Showing posts with label Bernie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bernie. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Book GiveAway - To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn

To Fetch a Thief
by Spencer Quinn
Published October 2010

Through a generous offer, from Atria Books, Murder, Mystery and Mayhem readers have a chance to win a hardcover copy of  Spencer Quinn's newest book in the Chet and Bernie series, To Fetch a Thief. Get ready for the holidays with some Christmas crime and enter to win below....

From the Publisher
"We were outnumbered, some big number against two. When it comes to numbers, two is as far as I go, but it's enough, in my opinion. . . .

"Sit," Bernie said.

I sat. Bernie would think of something—he always did. That was one of the things that made the Little Detective Agency such a success, except for the finances part . . .

Chet has smelled a lot of unusual things in his years as trusted companion and partner to P.I. Bernie Little, but nothing has prepared him for the exotic scents he encounters when an old-fashioned traveling circus comes to town. Bernie scores tickets to this less-than-greatest- show-on-earth because his son Charlie is crazy about elephants. The only problem is that Peanut, the headlining pachyderm of this particular one-ring circus, has gone missing—along with her trainer, Uri DeLeath. Stranger still, no one saw them leave. How does an elephant vanish without a trace?

At first there's nothing Bernie and Chet can do— it's a police matter and they have no standing in the case. But then they're hired by Popo the Clown, who has his own reasons for wanting to find out what has become of the mysteriously missing duo. After Chet takes a few sniffs in Peanut's trailer and picks up her one-of-a-kind scent, he and Bernie are in hot pursuit, heading far away from the bright lights of the traveling show and into the dark desert night.

Some very dangerous people would prefer that Chet and Bernie disappear for good and will go to any lengths to make that happen. Across the border in Mexico and separated from Bernie, Chet must use all his natural strength and doggy smarts to try to save himself—not to mention Bernie and a decidedly uncooperative Peanut, too."

Peter Abrahams writing as Spencer Quinn-
Chet and Bernie series - Dog on It (2009), Thereby Hangs a Tail (our review) (2010), To Fetch a Thief (2010)


Enter for your chance to win -
It's easy, all you have to do is leave a comment below or e-mail LooseEnds AT snet DOT net. Tell us the name of your favorite animal in a crime series?  The winner will be chosen on a whim, unfairly, and answering the question does matter.  Stay in touch by becoming a follower.

The contest is open to US addresses only. The book will be shipped by USPS media mail and can take from 2-4 weeks to arrive after the closing date of the contest.

The last chance to enter is Midnight December 15
The winner will be notified on December 16 - Kim has won! 

You can also enter for a chance to win the paperback Christmas at The Mysterious Bookshop
or enter Chronicle Books Haul-idays contest.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

On Shelves - To Fetch a Thief by Spencer Quinn

To Fetch a Thief
by Spencer Quinn
Published October 2010

Follow the scent......a reading group guide is available here.

Some reviews from around the blogosphere:
Mysterious Reviews - To Fetch a Thief
Lesa's Book Critiques - To Fetch a Thief

From the Publisher
"We were outnumbered, some big number against two. When it comes to numbers, two is as far as I go, but it's enough, in my opinion. . . .

"Sit," Bernie said.

I sat. Bernie would think of something—he always did. That was one of the things that made the Little Detective Agency such a success, except for the finances part . . .

Chet has smelled a lot of unusual things in his years as trusted companion and partner to P.I. Bernie Little, but nothing has prepared him for the exotic scents he encounters when an old-fashioned traveling circus comes to town. Bernie scores tickets to this less-than-greatest- show-on-earth because his son Charlie is crazy about elephants. The only problem is that Peanut, the headlining pachyderm of this particular one-ring circus, has gone missing—along with her trainer, Uri DeLeath. Stranger still, no one saw them leave. How does an elephant vanish without a trace?

At first there's nothing Bernie and Chet can do— it's a police matter and they have no standing in the case. But then they're hired by Popo the Clown, who has his own reasons for wanting to find out what has become of the mysteriously missing duo. After Chet takes a few sniffs in Peanut's trailer and picks up her one-of-a-kind scent, he and Bernie are in hot pursuit, heading far away from the bright lights of the traveling show and into the dark desert night.

Some very dangerous people would prefer that Chet and Bernie disappear for good and will go to any lengths to make that happen. Across the border in Mexico and separated from Bernie, Chet must use all his natural strength and doggy smarts to try to save himself—not to mention Bernie and a decidedly uncooperative Peanut, too."

Peter Abrahams writing as Spencer Quinn-
Chet and Bernie series - Dog on It (2009), Thereby Hangs a Tail (our review) (2010), To Fetch a Thief (2010)

Need more dogs? Here is a list of canine crimes

Friday, January 22, 2010

Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn


Thereby Hangs a Tail
by Spencer Quinn
Chet and Bernie series #2
Published January 2010
An early review copy was provided by Atria an imprint of
Simon & Schuster


Chet's a dropout from the K-9 Police Academy and Bernie's a down on his luck Private Eye but together they're a dynamic crime fighting duo - though neither of them knows what the other one's talking about. No bloodhound, Chet still has a few tricks up his sleeves and Bernie's not just along for the ride. Smile as Chet tries to decipher human idioms but not for too long.....there is always other distractions like FOOD.

From the Publisher -

    "We run a detective agency, me and Bernie, called the Little Detective Agency on account of Little being Bernie's last name. My name's Chet, pure and simple. Headquarters is our house on Mesquite Road, a nice place with a big tree out front, perfect for napping under, and the whole canyon easily accessible out back, if it just so happens someone left the gate open. And then, up in the canyon -- well, say no more."

..."In Thereby Hangs a Tail, Bernie and Chet are called on to investigate threats made against an unlikely target -- a pretty, pampered show dog named Princess. What seems like a joke turns into a serious case when Princess and her owner are abducted. To make matters worse, Bernie's on-again, off-again girlfriend, reporter Susie Sanchez, disappears too. When Chet is separated from Bernie, he's on his own to put the pieces together, find his way home, and save the day.

With genuine suspense and intrigue, combined with humor and insight into the special bond between man and dog, Thereby Hangs a Tail will have everyone talking."

Lesa's Book Critiques - ..."If you're expecting a cutesy animal mystery, you're in for a surprise. If you're returning for Spencer Quinn's second book because you enjoyed the first, you're in for a treat. Chet actually does an excellent job as narrator, revealing a story of kidnapping, greed, and murder. He also does an excellent job interpreting Bernie's frustration with the environment and growth in Arizona. Spencer Quinn, and Chet, have a complex mystery story to tell, and Thereby Hangs a Tail."

For Lesa's full review click
here and bookmark her blog for author interviews, reviews, and announcements of forthcoming titles.

For more info on Chet & Bernie visit
ChetTheDog.com

Solving the Mystery of Spencer Quinn's True Identity - by Sarah Weinman of Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind

Here's the juicy bit but click the link above for the full post- "So Abrahams decided to say goodbye to Peter Abrahams, Cape Cod-based creator of psychological suspense, and hello instead to Spencer Quinn, Cape Cod-based author of the smash hit series debut
Dog On It The book features one of the most appealing narrators to come down the mystery novel pike in quite some time: Chet the dog, the steady and stalwart companion of private investigator Bernie Little."