Middle-Grade, but …

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October 22nd, 2019 Posted 8:00 am

… available to adults with fake ID. (For your fake ID enclose $1000 in small unmarked bills.)

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Yesterday …

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October 21st, 2019 Posted 7:48 am

… an Amazon reviewer made an interesting observation re the Chet and Bernie series, while reviewing Heart of Barkness. See her last sentence.

This may be the best yet of all the Chet & Bernie stories. Chet is definitely the star of this book, with running commentary on everything that Bernie does to solve the mystery. Chet’s observations had me laughing out loud, many times.

As for Bernie, he has to do meticulous, dogged, old-fashioned detective work in order to unravel decades of secrets and lies. Bernie has his own unique perspective, and I especially enjoy how Bernie communicates volumes with only a well-chosen word or two. Chet is the chatty one of this dynamic duo.

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Beginnings

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October 20th, 2019 Posted 7:20 am

On Sunday we do beginnings. At signings I usually read the whole first scene, as I was mentioning to the folks at the beautiful Eldredge Library in Chatham (Cape Cod) the other night. When they take the book home they’ve already got a head start. Head starts are good in life, although paying a ringer to take your kid’s SAT is not how to go about it.

Here’s the beginning of the first scene of Heart of Barkness, the latest Chet and Bernie novel.

“Red-letter day, Chet,” said Sergeant Rick Torres, our buddy at the Valley PD Missing Persons Department. “In the car.”

Red-letter day was a mystery to me, and maybe red is, too. Bernie says I can’t be trusted when it comes to red, something I’ve never understood. I knew fire hydrants were red, for example, knew that as well as I know my own name. Which is Chet, in case you missed it, right up there off the jump. I also know “in the car,” and never need to be asked twice. Or even once. Rick opened the passenger-side door of the black-and-white. I hopped in, sat up nice and tall, totally alert, ready for anything. Was my tongue hanging out? Possibly. I got most of it stuffed back in. We have standards, me and Bernie, just one of the reasons that the Little Detective Agency is so successful, except for the finances part. It’s called the Little Detective Agency on account of Bernie’s last name being Little, but we’re equal partners, Bernie handling the gunplay and the so-therefores and me bringing other things to the table. Maybe we’ll get to my teeth a little later.

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Power Back On!

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October 19th, 2019 Posted 7:58 am

No more bomb cyclones, please, at least for a while. Meanwhile, questions about Song For Chet, the original song from Heart of Barkness, the most recent Chet and Bernie novel, came up at the signing on Thursday. Here’s how to get it. (The fiddle solo is by the great Gene Elders, longtime musician in George Strait’s Ace in the Hole band.)

https://songforchet.hearnow.com

 

 

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