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Chet and Bernie head to Louisiana in the next installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre” (Stephen King) and his human private investigator companion. Out for a drive, Chet and Bernie run into a prison work crew featuring an old criminal friend they helped send to prison, Frenchie Boutette. From an old L Chet and Bernie head to Louisiana in the next installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre” (Stephen King) and his human private investigator companion. Out for a drive, Chet and Bernie run into a prison work crew featuring an old criminal friend they helped send to prison, Frenchie Boutette. From an old Louisiana family full of black sheep, Frenchie needs Bernie and Chet’s help in locating his brother, Ralph, who has disappeared with his houseboat. But before they can head off to the bayou, Bernie is attacked by a member of a strange gang called the Queiros. And though he’s tempted to take another job (with a big payday) in Alaska, Bernie and Chet set course for Louisiana. A reclusive inventor, Ralph is the sole law-abiding member of his family. Full of black sheep, the Boutette family has a long running feud with the no-good Robideaus and at first it seems as if Ralph’s disappearance is connected to a dispute over a load of heisted shrimp. But when Chet uncovers a buried clue, the investigation heads in a new and dangerous direction and what was a simple disappearance gets complicated as a conspiracy involving the oil business is uncovered. The more Chet and Bernie discover about Ralph, the more dangerous the job becomes and soon they’re fighting not only Big Oil, but also shadowy black ops figures, the Quieros, and Iko—a gator with an insatiable appetite.


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Chet and Bernie head to Louisiana in the next installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre” (Stephen King) and his human private investigator companion. Out for a drive, Chet and Bernie run into a prison work crew featuring an old criminal friend they helped send to prison, Frenchie Boutette. From an old L Chet and Bernie head to Louisiana in the next installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre” (Stephen King) and his human private investigator companion. Out for a drive, Chet and Bernie run into a prison work crew featuring an old criminal friend they helped send to prison, Frenchie Boutette. From an old Louisiana family full of black sheep, Frenchie needs Bernie and Chet’s help in locating his brother, Ralph, who has disappeared with his houseboat. But before they can head off to the bayou, Bernie is attacked by a member of a strange gang called the Queiros. And though he’s tempted to take another job (with a big payday) in Alaska, Bernie and Chet set course for Louisiana. A reclusive inventor, Ralph is the sole law-abiding member of his family. Full of black sheep, the Boutette family has a long running feud with the no-good Robideaus and at first it seems as if Ralph’s disappearance is connected to a dispute over a load of heisted shrimp. But when Chet uncovers a buried clue, the investigation heads in a new and dangerous direction and what was a simple disappearance gets complicated as a conspiracy involving the oil business is uncovered. The more Chet and Bernie discover about Ralph, the more dangerous the job becomes and soon they’re fighting not only Big Oil, but also shadowy black ops figures, the Quieros, and Iko—a gator with an insatiable appetite.

30 review for The Sound and the Furry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brad Johnston

    If you own a dog, love a dog, or lived with a dog, you should read this series. Not the tightest plot ever but the craft involved in writing from the dog's perspective is outstanding. I had missed being in Chet's mind. It is a remarkably carefree place, as long as he ends up up the stairs, through the door or off the boat first. For those who are slamming the book in their reviews: You are obviously looking for the wrong kind of book to be reading this series. It is unashamedly simple. That is i If you own a dog, love a dog, or lived with a dog, you should read this series. Not the tightest plot ever but the craft involved in writing from the dog's perspective is outstanding. I had missed being in Chet's mind. It is a remarkably carefree place, as long as he ends up up the stairs, through the door or off the boat first. For those who are slamming the book in their reviews: You are obviously looking for the wrong kind of book to be reading this series. It is unashamedly simple. That is its beauty. You want something tightly wrapped go look at Faulkner or something. If you want a nice light read about a dog and his best friend, this is your book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Reggie Billingsworth

