In this 6th volume of the Chet and Bernie mysteries, the Little Detective Agency is hired to find Ralph Boutette, who has disappeared in Louisiana.
Ralph, an eccentric inventor, is part of the colourful Boutette family who seem constantly in conflict with another local family, the Robideaus.
Through their powers of investigation, Chet and Bernie uncover a story much larger than a family feud involving big oil and pending environmental disaster.
And Chet even tangles with a gator named Iko, to add to the authenticity of the bayou surrounds.
Not my favorite Chet and Bernie mystery, but still very entertaining.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand
Chet and Bernie are at it again in this second installment of the Chet and Bernie series by Spencer Quinn, entitled Thereby Hangs a Tail.
Like the first book, Dog On It, the narrator is Chet – the canine partner of Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency. Bernie’s romance with reporter Susie Sanchez isn’t a smooth ride and she goes missing at a time when Bernie is hired to investigate threats made against a show dog, Princess.
When Princess and her owner are kidnapped, the mystery deepens. Once again, Chet finds himself in the middle of the action – and along the way his nose helps him to identify tasty treats to inhale.
Will Chet and Bernie find Susie alive? You’ll have to read the book!
I didn’t enjoy this story as much as the first book – but well worth a read for summer.