Did you read Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series? Stout created a great sidekick in Archie Goodwin, the legs and muscle for the brainy but eccentric Nero Wolfe. Because Archie narrated the stories we would know what he knew, but Wolfe was the one who could make sense of all the clues. Well, there’s a new sidekick in town that takes Archie’s limitations and makes a leap forward: Chet, a nearly trained police dog (if only that rabbit hadn’t showed up, ) the narrator of Spencer Quinn’s Dog On It.
Chet is partner with Bernie Little, a divorced father who works as a private eye. Chet rides “shotgun” as they explore Arizona looking for a missing teenage girl. Chet is easily distracted — a ball, a cat, a roadrunner, the wind, a donut, people scratching his head — and so misses some of the dialogue which adds to the mystery.
I am almost done listening to it, and I laugh out loud at Chet’s enthusiastic response to so many things. The action is non-stop, partly because Chet — I’m not sure what kind of dog he is — loves his life with Bernie. If you like dogs, if you like mysteries with humor and heart, catch this book!
Here’s a reason to get HBO: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is going to be a six episode series starting on March 29 with a 2 hour pilot. We’ll definitely get it for the library when it becomes available on DVD (unless the reviews are awful.) The show is filmed in Botswana.
The tenth book is coming out in April: Tea Time for the Traditionally Built.
Some libraries house these books in with mysteries. We have them in fiction. What do you think? Mystery or fiction? Why do you read this series?
We had a nice — very talkative — time at our book pot luck this past Saturday. Here are the list of books that people recommended:
House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper
Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
Realityland : true-life adventures at Walt Disney World by Koenig, David.
Tried by War by James McPherson
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
Hope was Here and others by Joan Bauer
Apologizing to Dogs by Joe Coomer
Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crother
Red Tent by Anita Diamont
Pillars of the Earth and World without End by Ken Follett
Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Dark Tower series by Stephen King
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
Company of Liars by Karen Maitland
Sound of Language by Amulya Malladi
Lamb by Christopher Moore
Three Girls and their Brother by Theresa Rebeck
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Street of a Thousand Blossoms and others by Gail Tsukiyama
Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska