When a mysterious case of illegal cactus smuggling comes to their attention, Chet and his human PI companion, Bernie Little, find themselves in a prickly situation in this eighth book in the New York Times best-selling mystery series. 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 Arrow Bright. 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 listeners everywhere begging for more.
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I have loved the Chet and Bernie series since the very first one. Many reviewers will suggest that a love of dogs is needed to truly love this series and that maybe so but I doubt it. Chet is so great.
True to his personality and character, Bernie invested himself with single determination to his case. Despite the uncharacteristic lapses and the foreboding ending I refuse to believe that Scents and Sensibility took all of Bernie.
Oh Jim Frangione no one else could voice the mental wanderings, excitement, joy and loyalty of Chet, the Jet.
I did and I want the next one immediately and with a happy conclusion or I am thinking it will be, "an orange jumpsuit and breaking rocks in the hot sun" for Mr. Quinn.
Always a kick to live inside Chet's head!