Book Review: Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: September 26, 2009 (first published January 1, 2009)

Genre: Humor, Mystery, Detective

Rating: 3.5/5

This was a fun and funny novel, and I had an absolute blast reading it!


Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog on It, and Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private investigator, are quick to take a new case involving a frantic mother searching for her teenage daughter. This well-behaved and gifted student may or may not have been kidnapped, but she has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters. With Chet’s highly trained nose leading the way, their hunt for clues takes them into the desert to biker bars and other exotic locales; until the bad guys try to turn the tables and the resourceful duo lands in the paws of peril. Spencer Quinn’s irresistible mystery kicks off a delightful new series that will have readers panting for more.

The story is about a detective duo –  Bernie and Chet. What is special about this duo, is that Chet is a dog, and the story is told from his point of view. Now, I don’t know about you, but I heard dog POV for a mystery novel… I instantly thought it would be funny. And I wasn’t wrong!

What every weird thoughts and sudden A.D.D. moments (like, SQUIRREL! from UP) you think your dog is having sometimes, Spencer has Chet thinking the same way.

A times I felt there a little too much luck involved and a couple of moments that, I personally, thought was too much for a dog to be capable of doing. There are real-life stories of pets saving their owners in miraculous events, so what you think Chet is capable of is subjective.

The mystery itself was pretty basic. I figured out who did it, why, and what happened fairly early, but that didn’t really matter to me. The mystery was good enough to keep my attention, and I didn’t feel like there were any slow points in the story. Besides, I picked up this novel looking for a laugh, not for a mystery, and this novel had me laughing out loud at times.

Here are some of my personal favorite quotes from Chet as an example,

The cat saw me at once, of course, and every hair on his body stood straight up, and he made a sound like the mountain lion’s roar but much tinier. That’s all cats are – midget lions. I’m nobody’s midget, baby
Chet! What are you eating?Nothing. It was true. The eating part was over

I cannot wait to go pick up the rest of these of these novels, and to sit down and real the whole series straight though! Go pick this book, you won’t be disappointed.


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