A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn
A Chet and Bernie Mystery

85%

11 Critic Reviews

Once again, Quinn (thriller author Peter Abrahams) effectively uses a dog narrator while avoiding the sentimentality that marks many animal-centered cozies.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Everyone’s favorite detective team returns in a new adventure as canine narrator Chet and his human partner P.I. Bernie Little find that Hollywood has gone to the dogs.

Hoping to bring some Tinseltown money to the Valley, the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot their next production, a big-budget Western in the classic tradition. The star is none other than ruggedly handsome—and notoriously badly behaved—Thad Perry. When the mayor decides that someone needs to keep an eye on Thad so that he doesn’t get into too much trouble, Bernie and Chet are handpicked for the job. The money is good but something smells fishy, and what should have been a simple matter of babysitting soon gets more complicated—especially when they discover that Thad has a mysterious connection to the Valley that nobody wants to talk about. What kind of secret could Thad have left behind when he went to Hollywood to seek fame and fortune? The only people who might know the answer have a bad habit of turning up dead before they can talk.

As Bernie’s relationship with his longtime girlfriend Suzie goes long-distance, and Chet’s late-night assignations appear to have resulted in an unexpected dividend, it’s all our two sleuths can do to keep Thad and his motley entourage of yes-men, handlers, and hangers-on in their sights. Worst of all, Thad is a self-proclaimed cat person, and his feline friend Brando has taken an instant dislike to Chet.

Like the winning books before it, this fifth book in the series combines a top-notch mystery with genuine humor and a perceptive take on the relationship between human and dog that will stay with you long after the case is solved.
 

About Spencer Quinn

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Spencer Quinn is the author of five previous Chet and Bernie mystery novels: Dog on It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, To Fetch a Thief, The Dog Who Knew Too Much, and A Fistful of Collars. He lives on Cape Cod with his dogs Audrey and Pearl. When not keeping them out of mischief, he is hard at work on the next Chet and Bernie mystery. Keep up with him—and with Chet and Bernie—by visiting ChetTheDog.com.
 
Published September 11, 2012 by Atria Books. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction
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Critic reviews for A Fistful of Collars
All: 11 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 31 2012

Dealing with three murders, blackmail, drugs, crooked cops and the need to keep Thad showing up for work every day is more than enough work for the clever pair...Chet, who continues as narrator in this exciting fifth installment of the series...often struggles to understand what the humans are up to but always gets it right in the end.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jul 02 2012

Once again, Quinn (thriller author Peter Abrahams) effectively uses a dog narrator while avoiding the sentimentality that marks many animal-centered cozies.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Sep 05 2012

Those who enjoy Chet's lightning-quick responses and Bernie's somewhat slower reactions will love this book.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Bartlett on Sep 14 2010

If you're looking for a little suspense, a good time, and a little laugh now and again, A Fistful of Dollars is just what the doctor ordered.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Kathleen Hannrikus on Sep 10 2010

...read this book. If you don’t have dogs, read this book anyway.

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City Book Review

Excellent
on Sep 12 2012

...prime stuff all the way!

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Mysterious Reviews

Above average
on Feb 07 2013

...those readers familiar with the books may feel the series premise is wearing a little thin, that the humor isn't as original as it once was.

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Kings River Life

Excellent
Reviewed by Marilyn Merideth on Sep 08 2012

This is a fun book that both mystery and animal lovers will enjoy.

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Star News

Excellent
on Dec 02 2012

...Quinn achieves a neat balance of comedy, noir crime thriller and character-driven whodunnit.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Good
Reviewed by Sharon Mensing on Sep 07 2012

This book, like all of the books in the series, was great fun.

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Buried Under Books

Good
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor on Sep 07 2012

Is this a gripping, intellectual thriller? No, not at all, but the puzzle and the resultant inquiries are engaging.

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