat. Chet’s all-too-real predicaments arise from a lack of follow-through (or an excess of dog-think); Bernie’s problems, as with all private eyes, arise from a back story that includes bad dames, a bad temper and an unerring instinct for pissing off really bad bad guys. The plot isn’t the point here so much as the idea, and it’s a great concept mystery. Dog On It is an expertly thrown Frisbee that eager, unironic readers can catch neatly in their jaws and run away with across a sparkling summer lawn. Great for mature pre-teens and fastidious grandparents to boot. Woof!

Dog On It, by Spencer Quinn (Atria Press, paperback, $15). Available at Vroman’s and other indie bookstores.



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