    As one who has worked with & for the nation within a nation, in a professional, military & civilian capacity for over 40 years, I have to say that author Quinn's Chet is the best spot-on depiction of the canine mind, heart & "keen" personality type I have ever come across. In this latest Chet & Bernie story (I note the significance of the billing order there) we also get more tantalizing hints about Bernie's back story. As the two legged other half of the Little Detective Agency he brings "other As one who has worked with & for the nation within a nation, in a professional, military & civilian capacity for over 40 years, I have to say that author Quinn's Chet is the best spot-on depiction of the canine mind, heart & "keen" personality type I have ever come across. In this latest Chet & Bernie story (I note the significance of the billing order there) we also get more tantalizing hints about Bernie's back story. As the two legged other half of the Little Detective Agency he brings "other things to the table" in the eyes of his adoring but always fair minded canine partner. They make a great & unique team. "The Sound and the Furry" delights with it's new venue, site specific characters so typical of the bayou, & the new dangers that arise. So while the plot drives itself, I absolutely love & value Chet's insight on events, his tough guy talk about perps in orange jump suits breaking rocks in the hot sun, & his internal monologue with all its randomly obsessive distractions. Chet's running commentary on any inter-species relationships he experiences or has had in the past is truly intriguing, & an excellent lesson in humility for all homo sapiens! At one time I worried that this series might just evolve into a string of hoary (albeit self-made) cliches but no, the freshness of it's canine hero assures me I will never get tired of the Chet & Bernie adventures. Yeah, sure, maybe some aspects of this plot had a few odd holes...but nothing that Chet the Jet couldn't endearingly fill with his determined action-stations energy...his "can do" appeal. Encouraged fans suggest further future road trips. Great idea Mr Quinn! Are you cookin' or what?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Wilkening

    Chet and Bernie are back and heading to the bayous of Louisiana. The change of scenery is good for the series, injecting new characters and new experiences for Bernie and Chet. Spenser Quinn has a talent for capturing the voice of a dog who is ADD enough to make the reader believe that they are truly listening to a dog tell the story. His newest book, The Sound and the Furry, is one of his best efforts. Chet and Bernie leave the deserts of Arizona and head to the waterways between Baton Rouge a Chet and Bernie are back and heading to the bayous of Louisiana. The change of scenery is good for the series, injecting new characters and new experiences for Bernie and Chet. Spenser Quinn has a talent for capturing the voice of a dog who is ADD enough to make the reader believe that they are truly listening to a dog tell the story. His newest book, The Sound and the Furry, is one of his best efforts. Chet and Bernie leave the deserts of Arizona and head to the waterways between Baton Rouge and New Orleans searching for the lost brother of a convict Bernie helped put away. On the adventures, Quinn injects life into the series with some new characters, capturing the spirit of the area without descending too far into Swamp People stereotypes. Whether Chet is tracking down drug dealers or fighting alligators, his perspective on life keeps the reader smiling. The Faulkner allusion ties well with Chet’s stream of consciousness narration. The mystery isn’t very difficult to puzzle out, but Chet’s voice is so entertaining, it’s worth the ride.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    The Sound and the Furry Spencer Quinn Who is the first one through the door? Chet the Jet, of course. Chet is as lovable and curious as ever and Bernie manages to not be too much of a klutz in this latest Chet and Bernie Mystery. Chet and Bernie, of the Little Detective Agency, are off on a new adventure, this time in Louisiana. They are looking for Ralph Boutette, the missing brother of Frenchie, a perp Chet and Bernie put away and who now hires them to find his brother. Before they can leave tow The Sound and the Furry Spencer Quinn Who is the first one through the door? Chet the Jet, of course. Chet is as lovable and curious as ever and Bernie manages to not be too much of a klutz in this latest Chet and Bernie Mystery. Chet and Bernie, of the Little Detective Agency, are off on a new adventure, this time in Louisiana. They are looking for Ralph Boutette, the missing brother of Frenchie, a perp Chet and Bernie put away and who now hires them to find his brother. Before they can leave town, a detective from a large agency comes by and offers Bernie a well paying job in Alaska and is not a bit pleased when Bernie turns him down. While Bernie is loading the Porsche for the trip East, he is attacked by a gangbanger on a motorcycle. Chet hears the noise and before the perp can swing the tire iron again, Chet is on him. Trying to escape, the gangbanger jumps on his motorcycle and starts to speed away. Chet launches himself at the rider and he lands on the road with the motorcycle wrecking. The accident kills him, so he cannot give any information -like why did he attack Bernie in the first place? Once in Louisiana, Chet and Bernie meet the usual cast of strange people, perps, gangbangers and weirdos that populate a Chet and Bernie mystery. There is Mami, the matriarch of the Boutette family and the Frenchie's two ignorant brothers. There are the two brothers that are the sheriff and his deputy - members of the Robideau family and enemies of the Boutette family. Add to the mix Mack, Ralph's best friend, the local vet, Dr Ory, and a corporate smooth talker named Wes. Then there is the polite drug dealer named Cleotis and a seriously bad guy named Cale Rugh. Where does Quinn get these names? Being a champion sniffer, Chet notices a new smell in the water here in the bayou. There is rot, yes, but also a strange scent that Chet thinks of as froggy, toady, snaky, with a peppery poopiness mixed in. Every time he is around the water he notices this and wonders what it is. As Chet and Bernie follow the leads, they encounter all the characters above and Chet narrates with his usual doggy happiness. Quinn keeps the humor going with quips from Chet about Bernie's misadventures, and Chet feeling a cool breeze and realizing it is coming from his wagging tail, or Bernie fusses by saying "Ch-et" in that certain way. Quinn does a good job with the mystery too, which is just a vehicle to let Chet be Chet and for the reader to just enjoy the experience be inside of a dog's mind for awhile. Barbara

