Paw and Order – Book Review

paw and order

Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery #7
Author: Spencer Quinn
Publication: Atria Books, August, 2014
320 pages
Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback
Genre: Mystery
Content: Some violence. I don’t recall any foul language. I guess dogs have better control of the
English language than some people.


Description from NetGalley:

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!

My thoughts:

Although Paw and Order is number seven in the Chet and Bernie series, ( I like it that the dog gets
top billing), this is the first time I’ve read any of the books. It started out great, full of energy, loving Chet’s witty narrative. The plot was predictable but I didn’t care I was having fun reading this dog’s dialogue. It was a speedy consistent read. Then the wall hit around 70% into the book. I lost interest, the energy was gone and the author didn’t care too much about Bernie’s girlfriend, the lovely Susie Sanchez.
Although the book had a poor ending I’m willing to give Chet and Bernie another chance. The
author couldn’t have got to number seven without some fantastic reads in either 1,2,3,4,5, or 6. It
didn’t hurt that I fell in love with Chet, too.

This book was given to me by Atria Books through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About the Author:



Spencer Quinn is a pseudonym for the American mystery writer Peter Abrahams. He has won awards for his children’s mysteries: Edgar Award for Best Young Adult and Agatha Award for Best Children/Young Adult Fiction. He lives on Cape Cod with his dogs Audrey and Pearl.

Website / Chet the dog / Simon & Schuster / Goodreads / Facebook


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