Archive for the ‘Chet The Dog’ Category



March 7th, 2021 Posted 7:40 am

On Sundays, we look at the beginnings of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. (Moniker! What a word!) Here’s the start of Down the Rabbit Hole, my first children’s book and the first in the Echo Falls trilogy. It came out the same year as my adult book Oblivion, and won the Agatha award for best children’s mystery.

Ingrid Levin-Hill, three weeks past her thirteenth birthday, sat thinking in her orthodontist’s waiting room. You’re born cute. Babies are cute. Not hard to guess why – it’s so everyone will forgive them for being such a pain. You grow a little older, and people say, “What beautiful hair,” or “Get a load of those baby blues,” or something nice that keeps you thinking you’re still on the cuteness track. Then you hit twelve or thirteen and boom, they tell you everything needs fixing.



Truffle Hunters


March 6th, 2021 Posted 7:47 am

Haven’t seen this movie but the subject matter might appeal to fans of the nation within, as Bernie calls Chet and his kind.


Client Behavior


March 5th, 2021 Posted 7:27 am


She ran to the Kia, an unsteady kind of run, almost losing her balance. What was going on? Was she a client? This wasn’t normal client behavior – maybe later in a case, yes, but not at the very start. She got in her car and slammed the door.

“Wait!” Bernie called.

Mavis took off, pulling into the street and speeding down the block. Bernie! Let’s go! On the stick!

But Bernie just sat there. “What happened?” he said. He watched until Mavis was out of sight. “Any point in chasing after her?”

Any point in chasing after somebody? I didn’t understand the question.

(from Tender Is The Bite; “now available for preorder!” – Mrs. Publicist’s pushy mom)


Thanks, Reader’s Digest!


March 4th, 2021 Posted 8:39 am

From Reader’s Digest Select Editions:

We’ve been talking about SE 377, which mails this spring. This volume features one of the more unique books we’ve published in a while, OF MUTTS AND MEN, by Spencer Quinn. What makes this book so unusual? Well, it’s narrated by Chet the Dog, the wise and fiercely loyal canine who works alongside down-on-his-luck PI Bernie Little, investigating crimes. This time around, the pair are digging into the mysterious murder of a local hydrologist…and soon discover the killer has sinister plans for Chet and his favorite human.
Amy and I were both taken with the crime-solving duo, and we’re not alone. Stephen King has called the Chet and Bernie books “without a doubt the most original mystery series currently available.” Want to learn more about Chet The Dog? Check out Chet’s blog or his Facebook page. (Yes, the dog is on social media.) Enjoy!


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