Humor and intrigue combine for a deliciously doggy mystery in this fourth outing for "the coolest human/pooch duo this side of Wallace and Gromit" (Kirkus Reviews), in which canine narrator Chet and his human companion, investigator Bernie Little, take on the case of a boy gone missing from a wilderness camp. The kid's mother thinks her ex-husband snatched their son, but Chet's ever-reliable nose leads Bernie in a new and dangerous direction. Meanwhile, matters at home get complicated when a stray puppy shows up—one that looks suspiciously like Chet. Affairs of the heart collide with a job that's never been tougher, requiring the intrepid sleuths to trust each other even when circumstances (and a rival private eye) conspire to keep them apart.
"Outstanding.... [Spencer] Quinn manages to sell the conceit of a literate canine narrator by dint of intelligent writing and on-the-mark pacing and tone."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)