Heart of Barkness

Heart of Barkness

Book - 2019
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"Chet the dog, “the most lovable narrator in all of crime fiction” (Boston Globe) and P.I. Bernie encounter heartache and much worse in the world of country music. They’re both music lovers, so when Lotty Pilgrim, a country singer from long ago, turns up at a local bar, they drive out to catch her act. Bernie’s surprised to see someone who was once so big performing in such a dive, and drops a C-note the Little Detective Agency can’t afford to part with into the tip jar. The C-note is stolen right from under their noses – even from under Chet’s, the nose that misses nothing – and before the night is over, it’s stolen again. Soon they’re working the most puzzling case of their career, a case that takes them back in time in search of old border-town secrets, and into present-day danger where powerful people want those secrets to stay hidden. Chet and Bernie find themselves sucked into a real-life murder ballad where there is no one to trust but each other."--
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250297723
Branch Call Number: Quinn, S
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 22 cm


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Dec 31, 2019

Great title, great cover, but it's all downhill from there. Chet's musings are getting tiresome. Canine narration can work, and used to work in this series, but there's a reason critics are calling him the "ADD dog." I stuck it out for about 50 pages, hoping it would get better, but it didn't. I remember earlier titles in the series as much more enjoyable. This one felt like a chore.

Dec 22, 2019

Possibly the worst thing I have ever tried to read! Completely juvenile.

Sep 24, 2019

The Chet and Bernie stories can be fun, particularly since written from the dog's point of view. As far as mysteries and dramatic fiction goes, they are on the "light" side and a bit formulaic, but a little literary popcorn is nice from time to time.

However, in this book, so many characters were unnecessarily using the names of God as an expletive or unsavory adjective that my gag reflex kicked in and I returned the book unfinished. If you don't care about that kind of thing, you might like this book, but not me.

Sep 14, 2019

We were wondering whether the last book was the last in the series, but Bernie managed to pull through, and seems as good as new. Chet hung out with Bernie's friends while the repairs to his best friend were made.
Bernie is a fan of a country music singer, Lottie Pilgrim, who is making an appearance in a nearby night club; so Bernie and Chet attend the performance, which involves them in investigating some not quite right occurrences. After raking all the skeletons out of the family closet, finding the singer's old friends and acquaintances, and some newer and unsavory ones, Bernie and Chet figure out what really happened years ago that has upended the lives of her whole family. The best part, as usual, is the dog's eye view of life provided by Chet, the Attention Deficit Disorder dog.


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