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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847398375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847398376
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,349,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kiro on March 8 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book. After having read "Dog on It", I have been waiting for a sequel from Spencer Quinn. The dog, Chet, is superbly funny. The insight into the canine mind that Quinn provides is so detailed and quite realistic, while still refraining from anthropomorphizing him. In their second adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of a tiny, female show dog. Their task appeared simple enough, but a web of deception and mystery lurks in every corner. If you love dogs, you must read it. If you don't, you still must.
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By cduynisveld on June 23 2013
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A great series. As a dog lover, I love that the story is told from Chet's perspective. Bernie is a character with character! His concern about water use is endearing. I love that I cannot predict what will happen next. Planning to read more of this series.
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By Evelyn Seto on Nov. 21 2012
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Fun and easy to read. The author has the dog's character down to a 't'!
Anyone who has a dog will relate.
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Five woofs for Chet Jan. 7 2010
By Rita Sydney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It would be hard to beat the first Chet and Bernie mystery (Dog on It) but this one is equal to it. For new readers, understand that the story is told by Chet, the dog. (See reviews of the first book to appreciate how successfully this technique was used.)

Chet, when referring to Bernie and himself, always says "me and Bernie." It seems exactly what a canine like Chet would do. Undying devotion to Bernie but no shying from his own sense of self.

Chet is his usual doggy self; we see Chet the Jet in his glory running and jumping. His food preferences are plain: at the top is bacon, cooked juicy, but nothing wrong with raw. There's NO food that's not tryable. We see his first experience with a bear claw; understanding "bear" and "claw" Chet's not about to gobble it down.

It's easy to focus on Chet in the story but the reader can also appreciate the dialogue between Bernie and other characters. We don't need Chet to tell us how clever it often is.

There's a nice sequence when Chet has to take care of Princess, a little fluff ball of a show dog. Chet was amazed how her legs would be a blur while her body didn't move very far.

Readers who love these stories should try the web site [...] for a daily dose of this wonderful canine.

(A note to Mr. Quinn: We don't need the continuing question about Chet's health to keep us reading.)

Oh yes, about the plot. It's good. Maybe better than in the first book. The fact that it's an after thought in this review says a lot. Come for a mystery and stay for a story of the wonderful relationship between Chet and Bernie.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
As good as the first...maybe better! Jan. 9 2010
By J. Hoidal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read the first book several times and listen to the audio frequently. I was excited to know about the second book in the series and pre-ordered it. There was a little trepidation on my part because sequels are not always up to the standard of the original. Not so with this one. Just loved THEREBY HANGS A TAIL. Finished it at 3 AM so I can pass it on to friends and family who are waiting to read it. If you've ever loved a dog, or have had a dog as a friend, you will understand this book. Chet is SO true to form. His attention span is limited, but his love and faith in Bernie is unconditional. Great book. I recommend it. If you're offended by swearing, be warned there are a few places where pungent language has been used. (By the "perps" mostly.)

Grandma Jean
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Delightful new series Aug. 18 2010
By Jack Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read "Thereby Hangs a Tale" first, snatched up "Dog Gone It", and cannot wait for the third of this delightful new series. I was skeptical at first about reading a book with a dog as narrator, but quickly dispatched that biased view because Chet-- the other half of Bernie Little's Detective Agency--the one in charge of security-- had me chuckling throughout, or else gasping, "Oh, no," when he got himself into a dangerous situation. Where Bernie, "the smartest human in the room" uses his brain, Chet uses his instincts. Chet has a charming, limited and distracted point of view based on his basic needs and observations. For instance, while his beloved Bernie interrogates the perp, Chet has his eye on the nasty parrot in the corner of the room, or on the perp's bare ankle that just needs to be bitten, or on the dropped potato chip just out of reach under the couch. Sometimes Chet goes off on a tangent about a partially remembered episode, like when he got kicked out of K-9 training school (something about a cat). His story ends abruptly but not without enough material to let the reader fill in the humorous conclusion. I should mention that Bernie is a likeable character, there are other finely developed characters, there is a well crafted plot, suspense, and a mystery to be solved. I hope Spencer Quinn will put out two books a year in this series because Chet's doggy life span may be limited to ten years or less. But then there is that little "she-dog" howling out in the desert that Chet snuck out to visit one night. Maybe?...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
You'll become a dog lover if you aren't right now Nov. 27 2010
By Jennifer G - Published on Amazon.com
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Chet is the modern day wonder-dog. His adventures, his loyalty to Bernie Little, his priorities - snacks, a good shake, and being on the job with Bernie - make this another wonderful story.

It's a stand alone to Dog On It, Spencer Quinn's first novel with Chet and Bernie, so while you can start with Thereby Hangs a Tail, don't miss out on the first one.

I admire Mr. Quinn's ability to get into the head of Chet, who makes me appreciate being in the moment.

Great story too, by the way!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Has everything but a plot Feb. 22 2010
By OrchidSlayer - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed "Dog On It" last year and looked forward to reading this sequel. Although this book was funny and I appreciated Chet's viewpoints, I didn't like it nearly as much. Maybe it was because the characters were flatter or it was not as novel the second time around, maybe it was just that the plot was weak (and the last page totally unbelievable), but it seemed to be a cheap knock-off of "Dog On It". Still good, but not nearly as good as the original.

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