My geeky mom got herself an i-pad ten days ago and her very first i-book was the new Chet book: To Fetch a Thief, by Spencer Quinn.
Mom got to meet Spencer Quinn when she was at BarkWorld Expo in Atlanta and we had already read his first two Chet books. We were real fans although she did mention the little problem of the cliffhanger ending related to Chet's lump in the second novel. Apparently we were not the only fans that were upset by that! Of course Mr. Quinn said something like why would I kill off the main character of the book? Hope he's a Stephen King fan and remembers what happened in Misery. I'd hate to have to put the bitey on the man at some future occasion.
Like the other novels, Dog On It and Thereby Hangs a Tail) this book was great. Chet tells a wonderful story. In fact, I think Chet reminds me of Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes mysteries except Chet is more entertaining (he always makes me bark out loud) AND, even more importantly, Chet often ends up solving the case or being so vital to the solution that you know Bernie could not have done it without him. Dr. Watson rarely did any of that.
This book kept mom on the edge of her seat and me twitching. Last night we went to bed with Chet muzzled and in a cage and Bernie in the hands of some bad Mexican police. I won't tell you how it turns out (we finished it today) but Mr. Quinn doesn't have to worry about any of Chet's fans putting the bitey on him after this book.
This story is all about an elephant named Peanut who disappears from the circus with his trainer. Bernie and Chet are sure it was a kidnapping but as usual have a hard time convincing law enforcement to take it seriously. There is lots of action and some great detective work.
I highly recommend this book and while you could read it without having read the other two books without getting confused, I recommend you read those too!
Be sure and read my earlier post I Like Chet and check out Chet's blog. He's also on Facebook and Twitter.