Archive for November, 2013

Paw and Order (Corrected!)


November 26th, 2013 Posted 8:46 am

“Anything you can tell us about the next Chet and Bernie mystery, Paw and Order?” Admin says.
“Besides the fact that the title is the easiest to remember since Dog On it?”

“Well,” says Spence, “if you remember the last book, The Sound and the Furry, ended with Chet and Bernie about to leave Louisiana and head for home. In Paw and Order they reach a crossroads – turn left for home but right for Washington DC where Suzie, Bernie’s girlfriend, works as a reporter. Bernie is struck by an idea.”

“And then?”

“And then a whole adventure starts happening.”

Welcome TipToe.

A mistake in the first version of this post? Yes, and a doozie! Our only excuse is that we’re rushing to get ready for a flight that will almost certainly be delayed. But speaking to a broader issue, every single post here on this blog is written by Spence or Admin, almost always in concert. 


Drum Roll, Please!


November 25th, 2013 Posted 7:48 am

We had so many great suggestions from readers for the title of the next Chet and Bernie series. Thanks to everyone! This is so much fun for Spence, Admin, and the whole Atria team. There are so many creative and funny people out there!

But we had to narrow it down to one – multiple titles probably not the way to go – and after much consideration, we’ve selected a title sent in independently by two readers, Stephanie Lilley and Carol Daley. The new Chet and Bernie mystery will be called: PAW AND ORDER. Stephanie and Carol will receive signed bound galleys of Paw and Order as soon as they’re available, plus printed copies of the e-story A Cat Was Involved. Congratulations!

Welcome encouraging dude, Chett & Moopy.


Chetspeak on Sunday


November 24th, 2013 Posted 9:08 am

“Mistaken identity?” Bernie said.

“Can’t rule it out completely,” Stine said. “But just about, in the case of someone like you.”

“Someone like me?”

“How about I revise that to someone in your profession? Can’t help making enemies, no matter what a sweetheart you might be inside.”

At least Stine hadn’t missed that: Bernie was a sweetheart inside. But did we have enemies? I myself liked most of the perps and gangbangers we’d come across. And they liked us. Take Whispering Hex Voidman, for example, who on his very first day out on parole made a point of dropping in with some antler snacks just for me. Those antler snacks: a dream come true. And dreams coming true happens a lot in my life! I often dream about antler snacks, for example. Maybe you do, too. All of that probably fits together in a way that might come to me later. Too bad old Hex had boosted the antlers from Petco and ended up back behind bars by dinner time, but that wasn’t the point. The point was I couldn’t think of any enemies.

– from The Sound and the Fury.

Welcome Halloween dude.


Title News!


November 23rd, 2013 Posted 8:31 am

Coming Monday! We’ve had so many great suggestions for the title of the next Chet and Bernie novel, but one has risen to the top. Thanks everybody. Have an excellent pre-Thanksgiving weekend.


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