by Spencer Quinn
For anyone not familiar with the Chet and Bernie mysteries, they are told from the viewpoint of Chet, who, being a dog, doesn’t always understand Bernie but knows that he’s the best human on the planet. This book begins when Bernie attends a performance by once-famous country singer Lotty Pilgrim. Chet and Bernie, partners in the Little Detective Agency, are drawn into the mystery of Lotty’s life and failure to profit from her career. We learn about the action and the progress of the case through Chet’s thoughts. Chet, however, is at all times a normal dog, and the author’s ability both to advance the mystery through Chet’s thoughts and to have those thoughts wander to distinctly dog concerns provides a nice element of humor to these mysteries.