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Nephelococcygia (More)


June 8th, 2023 Posted 12:01 pm

And now back to the realm of canine nephelococcygia, which we’ve been away from for too long. Many thanks to Judy Osbirn for sending this in. More? Anybody?


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5 Biscuits


June 7th, 2023 Posted 8:35 am

Thanks to Maria Weinberger, human companion of Harvey, Chet’s Friend of the Month as few months back, for the following. The prize that month was not a signed copy of the most recent Chet and Bernie novel, the normal prize, but instead, for reasons lost in the mists of time, a signed ARC of Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge (coming July 25, available for preorder). Here’s her review:
“Harvey and I just finished Spencer Quinn’s latest offering, Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge. Because we are such big fans of Quinn’s Chet and Bernie series we were prepared to like the novel, but started reading somewhat reluctantly, wishing at least one dog was involved. However, we soon discovered despite the lack of canines this book has the engaging characters we’ve come to expect from Quinn, a plot that kept us wanting to know more, and so many clever twists and turns we were completely hooked.
We particularly appreciated the rollicking depiction of Mrs. Loretta Plansky, a widow several years past her college days, but clearly not ready for the “old folks home”. Some nasty crooks trick the doting Grandma into giving them access to all her money, and Mrs. Plansky does not take this insulting crime lying down. She launches a scheme to get her money back and punish the perps (hence the “revenge”). A brilliantly funny journey ensues, and while she may initially appear a clueless oldster, we learn she has some tricks of her own to deploy. Without giving too much away, Mrs. Plansky’s sweet but tough, thoroughly likable, and even gets up to a bit of romance, something you don’t always see with heroines of a certain age.
We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge, and give it a “five dog biscuit” review. Hoping to read more about Loretta and her friends in the future!”

Pub Date


June 6th, 2023 Posted 7:22 am

Today is pub date for the paperback edition of Bark To The Future, the most recent Chet and Bernie novel. I know some readers like to wait for the paperback. Wait no more! (“This entry offers a tidy mystery, a good dollop of action, and a rumination on life after high school—who could ask for more? Chet, with his innate doggie wisdom, is sure to inspire loyal fans and seduce new readers.” – Publishers Weekly)


Salesmanship: From Of Mutts And Men


June 5th, 2023 Posted 8:17 am

“Can’t you sell that a little better?” Gudrun said.

Uh-oh. Bernie’s selling ability. That had come up once before, actually last Christmas, when Bernie’s mom paid us a visit, accompanied by her boyfriend, fiance, or husband, something we never got quite clear, named Tommy Trauble, owner of Tommy Trauble’s Auto Mile Dealerships in Flamingo Beach, Florida, which was where Bernie’s mom lived. Tommy Trauble had the deepest tan I’d ever seen on a human face, tiny bleached-out eyes, and shoulder-length white hair that gleamed. But, according to Bernie’s mom, he was also the greatest salesman in the whole state, and – well, it went something like this: “Bernie? I’ll have another one of those lovely old-fashioneds you mix. He really does have all sorts of talents, Tommy, but his problem is he just doesn’t sell himself. Can you explain to him, honey, how important that is?”

And things went downhill from there. Was there a point when Tommy Trauble challenged Bernie to an armwrestling contest? Something Bernie would never consider, not with an older gentleman. But one thing led to another, until finally the ER doc said the break was nice and clean and Tommy would have that cast off his arm in no time.

[And guess what? The digital version of Of Mutts And Men is on sale! sale! sale! for the month of June across all platforms for just $2.99! $2.99! $2.99!]


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