Currently Reading: Thereby Hangs a Tail


'Thereby Hangs a Tail' cover

Title & Author: Thereby Hangs a Tail by Spencer Quinn
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The second book of an irresistible series narrated by a loveable and wise dog. In the newest Chet and Bernie mystery, Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly. “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.”

Praised by Stephen King as “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre,” Chet and his human companion Bernie have both had some setbacks in life — Bernie in combat, Chet in K-9 school, but together they make up a team like no other. 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.

After the seriousness of The Devil in the White City I needed to read something on the opposite end of the spectrum – a little less historically accurate, a little more fun. And about 40 pages in, I can definitely say that this qualifies! I haven’t read a book from an animal’s perspective in – ever, maybe? Certainly not one that is supposed to take place in the real world and be narrated by a real animal, not one in the fantasy genre. Reading things from the dog’s perspective makes me smile and give my own mutts – Chase and Pearl – a pat on the head.

One thing I will say – this is the second book in a series by Quinn but it’s the first one I’m reading. I got this book from my parents (they often ship books to me when they’ve finished them because they’re awesome) so I just started with this one instead of trying to track down Dog On It, the first in the series. It’s easy enough to get into the background of the characters without having to read the Dog On It, though I might want to go back and check it out at some point.

What types of books do you gravitate towards?

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