Review: Of Mutts and Men by Spencer Quinn

Series: Chet and Bernie Mystery #10
Author: Spencer Quinn
Publisher: Forge
Released: July 7th, 2020

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Of Mutts and Men is the tenth novel in Spencer Quinn’s Chet and Bernie Mystery. I’ll confess that I haven’t actually read the first nine novels in this series – my bad. I got so excited about the idea of a mutt mystery that I completely got ahead of myself. Still, I really enjoyed this mystery and had no trouble jumping right on in.

Chet and Bernie run the Little Detective Agency together. It doesn’t matter to them that one of them is a man, while the other is a dog. They make a great team, and nothing is ever going to change that.

However, the latest case ended up being more violent than intended. What should have been a normal meeting turned out to be a crime scene, and that means this dynamic duo will not be walking away from the case anytime soon.

“K-nine. That would be like Sherlock Holmes walking a beat.”

Oh my goodness! Of Mutts and Men was such a delight to read! I’m glad I took the risk and dove right into this series, despite having no history with it! It was worth it – though I will be adding the rest of the series to my ever-growing TBR list. It’s worth it.

Chet is such an endearing – and brilliant – dog! I was immediately charmed by him and by Bernie’s steadfast devotion to his canine companion. It made the perfect basis for this mystery novel (though I might be biased here, as I’ve been finding that I particularly enjoy animal mystery series as of late).

I think the thing I loved the most about this novel is that I went in with one clear expectation of what was going to happen and got something completely different. It’s easy to create assumptions when it comes to certain tropes – say, a man and his dog solving crimes. Those assumptions are going to quickly get blasted apart here – leaving lots of fun and thrills.

While I didn’t have the full history of this duo, I can sincerely say that I would recommend Of Mutts and Men to any potential readers. I’d also argue that the entire series (Chet and Bernie Mystery) is worth checking out.

Thanks to Forge and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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