Bowser is a dog detective on the loose, paired with an 11-year-old girl, Birdie. Bowser and Birdie live on the Louisiana coast with Birdie's Grammy. When a prize stuffed marlin is stolen from Grammy's bait and tackle shop, Birdie and Bowser decide to take on the case. But what looks like a straightforward break-in soon becomes as tangled as a tourist's fishing line.
Was Grammy hiding a treasure map in the marlin? What's up with Old Man Straker, owner of a rival tackle shop, and his juvenile-delinquent son? And most sinister of all, why does it suddenly look as if someone wants to harm Birdie?
Told entirely from Bowser's hilarious dog point of view, Woof launches a brand-new slightly slobbery but utterly winning detective duo.
"Spencer Quinn speaks two languages - suspense and dog - fluently." (Stephen King)
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Like meeting Chet in his "teens"! Love it!
Did not read the print version. James Frangione's characterization's are too good to pass up by "settling" for print! (no offense intended for print lovers out there).
This book compares very well with Spencer Quinn's "Chet and Bernie" series. I completely fell in love with Chet (the canine narrator). Because these were murder mysteries, I struggled when something sad or brutal was indicated.
But in this new novel, intended for a younger audience, the brutality is limited (or distanced from the reader). Bowser is our narrator and a delightful teenage version of Chet.
You will not be disappointed with Bowser's point of view - or those endearing canine qualities that Quinn captures so well.
This series' main (human) character, "Birdy" is well matched to her canine. It was interesting to see her learning to notice, and beginning to trust that this dog is actively participating in the search for clues. For me, this was like seeing the interaction with Chet and Bernie developing ( it was already well developed in the first novel).
Not enough space, time or words to adequately cover! The man brings these characters to life! Not only does he transition smoothly and completely from young, old, male, female, crotchety, gentle; he completely incorporates the energy and enthusiasm, the optimism of a dog! I haven't even bothered to read the print versions. If I ever do, will probably be hearing the voice of Bowser in my head as Jim Frangione portrays him!
I look forward to reading (listening to) the rest of this series! So glad Spencer Quinn chose to write for this age group! Keep them coming please!