Monday, July 13, 2020

Heart of Barkness (Chet & Bernie Mystery #9), by Spencer Quinn (author), Jim Frangione (narrator)

Recorded Books, ISBN 9781501997631, July 2019

Chet and Bernie are back, with Bernie just being released from the hospital after his injuries at the end of the previous book. 

Susie Sanchez has come back from London, but only because she feels they need to make some real decisions. They both want to be together, but how badly? Working for the Washington Post is her dream job. Bernie loves what he does, and his son, Charlie, lives in the valley with his mother and stepfather. A tough decision is coming.

So when Bernie is given tickets so oldtime country singer Lottie Pilgrim singing at a local bar, he and Chet go to see her perform.  This draws them into a case that starts with a stolen hundred-dollar bill, and leads to dead bodies, broken hearts, and a really complicated family tangle that has nothing to do with Bernie's family.
Soon they're meeting Lottie's boyfriend/manager, who may have other connections, the thief,who turns out to be her grandson, her daughter who hates her. A drive down to the Mexican border leads to Bernie meeting the brother of a long-ago boyfriend and music partner of Lottie's,Chet meeting a horse named Mingo (Chet does not approve), and visiting a grave.

It's a very tangled mess, and it takes both Chet's and Bernie's talents to untangle it in time.

Along the way, Bernie is troubled by Susie's not unreasonable need for a decision, and occsionally distracted by Eliza, a lovely lady who is also the doctor who attended him in the hospital.

It's another fun entry in the series, and Chet is as lovable as ever.

I bought this audiobook.

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