Spence here. The question has come up – like maybe a million times! – after the ending of SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY: Will there be more Chet and Bernie? The second-last sentence of the book makes it clear – at least so I thought – that the answer would be yes. But just in case: YES! MORE CHET AND BERNIE!
As for when, there are 2 answers. The next actual story is the e-short, SANTA 365, coming Nov. 24. (Please note that the events in SANTA 365 take place earlier than SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY, probably just before THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.) As for the next Chet and Bernie novel: normally I’d be writing it right now, but – as happens in what my grandmother always called “the writing game” – an idea came to me out of the blue that just could not be ignored. I’m in the middle of it at the moment, and it will be my next published novel. The working title, and most likely actual title: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. What can I tell you? There’s a dog in it, in a supporting role (in both senses). It’s part crime story, part war story, part something else, the something else part being what drew me in so strongly. As soon as we have a pub date, we’ll let you know.
And after that: More C&B. Any questions?
“Columbus,” says Admin. “Could have been better, could have been worse. Weren’t Cortes and Pizarro worse? Most of it’s just historical inevitability. Continents separated by vast oceans. The development on one side of ships capable of crossing them. Finito.”
“Those twin conquistador obsessions – gold and conversions – are off-putting,” Spence says.
“Now you’re sounding like Bernie.”
“Is that a surprise?”
The heel is down at the foot: I was pretty sure of that, because when Bernie says heel, which he really never has to, I walk along right beside his feet. The head is the head, at the top. So head over heels means what? The head is always over the heels, except in an upside-down situation, for example when a perp by the name of Nuggets Bolliterri tried to escape on us from an upstairs window and ended up dangling head-first in a tangle of tied-together sheets. Leda had just said Malcolm was head over heels. Meaning what? He was tangled in tied-together sheets? I couldn’t take it any further.
– from TO FETCH A THIEF.
5.0 out of 5 stars – I think Spencer Quinn captures a dog’s viewpoint perfectly – and with such humor and love. I read while on my stationary bike – October 7, 2015
V. Hamilton on SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY:
I adore the Chet and Bernie’s series. I think Spencer Quinn captures a dog’s viewpoint perfectly – and with such humor and love. I read while on my stationary bike – and I actually look FORWARD to my bike ride when I have a new Chet and Bernie book to read!