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    http://maryinhb.blogspot.com/2013/10/... MY THOUGHTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT Chet and Bernie - ROAD TRIP! When the pair have a chance encounter with a perp working on a chain gang, they are offered a job near New Orleans to find a missing person. The guy they are looking for is the only one of a set of brothers that is law-abiding and an inventor, Ralph Boultette. The cast of characters in this latest installment are right out of central casting. Just before they leave for the Bayou, Bernie is attacked http://maryinhb.blogspot.com/2013/10/... MY THOUGHTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT Chet and Bernie - ROAD TRIP! When the pair have a chance encounter with a perp working on a chain gang, they are offered a job near New Orleans to find a missing person. The guy they are looking for is the only one of a set of brothers that is law-abiding and an inventor, Ralph Boultette. The cast of characters in this latest installment are right out of central casting. Just before they leave for the Bayou, Bernie is attacked by by a thug on a motorcycle, stitches and a headache later, the two are on their way. Bernie thinks it is just an isolated incident, but Chet seems to think otherwise. Once they get to the Bayou, Chet discovers some very interesting smells that belong to creatures he is not at all familiar with. As Bernie begins his investigation to find Ralph, he follows a lead to the local vet where he encounters several oil-covered birds. There is also a shrimp theft that is blamed on Ralph but Bernie can't really connect the dots in this case. Chet, however is connecting some very convincing scents. There are several moments of cliffhangers like will Chet survive a near-drowning and will Bernie not be hit on the head again. In the end, Chet leads the charge to find Ralph as well as make new friends and acquire new treats. These books are just so much fun to read and Quinn really knows how to make a dog have a brilliant personality. The humans always tend to take a back seat whenever Chet is around. These books always seem to be released so far apart. There are two novellas that I just downloaded to carry me over

  6. 5 out of 5

    Doug Dams

    I've wondered if I would get bored with the Chet and Bernie mysteries. After I've read number 6 the answer is still NO. These books are great, written from the perspective of Chet. This book is a page turner and was hard to put down. There was a change in locale from Arizona to New Orleans that provided some freshness to the characters of the bad guys and the smells that Chet encounters. This is a missing person case with Chet and Bernie trying to track down an eccentric inventor, while getting I've wondered if I would get bored with the Chet and Bernie mysteries. After I've read number 6 the answer is still NO. These books are great, written from the perspective of Chet. This book is a page turner and was hard to put down. There was a change in locale from Arizona to New Orleans that provided some freshness to the characters of the bad guys and the smells that Chet encounters. This is a missing person case with Chet and Bernie trying to track down an eccentric inventor, while getting mixed up in the theft of shrimp, a gulf oil company and environmental watch dogs. The threads of the case finally come together in the last couple of chapters and naturally Chet nabs the perp. The book was a good addition to the series and I really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it to all readers and dog lovers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Megan Kelly

