by Sandra Murphy
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Bernie’s been in the hospital for a long time, especially in dog time. Chet had to stay with their buddy Rick. At least Rick took him to visit Bernie, almost every day. Now Bernie is standing outside the hospital, ready to go home! Is this a great day or what?!
Bernie was in such bad shape even his friends were betting he wouldn’t make it. Really, cash on the line betting. Who could blame them? Not Bernie! There were days he’d have bet the same way. Now to get back to their real lives, him and Chet.
Lotty Pilgrim was a well-known country singer/songwriter. Now she’s reduced to playing one-night stands at dive bars. She used to sing about the down and out, dirt poor, broken souls. Now she is one. It’s by chance Chet and Bernie get to see her. One drunk consistently calls for her to sing “How You Hung the Moon.” Bernie slips a sizable tip into the jar and tells her to sing whatever she wants. From there, it goes full-tilt downhill. Chet sees a guy steal the tip – oh boy, a perp! A chase through the parking lot, a pair of pants left behind and Chet’s having a great day.
Chet’s not sure who’s the client, but Bernie wants to help Lotty, so Chet’s ready, willing and able. There’s a visit to Lotty, not so productive as she claims she doesn’t need any help. Then Lotty calls in a panic. No wonder! There’s a dead body, but no sign of Lotty. The more Bernie and Chet dig for clues, the more certain they are that the answers lie in the past.
Of course, Bernie has a personal life too. Suzie is now in London but back in town because Bernie was hurt. Things are not looking good on that front. There’s possible romance coming from another direction although both Bernie and Chet are unsure what to do about that.
As regular readers know, Chet’s always had some…difficulties with cats. Now he has to add horses to the list, Mingo in particular. Mingo has no idea that Chet is supposed to lead the way and Mingo should follow. It’s up to Chet to put him in his proper place!
This is the ninth book in the entertaining series. The mystery is complex, weaving together both Lotty and country music’s past, present and hopefully, future. Bernie is at his dogged best, digging up clues, chasing perps and trying to keep Chet out of trouble.
Chet has got to be the best detective dog ever! He has deep thoughts, often best accomplished while lying down, grabs perps by the pants leg, finds clues but has no way to tell Bernie and is making more connections now on his own than ever before. Is this a great day or what?!
For twists and turns readers won’t see coming, laugh out loud moments, a bit of sadness creeping in and romances going wrong or with potential, readers will not be disappointed. Read one, get hooked, find you have to own all of them.
Another sure choice for my Best of 2019 list.
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