Friday, July 24, 2015

Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn [Review]

Paw and Order (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #7)4 out of 5 Robots!

Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn

Series: Chet and Bernie #7
Genre: Mystery
Release: August 4, 2014
Hardcover: 320 Pages
Publisher: Atria Books
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times bestselling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital.

Stephen King has called Chet “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre.” Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing “major league prose.” Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

Chet and Bernie pay a visit to Bernie’s girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, a crack reporter living in far-off Washington, DC. She’s working on a big story she can’t talk about, but when her source, a mysterious Brit with possible intelligence connections, runs into trouble of the worst kind, Bernie suddenly finds himself under arrest.

Meanwhile Chet gets to know a powerful DC operative who may or may not have the goods on an ambitious politician. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird that Chet notices from the get-go but seems to have slipped by everybody else. Most menacing of all is Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws.

As Harry Truman famously quipped, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Too bad he didn’t get to meet Chet!

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Let me just start by saying that Chet and Bernie mysteries are always fun.  Every once in awhile I like reading "cozy mysteries" and this is one of my favorite ones.  Chet, a dog, is the best narrator.  I love how Spencer Quinn really captures a dog mentality.  Chet is crazy about his owner, Bernie, who is a PI.  What I love is sometimes Chet knows something Bernie doesn't and sometimes he has no idea what is happening. It's done well and very fun. Chet's narrations are my favorite part of this series and what keeps me coming back.

As much as I enjoy this series overall, this wasn't one of my favorite ones.  I was excited at first for the change in location, but I must admit, I don't find political drama to be all that interesting.  I think it is also hard to tell a more complex plot from a dog's perspective, especially when said dog doesn't understand everything that is happening.  So the mystery fell a little flat for me.

But all in all, it was still a very enjoyable and fun read.  I am anxious for the next installment!

Books in the Series:

1. Dog On It
2. Thereby Hangs a Tail
3. To Fetch a Thief
4. The Dog Who Knew Too Much
5. Fistful of Collars
6. The Sound and the Furry
7. Paw and Order
8. Scents and Sensibility

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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