    What fun! Chet, my favorite canine, narrates his latest missing persons case, going along with his human partner, P.I. Bernie Little, to New Orleans. Hijinks ensue, and I have to say, I spent some anxious moments waiting for Chet to get to safety at one point. Silly I know, but that's how engaging Chet is. Spencer Quinn continues his remarkable work, keeping Chet sounding believable and dog-like (which is almost human, but Chet brings other talents to the table). Once again, I listened to the aud What fun! Chet, my favorite canine, narrates his latest missing persons case, going along with his human partner, P.I. Bernie Little, to New Orleans. Hijinks ensue, and I have to say, I spent some anxious moments waiting for Chet to get to safety at one point. Silly I know, but that's how engaging Chet is. Spencer Quinn continues his remarkable work, keeping Chet sounding believable and dog-like (which is almost human, but Chet brings other talents to the table). Once again, I listened to the audio and applaud Jim Frangione for bring Chet to life. True laugh out loud moments.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    I did not enjoy this Chet and Bernie mystery as much as the others I have read. Although there was an incredible chapter where Chet is separated from Bernie in a very perilous situation. It was very well written and riveting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Regina Tapoohi

    This is my least favorite of a normally delightful series. Just too many loose ends. The feeling I get that he got bored with the book, or out of ideas and just quickly finished it leaving a lot unexplained. However the series definitely makes you want to get a dog. Chet is such a wonderful boisterous companion. If Bernie puts him out to stud I want one of the puppies. You know the saying “I got a dog for my husband” if the dog is like Chet it’s a good exchange.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    This is the sixth book in the series. I've read and loved all of them until this one. Not that I didn't find Chet as lovable and funny as ever, I'm just starting to find them a bit too formulaic with this latest one. Just like the Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich, one of my other go-to brain candy books, I want to see some growth in the characters and some new situations. I want to see Stephanie maybe actually finally learn how to use that gun of hers or put some darn bullets in it, or This is the sixth book in the series. I've read and loved all of them until this one. Not that I didn't find Chet as lovable and funny as ever, I'm just starting to find them a bit too formulaic with this latest one. Just like the Stephanie Plum series from Janet Evanovich, one of my other go-to brain candy books, I want to see some growth in the characters and some new situations. I want to see Stephanie maybe actually finally learn how to use that gun of hers or put some darn bullets in it, or stop almost falling into bed with Ranger when she's practically engaged to Morelli. I now find that I want to see the same growth from Bernie. Chet always says he's the smartest person in the room but he can't seem to balance a checkbook or remember to deposit the checks he receives from his clients at the end of a job, one of the many reasons why he is constantly broke. Bernie's relationship problems with Suzie are definitely getting old. When will she realize that Bernie is totally faithful to her and is not cheating on her? In this book we have yet another repeat of a scene where Suzie travels to see Bernie, finds him in an awkward (and not of his doing) position with a woman, and storms off without waiting for an explanation, while Bernie babbles incoherently. The woman has definite trust issues. I had trouble with a number of loose ends that weren't tied up and some events that didn't make much sense. I'm hoping that this series gets back on track with the next installment.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    There are two things that put Sound and the Furry into my Five Stars for Being So Good At What It Set Out To Be category. (1) In terms of capturing the canine mentality, it's the best hardboiled detective story written from a dog's point of view that I've ever read. (2) I'm pretty sure it's about the only hardboiled detective story written from a dog's point of view that I've ever read. ...rest of review is here I disapprove of GoodReads' new policy of censorship (see Ceridwen's great summary her There are two things that put Sound and the Furry into my Five Stars for Being So Good At What It Set Out To Be category. (1) In terms of capturing the canine mentality, it's the best hardboiled detective story written from a dog's point of view that I've ever read. (2) I'm pretty sure it's about the only hardboiled detective story written from a dog's point of view that I've ever read. ...rest of review is here I disapprove of GoodReads' new policy of censorship (see Ceridwen's great summary here), so the rest of my review is posted over here at BookLikes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Delightful! I always enjoy the Chet and Bernie mysteries and this was no exception. Bernie runs the detective agency and Chet tells the story - and he's the dog. I'm always so tickled by Chet's take on the world and all the things we smelling-impaired humans take for granted - or totally miss. For a change of pace, they have left the Valley (in Arizona) and traveled to New Orleans (always a good setting for a tale). Chet's description of the smell of a gator (murky, peppery, poopy) made me laugh Delightful! I always enjoy the Chet and Bernie mysteries and this was no exception. Bernie runs the detective agency and Chet tells the story - and he's the dog. I'm always so tickled by Chet's take on the world and all the things we smelling-impaired humans take for granted - or totally miss. For a change of pace, they have left the Valley (in Arizona) and traveled to New Orleans (always a good setting for a tale). Chet's description of the smell of a gator (murky, peppery, poopy) made me laugh every time I read it. Thank you Spencer Quinn for another fun read. I hope they travel more in the future. Chet's confrontations with new experiences are priceless!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    Chet and human Bernie Little are back on the job, this time hired by someone Bernie helped send to prison; the job is to find this prisoner's missing brother, who is straight as an arrow. This job takes them out of Arizona (and it certainly mentions that that's where they are from and into Louisiana, including the bayou. Feuding families, gangs and even a certain large reptile figure in this story, along with a new oil rig about to open up. This was another amusing tale told by Chet, rife with ad Chet and human Bernie Little are back on the job, this time hired by someone Bernie helped send to prison; the job is to find this prisoner's missing brother, who is straight as an arrow. This job takes them out of Arizona (and it certainly mentions that that's where they are from and into Louisiana, including the bayou. Feuding families, gangs and even a certain large reptile figure in this story, along with a new oil rig about to open up. This was another amusing tale told by Chet, rife with adventure and danger. If you are a Chet and Bernie fan, or if you enjoy humourous mysteries narrated by dogs, then this book is for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Spuddie

