Beginnings (Not)


October 24th, 2021 Posted 9:32 am

First, many thanks to anyone leaving nice reviews on Amazon, as I see has happened from yesterday’s comments. Normally on Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. But I’ve noticed that there’s a whole thing going on of readers who’ve already bought It’s A Wonderful Woof, the Chet and Bernie Christmas novel that came out this week, waiting till closer to Christmas Day to actually read it. That reminded me of this passage from the book:

“Merry Christmas,” Johanna said. She slid the present across the table. “I think it’s the kind you like.”

“The kind of what?”

“Open it and see. I won’t tell Santa.”

“Who will you tell?” Bernie said.

“Huh?” said Johanna. “I just meant you don’t have to wait for Christmas Day.”

“What if I like waiting for Christmas Day?”

“Then by all means.”

So – we were opening the present? Not opening? I had no idea, but Bernie ended up opening, which was what I’d have done if I’d been Bernie. Whoa! What a thought! I wasn’t sure I was comfortable with it. What if I was Bernie and … and he was Chet! I knew one thing for sure. I’d give him a treat this very second.



Serial, Us, It’s A Wonderful Woof


October 23rd, 2021 Posted 8:11 am




October 22nd, 2021 Posted 8:01 am

First, thanks for yesterday’s really interesting discussion in the comments on reading. Tonight the tour for It’s A Wonderful Woof continues – we’ll be, virtually, at one of our very favorites book stores, Murder By The Book in Houston. There are several ways to “be” there, at the link. See you later!


On Reading


October 21st, 2021 Posted 8:29 am

Very interesting comment yesterday on reading – actually non-reading. Was Mlaiuppa saying no one in her family reads at all? Or just not books? Or just not fiction? I’d be very interested to know what percentage of the friends and family of each of you out there reads fiction (ballpark estimate).

Meanwhile, Christmas shopping, anybody? This is now out there!


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