The dynamic duo of canine Chet and human Bernie get some fresh air in Spencer Quinn's fourth book in this clever series. As always, Chet narrates, and his voice and character are as delightful as ever. Bernie has been invited to give a speech at the Great Western Private Eye convention. Although he has spent a lot of time fussing over the speech he's to give, once they arrive it soon becomes clear that Bernie's experience is not what got them invited: the organizer has his eye on Chet. Furthermore, to keep the bills paid, Chet and Bernie take on a strange assignment that leads them out into the woods. Bernie finds the whole set-up stressful, while Chet is thrilled by the change of scenery. A mother has hired Bernie to pretend to be her boyfriend, in order to intimidate her ex-husband. When the woman's son disappears, however, she suspects her husband, and Bernie and Chet have a doozy of a mystery on their paws.
Bernie Little has been invited to give the keynote speech at the Great Western Private Eye Convention, but it's his dog, Chet, that the big-shot in charge has plans for. Meanwhile, Chet and Bernie are hired to find a kid who's gone missing from a wilderness camp - a case that Chet's always reliable nose sends in a new and dangerous direction. Then matters get complicated at home when a stray puppy looking suspiciously like Chet shows up in the neighborhood. (Bestseller)