Spencer Quinn's Of Mutts and Men is the latest in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling series that the Los Angeles Times called “nothing short of masterful"…
When Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe), and his partner, PI Bernie Little of the desert-based Little Detective Agency, arrive to a meeting with hydrologist Wendell Nero, they are in for a shocking sight—Wendell has come to a violent and mysterious end. What did the hydrologist want to see them about? Is his death a random robbery, or something more? Chet and Bernie, working for nothing more than an eight-pack of Slim Jims, are on the case.
Bernie might be the only one who thinks the police have arrested the wrong man, including the perp’s own defense attorney. Chet and Bernie begin to look into Wendell’s work, a search that leads to a struggling winemaker who has received an offer he can’t refuse. Meanwhile, Chet is smelling water where there is no water, and soon Chet and Bernie are in danger like never before.
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The appeal of Quinn's routine 10th Chet and Bernie mystery (after 2019's Heart of Barkness) lies solely in the conceit of a whodunit narrated by a canine. Wendell Nero, chairman emeritus of the geology department of Valley College in an unspecified western state, has a problem he won't go into when he meets Bernie of the Little Detective Agency. They agree to get together the next day at Wendell's trailer, where Bernie and Chet, the dog, discover their potential client sitting at his desk with his throat slashed. Chet's olfactory senses identify the recent presence of a male "gum chewer who liked cherry flavor," and Bernie notices a convenience store receipt listing a recent gum purchase. These clues lead the pair to the knife-wielding Florian Machado, who admits to stealing Nero's wallet after finding him dead. Bernie believes Machado is innocent of murder, and continues to search for Wendell's killer. The homicide case doesn't compel, the internal logic of what words Chet does and doesn't understand is underdeveloped, and there's no deepening of either lead's character. For now this series is on autopilot. \n