Heart of Barkness (Chet and Bernie Mystery, #9) by Spencer Quinn

Heart of Barkness (Chet and Bernie Mystery, #9)

Spencer Quinn's Heart of Barkness is the latest in the New York Times bestselling series that the Los Angeles Times called “nothing short of masterful"…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 ...

Details Heart of Barkness (Chet and Bernie Mystery, #9)

TitleHeart of Barkness (Chet and Bernie Mystery, #9)
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherForge Books
GenreMystery, Animals, Dogs, Fiction, Humor, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Heart of Barkness (Chet and Bernie Mystery, #9)

  • Linden
    Everyone's favorite canine narrator, Chet, is back to describe another case he solves with his partner, Bernie. Lotty Pilgrim, country music singer , is about to plead guilty to murdering her manager/lover, Clint. Bernie thinks she's innocent, and sets out to find the truth.
  • 3 no 7
    “Heart of Barkness” by Spencer Quinn is book nine in the “Chet and Bernie” series. New readers should note that the series is a first person narrative by Chet, the dog half of the duo, so the opinions, observations and conclusions are a bit different from those in other mystery books. Needed information from previous books is included as part of Chet’s current narrative, so new readers can easily follow along as Chet investigates everyt...
  • Janie
    A new Chet and Bernie book is one of the few that I will pick up and read immediately, regardless of the condition of my To-Be-Read list. This ninth release in the series (publication date July 2, 2019) continues the reading pleasure and my enjoyment of Chet's canine narration of the private-eye cases of The Little Detective Agency.I've pondered the chemistry of this series to figure out just what it is that I enjoy so much. The humor is the best...
  • Judy Lesley
    I enjoyed this very much, but then I usually do enjoy the Chet and Bernie books. This one has Bernie trying to help a country music singer who has fallen on difficult times. The situation becomes more and more tangled until Lotty Pilgrim finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She doesn't trust Bernie Little (of the Little Detective Agency) so she won't cooperate with him on the case but somebody else is willing to hire Bernie to g...
  • Diana Gomez
    3.75 rounded up.It's been a while since I read a Chet and Bernie story, I'd missed Chet's one-of-a-kind viewpoint.It also seems I'd slightly forgotten how we left our favorite duo at the end of "Scents and Sensibility". Bernie has been in the hospital for a few months recovering from the events of that book, and the future of his relationship with his girlfriend, Suzie was also left up in the air.With those loose ends in mind you can see why it t...
  • Lisa
    Heart of Barkness by Spencer Quinn is the continuing story of the Little Detective Agency and is book nine in the series (Chet and Bernie mystery). In this quirky and sometimes humorous mystery which is narrated by Chet (who is the canine part of this crime solving duo), Bernie and his loveable assistant Chet attempt to solve the murder of the manager of an aging country singer. It appears to be cut and dry; but as cases go, it turns out to be mu...
  • Sue
    Oh, Chet. How I've missed you. It's been a long four year wait for Chet and Bernie to make a new appearance. While Scents and Sensibility ended with Bernie barely hanging to life, he has recovered and is returning home at the beginning of Heart of Barkness. Chet, the dog half of the Little Detective Agency, is his usual happy, doggy self. He is tip top and ready to grab a perp by the pant leg.In Heart of Barkness, Bernie investigates a death that...
  • Carol
    I was so thrilled to get this book in my hands. I was one of the devoted readers who was distraught at the end of the previous book, not sure if the story was going to continue or not. (Despite Spencer Quinn's reassurance that there was a clue right there in the second to last paragraph, I still worried.) Anyway, it's great to have Chet and Bernie back in such fine form! There's nothing better than solving the case through Chet's stream-of-consci...
  • Nicole Wagner
    A murder mystery told by the PI's dog. What's not to love? Anthropomorphism is tricky. It can be powerful when used to create a motif through which society is examined: The Rats of Nimh; Animal Farm; Watership Down. It can be powerful when it's used to elevate a message about humanity: Charlotte's Web; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It can be fun when not taken overly seriously and just used as a cute prose gimmick, as is done in HEART OF...
  • Donna Lewis
    Another delightful Chet and Bernie collaboration. The dynamic duo — always financially challenged, but more interested in catching the bad guys than making money. In this particular caper, they are helping an aging country and western singer. But Chet, my forever hero, still has a favorite song: “ ‘If You Were Mine,’ Billie Holiday singing and Roy Eldridge on trumpet at the end, the trumpet doing things to my ears I can’t describe.”
  • Dana Dratch
    This was great!
  • Chrystal
    3.5 starsAs funny as always, but this one had a particularly lame plot.Loved the part with the horse!
  • Karen
    So glad for a new Chet and Bernie, the series where a dog is the narrator and Bernie is his human. In this story Bernie tries to help a country singer who has fallen into hard times.
  • Hobart
    This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.--- It's been 4 years—4 long years (28 dog years!) since the publication of Scents and Sensibility, so it's understandable (but personally troubling) that I'd forgotten it ended on something of a cliffhanger. It came back to me rather quickly as Quinn resolved it in the opening pages, but I'd still encourage those whose memory might be equally sketchy to re-read at least the last chapter of S...
  • Simon Bewick
    Four years after Scents and Sensibility and the short ebook Santa 365, Chet and Bernie, the Little Detective partnership team are back in action. Chet, the K9 side of the partnership is, as always, the principle narrator and POV of the story. Bernie, the most perfect human being in the world, the PI who finds himself in another case he wasn't actually looking for.Not to let the cat out of the bag too much (and Chet would make quite a lot of that ...
  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
