Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Fistful of Collars by Spencer Quinn

A Fistful of Collars

One cannot help but wonder how long Spencer Quinn can go on with a series featuring a canine narrator. Each time I open one I expect this will be his swan song, but the author simply doesn’t flag--each new book in the series is as entertaining as the last! He manages to inhabit the minds-eye of a dog looking at human habits and create a voice for what a dog may think. If you imagine this cannot be funny for the fifth time, think again. Quinn has done it.

This is perfect beach reading. It puts you in a good mood, ready to laugh. It doesn’t take a lot of concentration to wonder how the pair, Bernie & Chet, are going to manage the investigations they get involved in. Bernie is perpetually broke; he keeps buying Porsches & wrecking them; and Chet tells us the background on each of the perps. He tells us things about them no self-respecting narrator would bother with: how they smell, for instance.

In this book, we are treated to a close-up of the film industry. Little Charlie, Bernie’s son, gets a speaking role! Which makes one think…Lassie and Rin Tin Tin were film stars…perhaps one day the name Chet will be in lights?!

This book is due to be released in September 2012. You can buy this book here: Shop Indie Bookstores


  1. Thank you so much for spotlighting our beloved Chet and Bernie. And your review hit the mark dead on. Quinn is a creative genius.....writing well for just about any age group....that ain't easy.
    Again, thank you. I shall bookmarks your blot on my Kindle Fire (non-Microsoft as always).

    1. Thanks for your kind words. I hope you like the rest of the offerings. Not all are as funny, but I try to get to some funny ones in occasionally to relieve the realism.