Archive for August, 2012

Friend of the Month Reminder!

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August 31st, 2012 Posted 8:11 am

“Last day of August already?” says Spence.

“Ou sont les soleils d’antan?” says Admin.

“Huh?” says Spence. “Anyway it’s time to remind everyone that today’s the last day of eligibility for September’s Friend of the Month contest. All you have to do is upload a photo to the Friends of Chet gallery. The random # generator does the rest! If you’re already in the gallery you’re eligible till the cows come home.”

“Ou sont les vaches d’antan?”

“Prize is a signed copy of The Dog Who Knew Too Much and the winning Friend of the Month is displayed for the entire month in the special place over on the right where Bob is now. Easy, fun, and we’ll throw in a vegematic slicer.*”

Welcome Lefty from Snowhook Kennel (“our” team in the Iditarod. Go Snowhook!)

*all 100% true except for the slicer part.

 

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Book Page Reviews A Fistful of Collars

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August 30th, 2012 Posted 8:46 am

THE SUPER-DOG DETECTIVE IS BACK

As sole proprietors of the Little Detective Agency, canine detective Chet and his (human) friend Bernie are at it again in A Fistful of Collars. After the mayor of Bernie’s Southwest desert hometown (“the Valley”) successfully promotes the area as a location for the newest Thad Perry blockbuster film, the pair act as minders for the popular but problem-ridden actor. Turns out the oddly winsome Thad has a way-back connection to the Valley. No one in his entourage seems to want his past known . . . maybe badly enough to kill?

As in his four previous books, author Spencer Quinn features the indomitable Chet as narrator, and you’ll never have a dull moment as the cocky canine wags his way into your affections. The book is full of hilarious verbal fly-bys, and these Chet-isms are what give the books their inventive humor, as Chet alternately misses the point or gets it with bells on. He explains that an idea can slip right by him, a fact he quickly accepts: “My mind shrank away from the thought. Always a surprisingly nice feeling when my mind did that: I had one of those minds that was on my side, if you know what I mean, which I actually don’t.”

You’ll never have a dull moment as the cocky canine wags his way into your affections.

The quiet Bernie (one wishes he’d say more) is hopeless with expressing feelings, especially toward the opposite sex; and he’s a loser at finances. But as the brains behind the operation, he has a fine-tuned sense of what’s going on in people’s heads, exacting the crucial truth from troubled suspects. Chet contributes his superior doggie hearing and speed, and he has a wonderful sense of what’s buried inside the human heart, fueling those human needs that sometimes confuse him. Bernie puts ‘em on the spot, Chet gets ‘em by the collar.

This book contains some fascinating cameo roles: a smallish dog barking from the desert outside Bernie’s gate; a frightening killer dog named Outlaw; and Brando, a silky-smooth, golden-eyed cat who belongs to Thad. Chet’s full of surprises, and they frequently surprise him, too. We hope that Quinn (a k a well-known author Peter Abrahams) doesn’t tire of this, pardon me, arresting pair.

– Barbara Clark

Welcome Miss Lucy.

And it’s still August, meaning Dog On It is still Pennie’s Pick at Costco. And now they’ve got the rest of the series too.

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Sneak Peek: The Beginning of A Fistful of Collars

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August 29th, 2012 Posted 7:40 am

“Heard you drove another one off a cliff,” said Nixon Panero. He spat a thin brown stream of chewing tobacco into an empty paint can, or maybe not that empty. Yellow paint, the yellow of egg yolks, now with a brown swirl in the middle: there’s all kinds of beauty in life.

“You heard wrong,” said Bernie.

Uh-oh. Bernie was looking at Nixon in an irritated sort of way. Wasn’t Nixon our buddy? True, Nixon’s eyes were too close together, even for a human, but he was one of the best mechanics in the Valley according to Bernie, and if Bernie said so then that was that, and besides, Nixon was also one of our top sources on the street, even though we once put him away for a year or so. Or maybe because of it! Anything’s possible with perps, believe me. We’ve taken down lots, me and my partner, Bernie. That’s what we do at the Little Detective Agency. He’s Bernie Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.

From A Fistful of Collars, coming Sept. 11.
Welcome Koda.
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Admin Interviews Spence About A Fistful Of Collars

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August 28th, 2012 Posted 8:24 am

Admin: Anything you can think of that hasn’t been noticed about the Chet and Bernie series?

Spence: What are you getting at?

Admin: No agenda. I’m just thinking that there have been many reviews by now, lots of blogosphere discussions, plenty of questions at book signings and talks. Anything that hasn’t come up yet, that’s all I’m asking.

Spence: Not sure it’s my place to go there.

Admin: Sigh.

Welcome Logan, 2 buddies, Mollie, Daisy, Lola.

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