    Another pleasant, light read, although I listened to the audio version of these as I have with all of them--the reader is very good and I'm not sure I'd have stuck with it this long without his narration. I have to say the books are getting a bit hum drum--and repetitive though; how much 'different' can you do when the books are told from the dog's point of view even if the venue and the crime being investigated are different? Still, I think as long as I leave enough time between books, I'll con Another pleasant, light read, although I listened to the audio version of these as I have with all of them--the reader is very good and I'm not sure I'd have stuck with it this long without his narration. I have to say the books are getting a bit hum drum--and repetitive though; how much 'different' can you do when the books are told from the dog's point of view even if the venue and the crime being investigated are different? Still, I think as long as I leave enough time between books, I'll continue to enjoy a visit with Bernie Little & his dog Chet (the Jet.) LOL

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bebe (Sarah) Brechner

    Another perfectly satisfying entry in this unique and fascinating series. This time Chet and Bernie go to the bayou murkiness of New Orleans on a case, which makes for a great change of pace from their usual desert landscape. The viewpoint still holds up extremely well -- Chet's doggy perspective remains succinct and delightful. Quinn's stories are in a league of their own. Highly recommended series. Another perfectly satisfying entry in this unique and fascinating series. This time Chet and Bernie go to the bayou murkiness of New Orleans on a case, which makes for a great change of pace from their usual desert landscape. The viewpoint still holds up extremely well -- Chet's doggy perspective remains succinct and delightful. Quinn's stories are in a league of their own. Highly recommended series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I can't say enough good things about the books in the wonderful series, and I can't wait for the next book. The cover and back cover on this one give you an idea of what Chet the amazing dog looks like. He's like I imagined with his mismatched ears. If you've not read a Chet and Bernie book, start at the beginning and get cracking. You won't be sorry. I can't say enough good things about the books in the wonderful series, and I can't wait for the next book. The cover and back cover on this one give you an idea of what Chet the amazing dog looks like. He's like I imagined with his mismatched ears. If you've not read a Chet and Bernie book, start at the beginning and get cracking. You won't be sorry.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dolores Feldman kunze

