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In the latest entry in the immensely popular Chet and Bernie mystery series, Private Investigator Bernie Little and his canine companion Chet return home to encounter some alarming developments. First off, Bernie's wall safe--normally hidden behind the waterfall picture in the office--is gone, and with it Bernie's grandfather's watch, their most valuable possession. And next door, old Mr. Parsons is under investigation for being in possession of a saguaro cactus illegally transplanted from the desert. Bernie and Chet go deep into the desert to investigate. Is it possible that such a lovely old couple have a terrible secret in their past?
Chet and Bernie discover bad things going on in the wilderness, far worse that cactus smuggling, and all connected to a strange but innocent-seeming desert festival called Cactus Man. They unearth leads that take them back to a long-ago kidnapping that may not have been a kidnapping and threaten a ruthless and charismatic criminal with a cult following, a criminal who sees at once what Chet and Bernie mean to each other and knows how to exploit it.
Every bit as "insightful" (Booklist), "humorous" (Library Journal), and "deliciously addictive" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) as Quinn's previous books, Scents and Sensibility is a drool-worthy mystery that will have readers everywhere begging for more.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-01
- Reviewer: Staff
The theft of a saguaro cactus kicks off Quinn’s charmingly offbeat eighth mystery narrated by Chet, the crime-solving canine, who idolizes his human partner, Bernie Little of the Little Detective Agency (after 2014’s Paw and Order). Special Investigator Ellie Newburg of the Department of Agriculture finds the purloined cactus on the front lawn of Bernie’s elderly neighbor, Daniel Parson, about the same time that Bernie discovers his grandfather’s antique watch missing from his wall safe. The common denominator is Daniel’s son, Billy, who has recently left prison on parole. In the course of tracking Billy, Bernie comes across a dead body in the desert; clashes with his nemesis, Det. Brick Mickles of the Valley PD; and unearths the truth behind the long-ago kidnapping that sent Billy to prison. Series fans may be glad to learn that Chet, who offers constant, bemused commentary on human foibles, points to Arizona as the hitherto unknown broader setting. Author tour. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Agency. (July)