I'm currently playing Books on the Nightstand's Summer Reading Bingo. My randomly generated bingo card contains two squares that left me spoilt for choice with this book: a book with a picture of an animal on the cover, and a cozy mystery. Fortunately, I also recently read the newly released Chet & Bernie Kindle Single, A Tail of Vengeance, so I'm set for those two squares!
Double confession time: I don't really much read cozy mysteries. Also, the reality is that I've probably read ten books (including the seven books in the primary series, and three shorts) in this particular cozy mystery series because of Chet, the dog. I certainly have no prejudice or qualms about cozy mysteries in general and, in fact, I often come across them and feel compelled to read more of them but then I'm always distracted by the glittering, darker mysteries.
(In fact, I once read that a true cozy mystery is one in which no one is actually murdered; I'm not sure this standard still hold true but if it does, then I suppose the Chet & Bernie mysteries aren't cozies, though they certainly are much lighter and amusing then other sorts of mysteries.)
If you haven't read any of the Chet & Bernie books, they are fun mysteries told completely from the point of view of Chet, a "hundred-plus pounder" mutt who tags along with his people, Bernie, a private investigator.
The joy of these novels is inherit in sharing Chet's world. He's distracted by squirrels and cats (of course), and birds (he thinks they're absolute jerks for living such easy, free lives in the sky), and he's constantly remembering and then promptly forgetting things. He's the only protagonist in a mystery that you'll forgive for being distracted by a Slim Jim and placing himself and Bernie in danger in the process.
Atria Books gave me the opportunity to read Paw and Order. I was going to express some disappointment in the setting being in Washington D.C., as I'm not really attracted to books in political settings, but the location (and, hence also the politically-related murder) is mitigated by the presence of Suzie, and I also realized that the Chet & Bernie mysteries usually include some sort of political dealings, even when they're not in D.C.
Always happy to settle down in Chet for a while; whenever I finish and Chet & Bernie mystery, I seriously follow my dog around for a couple of weeks afterwards, narrating her thoughts out loud until it gets old (several days for me, several minutes for anyone unfortunate enough to be in my company).