    HEART OF BARKNESS by Spencer Quinn brings back four-legged detective Chet and his sidekick, the two-legged Bernie Little. It's Bernie's detective agency, but both are aware that it takes two to solve most mysteries. Chet and Bernie are a team, and they are inseparable.Bernie has just gotten out of the hospital after a near-death experience (read about it in SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY), and Chet is thrilled to be reunited with his other half. In their...
  • Susan
    Private Investigator Bernie Little is the owner of Little Detective Agency where he investigates cases with his partner, his dog Chet. In Heart of Barkness, Bernie and Chet set out to help Lotty Pilgrim, a musician who has fallen on hard times. When her manager/boyfriend Clint is killed, Lotty is arrested for the crime. Bernie is convinced that she didn't do it, but when she decides to confess to the crime, Bernie knows that he and Chet will have...
  • Annarella
    Sometimes it happens, you read an ARC and discover a series you didn’t you needed in your life. It was love at first chapter or at first bark but after a few pages I was hooked.Chet, the canine protagonist, reminded me of my late German Sherpard. Similar antics and similar ways of moving the head. It was like meeting again a long lost friend and seeing things through his eyes.Memories of lost pet apart this book is both engrossing and hilarious...
  • Andrea Stoeckel
    “My job’s more like yours—following a tail of symptoms to the guilty diagnosis “Told mostly through the narration of Chet the Dog, Spencer Quinn takes on the past wrapping around a present-day murder involving a country singer with a past of glory that’s plopped directly into the 60s with all it’s issues. Lotty Pilgrim, a now 70-something murder suspect has a past that rivals a soap opera, and it comes together when her agent/male com...
  • Wauktown Thumper
    Well this was a little different from the other Chet & Bernie books. By that I mean there appeared in my opinion not as must adventure as in the others but I debated with myself for the reasons. My number one reason being that since Bernie was just recuperating from a near death experience he had to take things a little bit slow. My second reason I'm wondering are we coming to the end of the Chet & Bernie series? I'm not ready for that but there ...
  • Marshall
    This is another charming installment to the Chet and Bernie series. Mr. Quinn narrates the story from the perspective of Chet, a large and bright dog, who keeps the tone light and amusing as the mystery unfolds. The plot revolves around a murder and a falsely-accused country and western singer. We get to see the same things Chet and his owner, detective Bernie Little, see. The dialogue is good and the supporting characters are well drawn. The mys...
  • Linda C. Brizendine
    Back to tip topThis is a return to the good Chet and Bernie adventures. So much better than the darkness of the previous book. I highly recommend you read this series in order. Chet and Bernie both seem to be fit and ready to find the perps. If you haven't read any of the Chet and Bernie books, I don't really recommend that you start with this one. This book is good, but not the best in the series. Any of the other books with the exception of Sce...
  • Kathleen Gray
    I'd not read this series before so it took a minute for me to set my perspective to Chet's. Chet's a dog, which veteran readers of Quinn know but I didn't. Quinn does a nice job, btw, of making it possible to hop in and know what's what and who's who so this is fine as a standalone. This time out, Chet and his human companion Bernie, a detective are poking around in the case of Lotty Pilgrim, a once well known country singer who has fallen on har...
  • Christine
    Heart of Barkness is just as witty as the title implies! Chet the dog is a magnificent narrator bringing levity to tense situations and providing additional canine clues a human PI wouldn’t pick up on. This series is great, as it isn’t too suspenseful but certainly isn’t dull either. Plus, while I recommend reading all the prior books because they’re just as excellent as this one, it isn’t required. The characters and setting are so wel...
  • Alicia
    I love the Chet and Bernie series. I couldn't wait for this book to come out. I gave this 4 stars just because i loved the characters but i did not enjoy this story. I was lost as good amount of the time. There seemed to be too much Chet thoughts and not enough of what Bernie was doing. I also found that scenes changed with no transition. I still don't really understand what prompted them to take the case in the first place. There was no murder a...
  • Susan
    PI Bernie Little is just out of the hospital after the events of the last book, and his partner, narrator, admirer--hell, his dog--Chet is overjoyed. Bernie is glad to be healthy again, but saddened when his girlfriend makes it clear that she has to spend the next three years on assignment abroad. He and Chet go to hear a formerly famous country singer, and find themselves involved with her life and family, especially after she becomes the main s...
  • Catherine
    Picking up after the previous novel, Bernie is released from the hospital and Chet is excited to have his partner back. The two stumble upon a mystery when they catch country singer Lottie Pilgrim at a local bar. Although she wrote a huge country hit, Lottie is down on her luck and things get worse when her young boyfriend/manager turns up dead. The mystery soon involves Lottie's estranged daughter, a mysterious death in a border town, and why Lo...
  • Sally Stanton
    I've read every book in this series and it's one of my favorites. This is the first time, however, that I have listened to the audio. I would not recommend it, the narrator just doesn't capture the nuance of Chet and doesn't change his tone or fluctuation for each character and it wasn't very interesting. I've lost the fun and humor of this story as his timing is off which you need for a book like this. I can't say whether the story was not up to...
  • Susan
    Chet the Jet! is back! Bernie is just getting out of the hospital and Chet is back with his unique point of view. After watching an odd situation at a country music concert, Bernie starts getting nosey. I think that is my biggest question mark with this installment in the series. Bernie begins to investigating and then goes to find someone to hire him to make it official. So much for recuperating a bit, right? But I loved seeing the duo back in a...