Great new mystery series

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!

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency on HBO

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?

Book Pot Luck Recommendations 2009

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