It’s a Wonderful Woof

Forge. (A Chet & Bernie Mystery, Bk. 12). Oct. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9781250770325. $26.99. M
Bernie Little, of the Little Detective Agency, and his K9 companion Chet thought they were helping their friend Victor get his new private investigator business going when they sent a potential client his way. But when Victor doesn’t show up to light the Hanukkah candles at his mom’s, she hires Bernie to find her missing son. Looking for clues to the missing man pulls the duo into the original investigation, which winds up including a deconsecrated religious site and Baroque artwork. Chet and Bernie don’t need holiday magic to solve the case, but a little divine intervention never hurt anyone, right? Though there are 11 previous entries in the “Chet and Bernie” series, even readers unfamiliar with earlier titles will enjoy this quick, engaging tale. Chet is the narrator, which may make some readers hesitant, but most will find the humor and charm to be icing on the smart whodunit cake. There are enough references to winter holidays and the reasons behind them to provide both a festive feeling and thoughts to ponder.
VERDICT Another interesting case for Chet to sink his teeth into while also giving readers moments of art and world history.
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