Up on the Woof Top

Forge. (A Chet & Bernie Mystery, Bk. 14). Oct. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781250843302. $27.99. M
In their 14th adventure (following Bark to the Future), Chet the dog and Bernie the human meet famous Christmas-mysteries writer Dame Ariadne Carlisle at a book signing and are contacted by her soon after. Rudy, one of the nine reindeer who roam Kringle Ranch, Ariadne’s estate in the mountains, has disappeared, and Chet and Bernie are the perfect detectives to find him. The duo learns about the author’s friends and hangers-on, as well as her tragic past in this small mountain town. As they search the estate, the two detectives find the body of Ariadne’s personal assistant at the base of a cliff from which he has presumably fallen. When they learn it is also the site of a tragedy from Ariadne’s youth, they wonder if it was an accident and if the two events are connected. With a Christmas deadline approaching, Chet and Bernie face dangers both natural and manmade to solve a case that becomes more complicated the deeper they dig.
VERDICT Fans of the series will enjoy this latest case of Chet and Bernie’s. Quinn continues to perfectly capture the inner voice of the canine detective, and the Christmas setting provides many opportunities for seasonal wordplay.
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