    I love all of the Chet and Bernie mysteries and will never get tired of them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    annapi

    Bernie is driving along one day and sees a prison work crew on the side of the road. One of the convicts is Frenchie Boutette, a guy they sent up the river, so they stop to chat. Frenchie begs them to look for his missing brother Ralph, so Bernie and Chet find themselves driving to New Orleans on the case. Another fun convoluted case, and the change of venue was nice. But once again it's the little irritating things that keep me from giving this more than 3 stars. First as usual the author separa Bernie is driving along one day and sees a prison work crew on the side of the road. One of the convicts is Frenchie Boutette, a guy they sent up the river, so they stop to chat. Frenchie begs them to look for his missing brother Ralph, so Bernie and Chet find themselves driving to New Orleans on the case. Another fun convoluted case, and the change of venue was nice. But once again it's the little irritating things that keep me from giving this more than 3 stars. First as usual the author separates Chet from Bernie, and this time we get the better part of about a whole chapter struggling with Chet as he fights for his life before he is miraculously and coincidentally saved just at the last minute. It just went on too long for me. More annoying is the author's same treatment of Suzie that I complained about in book 4. Once was bad enough, but twice and I'm calling the author a tad misogynistic. His female characters are just too cliche. The mystery was good enough to earn 3 stars, but I think I'm giving up on hoping this series will ever have decent female characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    K

    Book 6 of the series told from the point of view of the dog whose master is a private eye. Love the premise, but the execution has been pretty spotty... Meh, this one didn't hold up so well. Characters were very one dimensional and uninteresting....I really didn't care what happened to anyone. The bad guy's motivations were unclear/implausible (view spoiler)[why would a security company hired by an oil company involve out of state gang members to help kill an environmentalist who had found a prob Book 6 of the series told from the point of view of the dog whose master is a private eye. Love the premise, but the execution has been pretty spotty... Meh, this one didn't hold up so well. Characters were very one dimensional and uninteresting....I really didn't care what happened to anyone. The bad guy's motivations were unclear/implausible (view spoiler)[why would a security company hired by an oil company involve out of state gang members to help kill an environmentalist who had found a problem w/ the oil company's sensors...all without the knowledge of the oil company? (hide spoiler)] So, just skip this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Oliver

    I love Chet and Bernie. So glad I discovered this series. Perfect for road trips this summer. Don't hold back. Get your copy now! I love Chet and Bernie. So glad I discovered this series. Perfect for road trips this summer. Don't hold back. Get your copy now!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Markus

    The Sound and the Furry did not disappoint! Once again Chet and Bernie are on a case only this time in a new location. A location with different areas of trouble that Chet and Bernie can get into. This story does not disappoint!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shazza Maddog

    Chet and Bernie are back in another mystery, this one taking them all the way to the Big Easy, where the brother of one of the perps they've caught in the past has gone missing. Ralph Boutette is the genius brother of the Boutettes, known locally for being a loner except for his dog, Napoleon. The Boutettes may or may not have been involved in a shrimp heist, and the Robideaus, fellow fisherfolk as well as part of the local police department, may or may not have been the original owners of the s Chet and Bernie are back in another mystery, this one taking them all the way to the Big Easy, where the brother of one of the perps they've caught in the past has gone missing. Ralph Boutette is the genius brother of the Boutettes, known locally for being a loner except for his dog, Napoleon. The Boutettes may or may not have been involved in a shrimp heist, and the Robideaus, fellow fisherfolk as well as part of the local police department, may or may not have been the original owners of the shrimp. Drugs may or may not have been involved. Ralph may or may not have been the one to come up with the idea for the heist. And a lot of birds are turning up dying from oil poisoning. There are a lot of threads for Chet to keep straight - not to mention a biker gang known as the Quieros may be be gunning for Bernie and there's this peculiar smell to the water that seems to show up on a regular basis. Will our heroes survive to get back to the desert? A rolicking romp down South with Chet leading the way.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Thompson

