A Note From the Writer

Not long after Scents and Sensibility, the most recent Chet and Bernie novel, came out – actually that very day! – I began getting emails written in all caps, like this: “YOU HAVE BERNIE DYING? THAT’S CRUEL. WE ALL WANT CHET & BERNIE TO GO ON FOREVER.”

Uh-oh. I’d had no intention of ending the series or offing Bernie. I’d had an idea for a different kind of book I wanted to write – the book that became The Right Side – and I can’t write two books at once. So, I thought, how about leaving Chet and Bernie in a cliffhanger situation for now, just a bit of a tease?

Oh, boy. In the intervening time lots of new readers seem to have found the series, so the emails – and messages on social media – just keep coming. Therefore I’m very very happy to say that the new C&B, Heart of Barkness arrives July 2, 2019. There’s no need, by the way, to have read any of the earlier books first. Chet’s the narrator and that kind of rigid sequentiality is just not him.

The Chet and Bernie stories – for those of you new to them – are not cozies. There’s darkness, and the pain of life is felt not just by Bernie but by Chet, too. But – and I think this is part of the appeal of the series, if I may say so – he quickly springs back to his reset position, and that position in one of a lover of life. Is that why I often hear from readers who say Chet and Bernie have helped them through hard times? That’s been a huge and humbling surprise to me.

Heart of Barkness is all about loving life. It’s also about the ruthless, the dangerous, the scorned, country music, and … and mathematics:

“What’s so interesting?” Bernie said. Then came something that had never happened before, kind of a shock. He set his glass on the desk, walked over, and … could it really be? Bernie got down on all fours and … whoa, stop right there! From out of nowhere I suddenly understood four, having never gone past two in my whole life. One, two, four! I’d cracked the code at last!

Welcome – or welcome back – to the world of Chet and Bernie.




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9 Responses to “A Note From the Writer”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:00 am on June 20th, 2019


    I love this scene…Chet cracking the 4 code…WHOA! :^)

    Very humid here, just the kind of weather my hair loves…NOT!

    A very good day to all!

  2. Thieves!
    9:20 am on June 20th, 2019

    OFA: We have been struggling with math our entire lives and beyond. We can’t say we’re surprised Chet beat us to it. Jealous, but not surprised. Our Lady says math is part of Chet’s charm.

  3. B.Stover
    10:13 am on June 20th, 2019

    I love Chet’s cracking the four code also.

    Good morning all.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on June 20th, 2019

    Cracking!…Codes! That’s always fun!…snort! …I wish my friend could crack the aeroport code. She never seems to know what to do there..excactly….grunt!…She will have to muddle thru again this Saturday!….yeeep! …Good luck!..sniff!…Come back with treaties please!…snorkel!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on June 20th, 2019

    Ole!…Check yer SDD and then pass it on to the person in charge!…grunt!

  6. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:39 pm on June 20th, 2019

    RIO! I am watching the Yankee game. Did I tell you how much I am loving DJ “The Machine?” Not that I’ve been to that many airports, but Chicago-O’Hare is my favorite.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on June 20th, 2019

    Rose!…You are a very strange person if you love the O’Hare Aeroport!…snort!snort!

    DIA!…My friend likes DIA cuz it has so much artwork to look at!…chuffle!…And the Train!…yeeep!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on June 20th, 2019

    Rose!…My friend had a Bear’s arm started and Mother’s vaccum sucked it right up…sniff!…She is trying to start another arm tonight…guffle! …Starting is the hardest part with this Crochet stuff…at least that is what I am supposing from all the cussing coming from my friend in the early stages of any Bear anatomy….yeeep!

  9. Sharon E. Kepcia
    2:30 pm on June 21st, 2019

    Love Chet and Bernie, am very happy to hear your new book is almost out. Miss Chet when he’s gone too long, Bernie too of course…
    You, Chet and Bernie have a troup (pack?) of loyal fans and I am certainly one of them…. So much so that when I read the plot of The Right Side while waiting for one of the earlier Chet books, my initial reaction was boo, I want another Chet, not something serious that looked kind of depressing. After a few months, though, I figuered I owed it to you to at least try a sample. Sort of the respect due to an author who has given so many happy reads to so many contented readers. Wow.
    Great book, a real tribute to people who serve in the military. And what a fantastic new character. Hoping to see more of LeAnne and companions… Thank you so much for trying something so totally different.
    Note to @ll Chet & Bernie fans. Don’t wait a minute longer…!!!

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