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Chet and Bernie Mystery Series Continues Of Mutts And Men is the 10th book in a series of


Chet and Bernie mystery novels by Spencer Quinn. Anyone who has had anything to do with the beer business in Florida will get a kick out the main character’s name. Bernie Little is a private eye and his sidekick is Chet, a very well-trained dog, and “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction.” (The Boston Globe). All of the Chet and Bernie stories are told from the point of view of Chet, the dog. In the series, Chet’s


perceptions about what is going on are very different from what Bernie is thinking. “And sometimes they’re much better,” says the author. “He’s way ahead in terms of anything where he can smell


or hear.” Even so, Bernie’s senses aren’t so bad after all. Water is a hot commodity in the desert and Bernie is smelling it where supposedly none exists. Murder, of course, is at the heart of the story.


Chet and Bernie discover the body of a dead hydrol- ogist in his desert trailer. He had asked Bernie to meet with him, and now the mystery to discover why, is where the story really gets rolling, especially when the police think they have the murderer in custody. The Little Detective Agency is also located some-


where in the desert. Chet, who works for Slim Jims, is always concerned with Bernie’s finances, since he more often than not works for little to nothing at all. The dead hydrologist’s three exes, who are fighting amongst themselves to get to the truth, hire Chet and Bernie. Will there be a big payout? Among the colorful cast of characters is a strug-


gling winemaker (in the middle of the desert) and a ruthless attorney who is hot for Bernie (but not Chet). Racing through the pages of the book (seriously, it was just that good) Bernie’s Porsche also plays a pretty cool role. Peter Abrahams, whose nom de plume is Spencer


Quinn, is definitely a dog lover. The depths at which Abrahams goes to describe Chet’s thoughts, which are uncanny, are what make this book so much fun to read. This man has either gotten down at dog level to study dogs, or he was once a dog in a past life.


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some unique fun in-store experiences. On the 3rd Saturday of every month, young children are invited to attend StoryTime with Cookie & Karma. While snuggling with the shops’ cats, Cookie and Karma, the children listen to Heather, Rhonda and Becca read their favorite ani- mal-themed children’s stories featured for sale in the store. The event is free and includes a snack and drink for the kids. All attendees can take advantage of a special book discount on the day of the event. During the pandemic shut down, the store remained open and offered the book reading series via Facebook Live Videos. Their weekly Wine & Good Advice series on Facebook Live is a hoot to watch every Thursday from 6p-7p. These girls are knocking it outta the ballpark with their great sense of humor and sound advice for pet lovers. Check them out on Facebook @TheDoggieBagAPetBoutiqu or on their website at TheDoggieBag.Boutique


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“When you’re here, you’re here! I sat up very straight, on high alert even though there was nothing to be alert about. It was just to remind Bernie we were here and nowhere else. Anytime now he’d be giving my head a quick scratch and I’d know he got the message. Except he did not.”


Chet speaks. An excerpt from Of Mutts And Men By Spencer Quinn FORGE New York Macmillan Publishers


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