    A fun, easy read and a solid mystery. And Chet (the dog) remains a very fun narrator.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robin Wright

    I usually enjoy the Chet and Bernie books, but I had trouble with this one. It may just be me, but I got tired of Chet’s predictable miscomprehension and wanted to just get on with the plot.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Another fun read about Chet and Bernie. Great semi-cozy mystery series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stef Rozitis

    This book had some enjoyable passages. The author kept Chet's (the dog's) voice up consistently which at times seemed like sheer brilliance but could also at times be wearing and monotonous not to mention illogical (like Chet's goldfish-memory...how come then he remembers the story enough to be telling it in past tense?) Chet's idolatry of Bernie while understandable if he is a dog also was something I grew weary of quite quickly and thought over the top. But then Bernie was in so many. many way This book had some enjoyable passages. The author kept Chet's (the dog's) voice up consistently which at times seemed like sheer brilliance but could also at times be wearing and monotonous not to mention illogical (like Chet's goldfish-memory...how come then he remembers the story enough to be telling it in past tense?) Chet's idolatry of Bernie while understandable if he is a dog also was something I grew weary of quite quickly and thought over the top. But then Bernie was in so many. many ways not my sort of character. Bernie is tough and extremely masculine. He sheds tears over his dog but he doesn't seem to relate too well to humans. He is a "gentleman" meaning he doesn't sleep with the "immoral woman" (Vannah who in so many ways was an unnecessary and irritating part of the novel) u who tries to seduce him away from his peripheral (in the book ) girlfriend. Female characters in the book seem to wear very little clothing and have very little speech, action or motivation compared to the men. There are a lot of guns and quite a bit of fighting. I suspect that is written well (it is not my sort of thing) Whether Bernie is intelligent is hard to gauge because we see the whole story through Chet's eyes which makes the "puzzle" aspect of it dim and nebulous. Could I understand better if I saw it in a human way? I don't know. Chet and Bernie's communication is mainly one way but Chet never feels frustrated at not being understood. The thing is I used to like the tough guy genre when I was a teenager reading Raymond Chandler who I suspect as an adult I would find somewhat misogynistic and tedious. This ain't Chandler though it was firmly in that genre and we are meant to see a seedy, guns and fists masculinity complete with drug addiction (smoking in Bernie's case) and somehow relate to it. I didn't relate to Chet's idolatry or even want to be Bernie. There was not a female in the book that was written convincingly or well (the vet came closest but even then she was more stereotype than character). Despite these flaws there were some great observations (like the semi-humorous comment on p168 about how stupid racism is and the ending which I can't say because spoiler), the book seemed to be hinting at tolerance toward gays too. The canine perspective was imaginatively and well portrayed and at times very enjoyable (other times dragging). I have to give it 2 stars and a "no thanks" to reading the whole series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    Chet and Bernie are back, and due to Bernie's odd habit of befriending the perps he gets locked up, they're on their way to Louisiana, to look for the only honest member--and almost the only smart member--of the Boutette family, who has mysteriously gone missing. Frenchie Boutette, now doing time including working a highway cleanup crew as a prisoner of the state of California, is worried because his wife, Vannah, reports that his brother Ralph is missing. Frenchie has convinced his brothers, Duk Chet and Bernie are back, and due to Bernie's odd habit of befriending the perps he gets locked up, they're on their way to Louisiana, to look for the only honest member--and almost the only smart member--of the Boutette family, who has mysteriously gone missing. Frenchie Boutette, now doing time including working a highway cleanup crew as a prisoner of the state of California, is worried because his wife, Vannah, reports that his brother Ralph is missing. Frenchie has convinced his brothers, Duke and Lord, his wife Vannah, and his mother Mami, that Bernie is the one who can help. Someone needs to help, because Duke, Lord, and Baron (Frenchie's real name) aren't that bright, and being criminals, going to the police doesn't seem like an option. Ralph isn't a criminal. He's an inventor with some thirty patents to his name. He's a quiet guy, a bit of a loner, who lives on his houseboat with his pug, Napoleon. He bothers no one, and everyone talks about what a straight arrow he is. But clearly Ralph has bothered someone, and it might have something to do with his latest gizmo. Does it also have something to do with the dead and dying birds local children are bringing to Dr. Orly, Napoleon's vet? As always, Bernie's canine partner, Chet, narrates the story from his own uniquely doggy viewpoint, and while he misses many of the subtleties of the conversation and events he's reporting, he also picks up on things Bernie misses, such as the smell of a certain aftershave, and the presence of a certain little dog everyone should be looking for. This is a thoroughly enjoyable light mystery. Recommended. I received a free electronic galley from the publisher via NetGalley.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Krumnow

