This new book in the Chet and Bernie mystery series, takes place mostly in Louisiana where the two of them are on a case. If any of the readers have never read any of this series it’s fair to let them know that ‘Chet’ is a Great Dane who is Bernie’s partner and a formidable partner he is. After closing their latest case, the partners are hired to look for the missing brother, Ralph, who is the only smart one in the family according to Frenchie, a prisoner in the system who was sent to prison by Chet and Bernie.
As Bernie is preparing to start out for Louisiana, a detective from a larger agency looks them up and offers them a very well-paying job in the state of Alaska and is a bit put out when Bernie turns him down as he has already accepted the job from Frenchie. As Bernie is loading up his car for the trip south, he is attacked by a guy wielding a tire iron. Chet is immediately on the case but the guy climbs on a motorcycle and starts to get away. He is stopped again by Chet and this time the cycle and the rider are both dead. But, no one can figure out why Bernie was attacked in the first place.
When the duo show up in Louisiana, they meet Frenchie’s relatives. Mami, who is the mom of the Boutette family and Frenchie’s brothers, who are far from clever. They also meet the Robideau family who have been feuding with the Boutette family for many years. Mack, who was the missing brother’s best friend and the local Vet, Dr. Ory. You have to wonder where the author gets the names for his characters. As Chet and Bernie follow leads as to the whereabouts of Ralph the missing brother, readers will get to know and love this dog and wonder how Bernie could function without him. This is a very good mystery and dog lovers will love it.
Chet and Bernie head to Louisiana in the next installment in the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring “a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre” (Stephen King) and his human private investigator companion.
Out for a drive, Chet and Bernie run into a prison work crew featuring an old criminal friend they helped send to prison, Frenchie Boutette. From an old Louisiana family full of black sheep, Frenchie needs Bernie and Chet’s help in locating his brother, Ralph, who has disappeared with his houseboat. But before they can head off to the bayou, Bernie is attacked by a member of a strange gang called the Queiros. And though he’s tempted to take another job (with a big payday) in Alaska, Bernie and Chet set course for Louisiana.
A reclusive inventor, Ralph is the sole law-abiding member of his family. Full of black sheep, the Boutette family has a long running feud with the no-good Robideaus and at first it seems as if Ralph’s disappearance is connected to a dispute over a load of heisted shrimp. But when Chet uncovers a buried clue, the investigation heads in a new and dangerous direction and what was a simple disappearance gets complicated as a conspiracy involving the oil business is uncovered. The more Chet and Bernie discover about Ralph, the more dangerous the job becomes and soon they’re fighting not only Big Oil, but also shadowy black ops figures, the Quieros, and Iko—a gator with an insatiable appetite.
“Humorous and suspenseful” (Publishers Weekly), Spencer Quinn’s mysteries have delighted readers everywhere. Top-notch suspense, humor, and insight into the ways our canine companions think and behave—all set against a rollicking new Louisiana backdrop—make this the most entertaining book in the series yet.