    Fun fun fun! Chet the Jet is on the case.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul Pessolano

    “The Sound and the Furry” by Spencer Quinn, published by Atria Books. Category – Mystery/Comedy Publication Date – September 10, 2013 This is the sixth book in the series featuring PI Bernie Little and his canine companion Chet. If one is looking for a very light mystery with comedy and a story told from the viewpoint of a dog this would be a very good series to get into. Chet is a one hundred pound plus dog that flunked out of K-9 school. He is a vital part of the Little Detective Agency. The agen “The Sound and the Furry” by Spencer Quinn, published by Atria Books. Category – Mystery/Comedy Publication Date – September 10, 2013 This is the sixth book in the series featuring PI Bernie Little and his canine companion Chet. If one is looking for a very light mystery with comedy and a story told from the viewpoint of a dog this would be a very good series to get into. Chet is a one hundred pound plus dog that flunked out of K-9 school. He is a vital part of the Little Detective Agency. The agency seems to always be strapped for money as Bernie invests his money in hair brained schemes. Chet and Bernie come across a prison work gang and find an old pal, whom they incarcerated, and are asked to help find his brother, Ralph. Bernie tells Frenchie Boutette that he will take the job for three thousand dollars, knowing Frenchie cannot come up with that kind of money. The next day Frenchie’s wife Vannah shows up with the money and Bernie takes on the case. He and Chet travel to Louisiana and find themselves involved in a family dispute that goes back to the Civil War between the Boutettes and the Robideauss. While investigating the missing Ralph; Chet and Bernie become involved in a dead bird mystery, an off shore drilling rig, and a drug gang called the Quieros. Chet also has his problems with a Louisiana Gator called Iko. A very nice series that can be enjoyed by anyone, especially those that are looking for a good mystery without the sex, language, and violence.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Feit

    In the sixth and newest book in the Chet and Bernie Mystery series, our favorite four-legged private investigator, Chet the Dog, and Bernie Little, his partner in the Little Detective Agency, are back on the job: a good thing, considering their cash-flow problems. A hefty retainer convinces Bernie to take on the cases: the brother of a man Bernie has once sent to jail, albeit with no hard feelings, hires Bernie to find his brother, Ralph Boutette, who has completely dropped out of sight. On the In the sixth and newest book in the Chet and Bernie Mystery series, our favorite four-legged private investigator, Chet the Dog, and Bernie Little, his partner in the Little Detective Agency, are back on the job: a good thing, considering their cash-flow problems. A hefty retainer convinces Bernie to take on the cases: the brother of a man Bernie has once sent to jail, albeit with no hard feelings, hires Bernie to find his brother, Ralph Boutette, who has completely dropped out of sight. On the personal side of things, Bernie’s ex-wife is a non-presence in this outing, and his girlfriend, reporter Suzie Sanchez, has taken a job with the Washington Post, so Bernie has nothing but time on his hands. So he leaves the Arizona desert country he calls home and goes to the Big Easy. They find that a long-standing feud between the Boutettes and their sworn enemies, the Robideaus, appears to play a role. “Chet the Jet,” as he thinks of himself (and he is, after all, the narrator) is as usual the perfect foil for Bernie, who Chet often reminds us is “the smartest human in the room,” and provides invaluable assistance in tracking down the missing man and finding those responsible for his having gone missing in the first place, last seen on his houseboat just outside of New Orleans. As with each new entry in this delightful series, The Sound and the Furry is a pleasure to read, and is recommended.

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